How do you make a real Martini? What is in a Mai Tai? Keep reading this article on the greatest cocktails in the world and how to make them to really lift your spirits up this summer. Knowing how to make a good cocktail can be crucial to making friends, and you can even attend cocktail making team building events to make friends whilst making cocktails!
What Is Needed?
One: a lot of recipes have sugar syrup as a recipe – water and sugar in equal parts, which is very easy to make.
Two: you will need to have a shaker, in glass or metal. It takes a very long time to shake a drink until it is very cold. Plan on about a minute of very violent movement, while firmly holding the shaker parallel to the ground and in both hands.
Three: you will need some ice, sometimes in huge quantities. Make sure you are prepared. It is best if ice is crushed, which can be done through wrapping ice up in a clean towel and then using something heavy to crush it; return it to the freezer quickly. You will need lots of ice if you will be making cocktails for a big group.
Four: ingredients. You can find some fruit liqueurs in supermarkets but some are stocked by specialists only. If you are unable to find everything that you need, then just make a different cocktail. Note: the quantities that we are providing here make a single drink unless specified otherwise.
1. Champagne Cocktail
This renowned and famous drink oozes with old-fashioned elegance and luxury. It is very delicious. However, it’s a waste making one with good champagne, so just use a nice sparkler (New World or French), and save your true champagnes to drink on its own. A “saucer” shape is the traditional glass, but you can also use a flute.
- 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 sugar cube
Put the sugar cube inside the glass, and then drop the bitters in. Let it sit so that the bitters are soaked up by the sugar, then pour it in with the wine.
2. Gin Fizz
This is another incredibly cocktail; yes, it can be made out of absolutely anything you have on hand. The following is the classic version, but for experimentation purposes, you can try tequila, vodka, or rum.
- 100 ml soda
- 4 ml caster sugar
- 25 ml lemon juice
- 50 ml gin
Place all of the ingredients into a shaker except for the soda with lots of ice. Shake until it is very cold, and then strain in a tall glass that is full of ice cubs. Pour the soda in, and mix it well.
3. Mai Tai
When it comes to sweet drinks, this is the ultimate, which has supposedly been designed for individuals who don’t like how alcohol tastes but want to have its ego-liberating effects. However, there is much more to a Mai Tai than merely inebriation. When made properly, it is a true classic – and really refreshing as well.
- juice from 1 lime
- 25 ml dark rum
- 25 ml white rum
- 5 ml Orgeat (almond syrup)
- 5 ml sugar syrup
- 12.5 ml blue Curacao
- maraschino and pineapple chunks
- cherry to garnish
Place ice into a tall glass, filling it about halfway. Pour the lime juice in along with the other remaining ingredients. Then add more ice in order to fill up the glass, and garnish with the fruit, and then serve along with a straw.
The Martini was invented 90-100 years ago in the USA, and it the best and simplest cocktail in the world. Whether you like vodka or gin, there are three rules to follow: keep your spirit inside the freezer, always use the very best ingredients, and stir gently.
- 5-10 ml dry vermouth
- 50 ml frozen vodka or gin
- olive or lemon twist for garnish
Pour your spirit in an ice-cold tumbler or Martini glass that is full of ice. Then add the vermouth, add the lemon twist on top of the glass and drop it or an olive in. Quickly stir.
Here is another fantastic Cuban rum drink, that is related closely to the Daiquiri. The name was originally applied to the Rum Collins. It is served short now, like the version that is served in Leeds by Mojo. Facundo Barcardi is used at Mojo, but another aged rum can also be used.
- 50 ml anejo rum
- juice of 1 lime
- 5 sprigs mint
- 2 cubes of sugar
Place all of the ingredients in half of the shaker and then muddle (i.e. crush and stir) until the sugar dissolves. Add lots of ice, then shake until very cold, and then strain in a tumbler. If you want, garnish with mint.