What is the next beverage to try at home after mastering Dalgona coffee and bubble tea with homemade pearls? If you are looking to experiment with the drinks you have at home, why not try your hand at whipping out some cocktails. This is also the best time to switch things up and show off your fancy drinks for your next Zoom online gathering.
While some cocktails require a little more than just a hard liquor, you don’t need to search high and low for specific ingredients at supermarkets. Even if you don’t have a bottle of honey or lemon zest, you may always substitute it with other ingredients such as making your own simple syrup or orange zest instead.
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The espresso martini is a coffee-flavoured cocktail and has been a bar staple for many years. Sometimes, all you need is some coffee and alcohol to end the day right.
50ml brewed Espresso
50ml Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
3 coffee beans (garnish)
Pour the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels icy cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Carefully place three coffee beans in the middle for a sophisticated finish.
Monkey Jam Sour
Didn’t think jam goes well with alcohol? Try it and decide for yourself. Well, this cocktail is known for its sweet and simple taste that is perfect for an after-meal drink.
50ml Monkey Shoulder Scotch
20ml fresh lemon juice
2 tsp jam or marmalade
1 dash simply syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Firstly, scoop two generous teaspoons of jam into the cocktail shaker then combine all the other ingredients with ice. Shake and strain the mixture into an ice-filled glass. Top it with soda water if you fancy.
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Like the name suggest, this pretty classic cocktail isn’t as sweet as it looks. Unlike many of the ‘pretty-coloured’ cocktails, The Pink Lady has a drier and gently tart flavour, with slight undertones of fruity sweetness from the grenadine.
4 tsp grenadine
1 large egg white
Pour the gin and the grenadine into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake unil chill and strain mixture into a jug. Tip the egg white into the shaker and pour in the mixture. This time, shake until the egg is frothy, then pour it into a cocktail glass to serve. Top it with a cherry before presenting this to your loved ones.
What’s a mixologist without a glass of Manhattan? The whiskey-based cocktail is another classic and simple drink that is believed to date back to the late 1800s. Made with a bracing blend of bourbon or rye whiskey mixed with vermouth and a dash of bitters. What an old charm.
2 parts whiskey or rye
1 part sweet vermouth
1 dash of bitters (eg. Angostura, Bittermens)
Add the liquids into a cocktail shaker along with lots of ice and mix well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Find a comfortable sofa and enjoy your favourite television show with your Manhattan.
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Mixing a cocktail doesn’t get any simpler than Cuba Libre. This legendary drink is similar to Rum and Coke, but with the addition of fresh lime juice to lighten the sweetness of the mix.
30ml of rum
70ml of Coca-Cola
2 wedges of lime
Add all the ingredients into a glass filled with lots of ice. Squeeze and drop two lime wedges into the glass and make sure you squeeze it well into the mixture. You may also opt to garnish it with a lime wedge.
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It is interesting to note that The Goldeneye is a Jamaican cocktail with reference to the popular James Bond movie. It is also the name of the former home of novelist Ian Fleming, who wrote the James Bond books.
3 parts Blackwell Rum (or substitute with any rum at home)
3 parts pineapple juice
1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
1 slice of orange/pineapple wedge for garnish
Combine rum with pineapple juice and a squeeze of lime in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a fresh glass with ice and garnish with a fresh slice of orange or pineapple.
This champagne cocktail is quite the popular drink at weddings and celebratory parties. While we don’t usually come across this on the drinks menu at bars, it is actually pretty easy to make one yourself at the comfort of your home!
100ml of champagne
25ml peach schnapps
25ml grenadine syrup
1 lime twist (garnish)
Pour champagne into a glass about ¾ full, then add the peach schnapps and the grenadine syrup. Give your cocktail a little stir, but not too much that it bubbles over. Throw in the lime twist for an added zest to your pastel-coloured drink.
Another classic drink for whiskey lovers is the Whiskey Highball. A ‘highball’ is simply a cocktail made from any spirit, poured over ice and topped with carbonated beverage. To up the difficulty, make a Japanese Whiskey Highball instead!
60ml Japanese Whiskey
120ml soda water
Chilling is important for this drink. The ice cubes used in this drink usually comes in large, clear cubes to slow the dilution. Add ice to the brim of the glass and stir till glass its frosted. Drain any excess water that’s melted of it. Add whiskey and stir with the ice to cool it and add another ice cube if needed. Then pour chilled soda water into the glass and stir for approximately three to four times to incorporate the mixture.
If you are lazy to get off the couch to make these delicious cocktails from scratch, there are ready-made options here which delivers right to your doorstep.
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