If you know me, it’s no secret that I am partial to the odd drink or two and love to try out new mixes, blends, brews and tastes. I pretty much always drink responsibly, but of course, there are occasions where I have a few too many trendy cocktails and end up getting pretty merry.
But that’s beside the point. Cocktails are a sugary, fruity, yummy nectar of the Gods and I am more than happy to try out any new mixers that are put in front of me (within reason!)
I am able to get out every now and then to go to trendy cocktail bars around the city (and sometimes the country and the world!) and I’m now going to give a round up of my favourite ones, what I think and how to make some of them.
I’ve tried to pick out ones that aren’t too wild and don’t require too much specialist equipment so that everyone is able to make them for themselves at home. All you’ll need really is a basic cocktail set that includes a mixing cup, muddler and strainer.
A Negroni is a staple of any cocktail menu and it couldn’t be easier to make! Its origins are pretty much unknown but there are plenty of myths and legends that surround where it came from. The best thing about a Negroni is how easy it is to make. Simple mix together Dry gin, sweet vermouth and campari and stir with ice for half a minute, finally garnish with an orange peel and you’re done!
The Manhattan seems to have lost favour over the past ten years, but it’s coming back bigger and better than ever thanks to the cyclical nature of trends. The spice and sweetness combined make a delicious and sophisticated drink for every occasion. All you’ll need is rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Simply stir together and garnish with a brandied cherry.
Jammie Dodger Shot
This one is a bit of a cheat as it’s only a little drink but it still tastes so good! I use a bottle of Chambord which is like a blackberry liquor, double cream and a bit of sugar. You just need to fill a shooter glass three-quarters full and slowly pour the cream on top, sprinkle a little sugar on top and enjoy te sickly sweet juice!
These are always a favourite at parties. Again this is a shooter so quite a small drink but so worth it! Put Bailey’s in a mixing cup, a spoon of Nutella and vanilla vodka as well and shake up a storm! Once everything is mixed, add cubed ice to it too and mix again to make it super cold. Rim a shooter glass with Nutella and dip in icing sprinkles before pouring the chocolate-y mix in.
So these are my favourites that I make fairly often at home if I’m not heading out. Which are yours? I’d love to add some more to the list.