5 Delicious Drinks To Make in a Cocktail Mixer

Hello Reader! If you’ve recently invested in a home bar for family parties, or are looking to purchase a cocktail mixer – the variety of bar tools out there must have caught your attention as well! Here’s your own personal guide catering to the most popular cocktails to serve at your parties, with their recipes too! Hope you throw the best party!



1. Martinis

Out of the variety of cocktails one can turn to, Martinis seem to never go out of style. Made with gin and vermouth, there’s a string of theories about where the origin of this cocktail actually lies. It is known that Martinis evolved from a cocktail called a Martinez, where a bar didn’t have any Champagne so the bartender mixed up a drink with what he had on hand: gin, vermouth, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and a lemon. This led to the creation of a Martini.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz. Gin or Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon Peel or Olives

Steps

  • Chill the Martini glass before serving by placing it in the freezer.
  • Place the gin or vodka and dry vermouth into a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into your chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel or olive.

2. Gin and Tonic

Gin, earlier known as Genever in Dutch, was first created in Holland during the 17th century in the form of a medicine. In the 19th century, the East India Company soldiers began to add gin to tonic water that helped fight malaria widespread. The drink was known to have saved thousands of lives, and has since then emerged as one of the most popular cocktails ever.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 to 6 ounces tonic water to taste
  • Lime wedge or slices, for garnish

Steps

  • Gather the ingredients
  • In a glass filled with ice cubes, pour the gin, then top with tonic.
  • Gently stir to mix.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or slices.

3.Daiquiri

The credit for the origin of Daiquiri are given to an American Engineer, Jennings Cox. who named the cocktail the” Daiquiri," naming the drink after a nearby port town, which also happened to be where the U.S. first invaded Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1-ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4-ounce demerara sugar syrup
  • Garnish: lime twist

Steps

  • Add the rum, lime juice and demerara sugar syrup to a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Garnish with a lime twist.

4.Margarita

While there are different theories about the origin of the popular cocktail Margarita, it is believed to have been created by an Irish man named Madden in 1936. Madden, who worked as a bartender explained that he accidentally picked the wrong bottle while making a Daisy for a customer at the bar. The accidental choice of using Tequila instead of Brandy became such a popular choice, that it is enjoyed at every cocktail party in today’s date.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1/2-ounce orange liqueur
  • 1-ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2-ounce agave syrup
  • Garnish: lime wheel
  • Garnish: kosher salt (optional)

Steps

  • Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel and kosher salt rim (optional).

5.Sidecar

The creation of the Sidecar occurred towards the end of the First World War. It is believed that an American Army Captain would often travel a bar in Paris in the sidecar of his friend’s motorbike. He wanted a drink to warm him up before dinner, and cognac was his first choice. However, it was considered as an inappropriate drink so early in the evening, and so the bartender mixed some Cointreau and lemon juice with it - hence creating the Sidecar.

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • 3/4-ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 3/4-ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: orange twist
  • Garnish: sugar rim (optional)

Steps

  • Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar, if desired, and set aside
  • Add the cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  • Strain into the prepared glass.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.