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The Simplest Cocktails

Updated on April 15, 2015

Simple Cocktails

We all love to relax with a nice drink at home or maybe have something with a bit more taste on a night out, but there is always the problem of what to have and "what can I make with the limited ingredients I have?". Well this does not have to be a problem. Most cocktails can be made with few ingredients and relatively cheap despite what some bars may lead you to think.

Here I will compile a list of the simplest but nicest cocktails that anybody can make with little or no effort.

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Why Drink A Cocktail?

I myself love a cold beer, or two! But there comes a time that you want something sweet, fruity, sour or tangy. That is when its time to try a cocktail. Cocktails can satisfy a thirst, a sweet tooth and give you a buzz all in one glass. They can be a sophisticated Martini, or a fun daiquiri.

Personally I have worked in different bars and have picked up different recipes for the same cocktail. There is an unlimited, inexhaustible list of endless opportunities waiting to be poured,some take 10 seconds to make while some take 10 minutes! I plan to show you a few of them.


The Cosmopolitan is probably one of the most simple of the cocktails you will ever find but yet one of the most successful and popular.

This is a cranberry, vodka based cocktail and is light and fruity.

This was one of the first cocktails I myself learned how to make and from experience most bartenders can make it, making it a great, reliable choice for a drink to order at the bar.

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  • 1.5 Ounces of vodka/citrus vodka
  • 1 Ounce of Cointreau orange liqueur / Triple Sec liqueur
  • 0.5 Ounce of Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.25 Ounce Of Cranberry Juice
  • Orange/Lime Wedge as garnish


  1. Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker
  2. Add Ice
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain Into A Cold Cocktail Glass(or whatever glass you prefer)
  5. Garnish With fruit wedge
  6. Enjoy!
Cast your vote for 1-Cosmopolitan

2- Black Russian

Black Russian
Black Russian

The Black Russian is a simple vodka and coffee liqueur drink.

It again, like the Cosmo, is so popular that any bartender on request should be able to make it for you, and you will too after you read this.

A black Russian can be a perfect drink with a meal or even for a night cap.

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  • 1.75 Ounces Vodka
  • 0.75 Ounces Of Coffee Liqueur ( Kahlua, Tia Maria etc.)


  1. Build the ingredients in the glass (preferably an old fashioned glass, like a scotch glass)
  2. Stir well
  3. Enjoy

3- Vodka Collins

Vodka Collins
Vodka Collins

This is a nice refreshing high ball drink (tall glass) . It is perfect for those summer days as it has the perfect refreshingly sour thirst quenching taste. It again is simple and easy to make and requires only the most basic ingredients. Therefore it is a perfect drink to entertain guests with, order at a bar, or just relax at home with.

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  • 1.5 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 Ounces Of Sugar Syrup
  • 7 -up/Club Soda
  • Orange/Lemon Slice


  1. Pour lemon, vodka and syrup into a tall glass with ice
  2. Mix Thoroughly
  3. Top glass up with club soda or 7-up
  4. Garnish With Fruit

Cocktails Can Be Easy! - Want to try something more extravagant?

Vodka, Rum, Triple Sec and Kahlua are all the liquors you need to make the above amazing cocktails, hard to believe, but true!

However If you want to press on, and learn and try more, these books contain recipes even the most experienced bartenders have never even dreamed of!

On top Of that they are perfect to have in case you need to impress your guests!

The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails
The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails

Want To Impress Your Guests? This book is full to the brim of ideas to do just that. you will never run out of options, never!

The Little Black Book of Cocktails: The Essential Guide to New & Old Classics (Little Black Books (Peter Pauper Hardcover))
The Little Black Book of Cocktails: The Essential Guide to New & Old Classics (Little Black Books (Peter Pauper Hardcover))

Your guests wont know what hit them when you pull this out of the press. They will leave your house with a smile on their face and an amazing story.


4- Screwdriver

This is a light fruity drink, that's perfect for having with a lunch snack or with dinner, its packed full of vitamin c and its therefore great for you(as drinks go).

On top of that its two simple ingredients (OJ and vodka) mean its quick and easy to make.

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  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 5 Ounces Orange Juice
  • Orange Slices for Garnish


  1. Put Some Ice In a Tall Glass
  2. Pour Vodka Into Tall Glass
  3. Pour OJ into the Tall Glass
  4. Mix Well
  5. Garnish With Orange Slice
  6. Enjoy

5- Madras

This again is a citrus, fruity cocktail and is an extension to the screwdriver as it is made using two fruit juices, Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice.

Again this is a simple easy drink to make and any basic bar can make it.

This drink again will compliment a light lunch, or afternoon meal and will definitely be a great choice for a bar or party.

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 3 Minutes

Serves: 1


  • 1.5 Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Orang Juice
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Lime Wedge


  1. Pour Vodka Into Tall High-ball glass with ice
  2. Pour cranberry Juice Into Glass
  3. Top With OJ
  4. Garnish With Lime
  5. Enjoy

6- Mojito

This great but simple drink originated in Cuba and is now one of the best known cocktails around.

It is very simple cocktail and uses mint and lime as a compliment to the rum, the perfect choice for a light, tasty and tropical drink.

Once again this drink is widely known and you should have no problem having a bartender make one up for you anywhere.

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  • 2 Ounces Of White Rum
  • 0.5 ounce of sugar syrup
  • 8 -10 Mint Leaves
  • Lime Wedges
  • Club Soda/ 7-up


  1. Place The Sugar, Mint Leaves, lime wedges and Some Club Soda/7-UP into a tall glass
  2. Muddle Well
  3. Add Rum
  4. Enjoy
Strawberry Daquiri
Strawberry Daquiri

7- Strawberry Daquiri

The Strawberry Daiquiri Is one of my personal favourites to drink and to make. It is perfect for a hot day or for a night out. Its quite easy to make, however it does require a blender.

Again any bar with a blender and strawberry purée could make this cocktail no problem as it requires little to no effort.

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  • 2 Ounces Of White Rum
  • 0.5 Ounces Of Triple Sec/ Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Of Lime Juice
  • 0.25 Ounces Of Sugar Syrup ( Or Half A Teaspoon of Sugar)
  • 1 Cup Of ice
  • 10 Strawberries or 2 Ounces Of Strawberry Purée


  1. Add everything to the blender
  2. Blend Well until smooth
  3. Pour Into Glass
  4. Serve With A Straw
  5. Add garnish If required(Strawberry, lime)
  6. Add a straw
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Image Courtesy Of Google Images

Cocktails at Sub Zero!

Tell Me You Would Love to go here?

I was recently away in the Big Apple and had the luxury of getting to see the Ice Bar adjacent to the Hilton. For any one who hasn't seen or heard of this, its amazing huh?

You get the opportunity to wear a warm parka, pants, boots, glove and hat and enjoy a beer or cocktail in sub zero temperatures. I know its not something that would appeal to everybody but hey, Its different and I love different. To be fair it is a bit pricey, but you are paying for an out of the ordinary experience, and it is worth every cent! There are other Ice bars located in London, Amsterdam and Prague.

My recommendation is to put this on your must see and do list!

Need some bar equipment ?No problem!

People think just because the bar has all the equipment means it will be impossible fo them to make their own cocktails, they are wrong, buying bar equipment has never been easier! Check out these items .

Premium Cocktail Shaker Set - 24 oz Stainless Steel
Premium Cocktail Shaker Set - 24 oz Stainless Steel

Want to mix that cocktail to perfection and look like a pro doing it? Then this is for you!

Hamilton Beach 58148 Power Elite Multi-Function Blender with Glass Jar (58148A), OSFA, Black
Hamilton Beach 58148 Power Elite Multi-Function Blender with Glass Jar (58148A), OSFA, Black

There is nothing better than a nice blended daiquiri on a warm day !

Farberware Color Straws, Mixed Colors, 125 Count
Farberware Color Straws, Mixed Colors, 125 Count

Add the finishing touches to any drink with these coloured straws!


Cool Cocktail Tricks

The coolest bar trick I have ever seen!

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