How to Make Cocktails Sparkle: 10 Glimmering Recipes

Published August 11, 2022
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Many cocktails sparkle and shine on their own, with light-catching the ice cubes or the bubbles to make the drink look like it's brimming with glitter. But sometimes, you want your cocktail to truly shimmer and sparkle with actual glitter. Ready make a glass of shimmering cocktail goodness? Once you know how to make cocktails sparkle, you can create your own magical concoctions and take your drink game to the next level.

How Do You Make a Cocktail Sparkle?

There are a few ways to give your cocktail a glittery shine or smooth, sultry shimmer. There's a broad selection of food-grade glitter or edible petal dust. Bakers often use these to decorate cookies or cakes, but they're just as colorful and mystical in a cocktail. For a glittery touch that doesn't change the opacity of the cocktail, edible glitter is the answer. You can shake these into the drink when you're mixing or sprinkle a pinch or two on top of a finished cocktail.

With edible glitter, you have not only the option of color but shapes and sizes of glitter, perfect for customizing your cocktails or even preparing several of the same cocktail but finishing each with a unique flair.

If you want your cocktail to have a shimmery, hazy look, with the glitter and the color of the glitter the focus of the drink, you'll stir in petal dust. Sometimes petal dust is called luster dust, but it all does the same: transforming an ordinary treat into a shining drink.

While you can mix different colors of petal dust, they tend to turn into a murky color over time, so only combine them at the last moment, just before serving.

When using an edible glitter or dust, you can simply add a pinch at the very end to top off the drink as a garnish, such as adding a pinch of gold glitter to an old-fashioned. You can also mix it up as you shake the drink. Try putting some green petal dust in a margarita for a festive, fancy finish.

Starlight Prosecco

Bring your French 75 to the sparkly side with this glittery and stunning fizzy twist. It'll make any occasion especially festive and send your guests scrambling for their cameras.

Starlight Prosecco cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • Ice
  • Prosecco to top off
  • Edible gold glitter for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a Champagne flute.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with gold glitter.

New York City Glitter Cosmo

Capture the lights of the Big Apple in a fancy cosmo that'll shimmer its way straight to the apple of your eye. Don't worry; it'll be just as tasty as it looks.

New York City Glitter Cosmo cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces citron vodka
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon red petal dust
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, citron vodka, lime juice, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and petal dust.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Glittering Summer Highball

Who says a simple highball can't be fancy? Not you! Any highball becomes a glittering ball of summer sunshine with a pinch of yellow petal dust.

Glittering Summer Highball cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon gold petal dust
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale to top off

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, bourbon, lemon juice, and gold petal dust.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger ale.
  5. Stir to mix.
  6. Top off with additional gold petal dust, if necessary, stirring to mix in.

Mermaid's Dream

Ready to make your mermaid dreams come true? Try a shimmering azure drink so inviting that Ariel would want to dive in.

Mermaids Dream blue cocktail with edible glitter

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce blue curaçao
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon edible fine blue glitter
  • Ice
  • Strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rum, blue curaçao, lemon juice, and blue glitter.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with strawberry.

Glitter Strawberry Margarita

The beauty of a margarita is it can always be upgraded, changed, or made even more fantastic beyond your wildest dreams. Let this shimmering strawberry margarita become the crown jewel of your next Taco Tuesday.

Glitter Strawberry margarita with tequila

Ingredients

  • Lime wedge and sugar for rim
  • 2 ounces strawberry tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce agave
  • ⅛ teaspoon white petal dust
  • Ice
  • Berry club soda to top off
  • Strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lime wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, strawberry tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, agave, and white petal dust.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Top off with berry club soda.
  7. Stir to mix, adding additional petal dust if desired.
  8. Garnish with strawberry.

Glitter Washington Apple Martini

Nothing catches the eye quite like the look of a shimmering Washington apple. This swirling, luminous martini is so gorgeous and red, it's worthy of a Cézanne still life painting.

Glitter Washington Apple Martini cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce sour apple schnapps
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon red petal dust
  • Ice
  • Apple slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, whiskey, sour apple schnapps, cranberry juice, and red petal dust.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with apple slice, if desired.

Fizzy Kiss

A kiss of fruity bitters, a pinch of glitter, and beloved prosecco bring a cocktail together instantly in this sparkling drink.

Fizzy Kiss cocktail

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • 1-2 dashes cherry bitters
  • Pinch of fine gold edible glitter
  • Prosecco to top off
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a Champagne flute.
  2. In chilled glass, add vodka, cherry bitters, and glitter.
  3. Top off with prosecco.
  4. Garnish with cherry, slowly dropping in, so it mixes the glitter.

Glittering Blue Lagoon

Breathe a little glitter and berry life into your usual blue lagoon with blueberry vodka and a healthy dose of shimmer. It's almost too pretty to drink (but don't let that stop you--just selfie with it first).

Glittering Blue Lagoon cocktail with blueberry vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blueberry vodka
  • ¾ ounce blue curaçao
  • ¼ teaspoon blue petal dust
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, blueberry vodka, blue curaçao, petal dust, and lemonade.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane or highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel, if desired.

Grandma's Glittering Cape Codder

A little sparkle goes a long way when it comes to making an old drink new again, and nowhere is that more true than a classic cape codder.

Grandma's Glittering Cape Codder cocktail with vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine red edible glitter
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, lime juice, raspberry liqueur, and red glitter.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into cocktail or rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired.

French Sparkle Martini

A little bit of peach nectar and some vodka will have this martini singing, and with a pinch of glitter, it'll become the star it's always been destined to be.

French Sparkle Martini cocktail with vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce peach nectar
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon edible gold or yellow glitter
  • Ice
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, peach nectar, lemon juice, and glitter.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with orange peel.

Learn How to Make a Drink Sparkle

There's no great science experiment involved, nor is there a trip to the craft store or endless glitter clean-up with sparkly cocktails; there's only the pure magic of a swirling, glimmering tipple. So whether you are living out your Disney princess dreams, longing for Insta-worthy cocktails, or hoping your drinks will light up a room, shiny, shimmery cocktails are where it's at. With just a few pinches of your favorite glitter or luster dust, your friends and followers will be asking how you did it. It's entirely up to you whether you share your secrets.

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