Cocktail Recipes for a Tapas Party
You could make sidecars (more of a classic cocktail rather than innovative and new)...
2 parts brandy
1 part lemon juice (fresh only)
1 part cointreau (or equivalent)
I have made the mix ahead of time, then shaken with ice and served on an individual basis. Serve up in a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.
Another idea is Clara/Champu (they called it that in parts of Catalonia). Lager-style beer and lemon soda pop mixed. It's light on alcohol and very refreshing.
Sangria is the typical drink that comes to mind. Here's a different variation of Sangria:
CQ's White Sangria
1 bottle of dry white wine
1 lemon, sliced wedges
1 lime, sliced wedges
1 peach, sliced wedges
1 pint strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup cardomon seeds
1/2 cup fresh thyme
1/2 cup fresh rosemary
1/2 cup lemonade or limeade (homemade preferred)
1/2 cup sugar
2 oz of alcohol (I prefer gin for the crispness, but it all depends on taste)
Chill all above ingredients overnight (two days makes it better)
Add 2 cups of ginger ale (ginger beer or soda water for a less sweet drink could be used) before serving
Sherry is a traditional, especially some of the dryer varieties. I recently had a variation that was very good. 2 ounces of dry or medium dry sherry, a half ounce of dry vermouth (Wya is super but Noilley Prat is fine too), and a hefty dash of Fees Peach Bitters, shaken well with ice and served straight up.