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5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Who else enjoys a fruity cocktail in the summer sun? You don’t have to be a mixologist to create a tasty drink, so put away that vodka lime and soda staple for a few of our easy cocktails for beginners. Feel free to switch-up our recommended liqueurs for something a little more suited to your taste.

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Caipirinha

Ingredients: 3

Create this tasty cocktail, which is easier than it seems! Combine cachaca, lime and one teaspoon of white sugar and serve over ice.

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Paloma

Ingredients: 3

For anyone who loves their tequila, the Paloma is the ideal cocktail to create for a hot summer day. The recipe only requires tequila, lime and grapefruit soda.

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Greyhound

Ingredients: 3 (plus a few ice cubes!)

A classic greyhound puts a traditional spin on a vodka cocktail – without making it boring! Garnish the glass with some grapefruit for extra flavour.

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Gin and tonic

Ingredients: 3

Whether you’re watching your weight or want something light, nothing can beat a gin and tonic. Garnish with a fresh lime or add some lemon into the mix!

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Pimms

Ingredients: 3

You don’t need an entire fruit bowl to create a delicious round of Pimms. A shot of Pimms, a mixer of ginger ale and a slice of cucumber is enough to make this tasty beverage.

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August 22, 2015

Cocktail Ideas For Beginners

This is pretty fitting for Christmas afternoon. Lunch is over, the oldies are napping or gone home, and the rest of us are keen to party. But the bars are closed so it’s time to put your own bartending skills to the test by recreating some classic cocktails for friends and family. Below are just a few ideas which require 4 ingredients or less.

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Mint Julep

Ingredients: 3

This classic bourbon recipe is infused with mint leaves for a truly fresh flavour. Combine with one tablespoon of simple syrup to create a thick texture, and mix with ice and water if you prefer your drink on the wild-side.

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The Alexander

Ingredients: 4

Anyone who loves the dry taste of gin will love The Alexander – even if you don’t like gin you’re bound to love this drink as well! Combine with a few dark chocolate pieces to infuse the alcohol, then fill a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice cubes. Garnish with fresh strawberry juice or puree for an extra sweet flavour.

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Old Fashioned

Ingredients: 3

One of the classic cocktails born in the early 1800’s, the Old Fashion is still as popular today. Combine your choice of spirit (we recommend whiskey), sugar, and a dash of bitters to complete the drink. A little glazed cherry never hurt!

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Margarita

Ingredients: 4

For the individual who loves their salt, the Margarita is a tasty drink which is super-easy to make. Add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice. Then simply pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with salt, yum!

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December 25, 2014