Six easy cocktails for those stay-at-home weekends
Here are six quick and easy cocktail recipes to perfect while in iso – and impress your friends with on the other side.
Equal parts sweet, bitter, and boozy.
- 30ml dry gin (We like Warners London Dry Gin)
- 30ml sweet vermouth
- 30ml Campari
Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds. Strain and garnish with orange peel.
GRAPEFRUIT GIN & TONIC
The perfect go-to summer cocktail, with a twist.
- 30ml gin
- Tonic water (to preference)
- Three ruby red grapefruit peel strips plus 2/3 cup fresh juice (from two medium sized grapefruits)
- One rosemary sprig (or other preferred garnish)
Place grapefruit peel strips and rosemary sprig in a glass. Muddle mixture until the peels release some liquid, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add grapefruit juice and gin. Remove and discard the grapefruit peel strips and rosemary sprig. Stir in tonic water. Pour into two ice-filled glasses and add garnish.
A Manhattan brings the spiciness of rye whiskey balanced by the sweetness of fortified wine vermouth; a great entry level cocktail for those just discovering whiskey.
- 60ml rye whiskey
- 30ml sweet vermouth
- Two small splashes of bitters
Stir the ingredients with ice, then strain into in a glass. Garnish with an orange twist or brandied cherry.
THE DARK 'N' STORMY
This is a year-round, tasty, highball cocktail. Combining delicious dark rum with spicy, sweet ginger beer and the acidity of a well squeezed lime wedge, it’s perfect for almost all occasions.
- 30ml dark rum (we like Captain Morgan Dark Rum)
- 60ml ginger beer
- Lime to garnish
Fill a glass with ice, add, rum, then top with ginger beer. Squeeze in, then garnish with a lime wedge.
THE CLASSIC MARGARITA
The margarita has stood the test of time by bringing sweetness and acidity into perfect harmony.
- 60ml of the best tequila you can get your hands on (We like Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino Tequila)
- 30ml Cointreau
- 30ml fresh squeezed lime juice
Rub a lime wedge over the rim of a rocks glass (or Margarita glass) then twist on a plate of coarse salt so it attaches. Shake the ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass over ice.
A timeless classic from the streets of Padua, Italy. Four basic ingredients plus ice.
- 50ml Aperol
- 75ml prosecco, cava or champagne
- Sparkling water to top up
- Olives, or orange to garnish
Mix all ingredients in a glass over ice, and garnish.
We’ve all had an Aperol spritz, but have you tried an Aperol mimosa?
- 20ml Aperol
- 20ml orange juice
- Prosecco, cava or fchampagne to top up
Pour the Aperol and orange juice into a champagne flute and top with your choice of bubbles.