20 easy cocktails to make at home

These simple, classic cocktails should be on everyone’s at-home drinks menu. Don’t be afraid of shaking up your spirits and braving the world of mixology. These easy cocktail recipes are simple to master and will make jaws drop. Produce an elegant martini, a frothy espresso martini or a vibrant Aperol spritz with our step-by-step tutorials.

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20 easy cocktails to make at home

1. Mojito

This refreshing mojito cocktail screams summertime. Mix together white rum, lime juice, mint and soda water for an instant crowdpleaser. If you want a big batch, try our mojito pitcher for zesty jug in a flash. Try one of our twists for a deliciously fruity take on a classic.

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2. Tom Collins

In our experience, simple recipes are usually the best. Master the art of the classic Tom Collins, the perfect storecupboard cocktail. Mix up your usual serve with our simple twists, add a dash of elderflower cordial, zingy muddled raspberries or a glug of brandy.

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3. Sex on the beach

Filled to the brim with peach, orange and cranberry flavours, this juicy drink is ideal for those with a sweet tooth. Mix up our perfectly balanced sex on the beach cocktail in two easy steps, simply combine, stir and garnish with cocktail cherries and a slice of orange.

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4. Piña colada

Everyone loves this super-smooth coconut and pineapple combination. Conjure up a retro piña colada in no time with our easy recipe, complete with kitsch umbrella. Transport yourself somewhere sunny and warm with every sip. For an alcohol-free option that’s no less full of flavour, try our spiced virgin piña colada.

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5. Classic negroni

You need just three key ingredients to make this beautifully simple classic negroni. Intensely herby sweet vermouth, bitter campari and gin come together to make a traditional Italian drink worth taking your time over. Garnish with an orange slice or use blood orange when in season.

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6. Martini

Whether you like it with gin or vodka, a dirty version or a fruity variation, the martini is the king of many a cocktail menu. There are plenty of tantalising twists, but it takes just two ingredients to make a traditional martini. Mix gin or vodka with dry vermouth and garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon peel.

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7. Cosmopolitan

Everyone knows this fruity serve, which is surprisingly easy to make at home. Combine characteristic sweet and sour cranberry juice and orange liqueur with citrus vodka for a vibrant colourful cocktail. For an extra burst of citrus, try our garnish trick to release the orange oils in the zest.

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8. Whiskey sour

Switch up your usual dram and enjoy a classic whiskey sour, the perfect after-dinner drink. Shake up bourbon, sharp lemon, sugar and herby bitters to create a super-smooth serve. The optional egg white can tone down the sharpness of the lemon and give the drink a richer feel.

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9. White Russian

No one could resist a creamy, coffee-laced white Russian cocktail, made with a drizzle of fresh cream, vodka and coffee liqueur. You’re just three ingredients away from the caffeinated cocktail of your dreams and it couldn’t be simpler to make. Our upcycled white Russian uses leftover coffee grounds as a base for this vanilla-laced version.

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10. Classic margarita

Synonymous with warmer climes, the classic margarita is possibly the most well known tequila cocktail. This punchy short drink, garnished with salt and a wedge of lime, is one to get the party started. For extra tips on how to choose your tequila, as well as tasty twists and variations, check out our guide on how to make the best margarita.

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11. Gin fizz

This simple but delicious gin fizz cocktail is easily doubled for more people. Simply top up your citrussy gin base with sparking water and a slice of lemon for the perfect summer serve. For added flair, try our top tip for achieving the characteristic frothy head using an egg white.

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12. Cuba libre

Cuba libre in glass with lime

It doesn’t get easier than this tall glass of cuba libre. Elevate your favourite rum and cola with a squeeze of lime and serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice.

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13. Sidecar

Take some inspiration from the 1920’s with this super-chic cognac sidecar cocktail. Mix the spirit with orange liqueur and a squeeze of lemon for a rich, sharp and sweet drink. If the lemon is too sharp, add a splash of Angostura bitters. For an easy triple sec hack, check out our tip on how to make a cheat’s version at home.

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14. Gimlet

Gimlet in glass with edible flowers

A classic gimlet combines dry gin with a zingy homemade lime syrup and plenty of ice. The syrup will last up to two weeks in the fridge for future mixology adventures. Garnish with an edible flower for that extra-special touch and a pop of colour.

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15. Aperol spritz

Chances are you’ve enjoyed one of these vibrant orange cocktails before. Now you can recreate the summery Aperol spritz at home, all you need is Aperol, prosecco and soda water.

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16. Tequila sunrise

Crack out your cocktail shaker to master a tequila sunrise. This 70’s beauty uses grenadine syrup to create the fruity, colourful effect of a sunrise bleeding through the drink.

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17. Amaretto sour

One for fans of the sweet and nutty amaretto liqueur, the amaretto sour is velvety smooth with a characteristic frothy head. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness and sharp citrus flavours.

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18. Long island iced tea

Mix up a sensational showstopping cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a sunny day. Our easy long island ice tea is a heady combination of vanilla vodka, dry gin, reposado tequila, triple sec, rum and a dash of lime juice.

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19. Espresso martini

The undisputed king of coffee cocktails, no one could resist this picture-perfect two-tone espresso martini. Use our handy video tutorial to create your perfect martini and a non-alcoholic mocktail version using a basic vinegar shrub.

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20. Whisky highball

Make the most of classic whisky flavours with a hint of citrus and a touch of mint in this satisfying whisky highball recipe. Let your chosen whisky shine with just a handful of simple ingredients, all in one easy step. Simply stir, sit back and enjoy.

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