If you are constantly entertaining guests like we are, then you’re probably on the look out for exciting new recipes and cocktails to wow your friends with.
Well, one of the cool places that we recently found, and where we go to, to get inspiration for making great drinks is, thebar.com This website is amazing. It is loaded with tips on how to turn your mini bar of Smirnoff No.21, Gordon’s London Dry Gin, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum or Johnnie Walker Red Label Whisky, into impressive cocktails.
Here are our recent favorites, and Top 5 Cocktails, that we cannot do without!
1. Ketel One White Chocolate Martini
One of the more striking versions of the classic martini, the Chocolate martini uses white chocolate liqueur for a striking-looking drink and rich, cocoa-butter flavours that blend beautifully with the subtle honey of Ketel One Vodka.
This particular cocktail is rich and creamy with a nice fragrant white chocolate after-taste that’s hard to describe. You have to try it for yourselves to know what we are talking about!
How to make this delicious cocktail :Fill a shaker with ice.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.Add Ketel One Vodka, white chocolate liqueur and white crème de cacao liqueur to the shaker.Using a jigger, measure 20ml Ketel One Vodka, 20ml white chocolate liqueur and 17.5ml white crème de cacao liqueur into the shaker.Shake until cold.Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the cocktail shaker feels chilled.Strain into a glass.Strain the mixture using a cocktail strainer, into a martini glass.
2. The Skinny Coconut
Light on calories but full of flavour, this cocktail combines crisp and pure Smirnoff No.21 Vodka with crushed blueberry. A touch of agave sweetness and low-fat coconut water. Use fresh coconut for that incredible salty yet sweet characteristic.
This cocktail is probably one of those that’s rich in aroma, but lower in fat content – we can drink this all night and not even complain about it being too sweet or filling.
How to makeMuddle blueberries in a glass.Press down with a muddler on 2 teaspoons of blueberries in the bottom of a highball glass to extract the juice and flavour.Add the Smirnoff No.21 Vodka and agave nectar.Using a jigger, measure 50ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and 5ml agave nectar into the glass.Add crushed ice and stir.Fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir the drink with a bar spoon.Top up with coconut water.Top up the glass with 150ml coconut water.Garnish with blueberries.Place 2 blueberries on top of the drink to garnish.
3. Archers Woo Woo
Archers Woo Woo is a cute name, and what it is, is a peachy version of the Cosmopolitan, substituting Grand Marnier with Archers Peach Schnapps, resulting in a cocktail that’s sweet, fruity and er.., rather pink.
Yeah, this one is definitely a lady’s drink – sweet and pretty, it looks nice with manicured fingers wrapped around it too!
How to makeFill a glass with ice.Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.Pour Archers Peach Schnapps and Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka into the glass.Using a jigger, measure 25ml Archers Peach Schnapps and 25ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka into the glass.Stir thoroughly.Stir thoroughly using a bar spoon.Top with cranberry juice.Top up with 100ml cranberry juice.
4. The Margarita Legendario
Using the aged Don Julio Blanco Tequila adds a rich, sweet oaky edge to a classic party cocktail in a way that will really impress guests that appreciate great flavours.
And if the one before was for the ladies, this would be a huge hit with the men. It’s macho yet classy, and that oaky flavour is guaranteed to put the blokes in a good mood.
How to makeFill a shaker with ice.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.Add Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier and lime juice to the shaker.Using a jigger, measure 25ml Don Julio Blanco Tequila, 17.5ml Grand Marnier and 17.5ml lime juice into the shaker.Shake until cold.Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the cocktail shaker feels chilled.Strain into a glass filled with ice.Use a cocktail strainer to strain the liquid into a short glass filled with ice cubes.
5. Baileys Arctic Orange
A clever combination of flavours that works brilliantly. Baileys with a hint of Orange Truffle Flavour mixes with refined, slightly bitter and cool Smirnoff Espresso vodka plus chocolate chips and powder, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a garnish of orange peel for the perfect mixed drink.
This one is a great post dinner tipple. It could even double up as a dessert, with it’s lovely chocolate chip, bitter sweet orange aftertaste!
How to makeFill a shaker with ice.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.Add Baileys with a hint of Orange Truffle Flavour, Smirnoff Espresso Vodka and vanilla ice cream to the shaker.Using a jigger, measure 50ml Baileys with a hint of Orange Truffle Flavour, 20ml Smirnoff Espresso Vodka, 75ml milk and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream into the shaker.Shake until cold.Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the cocktail shaker feels chilled.Add chocolate chips to the rim of the glass.Wet the rim of a martini glass with a little orange juice and dip into a plate of crushed chocolate chips so that the rim has chips all the way around.Strain into a glass filled with ice and dust with cocoa powder.Use a cocktail strainer to strain the liquid into the glass and dust with cocoa powder.Garnish with orange peel.With a sharp knife cut a twist of orange on a chopping board, and place on top of the drink to garnish.
And so, if unusual cocktails are your thing, then you definitely need to visit this website. It’s got cocktails recipes that I have not heard of before, but are easy enough to follow and make. Definitely visit this cocktail almanac, before the next home party you throw, so the guests will be sufficiently “happy”!