The weekend is here and with it brings a variety of different social events whether it be a first date (good luck), Saturday night dinner with friends, or some relaxing afternoon drinks on Sunday. Regardless, any such event calls for a few cocktails; so why not have a go yourself? It's fun, cheap and bound to impress guests, especially if you follow our simple steps below.
A cocktail is a spirit with a sweetening ingredient, balanced by a bitter ingredient... that's it. Three ingredients. Use a juice and it's a sour, not a cocktail but that's just bar nerds being pedantic.
Here are five three-ingredient cocktails to suit any situation...
This is a perfect cocktail for Christmas Eve no matter which hemisphere you're in. Vodka, good port and bitters, just raid your nan's liquor cabinet and you should find some luck.
1 1/2 Vodka
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir over ice, pour into a cocktail coup and garnish with a lemon peel twist. Be sure to taste this first as not all ports are equal and you may need a touch of sugar syrup to sweeten.
As soon as summer hit it's time for rum, sugar and lime. You can't really get anything simpler than a daiquiri. Don't EVER drink a daiquiri that has a fruit init's name, period. This includes those strawberry daiquiris princess.
2 White Rum (El Dorado 3 Year Old)
3/4 lime juice
1/2-3/4 sugar syrup (bring 2 cups of sugar and one cup of water to a gentle boil on the stove, allow to cool and then decant and keep in the fridge)
Get all that in a shaker with lots of ice and shake it like you've got something to prove and until it's all frosty on the outside. Strain into a cocktail coup to finish.
Once Autumn hits, you know winter is following close behind so fortify yourself and hold onto some summer freshness with a cocktail intended to keep a war-time general warm on a cold Parisian night.
1/2 Lemon Juice
First take your cocktail coup and rub some lemon juice around the rim then dip into fine sugar and leave to stand while you prepare the rest. Pour ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake to the tune of an upbeat Cole Porter song then strain into the glass you rimmed with sugar. No need to garnish but a lemon twist works very nicely.
My first ever cocktail and still a favourite the day's end when you're etting ready for the night ahead. That being said it was originally intended as 'hair of the dog' and it really does match well with a good fry-up.
1 Sweet Vermouth
1 Calvados (good apple brandy)
This drink is as boozy as a lawyer, journalist and social worker all catching up for drinks after work. So stir it on ice for a wee bit longer than most cocktails and pour into a bigger coup. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or some slices of crisp apple.
It's Spring, the days are getting hotter and you need a refreshing drink that has enough punch to take on Floyd Mayweather. The Clubman is sweet, bitter and dry; which has a dodgy history to boot. Classically just a 1, 1, 1 shot ratio, I've added my ratio below for when you have a good gin and want to enjoy its flavour.
1 1/2 Gin
3/4 Sweet Vermouth (Dolin Rouge is best)
Stir all ingredients over ice, pour into a rocks glass or tumbler and fill with fresh cubed ice. Garnish with an orange peel making sure to squeeze the oils out of the skin and into the glass.
Feature Image from Ben Sherman