With a bank holiday weekend ahead of us, we’d normally be visiting pubs and bars for our favourite cocktails, so, we thought we’d share some of our top tips to create cocktails from the comfort of your home.
We’ve searched for the perfect barware substitutes inside our kitchen cupboards, and created the easiest recipes to make staple cocktail ingredients.
The Classic Shaker
If you don’t have a shaker at home, why not try an empty and clean jam jar or kilner jar. Follow your recipe, as you would usually, pop the lid on and shake.
When you’d like to make a Martini or an Old Fashioned, any glass or plastic which holds 500ml will work perfectly.
For measuring, a small teaspoon is fine as this is usually about 5ml.
For stirring, a Sundae spoon, a chopstick or a small knife, would be the perfect substitute.
A tea strainer or a sieve can work perfectly to ensure your drink holds back the ice.
When you need a citrus zest, a potato peeler will work just as well.
Some recipes may use a simple or sugar syrup, however, you can always try your recipe with honey or maple syrup if you are keen to experiment. However, sugar syrup is really simple to make at home, just follow the below recipe:
300g Caster Sugar
Add water and sugar to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool then store in an airtight container, in the fridge, up to 4 weeks.
When the recipe requires fruit purees or concentrates, jam can be a great substitute for this, and you can go one step further and sieve or blend the fruit to create a smoother consistency.
500g of your chosen fruit
500g Caster Sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Spread the fruit over the base of a large, shallow baking dish; spread the caster sugar in another similar-sized dish. Place them side-by-side in the oven for 30 minutes until they’re both really hot but the fruit is still holding shape. Remove the dishes from the oven, quickly and carefully add the sugar to the fruit, and stir together well to dissolve the sugar.
We hope this helps with you cocktail cravings, and if you have any other tips & tricks, we’d love to hear them.