Here’s some awesome drinks you can create very easily without ever leaving your house thanks to PikFly’s alcohol delivery service.
Amateur mixology is now more popular than ever, especially with online delivery stores making it easy for mix-at-home bartenders to order their favorite bottles of liquor through their mobile gadgets like a smartphone or tablet.
So why do people love to mix drinks at home? We can think of three reasons: One, it’s cheaper compared to ordering a drink at a bar or club. Two, it’s fun to do—whether fixing a drink for yourself or for friends. Three, it’s easy.
How easy? Here are the top 10 most delicious, easy cocktails you can make right now:
If you’re looking for a distinctly American drink, nothing can beat the sexy, sophisticated Martini. Baltimore-born critic, journalist, and satirist H. L. Mencken dubbed this cocktail “the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet,” while legendary essayist E. B. White called it “the elixir of quietude.”
To mix, fill a metal cocktail shaker with ice. Pour one ounce dry vermouth (preferably Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth or Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth), stir briefly, and strain out. The goal here is to coat the ice with the vermouth, not to mix it with the cocktail. Next, add four ounces of gin (preferably Beefeater, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s or Gordon’s) and stir briefly. Then pour the drink through a strainer into a chilled glass and garnish with an olive. Serve.
And no, Mr. Bond, the classic Martini should be stirred, not shaken.
2. Cuba Libre
It is said that the humble Cuba Libre was invented in Havana, Cuba, around 1901 by Patriots who aided Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Some accounts say that the drink was the preferred cocktail of expatriates in Cuba avoiding Prohibition.
To mix, squeeze your prefered amount of lime juice into a Collins glass, add ice, and pour in four ounces of white or dark rum (preferably Bacardi or Captain Morgan). Fill the glass with cold Coca-Cola, and garnish with a wedge of lime. Serve.
The Margarita is often hailed as the quintessential Mexican cocktail. Cinco de Mayo or not, it’s always a good time to enjoy this refreshing drink’s exquisite flavors, especially when mixed well—sweet, salty, sour, bitter. The Margarita’s origins are somewhat hazy, but the most accepted story was that it was invented by Don Carlos Orozco in October 1941 in a cantina in Ensanada, Mexico. The bartender was experimenting with drinks one afternoon, when the daughter of the then German ambassador Margarita Henkel walked in. Orozco offered Margarita one of the drinks he was mixing—a cocktail consisting of equal parts of tequila, Mexican orange liqueur called Controy, and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass—and the rest is history.
To mix, take .75 ounce of 1.5 ounce of tequila (preferably Tequila Cazadores Blanco, Jose Cuervo Gold, or 1800 Añejo) 1 ounce of Cointreau, triple sec, or any other orange liqueur and add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with ice. If you like, you can rim the cocktail glass with salt or sugar. Serve. Salud!
HBO’s romantic sitcom Sex and the City made the Cosmopolitan—Cosmo, for short—one of the most famous cocktails of the ’90s. If you dropped in on any house party or bar in the late ’90s, chances are you’d find majority of the people sipping on a Cosmo. Many years later, this cocktail is still quite famous, and it’s also very easy to mix.
To mix, take one ounce of vodka (preferably Skyy, Grey Goose, Absolut, or Smirnoff), one-half ounce triple sec, one-half ounce lime juice, and one-half ounce cranberry juice and mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim. Serve.
The Manhattan has a very interesting origin story (or stories) behind it. It is said that the drink was specially made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother, at the Manhattan Club in the 1970s. However, this story is disputed and many believe that the Manhattan is instead one of the five borough cocktails made to represent the parts of New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island). Whichever story is true, there is no denying that it is often regarded as one of the greatest cocktails ever created.
To mix, combine 2 1/2 ounce bourbon whiskey (preferably Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, or Evan Willams, 3/4 ounce triple sec, and a dash of Angostura bitters in a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir gently, taking care not to bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place a cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the mixture into the glass, over the cherry. Serve.
A recipe for a Metropolitan cocktail appears as early as 1935, which lists 2/3 Manhattan bitters as one of the ingredients. However, the more common drink that calls for brandy in the recipe has been around since the year 1900. There are other cocktails that have taken the name “Metropolitan,” but what follows is the original, classic Metropolitan recipe.
To mix, take 1 1/2 ounces of brandy (preferably Don Pedro, Christian Brothers, or Presidente), 1 ounce sweet vermouth (preferably Gallo or Tribuno), 1/2 teaspoon syrup, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve.
7. The Rusty Nail
If you are a scotch drinker, this cocktail is for you. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, “the Rusty Nail took a while to find its proper place in the world,” and is credited to the bartenders at a club in Manhattan in the early 1960s. The Rusty Nail is a simple enough drink but is designed for the sophisticated palate, and is one of the best slow-sipping cocktails around.
To mix, pour 1 1/2 scotch (preferably Johnnie Walker Black, J&B, Chivas Regal, or Cutty Sark) and Drambuie into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well, and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve.
8. Beverly Hills
Cognac drinkers mostly prefer to enjoy their drink neat but this simple and enjoyable cocktail is sure to change the mind of even the most die-hard cognac purist.
To mix, take 2/3 ounce cognac (preferably Hennessy Very Special, Remy Martin VSOP, or Martell VS), 1/3 ounce Kahlua, and 1 1/3 ounce triple sec. Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve.
9. Bloody Brain Shooter
There aren’t many cocktails out there that call for schnapps in the recipe, but this drink is one of the best. While schnapps is a particularly strong alcoholic drink that resembles gin, what sets it apart is its distinct fruit flavor. This recipe requires peach schnapps.
To mix, take 3/4 ounce peach schnapps (preferably Dekuyper Peachtree or Hiram Walker Peach) and pour into a cordial glass. Then gently pour and float Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. Then add 5 to 7 drops of grenadine into the glass. Serve.
10. Gas and Coke
This is the simplest recipe on the list, which uses only two ingredients: sour mash or Tennessee whiskey and Coca Cola.
Did we list your favorite, easy-to-make cocktail? If not, let us know about it! Post the name and recipe in the comments below!