5 Cocktail recipes to try at home
A well made cocktail is one of life's simple pleasures. If you've never turned your hand to it and are thinking it all sounds too complicated, you're in for a surprise. With a few basic pieces of equipment, and a little bit of practice, you'll be perfecting all sorts of cocktail recipes in no time at all.
To get you started, we've put together a list of the best cocktails for you to try at home. We're going to assume you have the basic bits and bobs, and if you don't they're easily available to pick up or order online. Let's get shaking!
Sorbet Prosecco Float
This is one of the best cocktails we've come across for a few reasons. It's super easy to make and perfect for a warm Spring or Summer evening. Delicate, fruity and refreshing, it's sure to be one of the most popular cocktails in your repertoire in no time. To make this drink you'll need - a Spritz glass, a shot glass, a stirrer and an ice cream scoop. You'll also need vodka, raspberry sorbet, lemon sorbet, a sprig of mint, citrus vodka and soda water. Ready for the tricky part? All you have to do is add two scoops of each sorbet to the glass, then add 60ml of citrus vodka, top with the prosecco and soda water, stir gently, garnish with mint and enjoy.
Creamy, rich and delicious, this is one of the most popular cocktails among dessert enthusiasts. A mudslide typically consists of Irish cream, coffee liqueur, vodka and cream, though you may also want to shake things up by adding some ice cream and garnishing with some shaved or crumbled chocolate. You'll need a shaker for this one, but other than that once you have your ingredients, 1 shot of each, add them to the shaker with a few cubes of ice, and shake vigorously until the ice has melted, pour into a glass of your choice (coups look great), and garnish with a little of of your favourite chocolatey delight.
If you want something full of flavour and dead simple to make, then look no further than this Italian classic. The humble negroni has but four ingredients, rose vermouth, gin, red amaro and orange peel to garnish. You'll need a large enough vessel to stir a shot of each into and as well as plenty of ice, a stirrer, strainer and a short glass. Add each shot over ice, stir gently until well mixed, strain over fresh ice into the glass, rub the orange peel around half of the rim to accentuate the bitterness. This is one of the best cocktails to get started with and with the marvellous array of Australian gins on the market, try a few variations out to see what flavours you like best.
One of the most popular cocktails out there, this recipe is slightly more challenging, but easy enough to master if you follow the steps. . You will need a shaker, strainer, ice and a rocks glass or short tumbler, as well 45mls bourbon, 1 egg white, 15mls of simple syrup, 30mls of lemon juice, ice, a dash of bitters, a maraschino cherry and an orange wheel to garnish. First, add the egg white and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously to emulsify, then add bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice and continue to shake until thoroughly blended. Strain into a glass. Add a dash of bitters to the foam and garnish with orange and cherry.
Blood Orange Chilli Margarita
This is a nifty spin on one of the classic cocktail recipes and great for those who like a little bit of spice in their life. You will need a shaker, strainer, ice, glass of your choosing, salt, chilli flakes, the juice of one blood orange, 45mls tequila, 15 mls orange liqueur,15 mls simple syrup. Add all ingredients to the shaker and shake vigorously, rim one half of your glass with a mixture of salt and chilli and strain, garnish with another slice of blood orange.
There you have it, five of the best cocktails to make at home that are fun, easy and impressive. While we've provided recipes here, many of the glassware and ingredients can be easily substituted for what you might have on hand or want to use up, so get creative, and take a look at our barware and cocktail range here.