5 basic cocktail recipes any beginner can master at home

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Daiquiri

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Ingredients

  • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.


Mojito

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Ingredients

  • 60 mL White Rum 
  • 30 mL Lime Juice 
  • 22.5 mL Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves
  • 60 mL Soda 

Method

  1. Fill a hi-ball glass with ice, pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to the glass.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, splash it with soda and stir thoroughly

Try Bacardi rum from Vintage Cellars.


Daiquiri

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Ingredients

  • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.


Margarita

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Ingredients

Method

  1. Wet the rim of glass with a piece of lime, then dip it into salt to make a salt rim.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice, then add the tequila, cointreau and lime juice.
  3. Shake, then strain into the prepared glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Try Jose Cuervo from Vintage Cellars.


Mojito

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Image: iStock/alejandrophotography

Ingredients

  • 60 mL White Rum 
  • 30 mL Lime Juice 
  • 22.5 mL Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves
  • 60 mL Soda 

Method

  1. Fill a hi-ball glass with ice, pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to the glass.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, splash it with soda and stir thoroughly

Try Bacardi rum from Vintage Cellars.


Daiquiri

Image: iStock/bhofack2

Ingredients

  • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.


Gin Martini

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Ingredients 

  • 15ml extra dry vermouth
  • 75ml good quality gin
  • Green olive or twist of lemon, to garnish

Method

  1. Fill the martini glass with ice and leave to chill, then half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the dry vermouth over the ice and then stir around the inside edge of the shaker 2-3 times with a long spoon.
  3. Strain, then discard any excess vermouth (don’t worry, there will be a coating of vermouth on the ice).
  4. Pour the gin over the vermouth-coated ice and stir the inside edge of the shaker a further 2-3 times.
  5. Remove and discard ice from the glass and then pour the martini into the chilled glass. 
  6. Garnish with three olives or a twist of lemon.

Try Bombay Sapphire from Liquorland. 


Margarita

Image: iStock/Fudio

Ingredients

Method

  1. Wet the rim of glass with a piece of lime, then dip it into salt to make a salt rim.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice, then add the tequila, cointreau and lime juice.
  3. Shake, then strain into the prepared glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Try Jose Cuervo from Vintage Cellars.


Mojito

cocktail recipes
Image: iStock/alejandrophotography

Ingredients

  • 60 mL White Rum 
  • 30 mL Lime Juice 
  • 22.5 mL Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves
  • 60 mL Soda 

Method

  1. Fill a hi-ball glass with ice, pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to the glass.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, splash it with soda and stir thoroughly

Try Bacardi rum from Vintage Cellars.


Daiquiri

Image: iStock/bhofack2

Ingredients

  • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.


Vodka Martini

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Ingredients

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with olives.

Try Absolut Vodka from Liquorland.


Gin Martini

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Image: iStock/bhofack2

Ingredients 

  • 15ml extra dry vermouth
  • 75ml good quality gin
  • Green olive or twist of lemon, to garnish

Method

  1. Fill the martini glass with ice and leave to chill, then half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the dry vermouth over the ice and then stir around the inside edge of the shaker 2-3 times with a long spoon.
  3. Strain, then discard any excess vermouth (don’t worry, there will be a coating of vermouth on the ice).
  4. Pour the gin over the vermouth-coated ice and stir the inside edge of the shaker a further 2-3 times.
  5. Remove and discard ice from the glass and then pour the martini into the chilled glass. 
  6. Garnish with three olives or a twist of lemon.

Try Bombay Sapphire from Liquorland. 


Margarita

Image: iStock/Fudio

Ingredients

Method

  1. Wet the rim of glass with a piece of lime, then dip it into salt to make a salt rim.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice, then add the tequila, cointreau and lime juice.
  3. Shake, then strain into the prepared glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Try Jose Cuervo from Vintage Cellars.


Mojito

cocktail recipes
Image: iStock/alejandrophotography

Ingredients

  • 60 mL White Rum 
  • 30 mL Lime Juice 
  • 22.5 mL Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves
  • 60 mL Soda 

Method

  1. Fill a hi-ball glass with ice, pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to the glass.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, splash it with soda and stir thoroughly

Try Bacardi rum from Vintage Cellars.


Daiquiri

Image: iStock/bhofack2

Ingredients

  • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.


    With more time being spent at home, some people have turned to a new hobby — the in-home cocktail bar

    While you may know how to make a standard vodka lime and soda, whiskey on the rocks, or Baileys and milk, there’s never been a better time to enhance your bar skills with some cocktail making.

    To help you get started, here are five basic cocktail recipes that you should know, which are also sure to impress the pickiest of guests.


    Vodka Martini

    cocktail recipes
    Image: iStock/etorres69

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 15 seconds.
    2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with olives.

    Try Absolut Vodka from Liquorland.


    Gin Martini

    cocktail recipes
    Image: iStock/bhofack2

    Ingredients 

    • 15ml extra dry vermouth
    • 75ml good quality gin
    • Green olive or twist of lemon, to garnish

    Method

    1. Fill the martini glass with ice and leave to chill, then half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    2. Pour the dry vermouth over the ice and then stir around the inside edge of the shaker 2-3 times with a long spoon.
    3. Strain, then discard any excess vermouth (don’t worry, there will be a coating of vermouth on the ice).
    4. Pour the gin over the vermouth-coated ice and stir the inside edge of the shaker a further 2-3 times.
    5. Remove and discard ice from the glass and then pour the martini into the chilled glass. 
    6. Garnish with three olives or a twist of lemon.

    Try Bombay Sapphire from Liquorland. 


    Margarita

    Image: iStock/Fudio

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Wet the rim of glass with a piece of lime, then dip it into salt to make a salt rim.
    2. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice, then add the tequila, cointreau and lime juice.
    3. Shake, then strain into the prepared glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

    Try Jose Cuervo from Vintage Cellars.


    Mojito

    cocktail recipes
    Image: iStock/alejandrophotography

    Ingredients

    • 60 mL White Rum 
    • 30 mL Lime Juice 
    • 22.5 mL Sugar Syrup
    • 6-8 Mint Leaves
    • 60 mL Soda 

    Method

    1. Fill a hi-ball glass with ice, pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to the glass.
    2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, splash it with soda and stir thoroughly

    Try Bacardi rum from Vintage Cellars.


    Daiquiri

    Image: iStock/bhofack2

    Ingredients

    • 60ml Bundaberg rum small batch
    • 20ml lime juice
    • 10ml sugar syrup

    Method

    1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    2. For a frozen daiquiri, blend all ingredients in a blender with a cup of crushed ice and then serve. You can also add fruit like strawberries, mango or banana.

    Try Bundaberg rum from Vintage Cellars.

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