Mix Your Cocktails With Just a Few Ingredients

Are you in the mood for a good cocktail or after dinner drink? You may think you don’t have all the ingredients, but there are just a few needed, likely ones that you have on hand. It’s easy to delight friends with your mixology talents. Check out these 8 simple recipes and enjoy!

Easy Vodka Refresher

-2 oz. vodka of your choice
-Soda Water
Method: Pour vodka in a rocks glass.  Top with chilled soda water and garnish with lemon or lime.

Vodka Lemonade

-2 oz. vodka
-Fresh squeezed lemonade or lemonade of your choice
Method: Pour vodka in a rocks glass. Top with fresh cold squeezed lemonade or lemonade of your choice. Garnish with lemon or lime.

Royal Cocktail

-1/4 oz of your favorite liquor
Method: Pour your favorite fruity liquor into a flute glass and top up with Champagne. You can garnish it with fruit.


-3 oz of Prosecco
-2 oz of your preferred liquor
-1 oz of your preferred liquor

Method: A spritz is easy to prepare using these simple steps. Pour 3 ounces of Prosecco into a glass of ice. Stir in two ounces of your preferred liquor. Top your drink off with one more ounce of liquor and finish with an attractive garnish.

Irish Coffee

-2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey
-¾ cup of your favorite hot black coffee
-1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar (depending on your preference)
-Heavy cream
Method: Pour the hot coffee and whiskey in a mug or warm Irish coffee glass.  Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.  Let the cream float on the top and serve.  

White Russian

-¼ cup vodka
-3 Tablespoons Coffee Liqueur
-3 Tablespoons of half and half
Method: Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.  Add the vodka and coffee liqueur.  Drizzle in the half and half and serve.

Cranberry Lime Cocktail

-1.5 oz of vodka (tequila also works)
-1/2 oz lime juice
-2 oz of cranberry juice cocktail (consider using sparkling juice)
Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled half way with ice and shake well.  Strain into a glass of your choice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Rum Refresher

-2 oz of rum
-2 oz of pineapple juice
-2 oz of orange juice
Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.  Strain the drink into an attractive glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple. 

Top photo: BigstockTwo glasses of Italian aperol spritz cocktail with orange slices.

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Marina Kennedy currently writes for Broadwayworld.com, JerseyBites.com and the Hemlock News in Pennsylvania. She likes to do articles and blog about the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the metropolitan area. She is absolutely delighted to contribute to Woman About Town.