Beverages

7 Girly Cocktails To Make At Home

There’s nothing better than inviting some friends over for a few drinks and introducing them to the latest cocktail from a Pinterest-induced browsing spree which you just can’t get out of your head. Stock up at the supermarket, buy some yummy fruits and invite your friends over for a quiet night in.

1. Watermelon Margarita

We can’t go past a traditional margarita, but we’re adding a sugary twist to this classic recipe. All you need is a few watermelon pieces, lime and the rest is history. This cocktail is smooth, sweet and super easy to blend-up and prepare for guests.

2. Cucumber, Lime and Mint Gin and Tonic

A classic drink served with a cucumber for a splash of fresh flavour. Simply chop up cucumbers extra thin and serve with Bombay Sapphire and a few mint leaves to taste.

3. Coconut Mojito

For those who love the sugar-induced taste of a classic mojito, definitely try this cocktail which will surely transport you back to better weather. Will take only 10 minutes to prepare, and make sure to use fresh mint and lime for a genuine flavour.

4. Champagne Cocktails

Finally an excuse to break open the bottle of Veuve Clicquot you have stored in the pantry, for a delicious cocktail which all are sure to enjoy. Pour 1 part St. Germain liqueur to 2 parts champagne and garnish with orange zest. Yum!

5. Blushing Whiskey Sour

There’s always one person in the group who loves the sour but sweet taste of whiskey, and this cocktail is definitely made just for them. Give the drink a girly twist by adding in some lemon syrup and shaking it up before dropping in a blackberry for presentation, Instagram-worthy!

6. Grapefruit-sage Mimosa

Or otherwise referred to as the perfect weekend cocktail, the pinch of grapefruit gives the drink a bittersweet taste which is totally uncommon when mixed together with sage. Feel free to use a rosé-induced champagne for an extra splash of sweetness.

7. Fig Thyme Cocktail

There’s just something delicious about figs which goes hand-in-hand with even the easiest to make cocktail recipes. This unusual recipe uses Cointreau, lime juice, pisco and a splash of thyme syrup for a super-sweet drink.

Image via Design Love Fest

July 11, 2014

4 Winter Cocktail Recipes

With the temperature dropping, it gives us an entirely new reason to recreate some easy but traditional cocktails which are best consumed when it’s cold and dreary outside. Invite over some friends and impress them with your bartender skills by creating these four easy drinks for a rainy winter day.

1. White Russian

Ideal for those who are fond of rich, creamy drinks.

Ingredients

30ml Kahlua

30ml vodka

1/2 cup cream (or milk)

Method

  1. Combine the Kahlua or alternatively any coffee flavoured liqueur of your choice with the vodka and milk.
  2. Use a tall glass so the mixture doesn’t overflow, and give it a good shake.
  3. Pour over ice in a highball glass.

2. Manhattan

Ideal for those who love a dry, classic cocktail.

Ingredients

30ml vermouth

80ml whiskey

2 dashes of bitters

1 cherry

Method

  1. Add the vermouth, whiskey, bitters and a handful of ice into a shaker.
  2. Shake until the mixture has completely combined, then pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Serve with a cherry for extra taste and flavour.

3. Old Fashioned

Ideal for those who want a sweet yet sour drink.

Ingredients

One sugar cube

60ml bourbon (or whiskey)

3-5 dashes of bitters

Method

  1. Drop the sugar cube into a tall glass, and include a few drops of water so it can dissolve.
  2. Next include 3-5 dashes of bitters, depending on the taste you would like to achieve. Follow with ice cubes and alcohol, and stir until they completely mix.
  3. For an extra taste, include the peel of an orange or any other citrus fruit.

4. Spiced Hot Toddy

Ideal for those who want a warm drink for winter

Ingredients

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup boiling water

45ml whiskey

3 whole gloves garlic

1 cinnamon stick

1 sliced lemon

Method

  1. Pour the honey, boiling water and whiskey into a large mug.
  2. Garlic cloves can be used to spice up the drink if you’re feeling under the weather, but aren’t essential in recreating this traditional recipe. Add cinnamon and a slice of lemon to taste.
  3. Combine and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to really come through.

Recipes via All Recipes, Barzine. Image via Mercury New.

By Felicia Sapountzis

May 12, 2014