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Experienced bartenders from all over the world have now elevated cocktail mixing to a true supreme discipline. Would you like to mix your favorite cocktails yourself and enjoy them at home? No worries. You don't need extensive bartending training to do this. With the right recipes, good spirits and the right accessories, you can easily mix Mojito, Sex on the Beach, White Russian & Co. in your own home bar.
Cocktails are a dime a dozen. A delicious cocktail is not only reserved for festive occasions, enjoying a multi-faceted mixed drink at home is also very popular. Do you like to end the day with a mojito or gin and tonic after a stressful day at work? Then here are a few recipes for enjoying cocktails in your own four walls.
Super refreshing - the mojito cocktail
The mojito is a classic cocktail recipe. With its blend of rum, mint and lime, it is the perfect refreshment at any summer party.
If you want to know where the cult cocktail actually comes from and how best to prepare the mojito, take a look at our article: Mojito - The recipe
A classic among long drinks: the gin and tonic
The Moscow Mule is a refreshing cocktail that is typically served in a copper mug. In our Moscow Mule recipe, we explain why the copper mug is part of the cocktail and how to prepare the iconic drink with vodka.
The Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug
Fruity cocktails such as Sex on the Beach, Malibu Sunrise or Piña Colada are not just a treat in summer. In addition to the fruity fresh taste, these drinks with fresh fruit or fruit juices are also visual highlights.
A cocktail in every color of the rainbow? You can find recipes for these under the link below
Life is colorful and so are our favorite cocktails. That's why we've collected cocktail inspiration in all the colors of the rainbow. Click here for the colorful recipes.
Non-alcoholic cocktails aren't just sweet and sticky! We show you the best recipes
It doesn't always have to be alcohol. These delicious mocktails promise enjoyment without remorse and without a hangover. From fruity to fresh or spicy, everything is included - including some tips on how to use non-alcoholic spirit alternatives. Get all the mocktail recipes here.
Murderously good! Our Halloween cocktail recommendations
When zombies, ghosts and other monsters roam the streets again, it's time for spooky Halloween fun. And of course you need the right drinks to go with it! That's why we've put together some ghoulishly beautiful and murderously delicious cocktail and drink inspirations for you. Click here for the recipes.
Shaker, jigger, strainer - we'll tell you what you really need for your home bar.
Birthdays, weddings or the start of the barbecue season - there are always good occasions to enjoy delicious cocktails. If you want to mix your own drinks, your home bar should have the right accessories for preparing them in addition to various spirits to provide you with a solid basic set-up. We have put together a clear checklist for you:
This list is just a suggestion, of course the exact basic equipment always depends on which drinks you prefer. We have collected further useful tips for setting up your home bar, as well as information on what you should look out for when buying spirits, in our home bar guide. When buying the right glasses, it is also important to consider which cocktails you want to mix and serve.
For cocktails, it is best to use whipped cream with a fat content of approx. 30%
For summer cocktails such as Swimming Pool or Piña Colada, you can use conventional whipped cream with a fat content of around 30%.
Short drinks, long drinks, shooters or sours - the world of cocktails is diverse!
The world of cocktails is almost limitless and new recipes are added regularly. Most drinks can be roughly classified into one of the following categories:
Cocktails are also often categorized according to the most important ingredient, e.g. gin or vodka cocktails.
For refreshing cocktails, it is best to use mint that is as flavorful as possible
Not all mint is the same. For cocktails, you should prefer varieties with the strongest possible flavor, such as
If your cocktail recipe includes soda, you should not simply use ordinary mineral water
Soda (soda water) is simply a collective term for carbonated table water. In Germany, a minimum content of 570 mg sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) per liter is required by law.
Want to find out more about soda water? We have an overview for you here: What is soda water?
2 cl - the standard measure in every bar
The abbreviation cl stands for the European unit of measurement centilitre. So that you can confidently mix delicious cocktails yourself at any time, we recommend our magazine article on How much is 2 cl - the basic measure for home use.
You can easily make your own syrup. However, there are also delicious variants available to buy.
Sugar syrup is a solution that is created by boiling water and sugar. It is used in many cocktails such as Mai Tai, Daiquiri or Gimlet as a pure sweetener or as a balance to lemon juice.
In addition to simple syrup made from granulated sugar and water, there are many other syrup variants, such as sucre de canne or gomme syrup. You can even create colorful drinks with syrup, for example, the Tequila Sunrise gets its characteristic look from the intense red grenadine syrup.
You can also make many other syrups based on sugar syrup, such as lavender, mint or coffee syrup.
Where does the name cocktail come from? Some suspect that it comes from the feathers of a rooster's tail.
There are many legends surrounding the origin of the name cocktail (translated: cock's tail), but the following explanations are popular:
Connection between horse breeding and ginger:
Horse traders would insert pieces of ginger rectally into horses so that the animals would raise their tails similar to a cock's tail (cock-tailed horses). As ginger was also a popular ingredient in alcoholic mixed drinks, the name was transferred to the drinks.
Antoine Peychaud invented the first cocktail:
The Frenchman is said to have served various mixed drinks in egg cups in New Orleans. It is said that the word cocktail was later derived from the French term for these containers (coquetier).
Drink with special garnish:
An early mixed drink is said to have been garnished with a rooster's tail feather.
Unfortunately, the exact origin can no longer be traced beyond doubt. The only certainty is that the term first appeared in the Anglo-Saxon-speaking world around 1800.
Don't drink and drive! Even if the alcohol calculator on the internet says otherwise.
The blood alcohol concentration after two cocktails essentially depends on several factors. The decisive factors are gender, age, height and weight. Reliable information on exact values is not possible, as aspects such as medication intake or physical condition are also relevant. We therefore strongly advise against using prompt calculators on the internet to determine your fitness to drive based on a calculated value.
Alcohol-free cocktails - delicious, refreshing and without a guilty conscience
Alcohol-free cocktails are also known as mocktails. The basic ingredients for mocktails are fruit juices, lemonade, syrup and various fillers. We have put together some recipes for 15 virgin cocktails.
Long drinks usually only have two ingredients. This is also where they differ from other cocktails
Cocktails are mixed drinks with an alcoholic base. They consist of at least one spirit and other ingredients such as fruit juices, fresh fruit or lemonade.
A long drink is a simple cocktail variant that only contains two to three ingredients. Well-known long drinks include Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice), Gin Tonic (gin and tonic), Cuba Libre (rum and cola) or Vodka Lemon (vodka and bitter lemon).
The Long Island Ice Tea is one of the strongest cocktails in the world
There are many strong cocktails with a hangover guarantee, the alcohol content of the spirits used is the most important factor. For exampleLong Island Iced Tea (gin, vodka, white tequila, brown rum and Triple Sec Curaçao in equal parts) and the Tequila Sunrise (lots of white tequila) are particularly high-proof. Another special challenge is the Zombie, which contains three to six different types of rum alongside fruit juices. You can even take down the undead with it.
One of the most popular cocktails is the Sex on the Beach.
The question of the world's most popular cocktail is not easy to answer. For Europeans, the Aperol Spritz is currently very popular. In bars around the world, the Old Fashioned is very popular, as a recent survey of numerous bartenders showed. Trendy drinks come and go, but some classics such as the Mojito, Whiskey Sour or Margarita are still the first choice for countless cocktail fans even after decades.
On the internet, however, the Sex on the Beach is most frequently searched for. But we can't say for sure whether this is really just down to the cocktail recipe...
Are you in the mood for delicious cocktails and can't wait to mix Cuba Libre, White Russian & Co. yourself? Then you'll find a variety of high-quality spirits in our range that you can use to prepare these delicious mixed drinks yourself in no time at all. To the spirits range
Recipes with gin:
Recipes with Vodka:
Non-alcoholic cocktail recipes:
Recipes with rum:
Recipes with whisky:
Recipes with grain:
Strong cocktails with multiple spirits:
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