With Covid -19 lockdowns and other restrictions still in the vicinity, social gatherings like hanging out in the club are still the new normal. To many, this means missing out on fun times with friends sipping out of your favorite drink. However, all is not doom because you can still quench your thirst with a few friends or family members from the comfort of your home. With a few skills up your sleeve, you don’t even need to visit the liquor store any time you need to calm your nerves with some booze. For some inspiration, below are four delicious alcoholic drinks you can easily try at home.
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1. Home-Made Beer
It might look absurd, but crafty beer drinkers do it all the time. Of course, you will need a set of equipment to make it work, ranging from a plastic pail to a siphon hose, a siphon clamp, plastic bottles, and a hydrometer. To ease the stress, you can just get a homebrew kit and you’re good to go. The main ingredients will include water, malt, yeast, and sugar. The quantities may vary depending on the kind of beer you are interested in.
In that regard, you may also need some hops, herbs, licorice, and herb tea depending on your preferences. With these few items in your arsenal, you do not have to travel miles away in the middle of the night just to get a six-pack. The extra ingredients come in to add some flavor, plus you can also make your favorite cocktails by adding in some liquor.
This is the most popular and easy drink to prepare. It is a timeless classic that will leave your throat burning with the desire for more. The traditional martini involves a mixture of gin and dry vermouth, perfectly complementing each other. You can also customize it to your liking, perhaps by replacing gin with vodka or mixing your cocktail by shaking instead of stirring. Those who prefer the James Bond style will always opt for it shaken. The cocktail is served in a chilled glass, garnished with lemon or olives.
- 2 ½ ounces gin
- ½ ounce dry vermouth
- Lemon twist or olives
- Mix the gin and vermouth in a glass with ice. The vermouth should always be less than the martini.
- Stir the mixture for about 30 seconds
- Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist
Just the name itself screams fancy and tasty. However, let that not intimidate you because you can easily make this cocktail like a pro. All you need is rye, vermouth, and aromatic cocktail bitters, and voila! You have the drink. Although it was invented many decades ago in a Manhattan club, the taste of this transcendent drink has not changed much. However, bartenders have found ways to switch things up for a more adventurous taste. This is by switching rye for various American whiskeys like bourbon and adding cherries for a sweet taste. Whichever option you choose, you can never go wrong.
- 2 ounces rye or bourbon
- I ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Pour the whisky and vermouth in a mixing glass with ice and add the bitters.
- Stir the mixture well and strain into a chilled glass
- Add the cherry to garnish.
4. Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Just as the name suggests, this is a drink with the color, sass, flavor, and everything a cocktail can be. Because of the appealing color, most people think this is a girly drink. However, if you are basing your argument on that, maybe you are not ready for a good time. By using top-shelf vodka, Cointreau, and lime, you will have prepared this classic. It is the easiest to make when having guests over or when you just want to relax in your outdoor space.
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce Cointreau
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1-ounce cranberry juice
- Lemon twist or orange peel for garnish
- Put ice in a cocktail shaker
- Add all the liquids and shake till it becomes cold.
- In a chilled martini glass, strain the mixture
- Garnish with the lemon twist or orange peel
Evidently, you do not have to break a bank or get dressed fancy to enjoy a boozy cocktail. All you need is a few tips to become your own mixologist. The few pointers above will hopefully inspire you so you can have fun whenever you want to without having to leave the comfort of your home.