National Cocktail Day Recipes: Classic Cocktails Remixed

National Cocktail Day! Well, it is actually Wednesday but I couldn’t resist an excuse to experiment with some new recipes. These cocktails are remixes on some classics. The typical tequila sunrise for example, is a very sweet drink. With this jalapeno infused tequila it kicks the sweetness and is definitely more balanced and has a spicy kick. The key lime martini tastes almost exactly like the pie. It has that tartness but is also creamy. Finally everyone knows about the go-to strawberry daquiris but this one highlights banana, very pina colada esque. You could also substitute the recipe with any other of your favorite fruits. 

Banana Daquiri



  • 1 cup coconut milk, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 cups ice, divided
  • 4 ounces white rum, optional, divided
  1. Into a blender add 1 banana, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 of the lime juice, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and 3 cups of ice and add 2 ounces of rum if desired.
  2. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into 2 tall glasses, and repeat for 2 more drinks.

Spicy Tequila Sunrise



Spicy Tequila:
  • 1 small jalapeno, halved 
Spicy Tequila Sunrise:
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 orange slice, for garnish 
  • 1 jalapeno slice, for garnish 


  1. For the spicy tequila: Pour the tequila into a small jar and add the jalapeno. Cover and let sit overnight or up to 2 days if you want it really spicy. 
  2. Strain, discarding the jalapeno. Cover and store in a cool, dark place.
  3. For the spicy tequila sunrise: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the orange juice and spicy tequila. 
  4. Slowly pour in the grenadine and watch it sink to the bottom; do not stir.
  5. Garnish with the orange and jalapeno slices and a cherry.

Key Lime Martini



  • 2 shots vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 shot key lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cream of coconut (recommended: Coco Lopez)
  • 1 shot pineapple juice
  1. Add all ingredients to a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Serve.

Whether you try these out for National Cocktail Day it is great to have in your pocket for a random weeknight happy hour or pick me up at home. Let me know if you end up trying them out.

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