Creating a cocktail may seem like a bartender’s specialty. You have to mix in the right liquor for the cocktail to taste amazing, so we all think that it’s hard to do! However, we have compiled some cocktail recipes that are so easy to mix that it will impress your friends!
1. Dark and stormy
This is by far the easiest cocktail to make. They’re mega delicious, slightly spicy, and the ultimate beverage whenever you notice a bar has a good ginger beer available.
1 part dark rum
2 parts ginger beer
Directions: Pour the rum in first, then the ginger beer. Give it a little stir and top it with ice. If you’re feeling fancy (or just have some on hand) the traditional version of this includes a splash of lime.
2. Moscow mule
When you don’t have dark rum, but do have vodka and ginger beer, it’s time for a Moscow Mule. You’re doing roughly the same thing here as you are with the Dark and Stormy, but with vodka. If you’re feeling fancy, these are traditionally served in a copper mug, which I recommend everyone buying a few of not because it makes the drink better, but because drinking out of copper mugs is fun.
1 part vodka
2 parts ginger beer
Directions: Mix together the vodka and ginger beer, squeeze in a little lemon, stir, and top with ice. Unlike the Dark & Stormy, I think this one kind of needs the lime. You can certainly get by without it, but it definitely enhances the drink.
Martinis are super easy, and make you look like the most sophisticated drinker on the block. Spice things up by using flavored vodka instead of the straight stuff. I’m particularly a fan of lemon and orange-flavored Absolut, but most varieties will do the trick.
2 parts vodka
½ part vermouth
Directions: Despite what James Bond says, martinis should be stirred, not shaken. Stir together all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and then strain into a martini glass.
Manhattans are easy to make, and the perfect thing to make quickly at home for a nightcap, or whip up when you have a few friends over.
2.5 parts bourbon
1 part vermouth
2 dashes of bitters
Directions: Mix everything together in a rocks glass except the cherry. Fill the glass with ice, and then crush the cherry (preferably maraschino) on the side.