Maybe in high school it was cool to invite your girlfriend over for a stolen and skunked beer, but you’re an adult now, and people expect more from you. You don’t have to be a bartender to make a drink, and you don’t have to limit your cocktails to two ingredients. Here are 9 cocktails that everyone should know how to make.
Cosmos – This pink, Sex in the City, girly martini is actually one of the least girly martini’s out there. Despite the pink color, the Cosmo actually has its fair share of booze in it.
How to Make it – Pour one part Vodka, one part triple sec, and two parts cranberry juice into a shaker with ice. Squeeze in some lime juice, shake and strain. pur
Why you should know it – Because she drinks it. This trendy alcoholic drink is a favorite of the ladies. She is much more likely to come over for a couple of cosmos than for a shot of well whiskey and a year old PBR. Unfortunately, she’s also much more likely to think your gay.
Bloody Mary’s – The undisputed king of breakfast drinks. There are hundreds of ways to make a bloody mary, so feel free to add your own touch.
Basic recipe – Bloody mary mix (Zing Zang’s), vodka, ice.
How to make it – If you want something a little more advanced, add two shots of vodka to a half cup of tomato juice, and then get creative. Popular additions are jalapeños, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemons and limes, pepper, and celery. Some people even add clams or shrimp. Basically, go through your kitchen and see what feels good.
Why you should know it. Because breakfast is expensive and there is no better way to bite the hair of the dog.
Sangria – A classy party drink that is meant for outdoor consumption.. This punch drink is a tad bit classier than jungle juice, and doesn’t require you to purchase roofies.
How to Make it – Add a bottle of red wine and a bunch of fruit to a punch bowl. Done. You can’t go wrong with orange and lemon wedges, but you can also find fruits that will compliment your bottle of wine. Also, many people will add a few spoons of sugar, and a couple of cups of ginger ale or club soda. Sangria is another drink that can be modified in an infinite number of ways.
If you want to add a little extra kick, put a shot or two of brandy into the mix. It’s all about taste. Some people prefer to use a flavored brandy or a flavored vodka. If you really want to make a good sangria, you can soak your fruit in liquor the night before.
Why you should know it- Because you can’t afford good wine. Sangria can make you feel classy as you squeeze the last few drops out of your box of wine.
Old fashioned – An old fashioned is a classic drink that will make you feel like an adult. It will also ease you into the world of straight bourbon drinkers…which I’m not sure is a good thing.
How to make it – Add sugar, a few dashes of angostura bitters, and a touch of water into a glass. Stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add a cherry and an orange. Muddle, or smash, all of the ingredients together. Add ice, pour in bourbon to fill the glass.
Why you should know it – Because you have to learn how to muddle sometime.
Manhattan – The original martini. Back in the day when people had the robust taste buds to stomach strong alcoholic drinks, the martini was made with rye whiskey, and it was called the Manhattan.
How to make it – 2 oz whiskey, 1 oz vermouth, 2 drops of bitters. Pour into a shaker with ice. Swirl. Strain into a manhattan, or martini glass.
Why – Because it’s a man’s martini. This classic drink really relies on the quality of whiskey or bourbon for its taste. Ordering at a bar can be costly, so if you splurge on a decent bottle for your house, you can enjoy these anytime.
Tom Collins – A Tom Collins is a gin and soda that doesn’t taste like crap. It’s the drink that you would make if you had more than just gin and well, soda at your house.
How to make it – 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 3 oz club soda, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 maraschino cherry, 1 orange slice. Put the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a collins or highball glass with ice. Add the club soda, cherry, and orange, and stir.
You can modify this recipe by using sour mix or lime juice, instead of the lemon juice. A lot of people also add a little grenadine.
Why – Because you’ve always heard of it, but never knew what it was.
Margarita – The quintessential beach drink. If you don’t live near the beach, it’s the quintessential backyard drink. If you don’t have a back yard, it’s the quintessential shirtless drink.
How to make it – Tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Adjust the levels to taste. You’re going to have to salt the rim of the glass, which works surprisingly well on solo cups. Whatever your glass of choice, rub a lime along the edge of the glass, and then roll it through salt. You can also give the glass a sugar rim job, if that’s your preference.
Why – Because it’s five o’clock somewhere.
Daiquiri – The adult slushie. This drink is perfect for hot summer days when you really should be in class or at work.
How to make it – 2 oz light rum, a splash of triple sec, 1.5 oz lime juice, tbsp of sugar, 1 cup of ice. Put the ingredients into a blender and blend. Pour into the most ridiculous glass that you have, and garnish with a cherry.
This is the most basic daiquiri recipe. You can modify this to make banana daiquiris, strawberry daiquiris, even avocado daiquiris.
Why – Because you bought a blender.