For starters, you need not be a bartender to make a drink. It is a skill that not many possess. A professional bartender serving at a popular club in New Delhi says that it's all about doing your research, being confident, and being a little adventurous. One needs to, he tells, try different things all the time.
Following are some simple DIY drinks:
Martini is the go-to drink. Two things to keep in mind before you make this drink:
- Martini was originally made with gin. But if you want, you can add vodka instead. It is called Vodka Martini.
- A Martini without some vermouth is basically chilled gin.
- 75 ml gin
- 15 ml dry vermouth
- Olives or a lemon (optional)
In a glass filled with ice cubes, pour gin and vermouth into a shaker or a mixing glass. Stir it a bit and then transfer it into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with olives or lemon twist for a little sourness.
Manhattan was invented in the 1870s. It is one of the most classic cocktails. Like most of the classic drinks, Manhattan is about tasting the cocktail in its peak of glory.
- 60 ml rye or bourbon
- 15 ml sweet vermouth
- 1-2 dashes bitters
- Maraschino cherry or a lemon
Add the bourbon or the rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice cubes in it. Stir it, and then pour it into a chilled cocktail glass. For garnish, add maraschino cherry or lemon twist.
3. Classic Daiquiri
The Classic Daiquiri is not a woman's drink as many refer it to. It is the Beatle from Volkswagen among liquors. It is pretty simple to experiment with it.
- 60 ml rum
- 30 ml simple syrup
- 30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- A lime wedge
Muddle the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice together. Put the mixture in a shaker, and add ice cubes in it. Shake. One can pour it into a rock glass or a cocktail glass. For garnish, attach a fresh lime wedge to the top of the glass.
4. Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is said to have started as a morning drink. As the name suggests, there is something so simple, yet royal about this drink.
- 60 ml bourbon or rye
- 3-4 dashes bitters
- 1 tsp simple syrup (water and sugar)
- Citrus rind
- Splash of soda
- Orange slice or cherry for muddling, or lemon twist for garnish
Put the simple syrup into a rock glass (not any other glass). Add the bitters to it, along with a splash of soda. Stir the simple syrup, bitters, soda, and either of the two fruits with a muddler. Pour in the bourbon or the rye, and ice cubes. Muddle them well. If you want, you can squeeze some lemon twist on the brim of the rock glass.