Making cocktails at home

May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

This week, I stayed in my kitchen. My roommates and I like to play around with drink concoctions when we’re feeling too cheap or lazy to leave. With my final week of college right around the corner, I’m looking back on all of my favorite DIY drinks.

Tackling first is my favorite drink-of-choice: the mojito. The best one I’ve ever had was when I was in Granada, Spain this past summer. What made it so tasty, I think, is the raw brown sugar in it. It gave it a certain sweetness that regular sugar doesn’t. Here’s my favorite recipe.

My favorite drink of choice: mojitos. | Photo by Thu Pham

1.25 oz spiced rum (I like Captain Morgan)
10-12 mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar in the raw
0.5 oz fresh lime juice (heck, toss the lime wedge in there if you want)
2 oz club soda

Put all the ingredients in a shaker half full of ice, and shake! You might want to save some mint sprigs to garnish it with, but I usually scrap everything from the shaker into the glass.

Like with any drink, there are several modifications that can be made. You can use white rum instead of dark or spiced, vary the number of mint leaves (I like a LOT), add more sugar if you want it sweeter, or replace club soda with Sprite to give it more sweetness.

This next drink has no name because this happened when I was throwing leftover drink mixers together. I’m a big fan of strawberry cocktails, so when all I had left over was some red grenadine, Sprite, vodka, sweet and sour mix, and strawberries. So I made a vamped up version of a cherry vodka sour, but with Sprite and strawberries. It’s really fruity, but so delicious.

A glorified cherry vodka sour..with strawberries. | Photo by Thu Pham

2 parts vodka
2 part Sprite
1 part sweet and sour mix
A splash (or a part if you want) of grenadine
4 halved strawberries

Just throw ’em all in there and mix! Like with any other drink combination, it’s up to you how you want to modify it. I find that measuring drinks is a bit cumbersome, so I tend to just throw things in until I get to the flavor I want. And for the vodka, I would just use Svedka. Sure, Grey Groose is good, but we’re not ballin’ over here.

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