It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! 5 easy cocktail recipes to make at home

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Apr 17, 2020


It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! 5 easy cocktail recipes to make at home
Just because you don’t have the proper tools doesn’t mean you should limit your cocktail-making repertoire to variations on a Gin and Tonic.

You might not realize this, but your kitchen has everything you need to make delicious, bar-worthy drinks. And with no more than 3 or 4 ingredients, most of which you probably already have at home, these 5 classic recipes are fool-proof, hassle-free, and can be whipped up in a heartbeat.

What better way to liven up your Saturday night in?

Make sure you’re stocked up on ice beforehand. 

You can use a shot glass or an egg cup as a measuring unit. To know its capacity, just weigh it empty, then pour in some water and weigh it again. The difference in grams will give you the yield in centilitres. Otherwise, a good old tablespoon will do the trick: 2 tablespoons equal roughly 1 oz or 3 cl.

No shaker? No problem! Just use an empty jar or your trusted reusable water bottle instead. Put in your ice and ingredients, screw the lid on tight, and shake well. Pour through a strain or mesh sieve, and you’re done.

Ready? Let’s get started.

 

1. Gin – Tom Collins

An all-time classic cooler, the bright and refreshing Tom Collins is like the grow-up version of a sparkling lemonade.

What you need:

  • Gin
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Collins glass – can be substituted by a tall water glass
  • Lemon slice for garnish, maraschino cherry optional

Combine 1 1/2 oz / 4,5 cl gin with 1 oz / 3 cl fresh lemon juice and 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl simple syrup in a tall, ice-filled glass. Stir with a spoon. Top off with cool sparkling water to taste and garnish.

See? Easy peasy.

2.Vodka – Espresso Martini

If you have an espresso machine and some coffee liqueur laying around, nothing can stop you from making this trendy modern classic at home.

What you need:

  • Vodka
  • Espresso
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Simple syrup
  • Cocktail glass – just use a wine glass if you don’t have one
  • Coffee beans for garnish

Chill your glass in the freezer beforehand. Combine 1 1/2 oz / 4,5 cl vodka with 1 oz / 3 cl espresso and 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl coffee liqueur in a shaker (/ jar / reusable bottle) with ice. Shake well until chilled and frothy. Strain into your cold glass, garnish and enjoy.

Can you feel that nice caffeinated buzz kicking in?

 

3. Rum – Daiquiri

As far as rum-based cocktails go, you really can’t go wrong with a classic Daiquiri.

What you need:

  • White rum
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Cocktail glass – same as above, you can use a wine glass as a replacement
  • Lime twist for garnish

Leave your glass in the freezer to chill. Combine 1 1/2 oz / 4,5 cl rum with 1 oz / 3 cl lime juice and 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl simple syrup in a shaker (/ jar / reusable bottle) filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into your cold glass and garnish.

Fresh and zesty, this should perk you right up.

4. Whiskey – Whiskey Sour

You don’t need to be a trained bartender to pull off a great Whisky Sour. This timeless cocktail is surprisingly easy to make at home.

What you need:

  • Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Egg white (skip for a vegan-friendly version)
  • Coupe glass (or your trusted wine glass alternative) or Old Fashioned glass (or equivalent)
  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

Vigorously shake 1 1/2 oz / 4,5 cl whiskey, 1 oz / 3 cl lemon juice, 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl simple syrup and the egg white with ice until foamy. Strain into your previously chilled glass and garnish.

Admit it, you’ve just impressed yourself.

 

5. Tequila – Tequila Sunrise

This photogenic drink looks – and tastes – like summertime in a glass.

What you need:

  • Reposado tequila
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Collins glass or just a tall water glass
  • Orange wheel for garnish

Pour 1 1/2 oz / 4,5 cl tequila into your ice-filled glass and top with orange juice (around 3 oz / 9 cl). Add a dash or teaspoon of grenadine syrup. The syrup will sink to the bottom, giving your drink that beautiful layered effect. Garnish and stir before enjoying so all the flavors are combined.

Skip the liquor to make a virgin version your kids can enjoy!

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