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12 Red Cocktails Worth Sipping

Discover a dozen red cocktails that brighten the night with their vibrant hues and tasty flavors.

Woo Woo Cocktail with Black Background
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Red is powerful.

The scarlet color symbolizes love and good fortune as well as anger and danger. Blood is red as are stop signs and fast cars. And, in a fun culinary twist, red is also a popular cocktail color.

Despite their similar hues, red cocktails are not all the same. Some are classic and sophisticated while others are fruity and fun. Flavors run a gamut that includes sweet, savory, sour and bitter. And, for those seeking the perfect drink to serve on Christmas, Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day, red cocktails can also be bubbly and frothy.

What Makes Red Cocktails Red?

Pouring Grenadine for Clover Club Cocktail
While grenadine is a popular red cocktail ingredient, it’s not the only red ingredient in red cocktails. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Red cocktails get their vermillion color from a variety of different ingredients that are relatively easy to source. In fact, you probably have one or two of the following items in your pantry or liquor cabinet.

  • Cassis
  • Clamato Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Red Wine
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Tomato Juice

12 Of The Best Red Cocktails

These are our favorite red cocktails and the ones you’ll love sipping:

Dirty Shirley Cocktail with White Background from Above
Dirty Shirley
The Dirty Shirley isn't just a grown up version of the popular Shirley Temple drink. It's also a refreshing red cocktail that's super easy to craft at home in just five minutes.
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Ward 8 Cocktail from Above
Ward 8
The Ward 8 cocktail isn't as famous as its cousin, the Whiskey Sour, but it should be. Simultaneously sweet and spicy, this pre-prohibition potent potable has an added bonus – its red color.
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Kir Royale with Raspberry from Above
Kir Royale
With just three ingredients, the Kir Royale is proof that less can be more. An elegant drink that's super easy to craft at home, this ruby-colored Champagne cocktail is appropriately festive for any holiday or special occasion.
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Woo Woo Cocktail With Lime Wheel
Woo Woo
The Woo Woo is red and fruity. The tasty vodka drink is also also super easy to sip either with or without a straw.
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Clover Club Cocktail on Ledge
Clover Club
This Clover Club cocktail is simultaneously sweet and tart. Learn how to make this frothy pre-prohibition cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Hurricane Cocktail with Blue Background
Drinking a Hurricane cocktail at Pat O'Brien's is a rite of passage for first-time visitors to New Orleans. However, you can craft a better version of the fruity red cocktail at home no matter where you live.
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Mary Pickford Cocktail with Garnish
Mary Pickford
Inspired by one of Hollywood's top actresses during the Prohibition, the Mary Pickford cocktail is a tasty tipple that has passed the test of time. It's also easy to craft with just a handful of ingredients.
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Negroni on Lisbon Street Close Up
Unique for its deep red color and acerbic flavor, the Negroni packs a potent punch with equal parts of bitter Campari, dry gin and sweet vermouth.
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Old Pal Cocktail with Black Background Angled View
Old Pal
The Old Pal is a boozier version of the Negroni and Boulevardier. It's also delicious. Craft one at home in just five minutes and find out if the Old Pal will be your new best friend.
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Tomate Cocktail by Wall
This easy Tomate cocktail recipe has just has four ingredients including water and ice. Though you'll be tempted to drink this refreshing red drink on a hot summer day, it's also the perfect color to serve at a Christmas party or other festive event.
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Bloody Caesar Cocktail from Above
Bloody Caesar
Canada's Bloody Caesar is a delicious brunch drink whether you sip the tasty tipple in the Great White North or elsewhere. It's also the most famous vodka cocktail crafted with savory Clamato juice.
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Negroni Sbagliato
Negroni Sbagliato
The Negroni Sbagliato was allegedly invented by mistake. Fast forward 50 years and this mistaken 'Negroni with Prosecco' has become a worldwide sensation. Join the hype and craft the sparkling red cocktail at home.
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Mary Pickford Cocktail - Social IMg
Colorful Cocktails
Tomate Cocktail with Bottles
Two-Ingredient Cocktails
Dirty Shirley Cocktail with Black Background and Bowl of Cherries
Vodka Cocktails
About The Authors

About The Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: February 11, 2024

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