Sometimes you wanna stay in or bring the social to your home; however, you still wanna have bar quality drinks while at home. For starters, let's point out some basic bar items you should have at home: simple syrup (you can make your own at home), cocktail jigger for measurement, shaker/mixing glass, and liquor/liqueur. Here are some cocktail recipes with ingredients you should have at your home minibar.
1. French 75
Combine 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lemon juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup into shaker and fill the shaker with ice. Shake well; strain into cocktail glass (chilled preferred), complete with champagne, and garnish with mint leaves (optional).
2. Vodka Lemonade/Strawberry Lemonade
Combine 2 ounces of vodka, and 6 ounces of sweetened lemonade, (and 1 ounce strawberry puree for strawberry lemonade) into a mixing glass and stir. Fill drink glass with ice, pour mix over ice, and garnish with lemon wedge (optional).
Combine 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce triple sec orange liqueur, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1 ounce simple syrup into a mixing glass and stir. If you would like to salt or sugar your rim, rub a piece of lime across the rim of the margarita glass, then dip the rim into salt or sugar. Fill margarita glass with ice, pour mix over ice, top with club soda if necessary, and garnish with lime wedge (optional).
4. Strawberry (or Regular) Mojito
Place fresh mint leaves, 1 fresh strawberry cut in half (optional), 2 ounces of fresh lime juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup into a mixing glass. Use a muddler to muddle all items together, ensuring that the mint is muddled enough to release its minty flavor. Add 2 ounces of rum, and pour mix over a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda if necessary, and garnish with a lime wedge (optional).
5. Cosmopolitan Martini
Combine 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce triple sec orange liqueur, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, and 1 ounce cranberry juice into a shaker with ice. Shake well; then strain into a martini glass (chilled preferred). Garnish with lime wedge (optional).