It’s easy to crack open a bottle of wine when you have a night in; but we say man up, dust off your booze cabinet and get shaking. It’s cheaper than drinking them in some swanky bar and you'll look like a total G in front of your mates.
Don't know your Martinis from your Manhattans? Fear not, BarChick is here to help. Here are some classic cocktail recipes everyone should be able to make at home. Want BarChick's advice? Invest in good quality spirits, embrace trial and error (experimentation is the best bit!) and go get stuck in.
This old school classic is an absolute MUST. How many times have you woken up needing a cure for the hangover from hell?! This. Is. IT. Sunday sessions just got real. First things first, everyone has a preference. Extra spicy? Splash of OJ? Horseradish? Sherry? Clamato vs tomato? BarChick like to get creative as there is no right or wrong way with this one. But stick to the recipe below for your base and go from there. NB. Less can be more, so don't go too wild.
Method: Rim the glass with celery salt. Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, gently shake and strain into glass. Garnish with celery, olives, a burger. Whatever Trevor.
A pick me up to 'wake you up and f*ck you up'. The Espresso Martini is the perfect cocktail before a big night out (especially if you've had a long day at the office.) Caffeine and booze = double trouble. So if you weren't in the mood before, you will be now.
Method: Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with 3 coffee beans.
The party starter; If tequila doesn’t make you happy then it will definitely send you loco. Plus this twist on the classic Margarita is insanely easy to make so keep it simple and make it a Tommy's.
Method: Salt rim half of a Margarita glass or jam jar. Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, and don a sombrero to really get into the mood.
Go Italiano and whip out this bad boy for the ultimate aperitif. Negronis are a classic and they're damn easy to make, but when it comes to serving act nonchalant as it'll taste killer.
Method: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir briefly. Add an orange peel garnish and shout "BELLISSIMO" as you serve.
The Gin Fizz is old school; this light and refreshing drink is easy to make and is an all-year-round crowd pleaser. Winner winner.
Method: Put the egg white into a shaker and pour in the rest of the ingredients (minus the soda water) and fill the rest of the shaker with ice and shake. Fill the glass with ice and strain the shaker contents over, finally top up with soda water. Watch that head rise, baby!
If you want this to taste good then you need to make sure you have good bourbon and good citrus. Simple. If you’re feeling wild (which we think you might be) then add egg white. Don’t squirm, it adds texture and it’s good and proper.
Method: Firstly shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker without ice for at least ten seconds to help the emulsification of the egg. Next, shake all of the ingredients again WITH ice, then double strain into a glass.
Everyone has a way they like their Martini to be served, but in true BarChick style we like ours dirty. Gin is the classic base spirit, but you can go for vodka, the choice is all yours. Main thing is – make it ICE COLD BABY.
Method: Pre-chill your bar equipment and ingredients (shaker, glass, gin and vermouth). Once happy it's TOTALLY chilled, add the ice to the shaker and measure in the needed measurements of gin, brine and vermouth. Stir and strain into your chilled glass and garnish with olives. Mmmmm filthy!
One for the special occasions, to perk up your Champagne, or make that cheap Prosecco taste good. It’s got a hell of a kick (that’ll be the added gin) so maybe don’t refill Nan’s glass too often come Christmas morning.
Method: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins glass half full of cracked ice. Top up with Champagne. This can also be served in a Champagne flute so you can be proper fancy... like the French. Ooh la la.
This is a cocktail that means business - made from just pure, no p*ssing about, booze. Not for the lightweights, but definitely for those with some good classic taste.
Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Pop in a cherry. BOOM.
Not for the lactose intolerant but definitely for the bowling enthusiast. Sip slowly, it always goes down smooth.
Method: Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and stir well. Now pop on the Big Lebowski and watch while you drink.
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