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5 of the Easiest Cocktails to Make

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It may be different with chefs and food because most may want to stay away from old-timey dishes, but mixologists and bartenders will always be expected to tip their caps to the classic cocktails. These drinks have been honed perfectly for decades and never go out of style. Many of these classics are still made in the most avant-garde cocktail bars not just because they’re most perfect mixes but because they’re so unbelievably easy to make. So with less than a dozen different bottles, some ice, glassware and our tips, try your hands at being a competent at-home mixologist with the following easy classics.

Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic was not the idea of some bored lover of alcohol who loved to try new things. In the 1800s, malaria was a problem India and the gentlemen in the army of the British East India Company took to mixing quinine with water, lime, sugar and gin so it was easier to take the medicine. Gin and tonic is great for the warm weather and obviously a healthy pick for all of us in Nigeria.

Just put some ice in a glass, pour your gin and tonic in whatever ratios you prefer, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Margarita

Like with most cocktails, the margarita’s origins are murky but our favourite story is the one that says a Tijuana nightclub owner came up with the mix to impress a performer named Margarita Cansino who would later be known as Rita Hayworth. Whether you prefer it on the rocks or straight up, “the Marg” brings sweetness and acidity into perfect harmony.

All you need to do is put your tequila (2oz), lime juice (1oz) and Cointreau (1oz) in a shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker develops a light frost after which you serve in your glass. If you prefer to rim your glass with salt, first rub a slice of lime around the glass’ edge then dip the rim in a plate that’s been coated with salt.

Daiquiri

Daiquiri is said to have been invented in Santiago de Cuba by an American during the Spanish-American War. By the early-1900s, it made its way to America and became the favourite drink of everyone from JFK to Hemingway. Apparently, it was the late Sasha Petraske’s favourite drink. He’s one of the most influential personas in the modern cocktail revival, who helped his patrons learn how daiquiri should actually be made. This drink is a great combination of sweet, sour and strong. It’s as easy to make as it is to mess up.

Mix two ounces of white rum, an ounce of freshly-squeezed lime juice and three quarter ounce of simple syrup in a mixing glass and shake well before pouring in your coupe.

Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail dates back to legendary barman Jerry Thomas. He wrote a book in 1862 titled How to Mix Drinks: Bon Vivant’s Companion, where he penned the standard recipe for a sparkling wine cocktail still being used today. In Thomas’ days, the champagne cocktail was known as “Chorus Girl’s Milk,” and it remains one of the few popular Champagne cocktails. Mixing the strength of brandy with the effervescent classiness of champagne, it’s hard to go wrong.

Just add two dashes of Angostura bitter and sugar cube into a Champagne flute. Then add one-third of an ounce of cognac and gently pour in three ounces of chilled champagne.

Manhattan

We presume this cocktail was first made in Manhattan, but whether this was at the snooty Manhattan Club in the 1870s or other locales on the isle in the previous years is still being debated. With this drink, you have the spiciness of whiskey balanced with the sweetness of fortified wine vermouth.

Stir two ounces of whiskey, one ounce of sweet vermouth and two dashes of Angostura bitters with cracked ice. Pour it into a coupe before you garnish with an orange twist.

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5 Amazing Margarita Cocktails

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The traditional Margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. However, we’ve found that there are several ways that Margarita Cocktails can be made and enjoyed. Here are 5 Margarita Cocktail variations for you to try.

1. Fresh Mint Margarita

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MIX

  • add lime juices and mint leaves to the old fashioned glass
  • crush lime juices, mint leaves with muddler
  • fill up the glass with ice
  • pour tequila, triple sec into the glass
  • stir together
  • garnish with mint leaves

2. Watermelon Margarita

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • ¾ cups tequila
  • ¼ cups triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ice

HOW TO MIX

  • add watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime juice, triple sec to the blender
  • blend together
  • add ice to the blender
  • blend together

3. Pink Margarita

pink margarita cocktail | www.drinks.ngINGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts tequila
  • ½ parts campari
  • ¾ parts lemon juice
  • ¾ parts honey
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, lemon juice, honey, campari to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime slice and mint leaves

4. Blue Margarita

blue margarita cocktail | www.drinks.ngINGREDIENTS

  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 parts tequila
  • 1½ parts triple sec
  • 1½ parts lime juice
  • 1½ parts blue curacao
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, salt, sugar, lime juice, triple sec, blue curacao to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime wedges

5. Honeydew Margarita

Honeydew Margarita | www.drinks.ngINGREDIENTS

  • 1½ parts honeydew melon
  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1½ parts triple sec
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ¾ parts sugar syrup
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • crush honeydew melon with blender
  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, sugar syrup, lime juice, honeydew melon, triple sec to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime slice
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5 Amazing Margarita Cocktails

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1. The Perfect Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • lime wedge and course salt for garnish

Process:

  • Cut a slit in a lime wedge and sliding it around the rim of your glass.
  • Next, dip the rim in the coarse salt.
  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice.
  • Give it an extra hard shake for a full 10 seconds so that your margarita is frothy and icy-cold.
  •  Strain over ice into your salt-rimmed rocks glass, garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Rosemary Bloody Maria

Ingredients:

  • bloody mary mix
  • fresh rosemary
  • lime
  • 1-2 ounces tequila
  • worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt

Process:

  • Fill the glass halfway with bloody mary mix.
  • Add 1 ounce tequila for a mild cocktail or 2 ounces for a stronger version.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the drink and save a slice for garnish.
  • Add 1/2 a teaspoon worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir all ingredients together, top off with ice and more bloody mary mix if needed.

3. Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/3 cup rhubarb syrup
  • 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 cup ice
  • Sea salt, for rimming the glass
  • (4) 1-inch pieces of rhubarb, optional garnish
  • (4) 2-inch long sprigs of rosemary, optional garnish

Process:

  • Dip the rims 1/4 inch deep into a shallow bowl of water.
  • Then dip them into a shallow plate filled with the sea salt so that the salt sticks to the rim of the glasses.
  • Blend together all of the ingredients (except the sea salt) in a blender until the desired consistency is reached,
  • then pour into the serving glasses.
  • Garnish the rim of each glass with a rhubarb wedge rolled in sea salt and lay a sprig of rosemary across the top of each margarita. Serve and enjoy!

4. Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh cranberry juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces vanilla ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • salt for glass rimming
  • limes for garnish and sugared cranberries to pop in drinks

Process:

  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices.

5. A Paloma

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Small plate with sugar
  • Grapefruit wedge

Process:

  • Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass on grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in sugar.
  • In your cocktail glass combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves.
  • Add tequila, club soda, and ice.
  • Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!

6. Blood Orange Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounces tequila (silver or gold, based on your preference)
  • 1 ounce grand mariner
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blood orange juice (about 1-2 oranges)
  • salt for the rim
  • lime/orange wedges for garnish

Process:

  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lemon and orange slices.

7.  Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau (or other orange flavored liquor)
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 cups ice

Process:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a sugar rimmed margarita glass.

8. Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 5 Slices of cucumber
  • 5 Mint leaves
  • 2 Orange citrus wedges
  • 0.75 Ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 Ounce simple syrup
  • 0.75 Ounce triple sec
  • 1.5 Ounce Ixa Organic Silver Tequila

Process:

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend properly.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add tequila.
  • Pour into ice.

9. Spicy Watermelon Margarita

 

Spicy Watermelon Margarita | www.drinks.ngIngredients:

  • 1 1Ž4 oz. Arta Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz. Master of Mixes Margarita Mix
  • 1 oz. Master of Mixes Watermelon Daiquiri/Margarita Mix
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (to taste)

Process:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and serve.

10. Spicy Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½-inch slice jalapeño pepper, with seeds
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbsp.) Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 ½ oz. silver tequila (100 percent blue agave)
  • 4 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 orange slice, for garnish
  • ¼-inch jalapeno slices, for garnish
  • ice
  • club soda, optional

Process:

  • In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle the jalapeno and lime.
  • Add the agave, tequila, and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake just to chill.
    Pour the pomegranate juice into a tall glass.
  • Fill glass 3/4 with ice cubes.
  • Gently strain the Spice Sunrise into the glass.
  • Garnish with the orange and jalapeño slice.
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Posted on 07 24, 2016

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