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Ingenious Tips on How to Make Cocktails at Home




Making cocktails is not rocket science and with a bit of practice, you too could start making cocktails at home. It might come as a surprise that some of the most affordable cocktails can be found in liquor stores near you or get them when you buy alcohol online delivery.

Instead of spending a fortune this festive season, why not make cocktails at home and invite a couple of friends or family. Here is a list of ten easy and simple cocktails you can make at home.

Mint Julep

Ingredients:

  • 50ml whiskey (or rum)
  • Two teaspoons caster sugar (you could replace it with regular sugar or Gomme syrup)
  • Four mint sprigs
  • Some crushed ice
  • Soda water (optional)
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Method:


  • Mix the crushed ice, mint sprigs, and caster sugar
  • Massage the mixture gently using a spoon
  • The caster will sugar help to bring out the flavor of the mint
  • If you are breaking or crush the mint, they will end up having a sour taste. This is why you have to fold and stir gently
  • Pour in 25ml of rum, some more crushed ice and continue the ‘massage’
  • Fill the glass with ice, add in the second 25ml of rum and finally add a dash of soda (optional)

The Vesper

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 5 ounces vodka
  • 25 ounces Lillet Blonde
  • Lemon peel for garnishing

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients and shake over ice before straining into a glass
  • Garnish with lemon peel

White Russian

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounces cream or whole milk
  • 75 ounces coffee liqueur

Method:

  • Put some ice cubes into an old fashioned glass and fill to the brim
  • Add the coffee liqueur and vodka
  • Float the whole milk or cream on top and stir

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1-ounce soda water
  • An orange wedge for garnish

Method:

  • Build over a glass to the brim with ice cubes
  • Top it up with soda water
  • Garnish with the orange wedge

Sidecar

Ingredients:

  • Cognac or brandy
  • Orange liqueur or Cointreau
  • Lemon juice

Method:

  • Twist the rim of your coupe on a plate of sugar, so that is attached to the glass’s rim 
  • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake until adequately chilled
  • Strain into the sugar-rimmed coupe and garnish with the orange peel

Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • Gin or vodka
  • Rose’s lime juice (or freshly squeezed lime juice)

Method:

  • Mix the ingredients and shake well with cracked ice
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • A sugar cube
  • An orange slice for garnish

Method:

  • Put sugar cube into an Old Fashioned glass and soak with the bitters
  • Muddle until it’s dissolved
  • You can add a few drops of water if necessary
  • Add a large ice cube and bourbon
  • Garnish with an orange slice and cherry

Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 25 ounces lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Method

  • Add vodka, ginger beer in an ice-filled copper mug
  • Pour in the lime juice, stir, and use the lime wedge as a garnish
  • Serve

Raspberry Gin

Ingredients:

  • 300g raspberries
  • 100g sugar
  • 700ml bottle of gin
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Method

  • Tip the raspberries and add sugar into a 1.5 liter sterilized jar
  • Pour over the gin, seal the jar airtight and carefully swirl around to dissolve all the sugar
  • Store in a cool place and swirl the jar at least once per day for one week
  • After 2 or 3 weeks, strain the gin using a sieve
  • Pour the gin into small bottles, and label
  • The gin will maintain a vibrant pink color for a few months and will be drinkable for at least a year
  • Use the boozy raspberries to make cocktails

Sloe Gin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 25ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar syrup
  • Crushed ice or ice cubes

Method:

  • Mix the gin, sloe gin, lemon juice, crushed ice and the sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker
  • Shake and strain into a glass with ice cubes
  • Serve immediately

Conclusion

Most people would rather sit at a bar and order a stream of cocktails. However, knowing how to whip up different cocktails will make you a star at your office party at the end of the year. With that said, it will take time to get the perfect mix for your taste buds.


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