Looking for a dynamite recipe for your cocktail party this summer? With so many variations possible, finding your favorite option may take a little trial and error.
Cocktails can be spiced up with pepper vodka or smoked whiskey. They also can be sweetened with bitter mixers and flavorful garnishes.
The key to finding a cocktail that works for you and your guests is starting with a basic recipe — a few provided below — and then letting you imagination take over. Enjoy!
The classic rum cocktail, the mai tai can take you away on your own personal island in the sun. Start by filling a shaker with ice cubes. Add 1 ounce of dark rum, 1 ounce of white rum, 1 ounce of fresh lime juice and two dashes of bitters. Shake it up and strain it into a glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish this with any of your favorite island delicacies, such as pineapple or coconut.
The daiquiri is the frozen treat of preference for many people. It’s a simple drink with a dynamic flavor that will leave you feeling chilled and warm at the same time. Again, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 ounces of white run, 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice and 3/4 ounce simple syrup. Shake well and strain into your favorite daiquiri glass.
The original martini is a mainstay. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add 3 ounces gin and 1 ounce dry vermouth. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist for a special touch.
The recipe for today’s margarita varies from bar to bar, but to do it at home, start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice, adding 1 1/2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce triple sec and 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass — after, of course, you wet the rim of the glass and dip it into some salt.
The mojito is as refreshing as it is delicious. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 8 mint leaves using a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add ice and 2 ounces of white rum, 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice and 1 ounce simple syrup. Shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass before stirring in 1/2 ounce chilled club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig for that extra bite.