8 Easy Cocktails To Make At Home | SLMan
An at-home cocktail hour might be just what you need to kick off the evening and put a full stop on work during these shapeless lockdown days. SLMan asked the experts for some foolproof concoctions to mark the end of the day…

1. Elyx Martini

“The martini is the undisputed king of cocktails. It only has two ingredients yet, by changing up the garnishes and ratios, there’s a million different combinations to play with. Just make sure you use plenty of large, clear ice (easily made using Tupperware in your freezer). Stir for a minute or so to make sure it’s freezing cold; add fresh lemon zest over the top; and of course, use only the very best vodka.”  – Gareth Evans, global brand ambassador for Absolut Elyx.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 parts Absolut Elyx vodka

  • 1 part Lillet Blanc 

  • Lemon zest, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over cubed ice. 

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and garnish.
     

2. Due Diligence

“This is a super fresh, simple spring highball, using easy-to-find ingredients. Most supermarkets are still selling growing dill, which is a great thing to have on your windowsill. This drink is further simplified by the fact it’s built in the glass – no shakers required.” – Gareth Evans

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts Absolut Elyx vodka

  • 1 part elderflower liqueur 

  • 1 part lemon juice 

  • 1 pinch of dill 

  • 2 parts tonic water

  • Cucumber slices, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Muddle the first four ingredients in a highball glass and swizzle with crushed ice.

  2. Add the tonic water, top with ice and garnish with cucumber slices.
     

3. Swedish Riviera

“Most supermarkets and corner shops sell coconut water at the moment, and it’s fine to swap out the prosecco with whatever sparkling wine you can get your hands on. Serve in a large wine glass – using plenty of good ice.” – Gareth Evans

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 parts Absolut Elyx vodka

  • 3 parts coconut water 

  • 1 part lemon 

  • 1 part honey 

  • 3 parts prosecco 

  • A cinnamon stick and orange slices to garnish

METHOD

  1. Build the ingredients in a balloon cup or large wine glass over cubed ice.

  2. Top with prosecco and stir gently to combine. 

  3. Garnish with cinnamon and orange slices.
     

4. Golden Kavka

“This is a fun upgrade on a pre-dinner glass of wine. A tasty, zesty drink that people should already have the ingredients for at home – use a jam jar if you haven’t got a shaker. To make the sugar syrup, dissolve 200g of caster sugar into 240ml of water on a low heat; stir until dissolved, then cool.” – Karol Terejlis, bar manager, Baltic & Ognisko

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml of Kavka vodka

  • 30ml of Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)

  • 15ml of fresh lemon juice

  • 10ml of sugar syrup

  • 2 tsp of orange marmalade

  • 5ml of Campari

  • Orange or lemon peel, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled shaker or jam jar. 

  2. Shake vigorously and pour into a wine glass.

 

5. Cloudy Lemon G&T

"Making tasty drinks at home needn’t be daunting – this one is almost as easy as popping a wine cork. Gin is essentially a cocktail in itself: the 14 botanicals in LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon create a flavour profile that goes from sweet to citrus, aromatic and then spice. It all comes together to give you a shortcut to an outstanding springtime drink.” – Jono Mayes, spirits specialist, Brewdog

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml of LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon

  • Premium tonic water

  • Lemon wedge, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Pour the ingredients over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

 

6. Moscow Mule

“This is a fiery number that’s ultra-easy to whip up. The vodka is a single malt, meaning it’s crisp, clean and cuts through the ginger beer. Great to have before any spicy meal to get those taste buds tingling.” – Jono Mayes

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml of Rogue Wave vodka

  • Premium ginger beer

  • A lime wedge and sprig of mint, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Pour the ingredients over ice and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.
     

7. Vivace Vivace

“Drinking alcohol every day is tempting at this unsettling time, but it can affect your body and mind in the long term. This non-alcoholic drink has all the flavour and celebratory elements of a cocktail without the inclusion of strong alcohol. It brings tropical notes to aperitivo with the refreshing and fruity notes of Martini’s non-alcoholic aperitif Vibrante. So delicious and perfect to make at home.” – Camille Vidal, founder, La Maison Wellness

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml of Martini Vibrante

  • 50ml of pink grapefruit juice

  • 1 passion fruit, halved

  • Ginger beer

METHOD

  1. Put the Martini Vibrante, pink grapefruit juice and half a passion fruit into a highball and stir. 
  2. Top up with ice and add ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with the other half of passion fruit.

8. Semiotic Martini

“We make this at Savage Garden. It’s a perfectly puzzling mix of vodka, grapefruit and pineapple. It’s well balanced, tastes amazing, looks incredible and is easy to make at home.” – Kristian Smith, head bartender, Savage Garden

INGREDIENTS

  • 25ml of Crystal Head vodka

  • 20ml of walnut vermouth (normal vermouth will work too)

  • 15ml of Pampelle

  • 5ml of Seedlip Grove

  • 5ml of pineapple juice

  • Champagne

METHOD

  1. Put all the ingredients, minus the champagne, into a mixing glass.

  2. Stir and strain into a glass.

  3. Top with champagne.

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