If you want to know how to make killer cocktails at home you are in the right place.
It really isn’t as tricky as you would imagine and with a little know-how and the ability to follow a recipe you can make some really great cocktails at home with ease.
We have created our list of easy cocktails to make at home to help you recreate that bar magic at home.
If you want to buy the ingredients to make some of the worlds most popular cocktails you should check out our range of cocktail making kits.
Best for a quick cocktail: Negroni recipe
Does the word classic even begin to sum up the Negroni recipe? Probably not.
People have been making and drinking this simple yet delicious cocktail for over a hundred years with no signs of boredom or need to change the recipe.
Supposedly, Count Camillo Negroni asked a bartender to make a stronger version of his favourite cocktail, the Americano.
Maybe he was having a tough day. In doing so the bartender replaced the soda with Gin, thus creating the Negroni.
In fact, you can still visit the supposed bar in Florence where this east cocktail was born.
With three ingredients, it’s an incredibly easy cocktail to make at home.
Indeed, the famous author, Ernest Hemingway was an avid lover of a Negroni, mentioning it in some of his books. If it’s good enough for an Italian Count and Hemingway then it’s good enough for us.
Make the Negroni recipe at home
Our Negroni cocktail making kit gives you everything you need to make four serves of the iconic cocktail.
Best for a refreshing cocktail: Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe
Top 5 cocktails? The classic Daiquiri recipe should definitely on that list.
There are so many different variations on this easy rum cocktail, like our very own Coconut and Kaffir Lime Daiquiri, and all of them are acknowledged to be a refreshingly delicious drink.
While making this cocktail at home, you don’t need to use a specific rum as you do with the Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
Use your favourite brand or try out a few to see which one works best for your tastebuds.
Given its diversity, this cocktail is fundamental at any event and an instant crowd-pleaser for all tastes.
Serve with different fruit flavours, straight or frozen and you literally have enough variations of the same cocktail to serve an entire party.
Try it yourself: Daiquiri Bottled Cocktail
Our premixed Daiquiri bottle comes in 200ml or 500ml, with coconut and kaffir lime flavours.
Best if you love Whisky: Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
Oh boy! Long a favourite at The Society HQ, the Old Fashioned recipe is a heavyweight of the cocktail universe.
With only bourbon, bitters, and a sugar cube needed, it’s another simple three-ingredient cocktail.
The quantity of ingredients needed makes it an affordable option.
And trust us when we say that if you can nail this, your friends are going to be very impressed.
Why is it called the Old Fashioned? Well, it’s one of the original recipes from cocktail history. You can really get a sense of the history of the drink as you sip away at it in your armchair and slippers.
You can really picture yourself as a twentieth-century American gangster or millionaire.
What else can we say? It’s a cool drink.
Learn how to make the Old Fashioned recipe and learn about the history of this special cocktail.
The Old Fashioned made easy: pre-mixed bottled cocktail
You can probably tell we love the Old Fashioned.
Like, seriously LOVE it.
So much so that we created our own Smoked Old Fashioned, bottled up and ready to drink.
Vodka Martini Cocktail Recipe
Embrace your inner James Bond with this simple vodka cocktail.
It’s only three ingredients so won’t break the bank and it really brings a high level of sophistication to a pyjama film night watching “Skyfall”.
Cocktail purists will tell you that a martini should always be stirred.
However capture the magic of the world-famous British spy in your own home, it is a case of “shaken, not stirred” unless you like your Martini very strong.
Well, shaking a cocktail aerates the drink and also dilutes it.
The process of shaking will really help to make sure the ingredients are diluted and mixed properly as well as being chilled. This will make drinking it a far more pleasurable experience.
If you’re ever confused then check out our guide to when to shake or stir.
As ‘No Time to Die’ keeps getting postponed in cinemas you can capture the magic of the world-famous British spy in your own home with this easy cocktail.
5ml Dry Vermouth
How To Make A Vodka Martini Cocktail
Build the cocktail in a shaker and shake well until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Serve in a Martini glass with three olives. Additional olives served on the side is optional
Exotic but easy cocktail: Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe
Create the experience of a Brazilian carnival in your living room with the Caipirinha cocktail recipe.
The foundation of this refreshing cocktail is cachaça.
If you haven’t heard of cachaça you can be forgiven. Made from sugarcane, this liquor is the highest distilled alcohol in Brazil.
Though you can find it in most major supermarkets, it can be replaced with vodka (which makes the Caipiroska recipe) if you are struggling to source it.
Not unlike a Mojito, this refreshing, easy cocktail will get you in the party mood even if it’s raining.
Make it now: Caipirinha cocktail recipe.
Best refreshing cocktail: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
You will find it tricky to locate someone who doesn’t like a Moscow Mule.
They aren’t necessarily everyone’s favourite, but they are an easy cocktail with a sure-fire no complaints policy.
Perfect for any function or event, you can whip up a load of these very quickly to serve to guests or just enjoy yourself on a quiet night in.
So-called because of its base of vodka and cold temperatures, the Moscow Mule is best served in a copper mug.
The copper keeps the temperatures at their coldest which is the perfect way to enjoy this drink.
Refreshing Vodka Cocktail: Moscow Mule recipe
Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktail Recipe
Sometimes known as the cousin of the Moscow Mule for its ties to ginger beer, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy shakes things up for all those rum lovers out there.
As Captain Jack asked, ‘why is the rum gone?’ Well, you drank it all in this delicious, easy cocktail.
Rum and ginger are a match made in heaven. Don’t believe us? Try it and tell us we are wrong while keeping a straight face.
Originating in Bermuda it really is the drink of pirates and its dark colour lends to this scallywag fantasy of the stormy seas.
But it’s not as simple as mixing any old rum, although you would be forgiven for doing so.
In the 1800s James Gosling entered into the production of rum on the island where ginger was also a major export. He combined the two, thus creating this famous cocktail.
So, if you want to call it a Dark ‘n’ Stormy you have to use Gosling’s Rum.
How to make it: Dark ‘n’ Stormy recipe
Best for pre-drinks: Bellini Cocktail Recipe
No list of easy cocktails to make at home is complete without the Bellini.
If you’re celebrating but don’t have tons of time to craft a drink, this easy pre-drinks cocktail is a winner.
Prosecco on its own is great but the popularity of bubbly cocktails is growing rapidly with fruit mixers adding a whole new dimension to the drink experience.
Created in Venice in Harry’s Bar, which you can still visit, the Bellini is traditionally combined with fresh peach but it really can be mixed with any fruit you prefer to appeal to all tastes.
It is also definitely the easiest cocktail to make on this list and a very cheeky way of getting the Prosecco to stretch a little bit further at a party.
That’s just the beginning however, and there are lots of great Champagne cocktail recipes out there.
Best for Spring: Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe
The Bees Knees recipe is another historic cocktail dating back to the prohibition era.
Back then, the only alcohol going was the foul-tasting Moonshine which required heavy flavours to mask the taste of the spirit.
Luckily for everyone involved, Moonshine no longer exists and the taste of spirits have vastly improved. As such the Bees Knees is now a fantastic, easy cocktail, that is packed full of flavour.
Learn how to make it: Bees Knees recipe
A Royally Good Drink: Dubonnet Cocktail Recipe
If you fancy turning your home into Buckingham Palace on a budget, a Dubonnet might be a good place to start.
A supposed firm favourite of the Royal Family, this easy cocktail is a great adaptation of the classic Gin Martini. The only difference being that the Vermouth is swapped for Dubonnet Rouge.
Yep, we know you probably haven’t heard of it but it is surprisingly easy to find in most supermarkets and alcohol stores.
Dubonnet is fortified wine (good start) with a blend of herbs, spices and quinine which has a lovely spiced, fruity taste to it.
One sip will pack a gorgeous fruity punch with that lovely, familiar kick of Gin. It’s also not as well-known as some of the other easy cocktails so is a great one to try out and see for yourself.
Garnish: Lemon Zest
How To Make A Dubbonet Cocktail
Very simply, build the cocktail in a mixing glass with plenty of ice. Stir until mixed and diluted to your liking then double strain into a Martini glass. Finally, finish with a garnish of lemon zest, your majesty.