Anyone got any ideas for easy but delicious cocktails?
We’re hoping to move house soon and we have an enormous drinks cabinet filled with all kinds of booze that we don’t use often enough, and we’d like to gradually make our way through depleting a few bottles to make the move easier!
But I’m also incurably lazy and looking for things that:
A. Don’t contain 18 ingredients, most of which I’ve never heard of
B. Don’t require me to do daft things like add ‘smoke’/infuse things/set the cocktail on fire (although cocktails with umbrellas are welcome).
I do have a cocktail kit and various glassware so welcome all suggestions!
I’ve in the same situation and have been trying to deplete my stocks too. The following won’t necessarily help you clear out that half bottle of Midori or Amarula but are quite simple, tasty and also aren’t just a G&T which is always the simplest and often best option:
Bourbon Sidecar - this apparently serves 2 - I have my doubts…
4 oz (120 ml) bourbon
2 oz (60 ml) Cointreau
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
2 dashes lemon bitters (I never bother with this to be honest)
twists of lemon as garnish
Shake the Bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice and bitters with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish each glass with a twist of lemon and serve immediately.
Dark & Stormy
Since living in Brixton this has been a bit of a go-to. The corner shops tend to have a better variety of rums than any other spirits. This works fine with any golden - or dark rum. Often this will be a half bottle of Cockspur Fine from Top Joe’s on Brixton Hill.
Ingredients: Rum (a solid slug), coke to top up (edit - yes, got this wrong - ginger beer!). Big lime wedge - squeezed and then dropped in. Ice. Combine all in a decent sized glass. You need the lime to make it classy
I love the sound of this! And the sidecar, despite the fact that I normally avoid all-booze cocktails and go for something wimpier with mixers. It just sounds lovely - and I have all of those things (even the bitters!) handy…
This is very good to hear, as we have a LOT of odd liqueurs! Ooh, maybe we should do some boozy crumbles or something (and I’ve always wanted to attempt a soufflee…) Thanks!
Any Bourbon for an easy as Old Fashioned; Bourbon, brown sugar, bitters orange peel and ice. Use up Baileys, Tia Maria and Disarrono in coffee/hot chocolate or in the case of Disarrono just over ice. Make a Black Russian with kahlua/coffee liquer and vodka, it’s quite potent so you can make it Dirty by topping up with coke. Long Island Iced Tea is a great way to use up everything!
Ooh I love an Old Fashioned! Like the Jamie Oliver recipe very much. Sugar syrup (icing sugar and water in equal quantities is a good quick way to make this) in glass with angostura bitters, add 2 ice cubes and stir; add two more ice cubes and stir; add good class booze of choice (we like Makers) and stir. By now glass should be pretty full. Add more ice if req’d - we do t think so!
Ditto. Making it in advance with hot water gives best results ie nice clear sugar syrup. Just let it.cool down and away you go. Also means you can just make the quantity you want. We have been known to be really lazy and make it with cold water as we make the cocktail. A bit cloudy but it’s the taste that counts!
They’ve both already been posted. But, I can’t see how any self respecting person, could be missing bourbon, angostura, gin, red martini and campari in their drinks cabinet. So yes again, to old fashioned’s and Negronis.
At a pinch a Martini is pretty hard to beat as well, albeit horrendously dangerous.