21 April 2020 | 4 min read

Happy Hour At Home? Master These 5 Simple Cocktail Recipes


One of our favorite pastimes before social distancing became a norm was enjoying a few good cocktail with friends. But now with all the lockdown in effect, we have turned to virtual meet-ups, so that we can catch up with our friends and family. In the spirit of making sure everyone has a good drink in hand for those virtual happy hours, we have put togther a list of cocktails that you can master from the comfort of your homes. What are you waiting for – start planning now..

Here are five that are absolute winners.

White Wine Sangria

This is the easiest, most basic cocktail that everybody should know. It doesn’t take much time, can be made ahead and is perfect for both afternoon or evening. Alternatively, you know, morning, if that’s your thing. You can use any fruit you have lying around the house, and you’re sorted for a great citrus burst.
The citrus fruits included in the recipe are essential to creating a basic sangria. You can add to the flavour with any of variety of fruits. Choose the best quality from bigbasket that offers a wide variety of seasonal fruits, delivered right to your doorstep. You can even use your digibank debit card and avail cashback on the same.


•    25 ounces/750mL white wine (1 bottle)
•    2/3 cup white sugar
•    3 oranges (cut into wedges; or 1 cup orange juice)
•    1 lemon (cut into wedges)
•    1 lime (cut into wedges)
•    Optional: 2 ounces brandy
•    2 cups/1/2 litre ginger ale (or club soda)


1.    Gather the ingredients
2.    Squeeze the juice from the citrus wedges into the pitcher. Toss in the wedges after removing the seeds, if possible
3.    Pour the wine into a pitcher
4.    Add the brandy and orange juice if you’re using them, as well as the sugar
5.    Stir very well to ensure that all of the sugar is dissolved
6.    Chill overnight to marry all of the flavours
7.    Add the ginger ale or club soda just before serving, so the sangria retains its sparkle

Tip – If you’ll be serving the sangria right away, use chilled white wine and serve it over lots of ice. However, it is best that you prepare any sangria the night before. You’ll notice a significant difference in the flavour because all of the individual flavours develop into a unique, multi-dimensional flavour.


An absolute classic, this one’s always a hit at any party and is also super easy to make, so if you run out, making another batch isn’t too tough at all! Traditionally a summer drink, and with only five ingredients, how can you go wrong?


•    10 fresh mint leaves
•    1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
•    2 tablespoons white sugar
•    1 cup of ice cubes
•    1 1/2 fluid ounces of white rum
•    1/2 cup of club soda


1.    Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a sturdy glass
2.    Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice
3.    Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture
4.    Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice and fill the glass with carbonated water
5.    Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge

Lemon Drop

Also called a lemon drop martini, this uses real sugar instead of sugar syrup — give your regular sugar a few pulses in your mixie to make it almost powdery, and give your cocktail better texture. Vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and sugar… this one’s a winner.


•    2 cups frozen vodka
•    1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
•    1/2 cup superfine sugar
•    1 lemon, thinly sliced
•    Ice


1.    Rim a coupe glass with sugar {this is optional}
2.    Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe
3.    Garnish with grapefruit peel


Now, it doesn’t get easier than this, with just three ingredients: Dry Gin, tonic water and a lime wedge. Fool-Proof. Now, you need to get the ratios right. Pour in gin and tonic water {to preference} over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


•    50ml Gin
•    50ml soda water
•    50ml tonic water
•    To garnish: a wedge of lime and plenty of ice


1.    Pack a large glass with lots of ice and add a wedge of lime
2.    Now pour over 50ml of dry gin over it
3.    Top with 50ml soda water and 50ml tonic water

Black Russian

Easy to make, a Black Russian is right for a tight budget too, and doesn’t take more than 3-4 minutes to make one. It’s vodka and coffee liqueur (if you can’t find Kahlua, any other one will work just as well), with a few literal cherries on top.  Want to turn it into a White Russian? Just add cream!


•    45 ml of vodka
•    22 ml of any coffee-flavoured liqueur
•    Ice


1.    Combine vodka and coffee liqueur in an old-fashioned glass
2.    Add ice and stir well

Excited? Well get started right away!

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