Easy-To-Make Quarantini Cocktails at Home
If there's one thing lockdown has given us, it's some great Quarantini cocktails!
To stave off our cabin fever, many of us have transformed ourselves in recent weeks into cocktail connoisseurs. And they are so easy to make!
Even for a chilled out day in the garden, homemade cocktails are a must at this time of the year. Here are some of our favourite and easy to make cocktails that you won’t be able to say no to this summer. but to start us off, we couldn't leave out the classic Quarantini Cocktail which has been hugely popular since our lockdown days began. This one is a keeper...!
The Classic Quarantini Cocktail
First spotted on the novice chef, the original quarantini cocktail requires just 4 key ingredients. Which is handy if your local supermarket is still a little light on the shelves. With the bonus of adding Vitamin C (if you wish), this cocktail is practically good for you. Team with a fabulous martini cocktail glass and you're good to go.
- 3 oz Vodka (or gin)
- 2 oz Lemon Juice (plus peel for decoration)
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 2 tablespoons Water
- (Optional - a sachet of powdered Vitamin C)
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave honey and water for 60 seconds and stir to combine. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Add 2 cups ice to a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, lemon juice and honey mixture to a martini shaker. Whisk to combine. Then add ice to the top. Shake, and then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist if desired. If you want to add vitamin c, you can add it directly to the shaker when you add the rest of the ingredients or you can rim the chilled martini glass with vitamin c. (Recipe via The Novice Chef).
1. Raspberry Limoncello Cooler
This drink is your classic bubbly prosecco with a summer twist. The combination of limoncello and raspberries gives your standard champagne-style beverage a sweet yet zesty kick.
- 6 Mint leaves
- 1 cup Raspberries (frozen)
- 1 cup Limoncello liqueur
- 3 cups Prosecco
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a small jug with ice and serve in your favourite tumblers.
2. Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
This fusion of rich berry syrup and dark whiskey creates a bittersweet touch along with the earthiness of the rosemary. The lemon juice base also compliments each flavour to create a cocktail that is uniquely tasty.
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- ½ cup of sugar
- 200ml whiskey
- 200ml lemon juice or lemonade
- 1 large rosemary sprig
- 170 blackberry syrup
For the blackberry syrup put the blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat for approx. 30mins. Strain the syrup to get rid of the excess pulp. For the whiskey lemonade combine all the ingredients together and serve with ice and a sprig of rosemary. We love the idea of serving this in a recycled jam jar.
3. Watermelon Mojito
This fusion of thirst-quenching flavours is a match made in heaven for this rum-based cocktail. This is a perfect twist on a well-loved cocktail which is usually paired with a hot beach abroad.
- 20 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ cup light rum
- 6 ounces watermelon (seeds removed), pureed or blended.
Use a large shaker to mix the mint, sugar and ¼ cup of the lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice and then add the rum, watermelon puree and the remaining ¼ cup of lime juice; shake well. Then pour into glasses over ice.
4. Peach & Ginger Sangria
This wine-based pitcher cocktail is the perfect fruity refresher which can be easily served from day to night in the warm summer months. The sweet peaches mixed with ginger gives a kick to a classic wine mixed drink. Just like traditional sangria, this one is lethal but guarantees good times!
- 2 large fresh yellow peaches (sliced)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup peach liqueur or peach schnapps
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1-litre ginger ale, chilled
Put the peaches and sugar into a pan to simmer to make a syrup. Add the syrup along with extra slices of peach into a jug. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice cubes.
5. Cucumber Margarita
This tequila-based cocktail is definitely the strongest of our top 5 but arguably the most refreshing. With infusions of cool cucumber and lime, this drink will pick you up into the summer mood.
- 2 1/2 ounces Cucumber-Infused Tequila (or simply add cucumber to yours and allow to infuse for as long as you can bear to!)
- 1-ounce fresh lime juice
- 1-ounce simple syrup
- 1 cucumber slice, for garnish
- Salt, for the rim of the glass
Wet the rim of a glass and dip it in salt. Let stand until dry. Fill the glass with ice. To make the syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; stir until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Cucumber-Infused Tequila, lime juice and syrup and shake until well chilled. Strain the cocktail into your prepared cocktail glass and garnish with the cucumber slice.