Do you want to beat the summer heat? Here are some easy cocktail recipes that will make your day. Be it a party with a large group of guests or just with your partner, these easy cocktail recipes might be the best drinks you can prepare at home. If you’re wondering how to prepare sangria, bloody mary, or even margarita we have got all covered. Read on to be the cocktail king/queen at your home.
Cocktails have a blurry and mysterious but catchy and delightful history. Among the stories explaining their creation, the following are the most common and attractive:
- A female innkeeper used to spice up the drinks she served to soldiers with rooster feathers
- Antoine Amedie Peychaud’s invention of the Peychaud bitter and his habit of serving toddies in eggcups
- The drink served in a “Coquetier” (eggcup – ‘cocktay’ would be the pronunciation in English)
- Tavern owners’ tradition to collect cask (cock) tailings and sell them as mixed beverages
Perhaps there are even more stories regarding cocktail origins out there. However, I am willing to bet that these stories are the last thing on your mind as you dip your lips into your favorite cocktail. You want to enjoy more of it, and this can be difficult if you have to go to a bar for it.
Probably your budget cannot take it, your schedule is too busy, or you are the type who prefers to come home from work, take a shower, and relax on the couch until dinner. You certainly wish you could make your cocktails at home, with as little effort and money as possible.
Well, you can, and I’m going to explain how in the following lines.
Before we get to it, just keep in mind that the recipes below are the starting point. It is up to you to play with quantities and flavors and take them to the next level.
10 Delicious, Easy, and Affordable Cocktail Recipes to Try at Home
This famous cocktail is the girls’ favorite not just to drink but to make as well.
- Cranberry juice
- Orange peel
How To Prepare Cosmopolitan?
It’s super easy to shake ice with equal parts of vodka and cranberry juice, and spice them up with the juice of a couple of lime wedges that you then drop in the glass. For an original touch, flame an orange peel and drop it in the drink. You can also make your own ice bits using ice machines to have a perfect drink.
2. Pina Colada
Refreshing and flavored, creamy, and delicious, pina colada is a must-taste for everyone.
- Malibu rum
- White rum
- Coconut water
- Coconut cream
- Sugar syrup
- Pineapple juice
How To Prepare Pina Colada?
You can make it at home by blending 30ml of Malibu rum, 30ml of white rum, 60ml of coconut water, 20g of coconut cream, 30ml of sugar syrup, and 60ml of pineapple juice.
For best results, serve it in a tabu Tikki glass with lots of ice and garnished with fresh pineapple, a maraschino cherry, and a slice of orange.
The classic mojito is a great way to beat the summer heat.
- White rum
- Sugar syrup
- Crushed ice
- Mango cubes
- Sprite or 7Up
How To Prepare Mojito?
To use it, you’ll need 45ml of white rum, 15ml of sugar syrup, 6 wedges of lime, and 10 leaves of mint. You can take it to the next level with lots of crushed ice, a few mango cubes, and a splash of Sprite or 7Up.
Similar to the mojito, daiquiris are a little fruitier. They start with the same ingredients:
45ml of white rum, 15ml of lime juice, some sugar syrup, and lots of ice. You can then enrich and diversify them with 45ml of your favorite fruits, carefully chopped.
A fruit slice or some mint leaves as a garnish will make it look irresistible.
The drink that requires no presentation, Margarita, is delicious and easy to make.
You can use a rimmed Martini glass with 3/4 ice in it, and pour 45ml of tequila, 15ml of Cointreau, 15ml of lime juice, and 15ml of sugar syrup over the ice.
An orange slice added as a garnish will surely make it come to life.
6. Long Island Ice Tea
Despite its name, this cocktail is quite strong.
To prepare it, you’ll need ice, equal parts of vodka (orange flavors go best), rum, gin, tequila, and Cointreau (orange liqueur), with lime juice, and coke to taste.
How To Prepare Long Island Ice Tea?
Mix the ice with the vodka, rum, and gin, add coke, and gently pour the tequila and Cointreau on top, giving them a light stir. You can use orange and mint as garnish.
7. Bloody Mary
Few drinks are as popular, intriguing, and easy to prepare as this one.
- Lime juice
- Tomato juice
- Wooster sauce
- Tobacco sauce
- Ice cubes
How To Prepare Bloody Mary At Home?
It shouldn’t be difficult to rim a tall glass with salt, add ice cubes to it until it’s ¾ fill, add 150ml of tomato juice, 15ml of lime juice, ¼ teaspoons of Wooster sauce, 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce over it, stir everything well, and dilute it with vodka.
Don’t forget to add a green chilly to the glass before serving, for a spooky look.
8. Twisted Whiskey Sour
A traditional yet fancy drink for guys’ nights and many other occasions, this is a no-brainer recipe.
- Orange juice
- Lemon juice
- Sugar syrup
- Orange slice
How To Prepare Twisted Whiskey Sour?
Preparing it only requires that you mix and shake ice with 45ml of whiskey, 30ml of orange juice, 20ml of lemon juice, and 10ml of sugar syrup.
Garnished with an orange slice and with a few drops of bitter drizzled over it, this cocktail will successfully accompany any menu and any activities.
This is one of the drinks you can prepare and enjoy year-round.
- Red wine
- Orange wine
- Fruits like orange, apple, mint, berries
How To Prepare Sangria?
To make it, you only need to pour 75ml of red wine and 15ml of orange wine over cut fruits (orange, apple, mint, and berries), top everything with 7Up, and garnish it with mint leaves.
This Brazilian Cocktail is refreshingly perfect for hot summer days.
- Sugar syrup
How To Prepare Caprioska?
To make it, all you need to do is mix 45 ml of vodka with 6 wedges of lime, 15ml of sugar syrup, and 10 mint leaves.
If you always have lemonade in the fridge, you can simply mix it with the vodka and the mint leaves to get similar results.
Don’t forget to cool everything down with crushed ice before drinking!
Which Is Your Favorite Cocktail?
I don’t know about you, but the Cosmopolitan has always been my favorite. You can also replace cranberries with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, as per your taste.
On the other hand, you can also go for a Pina colada, for its creamy combination of coconut and pineapple. In fact, these cocktail recipes are easy to prepare and require only a few ingredients that are affordable. You will love these cocktails once you get to see the awesome results yourself.
Making them and serving them at home is cheaper and more fun than going out and drinking them in a bar, especially in quarantine.
Have you tried any of the above cocktail recipes? What do you think? When you do try them, don’t forget to adjust the quantities to your taste and share your preferences in a comment, along with any ideas on how to improve these cocktail recipes. Also, share the post with your friends, to inspire them on what to prepare for your next get-together!
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