Although some people’s home bars rival a corner pub (and it worries the rest of their family), most people keep one or two of their favorite liquors at home and basic mixers, that’s it. If you want something unusual that’s why your neighborhood ‘Cheers’ is just down the street right? (Plus, you always look cool to others when ordering unique cocktails at a bar and it’s always fun to say ‘Wallbanger’ or ‘Fuzzy Navel’ anyways)
That’s the challenge I see for people to make unique cocktails at home; committing to buying an entire bottle of something they don’t know. I could recommend cocktails with ingredients like ‘Orange Curaçao’, ‘Absinthe’, ‘Fernet Branca’ and ‘chocolate bitters’, but really, why would you, the average consumer, pay $30 or more for ONE ingredient that you can use for ONE cocktail that you’ve never even tried?! You may not even like it and it may just sit on your shelf forever.
The purpose of this post is to give you a basic list of ingredients (that are inexpensive) that will make the following three great summer cocktails and that you’ll be able to use.
Quick buying tip: Liquor/Wine companies make small portions! Liquor comes in 50mL (hotel mini-bar size), 375mL (half bottles), 750mL (standard size/wine bottle size) and larger. Wine/Champagne comes in 187mL (one and a half glasses), 375mL (half bottles), 750mL (standard wine bottle size) and larger. Don’t buy the largest format if you aren’t going to use it but to save some cash commit to the larger sizes and FIND ways to use it.
Ingredient list: Dark Rum – Gosling’s Black Seal or Meyer’s Rum (est. $16-20), 6 limes, several Mexican Coca-cola (Sugar cane cola from Pepsi also works – est. $1-2 ea), bottle of Prosecco or Domaine St. Michelle Sparkling (est. $8-12 ea), honey and several ginger beer (fever-tree, reed’s or regatta – est. $1.50-2 ea).
Also, remember that a tablespoon equals 1/2 oz and two tablespoons equal 1 oz.
2 oz Dark rum
4 oz ginger beer (not ginger ale!)
1 lime wedge
Add rum into a glass with ice. Top off with ginger beer. Squeeze in a lime wedge and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
2 oz rum
Fill with Mexican Coke
1 lime wedge
Add rum into a rocks (small) glass with ice. Top off with mexican coke. Squeeze in a lime wedge and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
2 oz rum
1/2 oz lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
5 oz sparkling wine
In a bar: Add rum, lime juice and honey into a glass with ice. Stir. Strain into a collins glass with ice. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with an edible flower or a lime wedge.
At home: Add rum, lime juice and honey into a glass with ice. Stir. Fill glass with ice and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with an edible flower or a lime wedge.
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Now that you can make three simple cocktails for less than $50, invite some friends over and have a cocktail party. These summer cocktails are as easy as they are refreshing. Enjoy making them at home or asking your local bar wench to make them for you. Salud!
I love booze, I hope you love booze too.