14 cocktails you can make at home – based on actual recipes from popular bars and hotels

You may not be able to visit bars and pubs right now, but it doesn’t mean you have to go without your favourite drinks.

Even if you have never mixed your own cocktails before, it’s not difficult once you’ve got the hang of it. And since there’s no better time than now to get your practice in, we have gathered 14 cocktails recipes for you to get started. Quarantine is about to be so much more fun!

1. Bob’s Old Fashioned

Bob’s Old Fashioned is a rendition of a classic cocktail by Bob’s Bar at Capella Singapore, with hints of Asian spices, made with Capella Singapore’s exclusive Navegante Rum.

Ingredients:

  • Navegante Rum
  • Sugar syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Homemade allspice dram (overproof rum, brown sugar, allspice berry, cinnamon)
  • Cigartincture
  • Served with Navegante rum chocolate.

Directions:
1. Place a large ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass.
2. Combine rum, syrup, angostura bitters, allspice dram and cigar tincture.
3.Garnish with orange twist

2. Spirit of Sweni

Created by Singita Sweni Lodge at Kruger National Park in South Africa, Spirit of Sweni gives a refreshing twist to the traditional gin and tonic. The addition of fresh lemonade gives the drink a zesty taste that is perfect for a hot day.

Ingredients:

  • 25ml of your favourite gin
  • 100ml fresh lemonade
  • 100ml tonic water
  • Ice cubes
  • ½ Lime
  • ½ Kiwi Fruit, chopped up into chunks
  • 2 slices of Green Apple
  • A sprig of mint

Instructions:

1. Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes
2. Stir well
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
4. Serve straight with a garnish of lime, add the kiwi chunks, green apple and mint
5. Stir well and enjoy

3. Sichuan Mule

Created by JING Bar at The Temple House, Chengdu, Sichuan Mule incorporates iconic spicy Sichuan flavours into a cold, fizzy drink that is perfect for the spring and summer months.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Vodka infused Ginger & Pepper
  • 15 pieces of Mint Leaf
  • 4 Lime wedges
  • 5ml Syrup
  • Ginger beer Top

Garnish: Mint Spring

Instructions:
1. Fill your mug (or glass) with crushed ice;
2. Add infused Vodka;
3. Squeeze the limes;
4. Top everything off with ginger beer
5. Give it a stir and add a pretty garnish

4. Godfather

Recipe by JING Bar at The Temple House, Chengdu.

Named after the popular movie of the same time, Godfather is a simple drink to make with only two ingredients – Scotch whisky and amaretto, perfect to enjoy on a cozy weekend evening.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Scotch whisky
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • Ice
  • Orange twist, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1. Add the scotch and amaretto to a pint glass filled with ice. Stir to combine.
2. Strain the cocktail into a rocks or old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
3. Garnish with an orange twist and serve immediately.

5. Upper Southside Cocktail

Created by Café Gray Bar at The Upper House, Hongkong, Upper Southside Cocktail is a refreshing concoction of Hendrick’s Gin, fresh lime juice, mint leaves and cucumber chunks that’s perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 3-4 fresh cucumber chunks
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves
  • Ice

Glass: Martini glass

Instructions:

1. Place the mint and the cucumber chunks into a shaker
2. Add the syrup, lime juice and gin
3. Lightly smash the mint leaves and cucumber
4. Add ice and shake for 6-8 seconds
5. Double strain the liquid into a chilled Martini glass
6. Garnish with a cucumber slice

6. Negroni

This version of the classic Negroni is created by UNION Bar at The Opposite House, Beijing. Instead of being garnished with an orange peel, it uses a slice of ginseng for a nice herbal kick.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Citadelle Gin
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml Mancino Vermouth
  • Dry Ginseng Slice (suggested)

Instructions: Simply stir ingredients together and garnish with a slice of dry ginseng.

7. French Kiss

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Stressed out from a long day at work? Kick back and chill out with a French Kiss cocktail, with subtle floral notes to alleviate stress and calm your mind. Recipe by Sugar at EAST, Hong Kong.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Pisco
  • 20ml Dry Rosé
  • 25ml Elderflower Liqueur
  • Orange peel (suggested)
  • 1 tsp honey (suggested)

Glass: Martini glass

Instructions:

1. Chill the martini glass and the mixing glass with ice
2. Drain out the water in the mixing glass
3. Add Pisco, Rosé, Elderflower Liqueur and honey one by one into the mixing glass
4. Stir until cold and well mixed
5. Empty the martini glass
6. Use a strainer to pour the mix into the martini glass
7. Garnish with an orange peel

8. Sydney Sling

This signature drink by The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is a nod to the hotel’s Singaporean roots. This local version of the Singapore Sling is sweet with a touch of spice, perfect as a happy hour drink.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml gin – The Fullerton Hotel Sydney uses Four Pillars 58.8 Gin
  • 45ml blood orange juice – grapefruit juice is a great substitute
  • 15ml hibiscus liqueur – elderflower Liqueur is a great substitute
  • 10ml ginger liqueur – alternatively, double up on ginger juice
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 10ml fresh ginger juice
  • 10ml Grenadine
  • 20ml sugar syrup – see recipe below
  • Dehydrated ginger slice – or any fruit of your choice, to garnish

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients and shake together vigorously for five seconds.
2. Strain into your desired glass over ice and enjoy.

Sugar syrup: Making sugar syrup requires equal parts sugar and water. You can also make a thicker
style syrup by adding two parts sugar to one part water.
1. Boil the water in a saucepan, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. Store in a firmly sealed bottle or container in the fridge where it can keep for a few weeks.

9. Gold Rush

This classic whiskey cocktail is proof that cocktails don’t have to be complicated to taste good. The recipe calls for only three ingredients: whiskey, honey and lemon juice, all of which you can easily get your hands on.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Westward Whiskey
  • 30ml Honey
  • 30ml Lemon juice

Instructions: Pour Westward Whiskey, honey, lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass and enjoy.

10. Imperial Fizz

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We're challenging Northwest IPA fans to make this delicious cocktail called the Garden City Soda from our friends over @montana_mixology. @montgomerydistillery, it's an instant classic. ❤️ repost courtesy of @montana_mixology …. Here’s a drink I’m calling The Garden City Soda. It’s a riff on a lovely beer cocktail I yanked from Mr. DiMonriva over at The Educated Barfly called the Angel City Fizz. This variation uses local IPA and local rye. Specs: 1.5oz Sudden Wisdom Rye, 1.5oz honey ginger syrup, .75oz lime juice, one egg white, KettleHouse Northwest IPA. Fizzes are usually served without ice, but I think ice works well here. Sue me. Definitely gonna be making this one at work. Drink found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOqstAAZ58

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Imperial Fizz is another quick and easy way to turn your whiskey into a refreshing fizzy drink to enjoy at home simply by adding in soda.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Westward Whiskey
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • Half tablespoon sugar
  • 100ml soda (or to fill glass)
  • Lemon wedge

Instructions: Pour Westward Whiskey, honey, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball (tall) glass filled with ice. Top off with soda, garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy.

11. Black Panther

Created by Don Miranda, The Secret Mermaid

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Westward American Single Malt Whiskey
  • 20ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml Maple Syrup (Or Honey)
  • 60ml Black Tea steeped with cinnamon, star anise, clove, nutmeg

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Lemon Wedge

Instructions: Make a pot of black tea, add 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, half star anise and let it cool. Pour steeped tea with other ingredients into a tall glass, stir with ice and enjoy!

12. #GOODOLDDAYS

Created by Ryan Rashidi, Bar Canary

Ingredients:

  • Red bean Potong Ice-cream
  • 30ml Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 60ml Coconut Juice
  • 5ml Kara coconut cream
  • 15ml sugar syrup

Glass: Wine Glass

Instructions: Pour rum, coconut juice, kara cream and sugar syrup into a mixing glass. Shake well with ice, pour and strain into a wine glass. Dip the red bean ice cream into the wine glass and enjoy!

13. The CÉ LA VI Sunset

Created by Andrew Hyman, CÉ LA VI

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Tanqueray London Gin
  • 10ml Aperol
  • 15ml Cinnamon Syrup (*option to make fresh, otherwise Andrew recommends purchasing 1883 Maison Routin Cinnamon Syrup)
  • 30ml Orange Juice
  • Top Ginger Beer

Glass: Old Fashioned or Rocks.

Garnish: Babies Breath and Dehydrated Orange Crisp (*optional)

Instructions: Shake all ingredients except Ginger Beer. Pour into Ice filled rocks glass. Lastly top up with Ginger Beer and enjoy.

14. S.H.C (Stay Home Caipiroska)

Created by Azlam Kadir, Mitzo

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Titos Vodka
  • 1 piece of Lime (cut into wedges)
  • 4 pieces of Blackberries
  • 2 teaspoons of Fine Sugar
  • 2 pieces of Kaffir Lime leaves

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Blackberries (*optional)

Instructions: Add 4pcs of blackberries into a rock glass and muddle (smash) them. Next, add 2 teaspoons of fine sugar and lime wedges and re-muddle. Add 2 pieces of kaffir lime leaves and ice cubes (preferably crushed ice), followed by adding 60ml Titos Vodka. Mix well and enjoy!

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