If you want to have your head high in the world of cocktails, you must be able to make some for yourself at home. Sometimes, nightouts and family dinners in restaurants or clubs might be expensive. To cut off such expenses, make your own delicious cocktails without having to spend a fortune. There are certain things that are often overlooked when making drinks. One of the things is shaking your cocktail over ice for about 10 seconds when you are not stirring but when you are stirring, 20 seconds are enough. Without doing so, the cocktail might not be cold enough and might not contain adequate water from ice. Another way is to ensure that all the cocktail ingredients are mixed well and in the right proportions. Also, it’s good to have enough stores of drinks such as Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Tequila, Brandy, Vermouth and Rum among other brands of your choice at your disposal. You will also need one steel shaker, jigger, strainer, pint-size mixing glass, and bar spoon. With everything in place, you are ready to go! Here are 12 quick and easy cocktails you can make at home.
#12. Champagne Cocktail
Teaching oneself how to make champagne at home is one of the greatest achievements. Good drinks are about complexity as well as simplicity. The traditional champagne cocktail dates back to about 150 years since its invention. It just requires a few ingredients which are; 1/2 ounce cognac, lemon twist for garnish, 5 ounces chilled champagne and 1 sugar cube soaked with a few drops of angostura bitters. In order to make 1 drink, take the sugar cube with a few drops of angostura bitters and put in a champagne flute, add the cognac and the chilled champagne and lastly add the garnish.
#11. Mai Tai
Now we are going to teach you how to make a Mai Tai. Obviously, a Mai Tai cannot be made without an orgeat syrup which is a combination of almonds with a hint of orange flower water. In order to make this cocktail, you need 2 ounces of rums. If you can’t get 2 rums, substitute it with an aged rum and everything should be fine. In order to make 1 drink you need;1/1/2 ounces cane rum, 1/2 ounce wray and nephew overproof rum, 1/2 ounce grand marnier, 1/2 ounce orgeat syrup, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice and 1 mint sprig for garnish. To prepare Mai Tai, take a cocktail shaker and fill it up to 2/3 full of ice then add the other ingredients in the order written except garnish. Shake them over ice and add garnish.
In order to make a decent Negroni, you need Gin, Campari, orange twist garnish and sweet vermouth. It’ good to make sure the ratios of sweet vermouth and Gin are equal. The brands of Gin or vermouth used don’t matter. In order to make 1 drink of this sweet cocktail takes 1/1/2 ounces of Campari, 1/1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth as well as Gin and 1 orange twist for garnish. Take all the ingredients and pour them in old fashioned glass and stir them and later add garnish.
In order to prepare Manhattan cocktail, you need to have a good amount of sweet vermouth and bitters. To make 1 drink of this amazing cocktail, you only need these ingredients; 2 ounces of straight rye whiskey, 1-ounce sweet vermouth, 3 dashes angostura bitters and 1 luxardo maraschino cherry for garnish. Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and then stir them in a chilled cocktail glass and later add garnish.
To make I drink of old fashioned cocktail, you need to make sure that you have 1 sugar cube, 1 half wheel orange, 1 luxardo maraschino cherry, 7 dashes angostura bitters and 3 ounces of straight rye whiskey. Mix up all the sugar, bitters, cherry and orange in an old fashioned glass then add ice and whiskey and stir them together for about 5 seconds.
#7 Dry Gini Martin
This is an easy and luscious drink that meets a tight budget at home. It does not cost a fortune to make it and have it with your family or friends. In order to make one drink, you need 2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, 2 dashes orange bitters and 1 olive for garnish. Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice then stir and strain them into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish
#6.Ramos Gin Fizz
Many people are of the view that making Ramos Gin Fizz is a very hard task. Unfortunately, this is just a misconception. To make 2 drinks of this fabulous cocktail, you need 2 ounces gin, 1-ounce cream,1 raw white egg,1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice, 2 dashes orange flower water, club soda and lastly 2 half wheels orange for garnish. Take a blender and combine everything apart from club soda. Add ice and blend it with the mixture until it is pure. Fill one champagne flute and top the drink with club soda and garnishes.
This is a high flying cocktail that you can enjoy preparing at your home without any hassles. To make a drink of aviation you need these ingredients; 1/1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur, 1/2 ounce crème de violette and 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and then shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
This is also another cocktail you can easily make at the comfort of your home. You need a good white rum such as Appleton in your bucket before looking for other ingredients. The ingredients you need include; 2 ounces light rum, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1 lime wedge for garnish. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and then shake and strain into an ice field wine glass and lastly add garnish.
To make this cocktail, you need 1/1/2 ounces white tequila, 1ounce cointreau and 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice. Combine them in a shaker, add ice, then shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
To prepare this cocktail at your home, you need a pinch of salt, ice, 1-ounce clamato, 1/1/2 ounces of Blanco tequila, 1 teaspoonful Mexican hot sauce, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, Mexican squirt and lemon wheel to garnish. Take a 10-ounce glass and fill it with ice, scattering ice on it and then pour in hot sauce, tequila, lemon juice, and clamato. Top up your glass with grapefruit then stir gently. Add lemon to garnish.
This is one of the easiest cocktails to make at home. The ingredients are vodka and cranberry. You only need 2 ounces of vodka,3 ounces of cranberry juice and a lime wedge. Pour all the ingredients in a highball glass with ice cubes, stir well and the n squeeze the lemon juice into the drink.