2014 MTV Video Music Awards

5 Rockstar Cocktails for Your VMA Party Inspired by Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Pharrell Williams, and Iggy Azalea

5 Rockstar Cocktails for Your VMA Party Inspired by Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Pharrell Williams, and Iggy Azalea
Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
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MTV's Video Music Awards are back on Sunday night! This year, we're partying along with the rockstars and raising a glass (or two! or three!) filled with a cocktail inspired by the Video of the Year nominees. Five fab New York City bartenders and mixologists created five exclusive cocktail recipes for us inspired by Iggy Azalea’s "Fancy," Beyoncé’s "Drunk in Love," Miley Cyrus’s "Wrecking Ball," Sia's "Chandelier," and Pharrell Williams’s "Happy."

Read on to sip, swerve, and enjoy!

"The Fancy"

We took a cue from the rooftop-dwelling, champagne-spilling Iggy Azalea hit and headed to The Roof in New York City where we lounged on their posh terrace, soaking in the spectacular views of Central Park and clicking crystal glasses. Can't you taste this gold?

VMA Cocktails 2014: The Fancy
Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
Recipe by The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel

Makes: 1 cocktail

½ oz. lemon
½ oz. Demerara simple syrup
½ oz. fresh pear juice
1 oz. Pierre Ferrand 1840
Moët & Chandon
Edible gold flakes

1. Rim coupe glass with edible gold flakes.
2. Shake all ingredients, pour into coupe glass.
3. Top with Moët & Chandon.

"Drunk in Love"

Need something to sip while you're swerving? We found the perfect cocktail at Horchata in New York City. The drink, as sweet and complex as Queen Bey herself, is reminiscent of a hot, sexy summer night.

VMA Cocktails 2014: The Drunk in Love
Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
Recipe by Horchata

Makes: 1 cocktail

1 oz. Ron Zacapa 23
¾ oz. Diplomatico
¼ oz. Grand Marnier
1 ¼ oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. orange juice
.12 oz. grenadine
½ oz. simple syrup
1 dash of bitters

1. Combine all ingredients and shake. Or swerve.

"The Happy Dance"

Founder of SipTeaze.com Nicole Young was inspired by Pharrell Williams’s upbeat, can't-get-it-out-of-your head song "Happy" when she created her cocktail, The Happy Dance. Everything about the drink is begging for a party—including the cake batter flavored wine!

VMA Cocktails 2014: The Happy Dance
Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
Recipe by Nicole Young

Makes: 1 cocktail

½ cup Birthday Cake Vineyards Cake Batter Wine
1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ cup cream soda (we love Sprecher's version)
1 strawberry sliced

1. Shake wine and lemon juice over ice.
2. Pour into stemless wine glass and add cream soda.
3. Garnish with strawberry slices.

"The Blonde Adelaide"

To celebrate Sia's music video nomination for "Chandelier," the Stone Rose Lounge in New York City was inspired by the artist bright locks and birthplace: Adelaide, Australia. The gorgeous cocktail, The Blonde Adelaide, is the perfect sip next time you have a swinging-from-the-chandelier night!

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Recipe by the Stone Rose Lounge

Makes: 1 cocktail

4 slices of cucumber
2 strawberries
1½ oz. Belvedere Vodka
1 oz. Bonal Gentiane Quina aperitif
¾ oz. simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
Splash of club soda

1. Muddle four slices of English cucumber and two strawberries and add remaining ingredients.
2. Shake with ice and pour into a Collins glass with fresh ice.
3. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a skewered half strawberry and cucumber slice.

"Wrecking Ball"

To capture the edgy vibe of Miley Cyrus’s ode to heartbreak, we headed to super hip hotspot the Press Lounge. Their savvy bartenders were able to capture the complexity of a relationship in this pretty cocktail: it's cantaloupe sweetness is cut with the smoky bite of Mezcal and a spicy sprinkle of pepper flakes.

Make sure you garnish with a melon (wrecking) ball.

VMA Cocktails 2014: The Wrecking Ball
Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
Recipe by the Press Lounge

Makes: 1 cocktail


For Orgeat Syrup:
¾ cup almond milk
⅓ cup sugar
8 drops almond extract
4 drops orange blossom water

For Cocktail:
1 ½ oz. Mezcal
1 oz. cantaloupe juice (if you do not have a juicer, blend several chunks of cantaloupe in a blender)
¾ oz. of orgeat syrup (see accompanying recipe or purchase pre-made orgeat syrup)
½ oz. fresh lime juice
3 dashes of bitters (the Press Lounge prefers Bad Dog Fire & Damnation bitters)
dash of cayenne of Aleppo pepper flakes


For Orgeat Syrup:
1. Mix all ingredients.

For Cocktail:
1. Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice, then strain into cold martini or coupe glass.
2. Sprinkle top with cayenne or Aleppo pepper flakes for extra kick.
3. Garnish with speared cantaloupe melon ball.

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