DIY Quarantini Cocktails

If you’re missing your favourite cocktail and unsure of where to start to make your own, keep reading as we have everything you need for an at home happy hour.

You can mix your drinks in a large glass or bowl, but we'd definitely recommend investing in a proper cocktail shaker, for authentic results and should help you in conjuring up your 'shaken-not-stirred' delights without any hassle or spills.

Making cocktails shouldn't be a complicated affair, so we've put together a list of the best and easiest cocktails to make:

Alcoholic Cocktails

Passionfruit Martini

Ingredients:

-          ½ ripe passion fruit (it should have a crinkly appearance)

-          30ml vanilla vodka

-          15ml Passoa

-          50ml passion fruit juice

-          1 tbsp lime juice

-          Shot of prosecco

-          Ice cubes

Method:

Add the vodka, Passoa, passion fruit juice and lime juice to the shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, then add half a passion fruit to the top. Pour a shot of prosecco on the side and serve immediately.

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

-          40ml vodka

-          20ml Kahlúa

-          20ml espresso

-          3 whole coffee beans

-          Ice cubes

Method:

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients except coffee beans. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

Mojito

Ingredients:

-          Juice of 1 lime

-          1 tsp granulated sugar

-          Small handful of mint leaves, plus extra sprig to serve

-          60ml white rum

-          Soda water, to taste

Method:

Mix the lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go (you can use the end of a rolling pin for this). Pour into a tall glass and add a handful of ice.

Pour over the rum, stirring with a long-handled spoon. Top up with soda water, garnish with mint and serve.

Kir Royale

Ingredients:

-          1 tbsp crème de cassis

-          Champagne

-          1 fresh or frozen blackberry

Method:

Pour the crème de cassis into the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with the fresh or frozen blackberry.

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients:

-          50ml Aperol

-          75ml Prosecco

-          Soda water

-          Ice cubes

Method:

Put a couple of cubes of ice into a glass and add a 50 ml measure of Aperol. Add the prosecco and then top up with soda water.

Mocktails

Tropical Fizz

Ingredients:

-          Handful strawberries, hulled and halved

-          1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped

-          2 pineapple rings, chopped

-          Sparkling apple juice

-          Tropical fruit juice

-          Soda water

Method:

Fill a jug with a mixture made up of strawberries, kiwi fruit and pineapple rings. Fill the jug with chilled sparkling apple juice, chilled tropical fruit juice and chilled soda water. Serve immediately.

Negroni

Ingredients:

-          ½ grapefruit (approx 125g)

-          2 slices of orange

-          125g caster sugar

-          3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

-          Pinch coriander seeds

-          Few drops red food colouring

-          25ml white grape juice

-          Ice cubes

Method:

Chop the grapefruit into small chunks and put them into a saucepan along with one orange slice, sugar, 125ml water, the cardamom pods and coriander seeds. Heat the mixture until simmering and cook for around 5 mins, crushing the fruit pieces with the back of a wooden spoon as it starts to soften to release the juices. Once the fruit has softened and the white pith has faded, take it off the heat and leave to cool. If you like you can add a splash of red food colouring to the syrup at this point.

Once the syrup mixture has cooled, strain it, and discard the spices and fruit pieces. Fill a tumbler with ice and pour in 25ml of the syrup, the grape juice and 25ml cold water. Stir gently until the outside of the tumbler feels cold, then garnish with a slice of orange.

Now you’re set for making your favourite cocktails, do you have a space that you’re happy making them in? Maybe you’re dreaming of cocktails in the sun, wishing you had a garden to sit in? Every Gleeson home comes with a garden and contemporary kitchen, many having French doors that open right out onto garden, bringing the outside in - exactly what is needed for an at home happy hour. Head to our homepage to find your nearest development and start your Gleeson journey today.