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15 Sweet Alcoholic Drinks For Beginners Listed (2024)

Sweet Alcoholic Drinks For Beginners

Last Updated on March 1, 2024 by Lydia Martin

If you’re new to drinking alcohol, you might find beverages like vodka, whiskey, and tequila a bit too strong and not appealing.

It’s no surprise because these drinks have a powerful kick, and it can take some time to get used to them.

Fortunately, there are sweet alcoholic drinks for beginners that you can enjoy without feeling queasy every time you take a sip.

We’ve crafted, tested, and sipped our way through an array of sweet concoctions to bring you the best of the best.

Top 15 Sweet Alcoholic Drinks For Beginners 

1. Sparkling Summer Blackberry Basil Cocktail

Sparkling Summer Blackberry Basil Cocktail glass

Sparkling Summer is one of the best sweet alcoholic drinks for beginners because of its refreshing and fruity taste. It is easy to make and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

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. It usually takes me 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken. Then, I press the berries to release the juices. 

“For beginners, sweet cocktails are the gentle introduction to the world of spirits, a delicious gateway to a lifetime of flavor exploration.”

-Liquor Laboratory

Remove from the fire and strain the mixture. Let it cool, and pour it onto the glasses. Top it with chilled Prosecco [1] and garnish it with fresh berries and basil (if desired), then serve. 

Serving: 6

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. I usually garnish the mixture with choco syrup to make it more flavorful.

Serving: 1

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, I mix ice and pineapple until it is chunky. Then, mix the pineapple juice and the remaining ingredients until well-blended. Garnish it with a cocktail cherry and serve. 

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 sweet alcoholic 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 the mixture again, and add chocolate chips.

Then, whisk together the chocolate until it is thoroughly 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 cookies. 


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 [2].

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 

6. Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail

3 glasses of Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail

Once you enter the legal drinking age [3], the Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey is one of the best cocktail recipes you need to try. This fruity drink has 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 fronds.   

Serving: 1

7. Easy Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri classic drink

Strawberry Daiquiri is one of the best alcoholic drinks for beginners. Whether you use fresh or frozen strawberries, this is a tasty drink. 

It is one of the best-tasting sweet alcoholic drinks with a refreshing sweet and sour taste.

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, fresh lime juice, 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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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 drink 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. 

Blend all the ingredients on medium speed 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

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, sour mix or 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

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, 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. Put one rosemary sprig and ice cubes in four glasses, pour the cocktail, and serve. 

Serving: 4

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 is the best alcoholic cocktail to try at home.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • Ice 

  • ½ oz fresh lemon, juiced

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka

  • 2 oz lemon curd

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

Serving: 1

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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 or orange liqueur

  • 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

13. Key Lime Martini

close up shot of Key Lime Martini drink

Key Lime Martini is a refreshing, 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: Put graham crackers on the rim of the glass, fill your martini shaker with all the remaining ingredients and the ice, then 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

14. Frozen Dragon Fruit Margarita

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

Frozen Dragon Fruit Margarita is a sweet alcoholic drink for any occasion. This delicious drink is made in just five minutes and is very sweet.

The Frozen Dragon Fruit Margarita is one of the tastiest sweet alcoholic drinks, ideal for beginners because it tastes like candy.

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, 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

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 [4], sliced peaches, and simple syrup into a pitcher.

Stir gently and put the mixture in the fridge for at least one or overnight (recommended). 

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

But you can go wild, adding gin, vermouth, rum, vodka or amaro, your own fruit syrups, juices, or fizzy drinks. 

-Beltrán de Soto, Bar Manager 

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. 
Sweet cocktail is ideal for beginners because it masks up the taste of the alcohol. However, you have to be of legal drinking age before you are allowed to consumed alcoholic beverages.

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 [5], making them drunk.
Also, just the presence of alcohol in the drink can make them drunk.

Why are sweet alcoholic drinks recommended for beginners? 

Sweet alcoholic drinks are often recommended for beginners because their sugary taste can help mask the strong flavor of alcohol, making them more palatable for those who are new to drinking.

What are some examples of sweet alcoholic drinks for beginners?

Examples include fruity cocktails like piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris, and mango margaritas, as well as creamy concoctions like mudslides and white Russians.

Do sweet alcoholic drinks have lower alcohol content? 

Not necessarily. While some sweet drinks may have lower alcohol content, like wine coolers or flavored malt beverages, others can have a higher alcohol content, especially if they contain distilled spirits like vodka or rum.

Are there non-alcoholic versions of sweet drinks for beginners?

Yes, many sweet alcoholic drinks can be made as non-alcoholic mocktails by simply omitting the alcohol and increasing the proportion of other ingredients like fruit juices or soda.

Can sweet alcoholic drinks be customized to suit individual tastes? 

Absolutely! Sweet alcoholic drinks are highly versatile and can be easily customized by adjusting the amount of sweetener, adding different fruits or flavorings, or even experimenting with different types of alcohol.

Are sweet alcoholic drinks typically served shaken or stirred?

It depends on the specific drink. Some sweet cocktails, like martinis or margaritas, are typically shaken with ice to chill and dilute the ingredients, while others, like spritzers or sangrias, are stirred with ice to maintain their fruity flavors.

Are sweet alcoholic drinks only for young or inexperienced drinkers?

Not at all! Sweet alcoholic drinks are enjoyed by people of all ages and experience levels. Many seasoned drinkers still appreciate the refreshing and indulgent flavors of sweet cocktails.

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 [6], 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, as you’re just starting. Before trying complex spirits, you must get used to the feeling and taste. 








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