5 easy 3-step cocktails to make at home

COVID-19 has unfortunately taken over our lives as we know them… It feels like it’s been 25 years since we were allowed to go to the pub and social distancing has been reduced to nothing but scrolling through social media, muting your HouseParty notifications and not brushing your teeth until 4PM. 

We get it – and we aren’t here to judge… we’re here to help! Here are five of our easiest cocktail recipes for you to make and enjoy at home with minimal ingredients – to make it feel like Happy Hour, no matter what day of the week it is!

If you don’t have everything on the list, don’t worry! Get creative, put whatever you’ve got in the cupboard in there… we don’t want you rushing out to buy new ingredients and spirits, the world is your oyster when it comes to mixology – we’re just giving you the basic recipes to make a few classics!

So – bar spoons and shot measures (or egg cups make a great replacement) at the ready… make a facetime date with your mates and make it feel like you’re at the bar, because you don’t need to miss out on the fun just because you’re at home!

 

 

  • Dark & Stormy

 

Born straight out of the Caribbean waters, where rum is in abundance and so is the sunshine. Sit somewhere warm and imagine yourself on a sandy beach, sun in the sky and waves lapping at the sea whilst sipping this three-ingredient beauty.

What you’ll need: 

  • Dark rum – any brand will do, if you don’t have any dark, spiced rum works too, it just tastes a little different from the real thing
  • Ginger ale – ginger beer if you’re really struggling
  • Lime juice – optional 
  • Ice cubes – if you don’t have these, chill your glass and your ginger ale before making

How to make:

Step 1:

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes – make your own if you’ve gone none in the freezer! Add a shot (or two) of your dark rum. 

Step 2:

Top up with the ginger ale and add a squeeze of lime juice for a bit of bitterness.

Step 3:

Stir with a spoon, finish with a lime wedge and drink.

 

 

  • London Lemonade

 

Ah the hero of Summer 2016, 2017, 2018 and beyond… Gin seemed to be what everyone was drinking – fragrant juniper berries and botanicals come together to make a classic summer taste! But don’t just have it with tonic, mix things up a little with this simple, modern classic.

What you need:

  • Gin – we’d normally use a house pour for this, but with so many kinds of gin around, use whatever you have in the house! Fruit gins like sloe and blackberry, or pink gin also work well in this
  • Lemonade – fresh lemonade is recommended, but aint’ nobody got time for that! Get yourself some normal lemonade and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or cloudy lemonade works too
  • Lemon – to make your ‘homemade’ lemonade and to garnish
  • Ice cubes – if you don’t have these, chill your glass and lemonade before making

How to make:

Step 1:

Fill a tumbler with ice – make your own if you’ve got none in the freezer! Add a shot (or two) of your gin.

Step 2:

Top up with your homemade lemonade and stir.

Step 3:

Garnish with a lemon wheel and drink.

 

 

  • Aperol Spritz

 

An absolute taste of summer, this Italian aperitif is a little bit of bitter and a lot of flavour. Sit in the sunny spot of your house or garden if you’re lucky enough, and sip this orange, fizzy wonder.

What you need:

  • Aperol – the real stuff or the home brand stuff is fine
  • Prosecco – just don’t take your eye out when you pop the cork
  • Soda – to top up
  • Ice Cubes – make your own if you don’t have any in the freezer

How to make:

Step 1:

Add a few ice cubes to a large wine glass. Add 50ml or a shot of aperol to each.

Step 2:

Open the prosecco and add 75ml to the glass. 

Step 3:

Top up with soda, give it a stir and drink.

 

 

  • Mojito

 

A traditional Cuban cocktail served in a highball – in it’s original form, the mojito was used as a remedy for scurvy… South American Indians landed in Cuba and were given ‘burning water’ (a mix of rum, lime, sugarcane juice and mint) to cure their illnesses. It soon became a popular drink around the world with its bitter but sweet flavours.

What you need:

  • Lime juice – 1 lime will be about right
  • Granulated sugar – white or brown, 1 teaspoon full
  • Mint leaves – to add that famous flavour we all know, and to garnish
  • White rum – any brand will do
  • Soda water – to taste
  • Ice Cubes – make your own if you don’t have any in the freezer

How to make:

Step 1:

Add the lime juice, sugar and 3/4s of the mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go (this is called muddling).

Step 2:

Add some crushed ice to a tall glass and pour in the contents of the jug. Add 60ml of white rum.

Step 3: 

Top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with the extra mint leaves and drink.

 

 

  • Long Island Iced Tea

 

This is the cocktail version of a store-cupboard recipe – dust off those liquors that your in-laws gave you for Christmas 2009 and bring them out… this is their time to shine! One of the boozier drinks on any menu, the Long Island is a fizzy crowd pleaser! This recipe makes FOUR cocktails guys, please remember that!

What you need:

  • Vodka – vanilla flavour is best, but whatever you have will work
  • Gin – we’d pour dry gin into this, but again whatever you have will work (flavoured gin will change the taste profile, but try them anyway – what do you have to loose?)
  • Tequila – use it up, nobody wants to drink that at home!
  • Rum – white rum is the traditional, but again whatever you have! Just remember it will change the flavour of the drink
  • Orange liqueur – Triple Sec, go on… dust off that Cointreau 
  • Fresh lime juice – around 75ml
  • Cola – any brand will do
  • Ice Cubes – make your own if you don’t have any in the freezer

How to make:

Step 1:

Pour 50ml of each – vodka, gin, tequila, rum and orange liqueur into a large jug. Add the lime juice to taste and top.

Step 2:

Add ice to the jug and top with 500ml of cola and stir.

Step 3:

Fill four tall glasses with ice and pour in the iced tea. Stir again and drink (responsibly – one at a time).

And there you have it – five, simple three-step cocktails to make at home and get your party started! If you make them, we wanna see it… tag us in your at home Moose parties on Instagram and Facebook. Have fun and as always, drink responsibly! 

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