Things You Are Going To Need:
- Many of the recipes contain sugar syrup. This contains water and sugar in equal parts which are very easy to make.
- You will need either a glass and metal shaker, or just a metal shaker. Shaking drinks until they become extremely cold can take a lot of time. But with a shaker, all you need is a minute or more of rapid movement. Make sure you hold your shaker in a parallel position, holding each end with a firm grip.
- You will definitely need ice, and if you plan to entertain a crowd you will need a lot. Ice is better when it is crushed. You can either use an ice-crusher or wrap the ice up in a towel and bash it with a heavy object. Return the ice to the freezer.
- Ingredients. Some of the fruit liqueurs can be found in your local supermarket, while some types are only stocked by specialists. If you are unable to find the ingredients that you need, choose another cocktail. The quantities provided for each cocktail below makes a single drink unless specified.
Champagne CocktailThis is a popular drink that oozes old-fashioned elegance and luxury and it is really tasty too. Yet it is also a real waste if you make this cocktail with good quality champagne, which is why I recommend using one of the good sparklers, either New World or French and save the real champagne for a drink by itself. The traditional glass for this cocktail is a “saucer” shape, but you can also use a flute. Ingredients:
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- Sparkling wine
Gin FizzThe Fizz is a truly versatile cocktail that you can make with many different ingredients. This is a classic version but you can also try vodka, tequila or rum when you start to experiment. Ingredients:
- 50ml Gin
- 100ml soda
- 25ml lemon juice
- 4ml caster sugar
Mai TaiAn epitome of the sweeter drinks that was designed “supposedly” for individuals that do not enjoy how alcohol tastes, but like its ego-liberating effects. Yet there is a lot more to the iconic Mai Tai than just inebriation. When made properly, it is a very refreshing classic. Ingredients:
- 25ml dark rum
- 25ml white rum
- The juice of 1 lime
- 5ml sugar syrup
- 12.5ml blue Curacao
- Maraschino cherries and pineapple chunks
- 5ml Orgeat (almond syrup)
- Cherries to garnish
MartiniA USA invention from about 90 to 100 years ago, the Martini is still the best and simplest cocktail on this planet. Whether you prefer vodka or gin, always follow these 3 rules: only use the very best ingredients, stir gently (no shaking required), and keep your chosen spirit in your freezer. Ingredients:
- 5 to 10ml dry vermouth
- 50m of frozen vodka or gin
- An olive or lemon twist for the garnish
MojitoAnother classical Cuban rum drink, which is related closely to the Daiquiri. Originally, this name was used for a Rum Collins. Today it is served short, like my adaptation from the versions that are served by Mojo in Leeds. At Mojo, the drink contains Facundo Barcardi, but any of the other aged rums also work well. Ingredients:
- 5 mint sprigs
- 50ml Anejo Rum
- The juice from 1 lime
- 2 sugar cubes