We all have our strengths. Not everyone can be THE bartender and for some, coming up with a cocktail to serve at a party can be a total chore. Here are 5 easy mixed drinks to serve at your next cocktail party or get-together.
Please note: each recipe listed makes one cocktail
1. Seven and Seven
Two Ingredient drinks are fantastic and save a ton of time. Let’s start with a highball classic. This one is so easy it hurts.
Ingredients for a Seven and Seven:
- Seagram’s Seven Crown Whiskey
- 7 UP
Simply pour 1.5 oz of Seagram’s Seven Crown Whiskey and 4oz of 7-up into a highball glass with ice.
Give it a stir and you’re done!
A once popular morning drink – what a way to start the day! – it gained popularity again thanks to Mad Men.
Ingredients for an Old-Fashioned:
- 1 sugar cube or 1/2 tsp loose sugar
- 3 dashes Bitters
- club soda or water
- 2 ounces bourbon
In an old-fashioned glass, place 1 sugar cube or 1/2 tsp of loose sugar.
Add 2 – 3 dashes of Bitters and a short splash of club soda or water.
With a muddler or a spoon – not plastic – crush the sugar into the already listed ingredients. Muddle it – show it who’s boss!
Add a big old ice cube or fill with ice and add the bourbon.
That’s it! Not complicated at all. You can also add an orange slice and maraschino cherry to the muddled ingredient list, use them as a garnish, or both.
A martini is a simple two ingredient drink that will make you look like a bartending pro. This one is made with gin because martinis are made with gin unless specified.
Ingredients for a Martini:
- 2 -4 ounces Gin
- Garnish of choice – olive, lemon twist, or cocktail onion
- Cocktail shaker – grown-ups who host cocktail parties should have one.
Chill martini glass – place it in the freezer for a bit or placed ice cube in the glass until chilled
Pour vermouth in your glass, swirl it around, and discard it.
Add ice to your shaker.
Add your 2 – 4 ozs of gin
Stir or swirl gently, then strain into glass
Add garnish of choice
4. Moscow Mule
This drink had us at ginger beer. You will look like a total pro when you whip up a Moscow Mule. Bonus points for having a copper mug!
Ingredients for a Moscow Mule:
- 1/2 a lime
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 – 6 ounces chilled/cold ginger beer
In a Collins glass or copper mug, squeeze out the juice of 1/2 a lime. Drop in the lime shell.
Fill glass with ice
Add 2 ounces vodka
Add ginger beer to taste
5. Dark & Stormy
If you decided to make Moscow Mules for your guests, then you already have 2 out of the 3 ingredients needed to make a Dark & Stormy.
Ingredients for a Dark & Stormy:
- 1/4 – 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum or any dark rum
Fill a tall glass with ice
add lime juice, ginger beer, and dark rum (in that order so the drink has layers)
Note: This drink is all about the right proportions. So you might need to play around with this one until you find the exact combination for you.