5 Essential Cocktail Recipes for Beginners

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, or maybe a little bored of the G&T, then perhaps it’s time to try your hand at cocktails. Some cocktails are notoriously easier then others to make as well as require very few ingredients, and most importantly, taste great. Here’s five easy to make, yet classic cocktails for beginners with background on each drink. 

Cocktails change the drinking game by introducing you to new flavors and combinations you’ve likely never tried before. Cocktails are refreshing and great for summer, they are the perfect drink to sip on without getting too drunk. With this in mind, the article will provide you with essential beginner cocktails recipes hand-picked by our mixologist, ranging from the classic Cosmopolitan to the Margarita. 


1. Cosmopolitan

There are very few cocktails quite as well-known and as recognizable as the cosmopolitan, a combination of cranberry, orange liqueur, vodka, and citrus. Created during the early twentieth century, the cosmo stole the show from the very beginning. However, early on, it was especially popular in the gay community, with the drink and variations of it passed around until today’s modernized version.

You will need:

  • 1.5 OZ (45ml) Vodka
  • 1 OZ (30ml) Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 1 OZ (30ml) cranberry juice
  • 0.5 OZ (15ml) lime juice

To make:

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake well with ice
  • Strain into a chilled glass
  • Garnish

For more info on the Cosmopolitan recipe, click here


2. Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule, usually served in a copper mug, was originally created in a little bar in Manhattan, New York, and surprisingly not Russia. The copper mugs keep the liquid cold, first mixed (vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer) and created into a cocktail to get rid of leftover liquor. However, it soon caught like wildfire. A staple bartender classic, easy to make, sweet to drink, and damn good looking. 

You will need:

  • 2 OZ (60ml) of vodka
  • 0.5 OZ (15ml) of lime juice
  • Ginger beer

To make:

  • Add all ingredients to glass then add ice
  • Garnish

For more info on the Moscow Mule recipe, click here


3. Old Fashioned

The old-fashioned was named after those unwilling to change with the times, preferring to drink their drink the “old-fashioned” way (a brown spirit mixed with sugar, water, and bitters). An old-fashioned is usually made with whiskey, a sweet yet timely drink that is respected in any bar or restaurant across the world. 

You will need:

  • 2 OZ (60ml) Bourbon
  • 0.75 OZ (22.5ml) Sugar syrup
  • 2-3 Dashes of Angostura bitters

To make:

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until cold
  • Strain into a rocks glass over one large cube
  • Garnish

For more info on the Old Fashioned recipe, click here


4. Mojito

A well-known choice of drink by many celebrities, the mojito was originally drunk to curb disease in Cuba, made popular by Hemmingway, who was known for his drinking almost as much as his writin. To this day, although no longer drank in modern countries to fight illness and disease, it is enjoyed and sipped by the beach or equally as nice at your favorite rooftop cocktail bar.

You will need:

  • 2 OZ (60ml) White rum
  • 1 OZ (30ml) Lime juice
  • 1 OZ (30ml) Simple syrup
  • 6-9 Mint leaves
  • Club soda

To make:

  • Muddle the mind leaves with lime juice and simple syrup gently.
  • Add white rum then fill the glass with curhsed ice.
  • Swizzle the cocktail until the drink is properly mixed, careful not to disturb the mint at the bottom.
  • Top with club soda and then a crushed ice dome.
  • Garnish.

For more info on the Mojito recipe, click here

5. Margarita 

Finally, we have the margarita, America’s favorite cocktail. This drink ticks all the boxes: it’s sweet, sour, a little bit salty, and very boozy, the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. Made with tequila, lime, and Cointreau, the drink is simple but elegant, loved due to it’s timeless nature and delicious taste.

You will need:

  • 1.5 OZ (45ML) Blanco tequila
  • 1 OZ (30ml) Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 0.5 OZ (15ml) of Lime juice
  • 0.5 OZ (15ml) Agave syrup

To make:

  • Prepare your glass if salt rim is required by rimming glass with a lme wedge and dipping it in salt.
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake well with ice.
  • Strain into prepared glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish.

For more info on the Margarita recipe, click here

In Conclusion…

This article provided you with five cocktails for beginners, all of which are classics, timeless, and taste great. So, try them for yourselves at home, but be sure to pace yourself and avoid mixing – or else we all know what happens next.