Master the Art of Mixology

Apr 20, 2021
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Calling all cocktail lovers! We’ve narrowed down our top cocktail recipes to help you transform your home to your very own cocktail bar. Unlike a visit to an actual cocktail bar, these cocktails can be made at home to avoid breaking the bank. It’s basically happy hour all night long! We all know that sometimes beer and wine just doesn’t cut it. Nothing quite gets the party started like a good cocktail, and the three examples below are as good as it gets. Better yet, you don’t have to be a cocktail expert to perfect these recipes. They’re just as simple as they are delicious. Whether you prefer it shaken or stirred, a signature classic or something different, we’ve compiled cocktail recipes to suit all taste buds. All cocktail recipes are courtesy of our gift card partner, Dan Murphy’s. We used our Dan Murphy’s digital gift card to shop the best spirits and cocktail accessories. Check out the recipes below to master the art of mixology with us, or take a look at our video to follow along.

Manhattan Cocktail Gift Card

A Classic Manhattan

This is hands down the only recipe you need if you’re trying to perfect a classic manhattan! Not only does it taste incredible, it’s easy to make and looks super professional. Impress your next dinner guests with this sophisticated cocktail. Made using whiskey and sweet vermouth, a Manhattan is considered a strong cocktail with herbal undertones. Slightly bitter, this cocktail is stirred over ice and typically served in a stemmed cocktail class and garnished with a cocktail cherry. If you’re a seasoned drinker and prefer something on the bitter side, this one’s for you!

Check out how to make this cocktail.

What You’ll Need:                                                          

  • 60mL Rye or Canadian Whisky
  • 20mL Sweet Red Vermouth
  • Dash of Bitters
  • Glace Cherries
  • Ice

How It’s Done:

  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Add whisky, vermouth and bitters, and stir
  • Strain into glass
  • Garnish with glacé cherries
Pisco Sour Gift Card

Pisco Sour

Made from brandy, a Pisco sour originates in Peru and is a simple to make, classic cocktail. This vibrant drink is fresh and sweet with an element of citrus, courtesy of freshly squeezed limes. This refreshing cocktail is perfect all year round and this recipe makes it easy to pour the perfect Pisco Sour. If you love a citrus kick and are looking for an authentic Pisco Sour, try this out!

What You’ll Need:

  • 60mL Pisco
  • 30mL Lime Juice
  • 15mL Sugar Syrup
  • Egg White
  • Dash of Bitters
  • Ice

How It’s Done:

  • Combine lime juice, sugar syrup, egg and Pisco in a shaker, and shake
  • Add ice and shake
  • Strain into glass
  • Add 4 dashes of bitters
Jalapeño Margarita Gift Card

Jalapeño Margarita

We all know a classic margarita, but have you ever tried cranking up the heat? It’s time to spice it up with a jalapeño margarita. This crowd pleaser is perfect for enjoying with friends on a warm evening. If you prefer something on the sweeter side, look no further. This sweet cocktail will transport you poolside on an island getaway! With serious summer vibes, this margarita twist will have you forgetting that winter is around the corner. All fiesta, no siesta is how to best describe this one. Made using Tequila and Cointreau, the lime juice and sugar syrup give its delicious sweetness which is balanced with the kick from the jalapeños. If you have serious taste buds that can handle the heat, you have to give this a go! Follow our recipe below to bring the summer vacation to your home.

Check out how to make this cocktail.

What You’ll Need:

  • 45mL Tequila
  • 20mL Cointreau
  • 30mL Lime Juice
  • 15mL Sugar Syrup
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Ice

How It’s Done:

  • Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, jalapeño slices and ice to a shaker
  • Shake to blend, then pour into a short glass
  • Garnish with jalapeño slices

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