Inside Scoop: These cocktails are delicious and easy to make!

This recipe was submitted by  Harold Camaya, a thought leader in the digital marketing of luxury wines.

Ever wished for more time to spend with your family? Maybe you didn’t wish for quite this much time!  Knowing that you may not get this opportunity again can give you a new perspective on this time locked up with loved ones. If not, drinks can help.  If you are looking for a change from wine or beer but clearly can’t go to a cocktail bar, here are 5 awesome cocktails to try at home.

1.) AVIATION LEMON COCKTAIL 

A classic example of a premium gin drink, the Aviation Lemon Cocktail is a delightful combination of sweet and sour. This delicious gin cocktail recipe is refreshingly flavorsome and will surely brighten up a gloomy day. Ingredients:

  • 45 ml Aviation Gin
  • 30 ml Lemon Juice
  • 25 ml Sugar Syrup (1:1)
  • Splash Soda Water
  • 1 Lemon Slice
  • Crushed Ice

Method: i.)  Fill 3/4th of your glass with crushed ice.  ii.) Pour the Aviation Gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup (simple syrup) into a cocktail shaker and shake well. If you don’t have a shaker, you can stir the mixture with a bar spoon.  iii.) Pour the drink mixture into a tall glass over crushed ice. iv.) Add a splash of soda on top. v.) Garnish with a lemon slice. 

2.) HARVEY WALLBANGER

 

The Harvey Wall Banger is a modern classic vodka cocktail recipe that originated in the 1950s and was a smash hit in the 1970s. With its smooth texture and flavor, it becomes a perfectly refreshing option in your arsenal of lockdown cocktails.  Ingredients:

  • 50 ml of Vodka
  • 17 ml Vanilla Liqueur 
  • 100 ml Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange Slice
  • Crushed Ice

Method: i.) Add the vodka, vanilla liqueur, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker and gently shake. Alternatively, you can blend with a spoon.  ii.) Fill a glass with crushed ice until half full.  iii.) Pour the mixture in a glass over the ice.  iv.) Top up with some more crushed ice. v.) Garnish with an orange slice.  

3.) BASIL AND GINGER LEMONADE

 

The Basil and Ginger Lemonade; as the name itself suggests, the recipe is made up of fresh hand-picked ingredients that give it an exotic balance of sweet and tart flavors.  Ingredients: 

  • 40 ml of Vodka
  • Soda Water
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Juice
  • 1 Lemon or Lime Slice
  • 4-5 Basil Leaves
  • Crushed Ice

Method: i.) Firstly, to make sugar syrup (also known as simple syrup), combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Cook on medium until the syrup has a slightly thick consistency. Let it cool before use.  ii.) For the lemonade, add half a cup of water, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of sugar syrup in a mixing bowl and stir well. Crush 2-3 basil leaves and mix with the lemonade.  iii.) In a cocktail shaker, add crushed ice, vodka, basil lemonade, and ginger juice and shake well.  iv.) Pour the mixture into a tall glass and top with soda water (club soda or sparkling water).  v.) Garnish with a lemon or lime slice and basil leaves. 

4.) CUCUMBER AND MINT MOJITO

 

The Cucumber and Mint Mojito is an ideal refreshing summer rum recipe and is fast becoming a classic cocktail.  Ingredients: 

  • 40 ml of White Rum
  • Sparkling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cucumber Juice
  • 3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 4-5 Cucumber Slices
  • 2 Lime Slices
  • Crushed Ice

Method: i.) Add mint leaves, cucumber slices, cucumber juice, lime juice, and a lime slice into a cocktail shaker and shake well.   ii.) In the same shaker, add white rum, simple syrup and crushed ice, and shake again.  iii.) Pour the entire mixture into a glass. iv.) Top off with sparkling water or club soda and stir well.  v.) Garnish with a lime slice and mint leaves. 

5.) WATERMELON-POMEGRANATE PUNCH

The Watermelon-Pomegranate Punch is a fruity, tangy cocktail recipe with some unique flavors.  Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of Sparkling Wine
  • .75 cup Watermelon and Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • A pinch of Pink Salt
  • Soda Water
  • 2 Mint Leaves
  • Crushed Ice

Method:

i.) Add crushed ice, lemon juice, and pink salt into a cocktail shaker and shake hard. 

ii.) Pour the entire mixture into a glass. iii.) Add watermelon and pomegranate fruit juice to the glass. 

iv.) Top with soda water and stir well.

v.) Garnish with mint leaves. 

On a cocktail making kick? Check out another delicious recipe from your friends at Naughty Nutrition!

With nearly 5 years of experience in wine marketing, Harold Camaya is considered a thought leader in digital marketing of luxury wines. From writing, event planning and public relations to videography and digital media. He continues to diversify his skills with changing trends and technologies. On his off days, he likes to spend his time at the nearest animal shelter, lift weights or be nose deep in a novel.

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