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5 Under-5-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Learn To Make At Home

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - March 26, 2020 3 min read

Life as we know it might be on hiatus for the time being, but sooner or later and by fighting together, we will get things going again. So think of the moment you will first see your friends, after what felt like a century to the entire world. And the first inevitable question directed at you will be, "so, what did you during the lock-down?" 


I mean sure, "I worked all day and binged Netflix all night" can pass off as an acceptable answer, but what's more impressive is you responding to that question with a list of useful skills you picked up during self-isolation. Like whipping up amazing cocktails, for instance! If this is an art you've been meaning to master, or at least get above average at, here's a list of 5 under-5-ingredient cocktails you can learn to make at home. 


1. Rum Sour 


About the Cocktail

A refreshing take, especially for rum lovers, on the classic Whiskey Sour, a Rum Sour can be whipped up in a jiffy with some shaking and a few ingredients, and despite of lack of expertise. A couple of attempts, and some patience later you'll be ready to create your perfect rum sour, with a sharp balance of spirit, acidity, sweetness and aroma. 



  • Dark Rum
  • Orange Juice 
  • Lime Juice
  • Egg White 


Image Courtesy - Tres Paises 



2. Gin and Tonic


About the Cocktail 

Not everybody is a fan of gin as a liquor, and that's okay. Because those who do, swear by it at all occasions. Gin and tonic might seem like a fancy drink, but its surprisingly easy to make at home, without any help from a professional bartender. Considering the very short list of ingredients, the key to making a good gin and tonic cocktail, is carefully picking a great gin, as well as the right tonic water. 



  • Gin
  • Tonic Water 
  • Lemon for Garnishing (Optional)


Image Courtesy - Chow Hound


3. Moscow Mule 


About the Cocktail

This delightfully fizzy drink is the ideal blend of spicy, sweet and strong. It makes for a refreshing glass to sip on during summers, but the strong ginger flavour of the beer also makes it cold weather worthy. Pick an affordable, but high- quality vodka, and a beer with a pronounced, but not overwhelming, ginger flavour. 



  • Vodka 
  • Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Lime


Image Courtesy - Today 


4. Watermelon Margarita 


About the Cocktail 

This one is an instant crowd-pleaser. This summery, fruity cocktail is surprisingly easy to make, and easier to guzzle down. You can opt for watermelon juice instead of blended watermelon, but the fresh pulp makes a lot of difference to how yum the cocktail tastes, both in terms of flavour and texture. 



  • Tequila
  • Lime Juice
  • Blended Watermelon


Image Courtesy - Caroline's Cooking



5. Martini 


About the Cocktail

Martini is one of the most well-known cocktails around the world, thanks to 007. Well, regardless of whether you like yours shaken or stirred, you no longer need to visit a fancy bar to grab a sip of one.  While some prefer vodka in theirs, the classic martini calls for a high-quality gin. Your vermouth should be well-preserved, which is to say, stored carefully in a refrigerator after opening, and not left out in the open for long enough for it to turn into vinegar. 



  • Gin
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Olives for Garnish


Image Courtesy - Serious Eats

Practice makes perfect, so keep at it, and soon you'll be the skilled bartender in your friend circle. 


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