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DIY: Cocktails that you can make and enjoy from the comfort of your home

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A lot of us go to bars and restaurants to enjoy the cocktails made by them. For that, we pay extra money like the service charge, travelling expenses, time consumed, effort, etc. But this has a bad effect on our wallets because the prices of drinks are quite high and might not be affordable for all. 

But, what if we told you that you can have cocktails in the comfort of your home? Yes, that’s true, one can have the cocktails by making them at their own home. And this can be done by following the different recipes which we will be mentioning below.

If you are at home and don’t want to go out and have a drink but stay home while taking a sip of one of the finest cocktails, do have a go at one of these according to your own taste and preference.

Gin and Tonic-

It’s not a surprise for anyone who loves to have alcohol that it’s one of the favourites of a large number of people. A two-ingredient alcohol which has made it to the top of the list of the most-liked cocktail in the world. Have a look at this secret recipe for making this tasty drink-


  • 1 part gin
  • 2 parts tonic water
  • Garnish(Lime or lemon wedge, Cucumber slice, Mint leaves, Orange peel, Juniper berries, Blood orange slices, Rosemary)


  • Use a stemmed glass, not a highball and add both liquids to it.
  • Add the tonic water by pouring it over with a spoon.
  • Add the garnish to the cocktail.

Classic Mojito-

The sour cocktail known as the mojito is a Havana, Cuban invention. This famous Cuban cocktail is one of the best among all the traditional cocktails. It appears on the list of IBA official cocktails created by the international bartender association. Here is the perfect mojito recipe: not too sweet, fizzy, and fresh-tasting mint.


  • Fresh mint
  • Lime juice
  • Rum
  • Simple syrup
  • Soda water

Mix them all with Simple Syrup and Rum at the end. Add Mint Leaves.

Classic Champagne Cocktail-

A traditional cocktail recipe that is tart and energising is the Champagne Cocktail. It may be the ideal companion for celebrating something. This timeless dish elevates the celebration to a whole new level with just a few basic ingredients.


  • Sugar,
  •  Angostura bitters, 
  • Champagne, 
  • Cognac or brandy,
  • A Maraschino cherry or lemon twist garnish. Simply muddle mint, add the lime juice, rum, and simple syrup, and shake it in a cocktail shaker. 
  • Top the glass with club soda before serving it to the intended.


  • In the bottom of a champagne flute, place a sugar cube.
  • The sugar cube should have 5 dashes of bitters added.
  • Peel a tiny piece of lemon skin with a vegetable peeler. To release the oils, squeeze the lemon skin into the flute.
  • Pour champagne into the glass and serve right away.
  • If desired, add a lemon twist as a garnish.

Boulevardier Cocktail-

A vibrant red-coloured drink which is made with whiskey and bourbon. It was invented in the year of 1920. The smooth, rich, spicy, bitter and warm flavour of the Boulevardier cocktail makes the perfect choice for someone who wants to have it all at once. 


  • 1 ½ ounce (3 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet or semi-sweet red vermouth
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Campari
  • Ice, for serving (clear ice)
  • For the garnish: Orange peel


  • Muddle the Campari, sweet vermouth, and bourbon whiskey together.
  • Add a few cubes of ice to the mixing glass. Stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the beverage into a lowball glass that has been filled with ice.
  • Peel an orange in a strip that is 1-inch broad using a peeler.
  • To release the oils, squeeze the orange peel into the beverage.
  • After running the peel carefully around the glass’s rim, put it inside and serve.

Mai Tai-

The cocktail has been (cough) spoiled by sugary versions marketed at tourists, but it is a classic from the 1940s. It has the right amount of sweetness, with hints of nuttiness and vanilla countering the tanginess of the citrus. The beverage saw explosive growth in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly at tiki bars.


  • 1 ½ ounce (3 tablespoons) aged rum
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) orange liqueur: Curaçao, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) orgeat syrup
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) dark rum
  • Garnish: Fresh mint, cocktail cherry, pineapple slice, lime wedge


  • Stir together the orgeat syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur, and aged rum in a cocktail shaker. Mix in ice and shake until chilled.
  • The drink should be strained into a tumbler filled with ice. Pour the dark rum on top. Dress with a sprig of mint, a wedge of lime, a cocktail cherry, and a pineapple slice.

Now that we have a number of drinks which you can easily make at home, we hope that you won’t have to spend a lot on drinking cocktails outside. You would be able to drink it from the comfort of your own home.

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