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5 of the Best Cocktail Recipes for Recruiters

Before moving into the recruitment industry, I worked as a cocktail bartender back in the day. I still have a passion for good cocktails, and having been at a few recruitment awards ceremonies lately, I know a lot of you do too 😉 As it's recruitment Christmas party season, here's a few of my favourite recipes for you to try!

Whether you're looking for a hard and boozy drink to drown your missed-target sorrows or some virgin cocktail ideas that will fool your colleagues, this list of the best cocktail recipes for recruiters has all the bases covered. 

So, here are my top 5 recruiter cocktail recipes for you to enjoy over the festive season!

1. Snowball

This is great drink for the festive holidays. Lime and lemonade make the creamy Advocaat really invigorating and it's low enough on the booze scale that you can brave a couple in the afternoon and still stay awake for the Christmas party lunch!


100 ml of lemonade

Juice of 1 lime

60 ml Advocaat liqueur

Garnish: lime slice

Serve in: tall collins glass

Fill your glass with ice. Pour the lemonade and lime juice in first and then drizzle the Advocaat in last. Give it a gentle stir being sure not to let it fizz up too much, as you still want the gas to stay in the lemonade.

2. The Penicillin 

Everyone gets ill at this time of year and after a long year, it's likely a lot of your colleagues will be nursing themselves through the lurgy during the Christmas party. This is the perfect cocktail to get them fighting fit and into party mode!


Penecillin-min3 tbsps of honey water (3 parts honey to 1 part water)

80ml Lagavulin 16 year old Islay single malt (or another single malt whisky of your choice!)

15 ml King’s ginger liqueur

Half a lemon, squeezed

Garnish: candied ginger

Serve in: old fashioned glass

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain them into an ice-filled chilled glass. This is like William Wallace in a glass and is sure to get rid of those winter blues!

3. Zombie

If you’ve had a candidate accept a counter offer on the last day of the month, then this is the one for you! Zombies are often limited to 2 per person in cocktail bars…for obvious reasons! 

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any hangovers this blog might bring.


zombie22.5 ml white Bacardi rum

60 ml gold rum

15m apricot brandy liqueur

15 ml Grand Marnier

75 ml orange juice

75ml pineapple juice

15 ml Grenadine

15ml over proof rum (for your garnish)

Garnish: Half a passion fruit soaked in the overproof rum and set alight using a lighter (be careful with this!)

Serve in: A hurricane glass

Shake the first nine ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Float the garnish on top of the cocktail. Take care not to burn yourself - and good luck!

4. 8th Day (non-alcoholic)

Having an 8 day week would work out pretty handy in this job, but that's not what this one is all about! Basically, if you’re already at the point that you've partied the last seven consecutive days, or simply don’t drink alcohol - don’t worry. This one is booze free!


8thday-min75 ml cold jasmine tea

Juice of 1 lime 

2 tsp ginger sugar syrup

Lemon and lime soda to finish

Garnish: Lime wedge

Serve in: Colins glass

Shake first 3 ingredients over ice and strain in to a glass illed ice. Top up with Lemon and Lime soda.

5. The Fishito

This is the Firefish twist on the classic Mojito. It’s really refreshing and has one special ingredient!


fishito5 fresh strawberries

A small handful of fresh mint leaves

50 ml of a nice white or golden rum. My favourite is Havana 5.

Juice of 1 lime 

15ml gomme sugar syrup

Soda water to finish

Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of the glass to release the flavour ( you can use a spoon to do this). Add your rum and sugar syrup.

Take the mint leaves and place them on the palm of your hand then give them a clap. This releases the aroma and flavour with out breaking them up. Add them to the glass.

Add crushed ice to the glass. Fill to the top with soda water then use a long spoon to get to the bottom of the drink and give it a good mix.

Garnish: One Firefish jelly sweet (available from all good Firefish employees) and a sprig of mint! If you're keen to get your hands on some of our famous fish sweets for garnish, drop me a line or book a demo using the button at the bottom of the page ;)

How to make a Fishito!

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About the Author: Cameron McLennan heads up the Growth team at Firefish Software, and has been at the forefront of Rec Tech since 2013. When he’s not busy winning new clients who are on a mission to recruit smarter, you can find him discussing all the latest trends in social selling, inbound marketing and recruitment on the Firefish blog, or hosting his popular crowdcast channel.

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