Wow your guests with your cocktail making skills. You can make these delectable concoctions with everyday kitchen equipment. If you have a cocktail shaker, great. If not, be unlike James Bond and simply stir.
A favourite of the characters from Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan never goes out of style. This one’s handy for a party, as you can make a batch in advance and serve it from a pitcher. A rather more sophisticated alternative to “surprise punch”, then.
• 35ml good quality vodka
• 15ml Cointreau
• squeeze of fresh lime juice
• 25ml cranberry juice (not diet)
If making individually, simply shake the ingredients together with ice, strain, pour, and serve. If you’re making a pitcher, just add ice shortly before serving.
This popular Cuban concoction is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
• 6 fresh lime wedges
• 20 leaves of fresh mint
• 2½ tsp sugar
• handful of ice
• 65ml white rum
Add the mint, lime wedges, and sugar to a tall glass. Mash with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin. Next, add the ice to the glass, and pour the rum over the top. Garnish with mint, and it’s ready to go.
3. Whiskey Sour
An old-timey cocktail that’s nevertheless perfect for seeing in the New Year.
• 1 small egg
• 2 tsp sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• Juice of 1 small lemon
• 50ml bourbon/whiskey of your choice
• 2 dashes bitters
Just shake (or stir), and pour over ice in a short tumbler.
4. Chocolate Orange Martini
During the 90s, the chocolate orange martini was the drink of choice for trendy Londoners. I can’t resist the chocolate and orange combo, whether it’s in style or not. This cocktail is so delicious and creamy you might forget it’s rather booze-heavy.
• 30ml vodka
• 15ml Cointreau
• 15ml Crème De Cacao
• 30ml cream
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then pop in the rest of the ingredients. Give it a good shake until the glass/metal of the shaker looks frosted. Then just strain and pour.
5. Negroni Bianco
This refreshing, sharp cocktail uses just 3 main ingredients.
30ml good quality gin
30ml bitters (French “Suze” is preferred, but can be hard to get hold of so other bitters like Angostura will do)
Simply mix, and serve over ice if you prefer.