Delicious cocktail recipes to make at home

4 May 2020, 12:59 | Updated: 4 May 2020, 13:01

We've found some tasty cocktail recipes for you to try out
We've found some tasty cocktail recipes for you to try out . Picture: Waitrose + J.J Whitley
Emma Gritt

By Emma Gritt

Mared Parry

By Mared Parry

It's a Bank Holiday weekend, and you're at home - so what better excuse to get in to cocktail mode? These fun recipes are easy, and are sure to spark your imagination...

Chocolate Orange

If you still have a chocolate orange left from Christmas, you can jazz this one up even more
If you still have a chocolate orange left from Christmas, you can jazz this one up even more. Picture: Whitley Neill Gin

Ingredients:

35ml Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin

15ml Campari

Ginger Ale top up

Method: Pour ingredients into a highball glass over cubed ice.  Garnish with grated chocolate and a mint sprig

Creme Egg shots

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur

Two scoops of ice cream (or cubed ice to make a lighter version)

1 vodka shot

Sprinkles

For the frosting: 1/2 cup butter, 3 cups icing sugar, 2 to 3 tbsp milk

These shots will use up any left over Easter eggs
These shots will use up any left over Easter eggs. Picture: AO.com

Method:

Prepare the shot glasses first by making the frosting in a mixer and lining the rims with a coating of the sugary paste.

Dip glasses gently in to sprinkles to decorate.

Blend the creme eggs, ice cream or ice cubes and vodka in a Nutribullet (or similar blender), then pour in to the glasses and serve.

Hot Cross Rum

Ingredients:

50ml BACARDÍ Spiced

20ml Lemon juice

10ml Lime juice

25ml Hot cross bun syrup - make a simple sugar syrup a simmer with cinnamon and dried fruit

50ml cream

50ml soda water

Method:

Shake ingredients well before serving in a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg in a hot cross bun-style cross shape.

Choco Milkshake

This delicious cocktail uses just three ingredients
This delicious cocktail uses just three ingredients. Picture: J.J Whitley Vodka

Ingredients:

25ml J.J Whitley Vanilla Vodka (available at The Drop Store www.thedropstore.com)

25ml Baileys

100ml Chocolate Milk

Method:

Build in a highball glass over cubed ice.Garnish with an orange wedge and mint sprig.

Jaisalmer Indian Gin & Tonic 

The next time you have an orange, freeze the peel ready for when you next need a garnish
The next time you have an orange, freeze the peel ready for when you next need a garnish. Picture: Jaisalmer

Ingredients:

50ml Jaisalmer Gin (available from The Whisky Exchange)

125ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water 

Orange Peel 

Ice 

Method:

Fill a Copa glass with ice, add Jaisalmer Gin and top up with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water (or a tonic of your choice) and garnish with an orange peel twist. 

Cloudy Berry Martini

This cocktail is designed to use things you have at home
This cocktail is designed to use things you have at home. Picture: BrewDog

Ingredients: 

50ml LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon gin (available from BrewDog.com)

1 teaspoon raspberry jam

25ml lemon juice

50ml (cloudy) apple juice

Method: 

Pour all ingredients into a shaker (or jam jar if you don’t have a shaker), shake well, and strain into a martini/wine glass

Cotswolds White Lady Cocktail

This is a lovely palate cleanser ideal for sipping after a rich Easter lunch.
This is a lovely palate cleanser ideal for sipping after a rich Easter lunch. Picture: Cotswolds Distillery

Ingredients:

50ml Cotswolds Dry Gin (available from their website)

25ml Lemon Juice

25ml Cointreau

12ml sugar syrup

1/2 an egg white

Method:

Put all the ingredients in to a shaker and shake well. When everything has combined, add ice to the shaker, shake well.

Fine strain and serve into a chilled martini glass. Ideally garnish with a twist of lemon peel. 

Creme Egg Cocktail

This gorgeous cocktail was created by the Waitrose cookery school
This gorgeous cocktail was created by the Waitrose cookery school. Picture: Waitrose

Ingredients

60 ml coconut cream

40 ml pineapple juice

20 ml white rum

20 ml coconut rum

Juice of ½ lime

Melted milk chocolate

Tropical coulis such as Waitrose Alphonso Mango, Passion Fruit & Yuzu Coulis, frozen in semi-sphere moulds

Method:

Prepare a martini glass by dipping the rim into the melted chocolate and leaving in the fridge to chill until it sets.

Pour the mango and passion fruit coulis into something that can act as a semi-circle mould (ice-cube tray, egg cup etc) and freeze until it becomes solid.

To make the cocktail, pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake for around 10 seconds until chilled.

Strain the liquid into a glass, then pour back into the shaker and strain again into the chilled martini glass.

To serve, remove the egg-shaped frozen coulis and float it in the centre of the drink.

Kavka Hazelnut Latte

The cocktail is decorated with some chocolate spread on the glass!
The cocktail is decorated with some chocolate spread on the glass! Picture: Kavka

Ingredients:

30ml Kavka vodka (available from Master of Malt)

30ml hazelnut vodka

30ml Maestro café liqueur

10ml vanilla syrup

1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream 

Method:

Shake all of the ingredients together.

Double strain into a wine/martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings... or for a bit artistry, paint the side of the glass with a thin layer of hazelnut chocolate spread!

Ready made cans!

Get your favourite drink delivered straight to your door
Get your favourite drink delivered straight to your door. Picture: Funkin

If you're not one for making your own drinks, Funkin can do the hard work for you with their 12-pack of ready mixed cocktails.

The Funkin House Party Cocktail pack is £12.00, and available here.

Don Julio Paloma

Fizzy mixer Two Keys is made of pure grapefruit juice and delicious with spirits
Fizzy mixer Two Keys is made of pure grapefruit juice and delicious with spirits. Picture: Two Keys

Ingredients:

50ml Don Julio Reposado tequila

150ml Two Keys Grapefruit mixer 

Method:

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Don Julio Reposado Tequila, fill up with Two Keys Pink Grapefruit. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge and serve straight away. 

Villa Ascenti & Tonic

Villa Ascenti Gin is made in Italy using herbal essences including mint and thyme
Villa Ascenti Gin is made in Italy using herbal essences including mint and thyme. Picture: Villa Ascenti Gin

Ingredients:

50ml Villa Ascenti Gin

150ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water

Serve with lemon and thyme 


Method:

Serve Villa Ascenti with Mediterranean tonic over ice in a glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.

The Grand Collins

The Grand Marnier Grand Collins is a real treat
The Grand Marnier Grand Collins is a real treat. Picture: Grand Marnier

Ingredients:

50ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

25 ml fresh Lemon juice

Grapefruit and rosemary tonic (or squeeze in grapefruit juice, and adding a branch of rosemary to the finished drink as a leafy stirrer!)

Method:

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour over the Grand Marnier.

Add fresh lemon juice Garnish with an orange or pink grapefruit wedge. Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary.

Barentsz Mandarin Marnay

This light drink is perfect for summery weather
This light drink is perfect for summery weather. Picture: Barentsz

55ml Barentsz Mandarin Gin

30ml Grand Marnier

Dash orange bitters

Garnish: orange twist

Method: 

In a mixing glass with ice, combine two ounces of Barentsz Gin and an ounce of Grand Marnier.

Add a dash of orange bitters.

Stir until very well chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass; twist a long orange peel over the surface.

Disaronno Fizz

This is a little known way to enjoy the famous amoretto
This is a little known way to enjoy the famous amoretto. Picture: Disaronno

Ingredients:

40ml Disaronno

Soda or sparkling water

Fresh lemon juice

Method:

Pour Disaronno into a glass filled with ice, top up with soda and add a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Stir gently and enjoy.