Mixology 101: Cocktails & Cocktail Dresses

Shine of the Times Dress + Champagne Cocktail

If you’re the hostess of a holiday-themed party, why not carry the theme from your closet to a cute matching cocktail recipe? After scouring the web, taking suggestions, and flipping through a few publications, I’ve compiled a handy little list of some fairly simple, diverse cocktails with their recipes. Along with each cocktail is a corresponding cocktail dress inspired by the drink at hand (or in hand)!

Champagne Cocktail
From CNBC.com

  • Champagne
  • Angostura bitters
  • Sugar cubes
  • Lemon peel (optional)
  • Cognac (optional)

Directions: Place a small sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add two dashes of Angostura Bitters and fill the glass with champagne. This drink is sometimes garnished with a lemon peel and can be fortified with a small float of cognac.With the simple addition of a bitters-soaked sugar cube, this cocktail will have your guests bubbling with delight!

Loft Party Dress + Caroler’s Confection

Caroler’s Confection
From Cocktail Times

  • 1 ounce José Cuervo Especial
  • 5 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 package hot cocoa mix
  • 1/2 ounce coffee brandy
  • Whipped cream

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug and top with whipped cream.


Dreaming of Dahlias Dress + Ginger Candied Martini

Ginger Candied Martini
From NPR

  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed ginger juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 3 ounces Grey Goose vodka
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce Rose’s lime juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.


Jill of All Trades Dress in CEO + Gingerbread Apple Crisp

Gingerbread Apple Crisp
From Cocktail Times

  • 1 ounces Monin gingerbread syrup
  • 2 ounces Bacardi Big Apple rum
  • 2 ounces apple juice
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Graham crackers

Directions: Place 1/2 cup of simple syrup and 4 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs on separate plates. Dip outside rim of martini glass into simple syrup, then into graham cracker crumbs several times to ensure coverage. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, gingerbread syrup, apple juice and lemon juice. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with red apple slice.


World’s Fair Dress + Mistletoe Kiss

Mistletoe Kiss
From Cocktail Times

  • 1 1/2 ounce Smirnoff cranberry flavored vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • Maraschino cherries

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherries.

Goldfinch Dress + Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail
From Martha Stewart

  • 2 cups pear nectar, chilled
  • 2 cups sparkling apple cider, chilled
  • 2 cups seltzer, chilled
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 Bosc pear, unpeeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

Directions: Stir together pear nectar, cider, seltzer, and whiskey in a pitcher. Divide pear wedges among glasses, and pour in cocktail. Serve immediately.

7. Warm Hazelnut Toddy + Early Morning Blues Dress

Early Morning Blues Dress + Warm Hazelnut Toddy

Warm Hazelnut Toddy
From Real Simple

  • 1 1/2 ounce Frangelico
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons lightly whipped heavy cream

Directions: In a mug, stir together the Frangelico and hot water. Spoon the whipped cream over the top before serving.

8. White Cosmopolitan + Backdrop Feature Dress

Backdrop Feature Dress + White Cosmopolitan

White Cosmopolitan
From Martha Stewart

  • 1 cup white cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Cointreau

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, and Cointreau. Shake to combine well. Strain into two large martini glasses. Serve immediately. Serves two.


Film Festival Dress + Slippery Santa

Slippery Santa
From Cocktail Times

Okay, so this one isn’t a cocktail per se, but it’s simple and looked so interesting, I had to include it!

  • 1 ounce Blavod Black Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cinnamon Schnapps
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry

Directions: Pour vodka and cinnamon schnapps in a shot glass and top with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry (or a red hot candy).


Of all the recipes and dresses, I personally can’t pick a favorite, they’re all so different! I’m torn between the Warm Hazelnut Toddy and the Champagne Cocktail; both are extremely simple and look delicious! Is there one that you can see yourself re-creating? Or is there a cocktail recipe you’d like to share with the rest of the Mod Community?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    COSMICaroline 12/08/2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I am such a huge fan of ModCloth. Have been for years. Each added piece is as beautiful as the next, and I sit at my computer screen and drool over them all. Timeless, chic, always equalling mad perfection. Love it as always, and the blog is no different!!
    I adore this post, showing the details of the dress and matching it with a drink. So much fun, thanks for sharing as always. I’m the biggest fan!

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    Jen 12/08/2009 at 6:07 pm #

    This might be my all-time favorite ModLife post!

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    Natalie 12/08/2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Ahhhh! I love this SO MUCH! I’m going to bookmark it in my browser and refer to it every weekend. And sometimes on Mondays.

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    jodi 12/08/2009 at 6:13 pm #

    yes – this post is super awesome!
    LOVE the slippery santa/film festival dress pairing!

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    Katharine 12/08/2009 at 6:17 pm #

    LOL @Natalie about Mondays… totally!

    I am definitely going to make this happen at my family New Year’s party : )

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    Angela 12/08/2009 at 6:20 pm #

    What a fantastic idea!

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    Susan 12/08/2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Yum! Good thing happy hour’s only a few minutes away 🙂

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    Katharine 12/08/2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Forgot to love it : )

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    Maggie 12/08/2009 at 6:52 pm #


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    Kristen Renee 12/08/2009 at 6:53 pm #

    MMM… they all sound yummy. 🙂

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    Francesca 12/08/2009 at 8:03 pm #

    the goldfinch dress is beautiful, and the pear cocktail looks scrumptious too!

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    Sari 12/08/2009 at 9:09 pm #

    WOW you got those dresses so right! I love this 🙂

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    Corinna 12/08/2009 at 9:15 pm #

    black vodka! why haven’t i seen that! and the yellow dress and cocktail makes me excited for backyard parties this spring. great idea for pairing these items together!

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    Caitlin 12/08/2009 at 11:50 pm #

    If I can find black vodka I will be making the Slippery Santa for sure.
    The pairings are fantastic! Brilliant post.

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    Kirstin 12/09/2009 at 12:35 am #

    I am not of age yet… But I’m saving these recipes for later use!

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    Melissa 12/09/2009 at 1:08 am #

    #9 is by far the best of the set! A slippery santa sounds delish!

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    Turi 12/09/2009 at 10:58 am #

    Wow, this really makes me want to have a holiday cocktail party!

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    Caroline Sumner 12/09/2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Mmmm. A few of these are giving me wedding cocktail ideas…

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    Krista Hurst 12/09/2009 at 7:34 pm #

    This was a great idea!!! I love it!!!

    -Krista Leigh Hurst
    Hurst Photography

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    Kathy 12/09/2009 at 7:41 pm #

    This is so very clever!! I look forward to planning my cocktails around my cocktail dress as much as possible!!

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    Dana 12/09/2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Best. Blog. Ever. A combo of cute dresses and tasty adult beverages? Come on.

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    Hilary 12/09/2009 at 11:09 pm #

    This is the best post ever! I love ModCloth!!

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    Tori 12/09/2009 at 11:20 pm #

    I love this blog posting! Matching dresses to beverages is ingenious! I want to dress to the drink from now on! The dresses you paired with the drinks are adorable and they are great pair! Awesome job!

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    Tori 12/09/2009 at 11:27 pm #

    by the way i love it!

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    Arriahne 12/15/2009 at 7:38 pm #

    I love this! Those cocktails are perfect, I’m SO whipping up the Champagne Cocktail and the Warm Hazelnut Toddy… though given that Christmas is in the summer here, the Toddy may not be the most appropriate drink, lol!

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