11 easy cocktails to make at home
You're probably used to pre-drinking on cheap wine or a few bargain beers. But how much better would it be if you made your own delicious cocktails?We wouldn't normally advise mixing your drinks (we all know how badly that can end!) but of course, cocktails are a rare exception, and this will get you some serious kudos with your friends and housemates.
You can make your cocktails just by mixing the drinks in a glass or large bowl, but we would definitely recommend investing in a proper cocktail shaker. Here's a great piece of kit that will help you in conjuring up your 'shaken-not-stirred' delights, hassle (and spillage-) free.
Just follow some really simple cocktail recipes and you'll see how easy it is to perfect this boozy art form.
To get you started, here's a few of our favourite cocktails along with easy guides on how to make them for yourself.
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An old student favourite, but with good reason! This cocktail is ridiculously easy to make and it comes out a pretty yummy colour too. Need we say more?
Ingredients: WKD Blue (or cheaper brand), port (small bottle), vodka (leftovers from last time).
Method: Mix together the bottle of WKD with 50ml of Port. Then add 25ml of your Vodka. Easy as!
Ok so this one is more of a shooter than a cocktail, but this IS the best-tasting shot that will ever grace your mouth. You won't be grimacing when you knock this one back!
Ingredients: A bottle of Chambord (blackberry liquor), double cream (yes really) and some sugar (available from all well stocked cupboards).
Method: Fill the shot glass 3 quarters full with Chambord, topping up with cream. Sprinkle a little sugar on top, knock it back and enjoy!
We love sex on the beach… and we like the drink too (couldn't resist)! Perfect for the summer. Or winter…or whenever really?
Ingredients: To make one glass you will need 200ml cranberry juice, 100ml orange juice, 75ml vodka and 75ml peach schnapps.
Method: Mix all the ingredients together (in a shaker if you have one), and serve over ice! Make sure you add the alcohol first, or it will float to the top.
If you haven't tried one of these before, you're in for a tropical treat. It's a personal favourite of ours and comes highly recommended!
Ingredients: 50ml white rum, 25ml coconut cream, 25ml single cream and 200ml pineapple juice.
Method: All you have to do is mix the ingredients together in a glass or shaker. If you want to cheat, swap the first three ingredients for Malibu!
Woo woo is a Weatherspoons favourite, but you can make this easily from home too and it's cheaper. Here's how.
Ingredients: 25ml peach schnapps, 25ml vodka and 50ml cranberry juice.
Method: Simple! Mix them together – add the vodka and peach schnapps first, followed by the cranberry juice. Enjoy!
Mojitos have definitely risen in popularity recently, especially amongst students, and it's easy to see why! It's pretty damn simple too.
Ingredients: Half a lime (cut into 4 pieces), 5 fresh mint leaves, tablespoon of sugar, 50ml golden rum (Morgan's spiced or Havana Club), soda water and some strawberries if you feel like it.
Method: Put the lime, mint leaves and sugar into a glass and mash them together with any utensil you can find (the handle of a plastic utensil like a spatula can work). Add the rum, top with soda water and stir. For an extra taste burst add a small handful of strawberry’s or raspberry’s at the start, yum!
Perhaps one of the most alcoholic cocktails out there, so take great care with this one, but it does taste really bloody good!
Ingredients: 25ml light rum, 25ml vodka, 25ml gin, 25ml tequila, 50ml lime juice, coke.
Method: Literally chuck all the alcoholic ingredients and the lime together and give it a proper mix around. Pour in a glass over ice and top up with coke.
Zingy, refreshing and apretty cool colour to boot – we've got to confess, we're a little bit addicted to this one at STS…
Ingredients: 50ml vodka, orange juice and 25ml raspberry cordial
Method: Shake up the orange juice and the vodka, pour it in a glass over ice and drop in the cordial, letting it sink to the bottom. Like a sunset. Geddit?
Who doesn't want to drink a drink with name like this? And it's yellow? Who even cares what it tastes like?
Ingredients: 25ml advocat, 25ml white rum, 25ml cream, lemonade.
Method: Mix up the rum, cream and advocat with a sprinkling of vigour and the pop it in a glass and top up with lemonade. For an extra twist you can replace the cream with ice cream. Trust us on this one.
Anything with alliteration in the title sounds good to us! This does require quite a lot of ingredients, but we promise it's easy to make and totally worth it!
Ingredients: 25ml gin, 25ml cherry brandy, 50ml pineapple juice, 10ml benedictine, 10ml grenadine, 10ml cointreau, soda water.
Method: Everything gets shaken up and then poured over ice except the soda water. Leave that 'till last to top up your cocktail!
Everyone needs a bit of lemon in their life once in a while. Who knows, this might even count towards your five a day?
Ingredients: 50ml vodka, 50ml lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and lemonade.
Method: Once again, it all gets shaken up apart from the lemonade; just use that to top up your glass once you've poured it in!
We hope you enjoy these cocktails and always remember to drink responsibly!
And of course you probably have your own special (or just completely experimental) recipes for pre-drinking. Feel free to share them with us in the comments and we'll add them to the list.