What Cocktail Should I Make?
If you’ve been adventurous enough to make your own cocktails without sampling our Full Bar (how very dare you! lol) then we’re here to point you in the right direction, purely because we’re nice like that and we want to see the alcohol we all know and love, reach its full potential!
You can find our handy tips on How To Use Cocktail Tools so that you have some basics on how to begin your very own cocktail journey, and we’ve also listed the best (in our opinion, and we’re usually correct) cocktails you can make, so let’s crack on!
What Cocktails Can I Make With Tequila?
We’re kicking off with a classic, because we need to show this cocktail the respect it deserves, and we’d be a pretty terrible group of Mixologists and flavor-fanatics if we didn’t mention this straight-up legend…
Yes, it’s the Tequila Sunrise!
Booming in popularity in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise has remained a solid slice of delicious nostalgia ever since. Consisting of tequila, orange juice, grenadine, and a cherry (gotta get the fruit intake in, obvs!), this is one of the most basic, but most delicious cocktails around, hence why it’s still going strong after over 50 years.
Other Tequila cocktails you can make are:
- Margaritas - Tequila, Orange Liqueur, Lime Juice, and Salt for the rim of the glass. Ice is optional.
- Watermelon Cooler - Tequila, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Lime, Triple Sec or Cointreau and ice to serve.
- If you want the easier option, we have a great Mexican Coffee Cocktail for you to try.
What Cocktails To Make With Malibu
This delicious, coconutty delight always has a really special place in our hearts and reminds us of our first experiments with alcohol on balmy evenings, when we still had so much youth on our side. Again, it’s a classic, but one that can be used in both playful and more sophisticated cocktails. As much as we love this liqueur, we do recognize that it’s one of those drinks that can bring back grim memories of over-indulgence, however, you’d be surprised at how many of the more “grown-up” cocktails containing Malibu, can actually make you fall back in love with this Coconut Queen.
Creating the Malibu Beach cocktail will be a treat for everyone, regardless of your previous opinions of Malibu. Simply add Malibu, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, and top with fresh Pineapple and you’ll be experiencing serious vacation vibes no matter where you are in the world.
Other Malibu cocktails include:
- Malibu Pina Colada Slushy - Malibu, Coconut Ice Cream, Pineapple Juice, and Coconut Cream.
- Malibu Cranberry Lemonade - Malibu, Cranberry Juice, Lemon Soda.
- If you’re looking for a coconut rum cocktail, but can’t bring yourself to venture back into Malibu territory, we’ve got you covered with our own Rum Punch
What Cocktails Can You Make With Ginger Ale?
Ginger Ale, you either love it or hate it. We personally fall into the “Love It” camp and have been surprised at how many people have fallen in love with Ginger Ale once they’ve tried it in a cocktail that suits their palate, rather than drinking it neat or as one of those random remedies for an illness that your parents would give you as a child (Ginger Ale always seemed to cure everything, right?). It’s not a shock that as we’ve grown used to Ginger Ale being slightly more of a functional mixer, as opposed to a tantalizing accompaniment to some upstanding spirits, that it takes some people a while to grow fond of this underrated little mixer again.
Regardless of your thoughts on Ginger Ale, we think you’ll love the refreshing taste of a Southside Royale. Simply add Mint Leaves, Lime Juice, and Sugar Syrup to a glass, and muddle (squish them around) lightly. Next, add Gin and Ice and stir vigorously, top this up with Ginger Ale (preferably a clear Ginger Ale if you’re opting for Insta-worthy aesthetics) and enjoy!
Other Ginger Ale based cocktails include:
- Bourbon Bliss - Bourbon, Honey, Ice, and Canada Dry Ginger Ale.
- Dark & Stormy - Ginger Ale, Ice, Light Rum, and a Dark Rum to float on top.
- If you’re looking for a Ginger kick, without wanting to add Ginger Ale, check out our Ginger Drop cocktail.
What Cocktails Can I Make With Blue Curacao?
We love this mixer so much that we could drink it solely with ice and lemonade (yes, we may be in our early thirties, but our sugar addiction is alive and well!). It’s blue, it’s sugary and it tastes like happiness - genuinely, what more could you ask for from a drink?
Well, funny we should ask...
Sex in the Driveway is one of the simplest, yet most satisfying cocktails that we know of - it’s so easy to make and will get you from zero to “I’m in heaven” in a much more low-effort way than a fumble in your first second-hand Honda! Simply add Blue Curacao, Peach Schnapps, Sprite, and White Rum and you’ll be in ecstasy for hours!
Other Blue Curacao based cocktails include:
- Blue Lagoon - Blue Curacao, Vodka, and Lemonade.
- Blue Hawaiian - Blue Curacao, Rum, Pineapple Juice, Sweet & Sour Mix, and Vodka.
What Cocktails Can I Make With Bourbon?
One of America’s most prized creations, good old Bourbon. We know it can be something of an acquired taste on its own, but mixed within cocktails, it takes on a whole other life, and we think you’ll be obsessed with these moody, delectable little cocktail creations.
It’s called a classic because it is one. The Classic Bourbon Sour isn’t fussy, it has strong basic ingredients and packs a great punch; mix Bourbon, Maple Syrup, Orange Peel, Lemon Juice, and Ice, and you’ve got yourself a proper “grown-up” cocktail to enjoy.
Other Bourbon cocktails include:
- Bourbon Old Fashioned - Bourbon, Orange Peel, Angostura Bitters, Sugar, and Ice.
- Bourbon Milk Punch - Bourbon, Cream, Whole Milk, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla Bean, and Nutmeg.
What Cocktails Can I Make With Bacardi?
For us, Bacardi is like a loyal, dependable friend that we always rely on, but sometimes don’t give it the attention it deserves.
This absolute legend of a spirit has been the rum of choice for millions of us, since its creation in the 1800s, and hasn’t let us down even once! Some would say it’s “Basic”, we’d argue that it’s the Original and Best in regards to the cocktail world.
To shine the spotlight on this little treasure, we’ve had to think long and hard about which cocktail to recommend first when using Bacardi, but we finally decided on the classic Rum Daiquiri - Bacardi Blanca, Lime Juice, and Extra Fine Sugar; three simple elements to make one of the most famous cocktails in the world.
Obviously, we had a hard time recommending just one cocktail, so here are a few others:
- Mojito - Bacardi Blanca, Lime Juice, Mint Leaves, Extra Fine Sugar, Ice, and Soda Water.
- Hurricane - Bacardi Negra, Bacardi Blanca, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Passionfruit Syrup, Grenadine Syrup, and Ice.
Make Your Own Cocktails
There’s so many cocktails to choose from, and we’re so genuinely intrigued to see your creations, so tag us on Insta @DRNXMYTH