My Top Three Easy Make At Home Cocktails

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My Go-To Make-at-Home Cocktails

Now, I generally try to eat healthily most of the time, but I do enjoy a good drink, especially at this time of year. I’ve come a long way since my teenage days – now I know my (very low) limits, and try to enjoy just a few drinks, with high-quality ingredients. I love a gluten free beer or a glass of wine, but I also love to make cocktails at home. these are three of my favourite, super-easy make at home cocktails.

I think it always looks impressive when you can serve dinner party guests a freshly shaken cocktail, so I try to keep basic cocktail supplies in. We always have a selection of spirits, citrus fruits, and ice at home, and if I know guests are coming I make sure to grab some fresh herbs and mixers. By having a few go-to, signature cocktails, its easy to know what I need, to whip them up in a jiffy.EatsLeeds easy make at home cocktails - easy cocktail recipes

Easy Spiced Mojito Recipe

If you’re a regular reader here at EatsLeeds my love of the simple mojito won’t come as any surprise – gluten-free mojito cake is one of my most popular recipes. My all-time favourite version uses spiced rum to give a bit of depth:

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Easy Make-at-Home Cocktails: Spiced Mojito Recipe
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  1. Juice of one Lime
  2. 1 tsp. Brown Sugar, plus more to frost the glass
  3. Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves
  4. 50ml. Spiced Rum
  5. Ice
  6. Soda Water
  1. First, take the glass you'll serve in, and rub a little fresh lime around the rim. Dip the rim of the glass in sugar to frost it, then set aside for a few minutes for it to dry.
  2. Then, quarter the lime and squeeze it directly into a glass - drop the quarters in there too. Add the sugar, rum, and most of the mint (stripped from the stalk).
  3. Take a stirrer and muddle well for around 30 seconds, then top the glass halfway with cubed ice and stir again.
  4. Add a little more cubed ice, then top with soda water.
  5. Garnish with a spring of fresh mint and a last wedge of lime.

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Easy Espresso Martini Recipe

I am an avid coffee drinker, so espresso martini is right up my street. I think a simple espresso martini is the perfect after-dinner option: a dessert, coffee, and one-last-drink, all in one (delicious) glass. Here’s my simple method to make the perfect at-home espresso martini:

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Easy Make-At-Home Cocktails: Espresso Martini Recipe
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  1. Ice
  2. 1 shot of Espresso
  3. 50ml Vodka
  4. 50ml Coffee Liqueur
  5. Whole Coffee Beans, to garnish
  1. First, fill a martini glass with ice, peferably crushed, though cubed will do.
  2. Make a shot of espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, or an aeropress, use a single cafetiere, with double the coffee grounds and one-third of the water.
  3. Add the espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur to a cocktail shaker. Top with ice cubes, then place the other half of the shaker on top and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Empty the ice from the martini glass and strain the cocktail in, then garnish with a few coffee beans.

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Easy Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Tequila Sunrise may look like the wild card on this list, but I love it. It is always the second thing I order after arriving at the cocktail bar on holiday (after a classic mojito). This was the first cocktail I ever learned to make and I could do it with my eyes closed:

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Easy Make-At-Home Cocktails: Tequila Sunrise Recipe
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  1. Juice of one Orange
  2. 50ml Tequila
  3. Ice
  4. Soda Water
  5. 50ml Grenadine
  1. Juice the orange and add the juice, with the tequila, and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Gently shake the tequila and orange together, only for a few moments, then strain into a glass of ice.
  3. top with a little soda water, then gently pour in 50ml grenadine.
  4. Allow the grenadine to settle to the bottom of the glass, to form the titular sunrise effect. Garnish with a kitsch cocktail umbrella.

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So, whether you’re getting in the holiday mood, trying to impress guests or just fancy a drink at the end of a long day, give my top make-at-home cocktails a whirl and let me know what your go-to cocktail is.

10 Comment

  1. These all sound delicious but I think I’ll take an espresso martini 😉

    1. Thanks Annmarie – I love espresso martini 🙂 and its so simple to make!

  2. Angela says: Reply

    I LOVE a good cocktail recipe and these all look fabulous! I am going to try out the spiced mojito tonight 🙂

    1. Cocktails are the best, aren’t they! The spiced mojito is definitely a good option 🙂

    2. Cocktails are the best, aren’t they, Angela! The spiced mojito is definitely a good option 🙂

  3. What fun drinks! I am not a drinker… I have never been a fan of the taste for some reason. But I’m always looking for something to make when company comes over and we have more coming with the holidays. So this post is perfect timing.
    Thank you so much for sharing these at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing.
    ps. I voted for you =)

  4. Oooh yes please, I will have one, or two, of each! Popping over from #TheFoodCalendar x

    1. Thanks Kirsty! Yep, I could easily sip a few of each – it is Christmas time after all!

  5. I think I’d go for the espresso martini, it’s full of the flavours I love 🙂

    1. Thanks Charlotte! Espresso Martini is definitely one of my favourites, especially at this time of year 🙂

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