When you are on a low budget but want to hang out with your friends, knowing how to make easy cocktails can be a lifesaver!
Your part-time job doesn’t pay enough and you have been spending a lot of money having drinks at that great tiki bar you go to every Friday night. With just a few essential ingredients that you usually have in your kitchen, you can turn a night at home into a fun cocktail night to share with your friends.
1. The Mojito
This iconic cocktail never fails! is one of those easy cocktails that your guests will always say yes to. It’s not only easy to make but you won’t have to spend a lot of money in the ingredients as you usually have them in your fridge.
You will only need some rum, lime, club soda and a sprig of fresh mint to make this fun, fresh and tasty cocktail.
2. Cuba Libre
This is not your typical rum and coke! This classic cocktail has been enjoyed for money since the 19th century and is one of the cheapest easy cocktails to make.
It only requires three ingredients: rum, coke and a squeeze of one or two lime wedges. The lime is the responsible of distinguishing this cocktail from a simple rum and coke, as its acidity takes the flavor of the rum and balances the sweetness of the coke.
3. Classic Margarita
This is a top favorite to celebrate on a “Cinco de Mayo”. Is one of those easy cocktails to enjoy on a summer day, due to its ability to quench the thirst and refresh your soul.
The mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice served on a salt-rimmed glass makes this a sour but fruity balanced cocktail that all your friends will love. The best thing is that you can have it two ways: either shaken and served or blended with ice to have a frozen margarita.
4. Gin And Tonic
The best thing about easy cocktails is that you don’t need many ingredients to make one. The best example is the popular gin and tonic, with just these two ingredients, this cocktail is always a hit either for dinner or a happy hour with friends.
You can always give it a twist by adding your favorite spices, herbs or fruits to it: cinnamon sticks, strawberries, green apple slices, cucumber slices to make it more refreshing or a few mint sprigs.
5. The Daiquiri
This is a simple but elegant in the list of easy cocktails that you must try! This Cuban delicious cocktail consists of rum, lime juice, and sugar. Three simple ingredients that when combined create a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
You can also play around with this cocktail as there are many variations to it: shaken, frozen or even with fruits blended to it like strawberry or grapefruit.
6. Classic Kir
This sophisticated French cocktail will not only taste good but impress your guests at that cocktail party you are planning.
It is made with a magical blackcurrant liquor called “creme de cassis” and white wine (preferably dry). the best thing is that you can use any inexpensive bottle of white wine and its preparation only takes less than 5 minutes!
7. Whiskey Highball
A must try for the whiskey lovers! Just grab your favorite whiskey and add some ginger ale to it and you are ready to go.
It is usually served in a tall ice-filled glass known as “highball”, so you can stay the whole night drinking.
Maybe you have seen it in the popular TV Show “Sex And The City” or in one of the “James Bond” movies. This unique classic cocktail can be made either with vodka or gin.
Stir in the gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and ice in a cocktail shaker to mix it well and then serve it in a chilled martini glass. For the final touch, add an olive or a twist of lemon peel.
9. Black Russian
If you like vodka and also coffee, this simple cocktail will make you fall in love! Its curious name comes from the dark rich color of the coffee liquor and the Russian spirit… vodka.
You only need to stir all the ingredients with ice and serve into an ice-filled glass. If you want to make the drink longer, you can add a splash of coke to it.
10. Sex On The Beach
A fruity simple cocktail to enjoy all year! This tropical cocktail consists of your favorite vodka mixed with different juices: orange, cranberry, pineapple, and peach.
Once you make it yourself you will be surprised at how easy and simple it is to make at home!
You can save a lot of money making these easy cocktails at home and you don’t even need to have a home bar or be an expert.
Which of these easy cocktails will you try at home? Don’t be shy! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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