Learn to make cocktails

What’s a celebration witout drinks? Apart from the beers and whiskeys, this generation is on to the craze of cocktails. Because the cocktail contains many components, it is often lighter than the alcohol itself. It is always good for the host to learn a few cocktail recipes to help lighten up the mood of guests this festive season. While you can take short bartender courses in so many bar schools in the cities, you can also search the internet and learn at home. Here are a few twisted recipes of classic cocktails that will never fail you.

While making any cocktails, run your recipe through cocktail calculators like Rethinking Drinking (rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov) and know the exact proportions. Here’s how you can make some exotic cocktails:


Mango Margarita

A variation of this classic concoction of tequila, triple sec and lemon juice comes with the addition of sweet and delectable mango cubes, adding a slight sweetness to the drink. Served in a classic margarita glass with its rim coated in salt, the sweetened Mango Margarita brings a new flavor this summer.

Ingredients: 2 limes, 2 tablespoon coarse sugar, 560 grams of finely chopped mango cubes, Ice for blending, 11/2 cups tequila, 11/2 cups triple sec, ½ cup granulated sugar.

Servings: 8

Direction: Begin by zesting the limes. Pour the coarse sugar over the lime zest and toss with your fingers to combine. Set aside. 

Throw the ice into the blender. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add granulated sugar and squeeze in the juice of the limes. Blend until completely smooth, adding more ice if necessary to get the consistency you want. Use a piece of one of the limes to moisten the rims of the glasses. Dip the rims in the lime sugar and add mango chunks in the glass. Pour the drinks and serve immediately.


Strawberry Daiquiri

When you think of Daiquiri, you visualize the classic yellow blend of rum, citrus juice and sugar served in a cocktail glass. In this variation of the classic cocktail we are all familiar with, along with citrus, the addition of delicious, fresh and sweet strawberry pieces and a dash of strawberry syrup give it a tangy, sweet and sour taste.

Ingredients: 5 strawberries, 2 fluid ounces white rum, 1 fluid ounce lime juice, ½ fluid ounce triple sec, ½ tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, ice for blending.

Servings: 1

Directions: Throw in the ice, strawberries, rum, lime juice, triple sec and confectioners’ sugar in a blender at high speed until smooth. Add more ice cube to get the desired consistency of the cocktail. Pour it in the serving glass and put the strawberry on the rim of the glass. Ready to serve!