It’s 2019 and ‘going out’ is getting redefined. Food beverage prices are set to soar, pubs and bars are closing with frightening prolificacy and restaurants are struggling to stay afloat. With the only affordable watering hole left an ironic, moronic contributory to the problem, it’s looking like us Brits are going to be doing our drinking and socialising domestically much more in the near future. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop enjoying our favourite cocktails. Moreover, homemade cocktails don’t have to be expensive. 

When it comes to stocking your home mini bar and wine rack ready for making cocktails at home, it might be a good idea to buy alcohol online, as you’ll be able to find the best deals. And while you’re shopping, the key to recreating mixologist worthy cocktails at home is quality ingredients – there’s a reason why cheap cocktails at Wetherspoons taste notably different to those at a trendy craft cocktail bar who are all about using organic ingredients. Once you’re fully equipped and ready to get refreshed, consider these; our 5 IDEAL cocktails to make at home.

FAUX-JITO

This low-calorie cocktail is really easy to prepare but has the plus point of some interesting ingredients which will definitely impress your guests. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 30 ml white rum
  • Diet 7up or Sprite Zero
  • Three or four mint leaves
  • Ice
  • Kumquat (halved) or limes (quartered)
  • A small segment of watermelon (cubed)

METHOD

Muddle the mint leaves with your choice of white rum and the juice of one lime wedge. This is achieved by gently crushing the mint leaves using a mortar and pestle or whatever you have at home. From here, pour your muddled mixture into a glass, add some ice, watermelon cubes and your kumquats (available in most Asian stores, alternatively, use limes) and top up with Sprite Zero or Diet 7up. 

VITALITY VODKA LEMONADE

Aside from the base spirit, which in this case is vodka, all of the ingredients in this cocktail are fruit and vegetables. Vitality is very much the perfect word to describe this drink, then; a contribution to your 5 a day.

  • Two celery stalks
  • Two green apples
  • One lemon
  • One small piece of fresh ginger
  • One head of romaine lettuce
  • One shot (approx 45 ml) of vodka

METHOD

Use a blender or juicer to mix your ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass of choice (a martini glass if you’re feeling fancy) and that’s it! A simple, delicious cocktail with healthy ingredients (apart from the vodka that is).

BOTANICAL PINK GIN MARTINI

Mother’s Ruin. Madam Geneva. Jimi Hendricks. The Devil’s Left Hand. However you like to call it, gin can be a great basis for a simple, refreshing home cocktail. Here’s one; the Botanical Gin Martini.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (1 SERVING)

  • 60 ml of pink gin
  • A dash of dry vermouth
  • A few botanical ice cube at the bottom of the glass

METHOD

Combine the gin, vermouth and the ice in a strainer and shake. Place your homemade botanical ice cubes in the base of a martini glass. From there, strain your freshly mixed cocktail into the glass and serve.

THE DU HAMMAM

The Du Hammam was created by a French tea brand, Le Palais des Thes, in which green tea is combined with berries and orange blossom, then blended with ice, sparkling wine and a dash of apricot liqueur, and voila. While you couldn’t exactly call an alcoholic drink ‘healthy’, this one tastes like it might be doing you some good.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (2 SERVINGS)

  • 3 Green tea bags
  • 280 ml spring water
  • 280 ml Champagne
  • 2 tbsp Peach Liqueur

METHOD

Infuse your tea bags in simmering spring water for 3 minutes. Following this, put the tea in the fridge to chill for half an hour. Then, put your chilled tea and peach liqueur into a cocktail mixer and give it a good shake. Finally, put your cocktail mixture into flute glasses and top up with champagne. Remember this recipe is for two servings, so if you’re making it for yourself adjust the amounts accordingly.

RHUBARB BELLINI

Perhaps you’ve read our rhubarb article and now have some compote spare in the fridge? Well, a rhubarb bellini is an amazing, simple drink and a real crowd pleaser; tart, punchy and refreshing.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (2 SERVINGS)

  • 2 tsp of rhubarb compote
  • 140ml champagne

Simply place a teaspoon of your homemade compote in the bottom of each glass, and top with champagne.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.