15 Sweet Alcoholic Drinks For Beginners Listed (2023)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Most alcoholic beverages, such as vodka, whiskey, and tequila, will likely be unappealing to you if you’re new to drinking alcohol. This is not surprising, given how strong these drinks are and how long you can get accustomed to these spirits. 

Fortunately, there are simple ways to get used to the taste of alcohol without feeling sick every time you take a sip. 

Try the following list of sweet alcoholic drinks for beginners that can make your entire experience completely enjoyable. 

Top 15 Sweet Alcoholic Drinks Perfect For Beginners 

15. White Wine Peach Sangria

2 glasses of Peach White Wine Sangria

This recipe for a fun and refreshing peach and mint simple syrup cocktail is made with fresh or frozen peaches, whiskey, and white wine.

It’s not too sweet and perfect for a summer drink. But what type of wine should you use for Sangria?

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups peach puree (alternative: passion fruit puree or passion fruit juice)
  • ⅔ cup mint simple syrup
  • A bottle of white wine
  • Ice
  • 2 cups sparkling water 
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • ½ cup whiskey
  • 2-3 slices of frozen or fresh peaches 
  • Edible flowers or mint blossom (for garnish, optional)

Instructions: Pour the wine, lemon juice, puree, whiskey, sliced peaches, and simple syrup into a pitcher.

Stir gently and put the mixture in the fridge for a minimum of one or overnight (recommended). 

To serve, add the water and ice. Stream the mixture into the glasses and top with garnish. 

Serving: 6

14. Frozen Dragon Fruit Margarita

2 glasses of Frozen Dragonfruit Margarita with straw on a white table

A frozen dragonfruit margarita is a great choice for any occasion. This delicious drink is made in just five minutes and is very sweet. It’s also one of the tastiest sweet alcoholic drinks for anyone new to the world of drinking. 

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 dragon fruit, fresh (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup (or sugar syrup)
  • ¼ cup tequila Blanco
  • ¼ cup coconut rum
  • 3.5 oz smoothie pack of dragon fruit 

Instructions: Chill your margarita bottles in the fridge. Add the dragon fruit smoothie pack, simple syrup, tequila, coconut rum, lime juice, and ice to the blender. Set aside the squeezed lime for the sugar rim. 

Blend the ingredients until well mixed and coat the rim of the glasses with sugar and juiced lime.

Then, pour the mixture into the frozen margaritas glass and top it with the dragon fruit slicesMore coconut rum drinks here.

Serving: 2

13. Key Lime Martini

close up shot of Key Lime Martini drink

Key Lime Martini is a refreshing and sweet drink that can take you to the tropics. Its creamy and sweet taste complements the other ingredients in a fruity cocktail. 

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes 


  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz key lime juice
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 oz pineapple, juiced
  • 2 tbsp cream of coconut
  • Graham crackers (crumbs)

Instructions: Rim your glass with the crumbs of Graham crackers. After that, fill your martini shaker with all the remaining ingredients and the ice, and shake well. 

Filter it into your chilled martini glass and top it with lemon wedges or a lime twistHere’s how to hold a martini glass.

Serving: 1

12. Coconut Mojito

glass of Coconut Mojito on a wooden table

A coconut mojito is a crowd-pleaser made with freshly squeezed lime and coconut rum. It’s also made with lots of mints, which makes it an ultimate tropical cocktail. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • .165 oz sugar or sweetener
  • 2.64 oz sparkling water
  • 2.64 oz ice
  • .48 orange juice 
  • 1.76 oz coconut rum
  • .11 cup packed mint leaves
  • lime wedges 

Instructions: Inside the pitcher, squeeze limes, add the mint leaves, and muddle them together.

Add the sweetener, rum, ice, and a few drops of water, then mix. Pour the mixture into your tall glass and garnish it with mint leaves of lime if desired.

Serving: 1

11. Lemon Curd Cocktail Recipe

Lemon Curd Cocktail glass drink garnished with lemon

A delicious and creamy cocktail, like Lemon Curd, is made with homemade lemon curd, vodka, fresh lemon juice, and vanilla. If you love lemons, this cocktail is a must-try. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • Ice 
  • ½ oz fresh lemon, juiced
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz lemon curd

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture in your cocktail glass and serve. 

Serving: 1

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10. Blood Orange Ginger Cocktail

glass of Blood Orange Ginger Cocktail drink garnished with grapefruit

If you want a drink with a fun and refreshing mix of blood orange Italian soda, rosemary, and ginger, you need to try this one.

Blood Orange Ginger cocktail is perfect for anyone new to tasting sweet alcoholic drinks. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Total Time: 20 minutes 


  • Rosemary simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 4 oz. simple syrup
  • 12 oz vodka 
  • 16 oz Blood Orange Italian soda
  • 20 oz ginger beer

Instructions: In a pitcher or large container, combine the ingredients: ginger beer, Italian soda, simple syrup, and vodka.

Stir until well mixed. In four glasses, put one rosemary sprig and ice cubes each, pour the cocktail, and serve. 

Serving: 4

9. Blueberry Mojitos

glass of Blueberry Mojitos drink on a marbled countertop

A refreshing and flavorful blend of ingredients, such as fresh blueberries, adds a twist to the classic mojito. This drink is one of the best and most popular alcoholic drinks for anyone new to the world of drinking.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 14 oz club soda
  • 3 oz white rum
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice (or sour mix)
  • 4 oz blueberry simple syrup
  • Ten mint leaves (medium)

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker, add blueberry syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves. Muddle the mint leaves to unleash the flavors. 

Then, pour the rum and ice cubes into the shaker. Shake well for about 10 seconds. Finally, filter it on your glass with ice cubes and pour club soda on top.   

Serving: 1

8. Coquito

close up shot of coquito drink with cinammon stick on top

The refreshing taste of Coquito is due to its finest ingredients from Puerto Rico. This sweet treat is topped with three types of rum and coconut milk. But how long will coquito last?

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Total Time: 2 days 


  • 175ml spice rum
  • 175ml gold rum
  • 175ml white rum
  • 5ml pure vanilla extract
  • 345ml evaporated milk
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 15 oz cream of coconut
  • Kosher salt (1 pinch)
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ ground cinnamon
  • Spiced tea 

Instructions: In a large blender, pour salt, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and tea. Then, mix the cream of coconut, coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla extract, and rum. 

On medium speed, blend all the ingredients for 30 seconds to one minute. After that, filter the Coquito into a pitcher and refrigerate it for 48 hours. 

Get the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving. Give it a good mix and serve it cold with a sprinkle of cinnamon.    

Serving: 1

7. Easy Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri classic drink

Strawberry Daiquiri is one of the best alcoholic drinks for beginners. This sweet alcoholic drink features a fruity taste that you need to try. Whether you use fresh or frozen strawberries, this is really a tasty drink. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • 1 lime, juiced (alternative: apple cider)
  • 4 oz rum
  • 5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 4 cups strawberries, frozen 

Instructions: In your blender, add frozen and fresh berries, simple syrup, lime juices, and rum. Blend until smooth. Then, pour it into the glasses, garnished with lime slices or fresh strawberries, depending on your liking.  

Serving: 2

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6. Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail

3 glasses of Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail

Once you enter the legal drinking age [1], the Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey is one of the best cocktail recipes you need to try. This fruity drink is loaded with tropical fruits that will keep you wanting more. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Pineapple slice
  • Pineapple fronds
  • Ground cinnamon
  • One dash of aromatic bitters
  • .25 oz pineapple, juiced
  • .5 oz cream of coconut
  • .5 oz cinnamon simple syrup
  • .75 oz peanut butter whiskey
  • .75 oz light rum 

Instructions: To your shaker with ice, pour the aromatic bitters, pineapple juices, cream of coconut, simple syrup, peanut butter whiskey, and rum. 

Shake well for 20 to 30 seconds and strain it into your chilled highball glass with round ice. Sprinkle it with cinnamon, and top it with pineapple slices or pineapple fronds.   

Serving: 1

5. Tequila Sunrise

glass of Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise cocktail is a great way to start drinking alcohol because it is great tasting, easy to make – with a few ingredients – and is perfect for any occasion.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 4 oz orange juice (or cranberry juice)
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Grenadine (alternative: orange liqueur)
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherries and orange slices (optional)

Instructions: In a highball glass, add ice, orange juice, tequila, and grenadine. You can garnish it with maraschino cherries or an orange slice, if desired, before serving.  

Serving: 1 

4. Boozy Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

glass of Boozy Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

A steaming mug of hot chocolate is a great way to enjoy a taste of whiskey and peanut butter. This drink is topped with a thick and creamy layer of chocolate plus a layer of fluffy cream – making tasting sweet alcoholic drinks more enjoyable. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes 


  • Peanut butter sauce
  • Peanut butter cookies (for garnish)
  • 1 ½ oz peanut butter whiskey 
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cup of milk 
  • 1 ½ condensed milk, sweetened
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ heavy whipping cream

Instructions: Put a bit of peanut butter sauce on the rim of a heatproof mug until completely coated, then set it aside. 

Over medium heat, combine the heavy cream, condensed milk, and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Stir until well combined. Heat up the mixture again, and add chocolate chips.

Then, whisk together the chocolate until it is fully mixed. Turn the fire to medium and continue whisking until the mixture is hot (between 160 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit). 

After that, remove from the fire, add sea salt and the whiskey. Stir gently and pour the mixture into the mug. Top it with whipping cream, a drizzle of peanut butter sauce, and crumbs of peanut butter cookies. 


3. Classic Piña Coladas

glass of Classic Piña Coladas garnished with sliced of orange

The classic Piña Colada is one of the best sweet alcoholic drinks around. It’s filled with sophisticated flavors and is a perfect go-to drink.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • 1 oz lime, juiced 
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz coconut cream
  • 5 oz aged rum
  • 1 ½ cups of ice
  • 1 ½ cup pineapple (frozen)
  • Cocktail cherry (for garnish)

Instructions: To make Piña Colada, mix ice and pineapple until chunky. Then mix all the remaining ingredients until well-blended. Garnish it with a cocktail cherry and serve. 

Serving: 1

2. Frozen Mudslide

Frozen Mudslide on a wooden table and yellow background

Frozen Mudslide is a popular, sophisticated drink served in a cocktail glass. This drink is made with chocolate and Irish cream blended with vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • ½ gallon chocolate ice cream
  • 1 ½ oz Irish cream
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 ½ chocolate vodka (Alternative: any chocolate liqueur)
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

Instructions: In the blender, combine and blend all the ingredients well. If desired, garnish the mixture with choco syrup. 

Serving: 1

1. Sparkling Summer Blackberry Basil Cocktail

Sparkling Summer Blackberry Basil Cocktail glass

The summer season is the best time to indulge in a refreshing drink. This sweet cocktail is a delightful blend of blackberries and basil that you don’t want to miss out on. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes 


  • Blackberries and basil (for garnish)
  • 1ml bottle of chilled Mionetto Brut Prosecco 750
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup local honey 
  • 3 fresh basil, torn
  • 8 large fresh or frozen blackberries

Instructions: In a saucepan, combine frozen or fresh blackberries, honey, water, and basil, and set to medium-fire. Simmer it while occasionally stirring until it thickens (might take 4 to 5 minutes). Then, press the berries to release the juices. 

Remove from the fire and strain the mixture. Let it cool, and pour it onto the glasses. Top it with chilled Prosecco and garnish it with fresh berries and basil (if desired), then serve. 

Serving: 6


What’s the best fruity alcohol for beginners?

The best fruity drinks and alcohol for beginners include the classic cocktail, Piña Colada, Frozen Mudslide, Mint Mojito, and Strawberry Daiquiri. 

What’s the best sweet alcoholic drink for ladies?

The best sweet cocktail drink for ladies is the Key Lime vodka due to its vanilla flavor and perfect fruity combination of lime and pineapple juice. You can also try the Chocolate Martini or the classic cocktail, Piña Colada. 

Can sweet alcoholic drinks get beginner drinkers drunk?

Sweet alcoholic drinks can get beginners drunk. The sugary content of the cocktail may slow down the alcohol absorption from their stomach to their bloodstream [2], making them drunk. Also, just the presence of alcohol in the drink can make them drunk.

Final Thoughts 

Being a beginner in the liquor world can’t stop you from trying out the best sweet alcoholic drinks for beginners as an introduction to the liquor world.

You can try everything from classic cocktails like Martini, Piña Colada, and Margarita to improved drinks like Coquito, Blueberry Mojitos, and Lemon Curd cocktails and see which captures your palate. 

However, you must be cautious and try only the light ones first, as you’re just starting out. Before trying out complex spirits, you must first get used to the feeling and taste. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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