You don’t have to flaunt the flair and eternal cool of Tom Cruise circa Cocktail to whip up some spectacular and crowd pleasing cocktails. In fact, the best cocktails are often deceptively simple to make and eccumenically appealing to enjoy. Check out some of the best.


1) Tequila Sunrise

Not only is this bevvy attractive, featuring a deep orange colour laced with intense red, but you only need a handful of ingredients and a few seconds to put it together – no mixing required.

You’ll need: 3 oz orange juice, 1 1/2 oz tequila, 1/2 oz, grenadine syrup, 3-4 ice cubes. Maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish optional, but highly recommended.

Instructions: Pour the orange juice and tequila into a tall glass over ice, then add in the grenadine. The grenadine will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a beautiful contrast of colours, so resist the urge to stir. Finally, garnish with the cherry and orange.

2) Tom Collins

Here’s one of the oldest, classic cocktails, kicking around bars since 1876. Crisp and refreshing, the Tom Collins is a great pick if you want a little zip in your drink.

You’ll need: 1oz lemon juice, 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/2 cup ice, 2 oz club soda and a lemon wedge to garnish.

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except the lemon garnish and club soda) and shake until thorough chilled. Strain into a tall glass (preferably a Collins glass) and then add the club soda and the lemon wedge.

3) B52

This little shot has come along way since it’s conception in the 1970s. Not only is it perfectly sweet and easy to make, but its tri-colour appeal makes it visually striking.

You’ll need: 1 part Kahlua, 1 part Irish cream, 1 part Triple Sec (so, orange liquor).

Instructions: Carefully start layering, starting with the Kahlua, then the Irish Cream, then the Triple Sec. The fine people at Kahula recommend pouring the booze over the back of a spoon for ideal layering, and – if you’re feeling adventurous – lighting the shot on fire.

4) Negroni

Here’s one of the most idiot-proof cocktails out there. The story has it that this dark and daring little drink can be traced back to 1919 and an Italian count named Negroni. While this drink is a close cousin of the Americano, it has a taste all its own.

You’ll need: 1 oz dry gin, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 oz Campari

Instructions: Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds and then strain it into a glass, preferably a coupe. If you want, you can garnish it with an orange slice.

5) Gin and Tonic

Get your drink on while keeping malaria at bay. The G & T is by far one of the most popular classic cocktails, owning it’s convenient medicinal properties to the quinine in tonic water.

You’ll need: 2 shots of gin, 1 cup tonic water (Canada Dry is the best!), 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1/2 cup of ice.

Instructions: Grab a highball glass and pour in the gin. Next, combine ice, tonic and lime juice. Stir thoroughly, and enjoy!

6) Martini

A real martini will give any fruit flavoured or chocolatey concoction thrown into a martini glass a run for its money. No flourishes necessary: a real martini is a strong and simple drink.

You’ll need: 2 oz gin, 1 oz dry vermouth, 2 dashes orange bitters, 3 tablespoons crushed ice, optional lemon peel garnish.

Instructions: Toss the ice in a cocktail shaker, then add the gin, dry vermouth and orange bitters. Give it a good 10 shakes, strain into a glass and – if you want – add that lemon peel garnish.

7) Champagne Cocktail

Classic and elegant, the champagne cocktail is a three-step wonder, retaining the appeal of a glass of bubbly, with a little kick

You’ll need: 6 oz sparkling wine or champagne, a sugar cube, bitters (3-5 dashes) and lemon peel for garnish.

Instructions: Toss your sugar cube at the bottom of the champagne flute and sprinkle it with a few doses of bitters. Next, fill the glass with champagne and toss in the lemon wedge for garnish.

8) Rob Roy

You’re just three ingredients from an inspired and delicious drink. Basically a Manhattan with scotch, you’ll find Rob Roys being enjoyed at bars and homes around the world.

You’ll need: 2 oz blended Scotch whisky, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters,lemon or orange twist garnish, 3/4 cup ice.

Instructions: Toss the ingredients into a mixing glass and stir for a good 20 seconds. Next, strain it into a cocktail glass (preferably chilled). Add lemon or orange peel garnish.

9) Daiquiri

There are many perversions of the quintessential daiquiri, but we’re going to bring it back to basics. A daiquiri uses rum, a citrus juice and simple syrup. That’s it.

You’ll need: 1 1/2 oz white rum, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lime juice, 1/2 crushed ice.

Instructions: Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass, preferably chilled.


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