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.
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
- Juice of one Lime
- 1 tsp. Brown Sugar, plus more to frost the glass
- Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves
- 50ml. Spiced Rum
- Soda Water
- 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.
- 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).
- Take a stirrer and muddle well for around 30 seconds, then top the glass halfway with cubed ice and stir again.
- Add a little more cubed ice, then top with soda water.
- Garnish with a spring of fresh mint and a last wedge of lime.
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
- 1 shot of Espresso
- 50ml Vodka
- 50ml Coffee Liqueur
- Whole Coffee Beans, to garnish
- First, fill a martini glass with ice, peferably crushed, though cubed will do.
- 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.
- 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.
- Empty the ice from the martini glass and strain the cocktail in, then garnish with a few coffee beans.
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
- Juice of one Orange
- 50ml Tequila
- Soda Water
- 50ml Grenadine
- Juice the orange and add the juice, with the tequila, and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Gently shake the tequila and orange together, only for a few moments, then strain into a glass of ice.
- top with a little soda water, then gently pour in 50ml grenadine.
- Allow the grenadine to settle to the bottom of the glass, to form the titular sunrise effect. Garnish with a kitsch cocktail umbrella.
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.