Fortunately for most who appreciate a good drink every now and then, many basic cocktail recipes usually boil down to equal parts of something sugary and acidic citrus, with a shot or two of your favourite liquor. And with all bars in the country now closed for the next few weeks, those of us who would like a nice cocktail during these troubling times will have to come up with an at-home bar solution.
To get you started, here are some tasty and super easy cocktail recipes – that each requires just five ingredients, or less – to help you get started:
- Vodka: The Caipiroska
This is a Russian twist on the well-known Brazilian cocktail caipirinha.
Ingredients: 50ml vodka; 4 lime wedges; 2 tablespoon sugar; crushed ice, 3 raspberries
Method: Muddle all of the ingredients together, and pour over ice into a rock glass or tumbler. Garnish with a couple of raspberries. If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, you can always top up with lemonade.
- Gin: Elderflower Gin & Tonic
This delicately coloured, refreshing take on the classic gin and tonic makes this the perfect, refreshing beverage.
Ingredients: 50ml gin; 25ml elderflower cordial, 15ml fresh-squeezed lime juice, tonic water.
Method: Shake ingredients together with ice cubes and strain into a tall glass, top up with tonic. Garnish with a lime wedge.
- Rum: The Cuba Libre a Casa
This cocktail simply elevates the run-of-the mill Rum and Coke to a new level of sophistication!
Ingredients: 50ml dark rum; Coca-Cola; 1 lime
Method: Squeeze the lime into a highball glass over ice. Add the double shot of rum and then fill the glass with Coca-Cola. Stir and add a quarter of the lime.
- Tequila: Tequila Sunrise
Definitely the easiest mix up at a moment’s notice, plus its also beautiful to look at and deliciously fruity!
Ingredients: 50ml tequila; 50ml orange juice, 10ml grenadine.
Method: Pour the tequila over ice in a tall glass and top with orange juice and add the grenadine. Just add more grenadine for a sweeter flavour and garnish with a slice of orange or grapefruit