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5 Cheap & Easy Cocktails To Make At Home

1st March 2013

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Sometimes we all need a little drink with class. But when bank balances are low, we can find it hard to justify hitting up the cocktail bars. Here are five easy and cheap cocktails that’ll add a bit of sophistication to a glamorous night in:

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary’s are perfect for people who want to stray from sweet and fruity cocktails. They are bold, spicy, and can sometimes bite back. If you’re not a Vodka lover don’t worry; there are countless variations to this cocktail, such as Bloody Maria (Tequila instead of Vodka), Bloody Scotsman (Scotch), Ruddy Mary (Gin), or the Virgin Mary (alcohol-free).

50ml Vodka

250ml Tomato Juice
Celery Salt
Ground Pepper
12.5ml Lemon Juice
Lea & Perrins
Cubed Ice

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes and pour in the tomato juice. Add a generous shake of the pepper and celery salt followed by the lemon juice and five dashes of Lea & Perrins. The amount of Tabasco depends on how spicy you like it: two dashes for weak, three for medium, and four for spicy. Add the vodka and stir slowly. Garnish with half a stick of celery.

Moscow Mule/ Black Mule

Another tall vodka based cocktail that is flavoursome and gingery, it uses Angostura Bitters (easily available in large supermarkets) for flavouring. For the Black Mule, replace Vodka with Dark Rum.

50ml Vodka

Half a lime
Angostura Bitters
250ml Ginger Beer
Cubed Ice

This cocktail mixes best when poured from one glass to another. Cut half a lime into four quarters and place them in the first glass. Add three dashes of Angostura Bitters and squash them together with the end of a rolling pin or wooden spoon. Add the vodka and top with ginger beer. Fill the second glass with ice, and then slowly pour the ingredients from the first glass into the second.

Sex On The Beach

A little stronger than the other cocktails, Sex On The Beach is a fruity classic that’s a lot less embarrassing to make yourself than ask for in a bar.

30ml Vodka

30ml Peach Schnapps
150ml Orange Juice
150ml Cranberry Juice
1 slice of orange
Crushed Ice

Fill half a highball glass with crushed ice and add the Vodka and Peach Schnapps. Add even amounts of Orange juice and Cranberry juice until the glass is full. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Tom Collins

Perfect for if you have a cocktail shaker, the Tom Collins is a gin based quick and fizzy cocktail – much like an alcoholic lemonade.

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Sugar Syrup
75ml Soda Water
1 Slice of Orange
Cubed Ice

Into the shaker, pour in the Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and cubed ice. Shake hard. Place fresh cubed ice into a tall glass and pour in the shaker ingredients. Top with soda water and garnish with a slice of orange.

Raspberry Bellini

Perhaps the classiest cocktail of all time, Bellini’s are traditionally made using Prosecco and Peach puree. Replacing Peach puree with Raspberry puree, the Raspberry Bellini is sweet, bubbly, and beautiful.

50mls Raspberry Puree
Sugar Syrup
1 Fresh Raspberry

In a Champagne flute, add the raspberry puree followed by a dash of sugar syrup (if you want a really sweet cocktail, make that two or three dashes). Top with Prosecco and stiry gently. Garnish with a raspberry.

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