So, you’ve probably been making more of your own drinks at home over the last few months. What are the best drinks to try if you don’t want to go to the trouble of mixing up your own cocktails? No shakers and no fuss. The classic spirit and mix also uses less ingredients, so is easier all round.
Needless to say, we’ve tried many over the years, but these are 6 of the best;
Gin & Tonic
This is an English classic for good reason. And especially good for Summer.
There are many variations on this classic, so you decide what is best for you. We used to be happy with Gordons. But boy how things have changed. Gin is still the drink of the moment. There are many new gins coming onto the market. Mostly from small craft distillers who combine unique ingredients to make theirs distinctive. Our suggestion if you’re using a gin you want to savour and enjoy the subtleties of, is to keep it short.
25 ml (of your preferred) gin
75 ml tonic
with ice of course and a garnish. Citrus, cucumber, pepper, lavender, whatever.
You do probably need to experiment a bit as there are so many gins and an equally dizzying selection of tonics. Your favourite gin won’t necessarily go well with whatever tonic you try first. And for tonics – our go-tos are FeverTree, Double Dutch and Peter Spanton. Try them.
Dark Rum & Coke
Everyone is familiar with Bacardi & Coke, but heh you’re missing out big time on flavour if this is your tipple of choice. Dark rums are matured in barrels whereas white rums are produced in continuous steel stills. This means that dark rums have a greater depth of flavour. Captain Morgan is fine, but if you want to treat yourself, how about a nice Golden Rum? Appleton Signature Blend is a good mid-range choice. Duppy Share is amazing for the price, but there are many others. Or dark rums such as the spiced Kraken is good with coke. And if you want our tip from the ‘something from under the counter’ section, then try Atlantico Gran Reserva golden rum.
Flavoured vodka and tonic
Absolut do a great range of flavoured vodkas. Most supermarkets sell at least some of them. However
- Absolut raspberry vodka or
- Absolut peach vodka
go especially well with tonic. Again try Fevertree. All the top bars and cocktail barmen still seem to be using them.
The flavour (using peach vodka) does remind me of the old 80s classic the vodka and Russchian – a Schweppes mixer that then got renamed as Citrus Burst.
Bison grass vodka & pressed apple juice
If you’re Polish this one will be very familiar to you already. A tip I got from a Polish course delegate I met, and this combination has been a firm favourite ever since. Have tried many combinations, but this ratio is my favourite;
1 shot Bison grass vodka
2.5 shots pressed apple juice (the cloudy stuff, not the ‘from concentrate’ version.)
Just about the perfect winter warmer. Dead easy to make and rewarding to sip. Any blended according to your preferences. Ours are Famous Grouse, Teachers or Monkey Shoulder. Combine with either Stones Green Ginger Wine or Crabbies. I slightly prefer Stones, but Crabbies is a good alternative.
Equal proportions of each is the way the Cocktail Shaker Boys do it.
Campari & bitter lemon
This is our slightly left field offering. Want something different to G&T as your aperitif? Then this is great. Campari is admittedly an acquired taste, but if a combination of bitter and sweet appeals to you then give this a go. It looks great and is easy and inexpensive to put together. Because Campari is relatively low in alcohol (20% ABV) it attracts less tax and therefore is good value to buy.
Cocktail Shaker Boys are happy to provide you with cocktails of course at your party, but if you want some classy mixed drinks to impress your friends at your next function instead – talk to us. We always have ideas!
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