Five easy cocktail recipes to do at home
Cocktail making is an art of its own that is never too late to start practicing. Sometimes, all you need to recreate some of the classic recipes is to pour liquids on a mixer, squeeze a few limes and add ice. See below some recipes that are easy to make at home and do not require many steps.
Gin & Tonic
Originated in the 19th century India as a way to ingest quinine to protect from malaria while easing its bitter taste with a traditional British spirit, the Gin & Tonic is a pretty straightforward recipe. You can add one ounce of gin, squeeze half a lemon, add ice and pour tonic water until you fill your glass. Stir and it will be ready to serve. If you want to vary a bit, you can add a few cucumber slices, juniper seeds and a lemon slice.
Coined by the journalist H. L. Mencken as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”, this classic cocktail consists of only two ingredients: gin and vermouth. There are many ratio variations, while the International Bartenders Association (IBA) recommends using 6:1 gin to vermouth. You should stir it in a cold martini glass and add one to tree olives as a garnish. After taking a sip, eat an olive. This gives the sensation of both dryness and wetness in your gums. If you want to do the James Bond variation, then replace the gin for vodka and obviously, shake it, don’t stir.
Bartender tales suggest this drink was invented by the infamous pirate Francis Drake as a way to treat scurvy and dysentery that ailed his crew. With the help of the indigenous population in Havana, he mixed rum, lime juice and mint leaves to create a both refreshing and medical beverage. Whether this is true or not, it is very easy to recreate this delicious drink at home. All you need to do is to add one ounce of rum, one teaspoon of sugar, squeeze a lime, add about 10 mint leaves (give it a slap to release the aroma) fill it with ice and sparkling water, then stir and serve.
Originated in the early 20th century in Italy, the Negroni is an aperitif, which means it’s supposed to be drank before a meal. This is perhaps one of the easiest cocktails to make in this list. You will need three alcoholic beverages that are served in equal parts, which are a Vermouth Rosso, Gin and Campari. It should be served with an orange peel or slice and mixed in an old-fashioned glass with ice.
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