4 Unique twists on traditional cocktails

Spruce up your tired drink with these recipes!

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As refreshing as a gin and tonic, frozen margarita, mojito or dirty martini can be, those same ol' drinks can get... well... boring after a while. Instead of whipping up the same tired cocktail you drink every night, break the rut and make one of these unique recipes instead! These drinks are similar to your favorites, but have a fun, delicious twist to give your drink some pizzazz! You'll never want the same ol' again!

Most of our lives are in enough of a rut anyway, so don't let your nightly cocktail fall into that pattern as well! Enjoy one of these refreshing, tasty libations to spruce up your traditional cocktail go-to. Get out of that rut and spruce up your tired cocktails!

Frozen cranberry margarita

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Serves 5

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ounces frozen low-sugar cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3/4 can low-sugar lemon-lime soda
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients (except for the garnish) into a blender filled 1/3 way with ice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Chill for at least 2 to 4 hours or until chilled. Garnish with lime.

Cucumber & lemon gin tonic

Cucumber & lemon gin tonic

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces gin
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Splash of tonic water

Directions:

  1. To make the cucumber drink, pour gin, lemon juice and cucumber slices in a chilled martini mixer with ice and shake well. Pour mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Stir with a spoon. Garnish with thin slices of lemon and cucumber.

Grapefruit mojito

Grapefruit mojitoAdapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 1 grapefruit, cut into slices
  • 10 mint leaves, save 2
  • 1/3 cup grapefruit juice
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 3 shots white rum
  • Splash of tonic water

Directions: 

  1. Muddle 4 grapefruit slices, mint, agave nectar and lime juice in a mortar and pestle.
  2. Add ice to a chilled martini mixer. Pour agave and grapefruit mixture into the martini mixer. Add in grapefruit juice, rum and tonic, then shake well. Top with additional mint leaves and grapefruit segments.

Bakon BLT tini

Recipe adapted from Bakon vodka

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Bakon vodka
  • 1 ounce V8
  • 1/2 ounce white Worcestershire sauce
  • White pepper
  • 1 piece of bacon, cooked until crispy
  • Lettuce and sliced tomatoes for garnish

Directions: 

  1. In a chilled martini mixer filled halfway with ice, add Bakon vodka, V8, Worcestershire sauce and white pepper. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain mixer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with tomatoes, lettuce and crispy bacon. Enjoy!

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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