The great thing about the modern cocktail renaissance is that mixed drinks are now skillfully prepared as artisan craft cocktails with inspired visual presentation.
But even if you’re not a trained mixologist, there are still convenient methods of enjoying premium cocktails when entertaining at home, events or gatherings. You can whip up a batch of the most popular cocktails with the straightforward recipes below. Or for an even smoother serving experience without compromising creativity, complexity and flavor, a new generation of pre-batched cocktails, using natural gourmet ingredients, provides the ultimate in craft convenience.
Let’s take a look at some of the finest cocktails that 86 the effort and let you bartend for your guests in style.
These days, the mojito rocks a resurgence in popularity reminiscent of the Ernest Hemingway era. A single serving can be easily prepared with the following recipe:
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 12 mint leaves, plus 5 sprigs for garnish
- 1/4 cup white rum
- 2 tablespoons club soda
Start with a Collins or highball glass, and mix the lime juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Add the ice, then tear the mint leaves in half and add them to the drink and stir. Pour in the rum and club soda, give it another mix and serve.
For the same plucked-from-the-patch taste but with almost zero effort, treat yourself and your guests to Austin Cocktails’ bottled Cucumber Vodka Mojito, prepared with natural mint, cucumber, lime and an organic agave nectar that provides sustainably sourced sweetness. A departure from the traditional rum mojito, Cucumber Vodka Mojito uses a five-times distilled premium vodka for a signature flavor that everyone will love. Simply pour over ice and service with your favorite garnish!
A popular crowd-pleaser that never goes out of style, a single, refreshing margarita can be whipped up with this recipe.
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 wedge slice of a lime
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
- 1 tablespoon Cointreau or triple sec
- 1/4 cup reposado tequila
- 2 cups ice cubes
Moisten your glass’s rim by running the slice of lime along it. Dip the top of the glass in a dish of salt (if you like a salted rim). In a separate cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice and the sugar until the sugar dissolves. Mix in the Cointreau, tequila and ice cubes, and serve.
Seeking a more sophisticated version of this classic drink? Austin Cocktails’ pre-batched Bergamot Orange Margarita features the winter-grown, Italian bergamot orange, a rare and uniquely nutritious fruit that provides a top-shelf, Cointreau-style flavor. Austin Cocktails has also concocted an all-natural triple sec for its margarita, rounded out with premium tequila, natural lime and organic agave nectar.
Here’s an easy one that speeds to the finish line, both in terms of preparation and effects. The Greyhound is a classic cocktail that is amazingly simple to prepare, though if you’re squeezing grapefruits individually, it’s a little more time consuming:
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice
- 1 lemon or lime wedge
Pour the ice into a Collins glass, then pour in the vodka. Add the grapefruit juice and stir. Lemon or lime wedges make a great garnish; a toothpick or cocktail sword with a few berries is also a nice touch.
An even easier-to-serve version that is more complex in flavor, Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail by Austin Cocktails features natural mint and organic agave nectar for an exotic mix that’s more tart than sweet. The five-times distilled premium vodka pairs exquisitely with gourmet ingredients for an incomparable taste.
These are just a few of the Austin Cocktails pre-batched craft cocktails that will satisfy your fussy friends without all the fuss. With six cocktails per bottle and “just add ice” convenience, it takes no effort to serve craft cocktails that really pack a punch.