5 easy cocktails for a Boozy Bold Friday

Good Friday cocktails sounds like a rookie mistake – off licenses are shut, after all, so any last-minute tipples are out.But for those among us whose concept of a good Friday comes served with a slice of lemon, the following recipes are an easy, boozy solution made with some run-of-the-mill ingredients.

Old Fashioned

This American classic predates the motorcar and conjures images of smoky post-war speakeasies, which seems apt on our one day of prohibition.

You’ll need:
  • 60ml (2oz) blended whiskey (Jameson etc)
  • A splash of simple syrup (or agave, maple etc)
  • 2 dashes of bitter

If you don’t have bitter and have no intention of buying any, mix together 2 tablespoons of vodka or rum with a pinch of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, prunes and orange or lemon peel.

Combine all the ingredients, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of orange or a cherry.

 

Sangria

Yes, it’s a summer drink and yes, it’s plainly too cold to drink yours outside, but this one’s so easy it had to be included. You can follow this recipe to the book or you can make it up as you go along just be mindful that white wine requires delicate flavours (like cucumbers, green apples and lime) while red wine can handle an infantry of fruits.

You’ll need:
  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • 60ml (2oz) brandy (optional; alternatively triple sec)
  • Sliced strawberries (a supermarket-size punnet will do)
  • 2 peaches (or pears, oranges etc)
  • 1 sliced lemon (avoid waxed)
  • Sparkling water to serve

Combine the ingredients and leave in the fridge for several hours. If you have time and want to look like a consummate host, make ice cubes with fruit juice and dunk them in before serving.

Gimlet

While the gimlet probably conjures images of nana getting rowdy at her seventieth, this cocktail’s far too easy to snub:

You’ll need:
  • 60ml (2oz) London Dry Gin
  • 20ml (¾oz) Rose’s Lime Cordial
  • 1 lime wedge to serve

If you don’t have gin then substitute vodka, and if you’ve no Lime Cordial then rustle up the equivalent using limejuice and simple syrup. Stir the ingredients with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass with a slice of lime to serve.

Grapefruit Mojito

If the ubiquitous mojito doesn’t do it for you anymore then add some five-a-day to the equation. I’ve suggested a grapefruit but you could opt for an orange instead.

You’ll need:
  • ½ grapefruit
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • Honey
  • 40-60ml (1-2oz) white rum (to taste)
  • Club soda
  • Crushed ice

Muddle the grapefruit juice, mint and honey in a highball glass until everything’s broken down. Add some cracked ice and top with rum and club soda for taste.

 

Whiskey Sour

While this one’s pretty straightforward it pays to taste as you go along, after all you don’t want it to be too sour.

You’ll need:
  • 60ml (2oz) blended whiskey (Jameson etc)
  • 15ml (½oz) fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml (½oz) simple syrup (or agave, maple etc)

There’s nothing to stop you from adding egg white and bitters or tinkering with the potency. Just place everything in a shaker (bar bitters if you’re so inclined) and shake till it’s nice and frothy.

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