Have you always wanted to be a great bartender, or the best host ever? Impress your friends, or just make a nice drink for yourself right in the comforts of your own home. We've provided you with the key ingredients, and some rough guidelines to follow so you can make your drink exactly how you like it.
Gin & Tonic
"The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire." - Winston Churchill
So, how can you save a life? It's simple. Start by adding as much gin as you'd like in a highball glass, and then add as much tonic as you'd like to balance it out. Top it off with some slices of fresh lemon or lime, ice and you're all done!
Perhaps one of the most classic and iconic cocktails, you can never go wrong with a Dirty Martini. First, prepare a chilled glass. Go for a conical one if you're fancy. Then, fill any glass or cocktail shaker with crushed ice, plenty of gin, a dash of vermouth and half a shot of brine from a jar of olives. Stir or shake it all together and then strain your Martini into the prepared glass. Finish by garnishing it with a few olives.
The best hangover cure in the biz. You can get very creative with a Bloody Mary, but the basic recipe is as follows: Pour some celery salt onto a small plate, cut a slice of lemon or lime and rub it along the edges of a glass. Roll the glass in the salt, and add ice cubes. Squeeze some of the citrus juice into a cocktail shaker and fill it with vodka, a few shots of tomato juice, two dashes each of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of celery salt, black pepper and paprika and then give it a good shake!
Add a little pep to your morning brew. Pour a cup of freshly brewed hot coffee into a small glass until it’s about 3/4 full. Add a spoonful of brown sugar, stir it well and add some strong Irish whisky. Top it off with some Bailey's Irish Cream or regular whipping cream poured over the back of a spoon to get a nice layered effect.