If you love a night out, but you are trying to cut down on your spending or you just don’t fancy conjuring up all that money for a few drinks, then here are some recipes for some cocktails you can make at home. The best thing about these recipes? They are easy and cheap!
1. Cape Codder
You just need some cranberry juice, some vodka and a wedge of lime, although you can use lime juice if you would prefer that, or you can not use lime at all. If your budget is tight, then you can find cheap vodka in almost any shop. A few places on the internet recommend a ratio of vodka to cranberry juice of 1/4, but it is really up to you. If you want to mix it up a bit, you can make 3 more cocktails just by adding one other ingredient:
- Sea Breeze – add grapefruit juice
- Bay Breeze – add pineapple juice
- Madras – add orange juice
- Sex on the beach – add orange juice and peach schnapps
To make the kamikaze, use equal amounts of vodka, triple sec and lime juice. A very simple drink to make, just be sure to mix the ingredients together in a shaker if you have one, or just put the mixture in anything with a lid and shake it up, then pour into a glass and enjoy.
3. Tequila Sunrise
Mix tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup in a ratio of 3:6:1 and have yourself a delicious and pretty looking summers drink. Pour the tequila and orange juice into a glass, add some ice, then add the grenadine syrup and stir to get the sunrise effect. A few variations can be made with this one:
- Caribbean sunrise – use rum instead of tequila
- Vodka sunrise – use vodka instead of tequila
- Amaretto sunrise – use amaretto instead of tequila
- Tequila sunset – use dark rum instead of grenadine
4. Cuba Libre
You can make yourself a traditional rum and coke by just mixing those two, or you can make it a Cuba libre by adding some lime juice and wedge of lime to add some extra flavour. You can use any kind of rum for this whether it be dark, spiced or white, but the traditional recipe uses white rum. The recommended ratio is 5 part rum, 12 part coke and 1 part lime juice, but this is another one which is up you if you prefer it weaker or stronger.
The godfather uses an equal amounts of scotch whisky and amaretto poured over some ice. Once poured, stir gently to really mix the two together. Other variations are:
- Godmother – use vodka instead of whisky
- Godchild – use cream instead of whisky
- French connection – use cognac instead of whisky
6. Long Island Iced Tea
This drink combines many different alcoholic drinks. Use equal amounts of gin, tequila, vodka, white rum, triple sec, then add some lemon juice and top it up with cola. Mix this one up by trying different variations in the amounts of each alcohol, or use different alcohols altogether.
7. Dark ‘n’ Stormy
Another simple yet amazing drink, just fill a glass with ice, then add dark rum and ginger beer in a ratio of 6:10 and add a lime wedge for extra flavour.
8. Between the sheets
Mix equal amounts of cognac, triple sec and white rum, and then add a little bit of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients over ice to keep it chilled.
9. Moscow Mule
Once again, fill a glass with ice and add vodka, ginger beer and lime juice in a ratio of 4.5:12:0.5. Add a wedge of lime for some extra flavour.
10. Piña Colada
If you like Piña Colada, then give this a try at home. Grab yourself some white rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice, then mix them with crushed ice in a ratio of 3:3:9. If you have a blender then try blending the mixture.
Give these cocktails a try, and let us know if you have any other favourite cocktails that we could include on another list, or if their are any other variations on the ones in this list.