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10 Easy Cocktails in 10 Minutes

10 Easy Cocktail Recipes

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:

Espresso MartiniNegroni | Aperol Spritz

Brown Derby | Bees Knees

Margarita | Daiquiri | Godfather

Manhattan | Brandy Flip



If you interested in more 3-ingredient cocktails then I highly recommend Robert Simonson’s cocktail book, 3-Ingredient Cocktails.


Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

How to make an Espresso Martini

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How to make an Espresso Martini

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!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill a boston glass with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients over ice.
  3. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with 3 coffee beans


Negroni Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Negroni Cocktail

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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!

Ingredients

  • 30mL Sweet Vermouth
  • 30mL Campari
  • 30mL Gin
  • Orange twist (or a slice will do!)

Instructions

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice
  2. Pour ingredients over ice
  3. Stir well (20-30 seconds)
  4. Garnish with an orange twist


Aperol Spritz Recipe

How to make an Aperol Spritz

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How to make an Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz is a popular summer drink! Aperol's grapefruit notes and subtle bitterness compliment the bubbly, sweeter style prosecco.

Ingredients

  • 90mL Prosecco
  • 60mL Aperol
  • 30mL Soda Water

Instructions

  1. Add 60mL of Aperol to a large wine glass
  2. Fill the wine glass with plenty of ice
  3. Top with prosecco and the dash of soda
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange


Brown Derby Cocktail

How to make a Brown Derby Cocktail

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How to make a Brown Derby Cocktail

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.

Ingredients

  • 60mL Bourbon Whiskey
  • 30mL Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 15mL Honey Syrup (1:1)

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit


Bees Knees Cocktail

How to make a Bees Knees

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How to make a Bees Knees

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.

Ingredients

  • 60mL Gin (2 oz)
  • 15mL Fresh Lemon Juice (½ oz)
  • 15mL Honey Syrup (1:1) (½ oz)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon or wheel


Margarita

Classic Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Classic Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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!

Ingredients

  • 45mL Blanco Tequila (1½ oz)
  • 15mL Triple Sec (½ oz)
  • 30mL Fresh Lime Juice (1 oz)

Instructions

  1. Rim the glass with salt - moisten the glass with a piece of lemon or lime and place upturned onto a plate of salt
  2. Combine all ingredients into your cocktail shaker
  3. Shake with ice
  4. Strain into a chilled coupe or margarita glass
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel

Notes

Tip:- Keep all your guests happy by only rimming half the glass with salt – just in case they don’t like it.


Classic Lime Daiquiri

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

The Daiquiri would have to be one of the most iconic classics. It was first created in the 1890's and Bacardi was first call. Originally the drink was served in a tall glass packed with ice.

Ingredients

  • 60mL White Rum (2 oz)
  • 30mL Fresh Lime Juice (1 oz)
  • 22.5mL Simple Syrup (¾ oz)

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel


Godfather Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Godfather cocktail

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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.

Ingredients

  • 30mL Scotch Whisky
  • 30mL Amaretto

Instructions

  1. Fill a double old fashioned with ice
  2. Add both ingredients
  3. Stir to chill
  4. Garnish with a twist of orange


Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Manhattan

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Ingredients

  • 60mL Rye whisky
  • 20mL Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1-2 Dashes of Bitters

Instructions

  1. Fill a boston glass with ice
  2. Add all ingredients
  3. Stir throroughly
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with an orange twist or maraschino cherrry

Notes

Canadian Whisky is a good substitute for a Rye due to a higher Rye content.


Brandy Flip Recipe

How to make a Brandy Flip Cocktail

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How to make a Brandy Flip Cocktail

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.

Ingredients

  • 60mL Brandy (2 oz)
  • 30mL Simple Syrup (1:1) (1 oz)
  • Whole Egg

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients to your cocktail shaker
  2. Dry shake (without ice) to emulsify the egg
  3. Shake with ice
  4. Strain into a chilled, stemmed cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg


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