I wanted to compile a list of simple cocktails that are super easy to recreate at home when entertaining. Cocktails that don’t contain a lot of extravagant ingredients, only require basic cocktail techniques and are incredibly tasty.
The end result is 10 step by step cocktail recipes featured in a concise (just over 10 minutes in fact) and easy to follow video. View the video below or you can skip to a particular cocktail recipe within the video by clicking the relevant links:
The espresso martini has been made hugely popular in recent years due to the addictive combination of coffee & vodka! Make sure you use cold drip coffee - coffee extracted with heat tends to go bitter when not used immediately. Cold drip makes a delicious and consistent Espresso Martini - every time!
This cocktail resembles the Americano (minus the soda and replaced with gin). Not to everyone's taste though I must admit - try easing into one by replacing the Campari with a less bitter Italian aperitif, Aperol - yum!
The Brown Derby is somewhat of a bourbon whiskey based riff on a classic daiquiri. A big measure of bourbon is balanced with sweet honey syrup and sour and subtly bitter grapefruit juice. Named after the popular LA restaurant from the mid-20th century.
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60mL Bourbon Whiskey
30mL Fresh Grapefruit Juice
15mL Honey Syrup (1:1)
Combine all the ingredients in your cocktail shaker
The Bee's Knees cocktail recipe was invented out of necessity, hiding the poor quality homemade, bathtub cut gin that was prevalent during the prohibition-era.
Nowadays, good quality gin is in abundance and this is a delicious, citrusy and honeyed gin cocktail.
The classic Margarita recipe is a simple 3:2:1 ratio of strong, sour and sweet. No need for adding extra simple syrup as the sugar content of the triple sec/Cointreau balances the sour.
Margaritas are a party drink so I like to serve them in an old fashioned glass over ice!
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Tip:- Keep all your guests happy by only rimming half the glass with salt – just in case they don’t like it.
45mL Blanco Tequila (1½ oz)
15mL Triple Sec (½ oz)
30mL Fresh Lime Juice (1 oz)
Rim the glass with salt - moisten the glass with a piece of lemon or lime and place upturned onto a plate of salt
The original recipe of the Godfather calls for equal parts of Scotch Whisky and Amaretto which is quite sweet. I prefer to increase the Scotch Whisky to 45mL and drop the Amaretto to 15mL creating a less sweet and dryer Godfather recipe. Either way, the Amaretto will smooth and sweeten the whisky into a velvety smooth and tasty stirred drink.
The Brandy Flip is a simple, 3-ingredient cocktail with a rich flavour and creamy texture. The very first Flips emerged as early as the late 1600s - they were originally created with a mixture of sugar, eggs and spices being added to a tankard of ale before being heated with a red-hot iron poker from the fire.
Now, a Flip commonly refers to a cocktail of fortified wine or spirit and whole egg sweetened with sugar.