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  • Writer's pictureJasmine Hargrove

Three easy cocktails to make at your next home gathering

One thing about me is I will always make sure someone has a drink in their hand (only if they really want to). I love having people over to my home and providing with food or drinks to make them feel at home. Over time i've perfected three drinks that I promise will get you there.

The old fashioned

Old fashions never go out of style. A great go to at the bar and at home.

This is easily one of my favorite drinks. After ordering a million of them at bars and restaurants I thought it was time I finally learn how to make one at home. They're super easy to make and only takes less than five minutes before you get to sipping. There's two ways you can make it - by either using a sugar cube or simple syrup. To kill sometime, I just use simple syrup in mine and I promise you it's just fine.

Ingredients needed:

  • Simple syrup

  • bourbon or rye whiskey

  • angostura bitters

  • orange peel or cheery for garnishing

I would love to give you measurements but I really just go based off of how I feel and what taste right to me. I usually do about 2 oz of whichever bourbon I choose (I prefer woodford reserve bourbon or TX bourbon). The rest I do a dash here and there. When it's time to peel the orange I use a knife and go sideways on the orange. I then burn the sides just a bit with a lighter. Lastly, if you want an extra touch I would use a smoker kit to add a bit of smokiness to it as well.

Extra Dirty Martini

I would like to think that a dirty martini is most likely an acquired taste. If you are into fruity/sweet drinks then this is not for you. However, if you like drinks that are more straight to the point (like me) then this is up your alley. A dirty martini is such a good choice when you're out and something nice to sip on as you have a casual conversation. Admittedly, i'm obsessed with olives so I always ask for just a bit more when I order a martini. I would be careful what vodka you decide to use because it can definitely make or break this drink as well. A regular martini is a bit more clear however a dirty martini has a bit more olive brine in it which gives it a bit more of a cloudy look hence "dirty".

Ingredients needed:

  • Vodka or gin ( I prefer belvedere or grey goose however Hendricks is a good gin as well)

  • Dry vermouth

  • olive brine

  • olives/skewer ( preferably bleu cheese)

White sangria

This one will have you on the floor so just make yourself at home.

The first time I had sangria was on a beach in Lisbon, Portugal while studying abroad. I couldn't of have planned a more perfect day or way to experience sangria for the first time. It was so light, fruity, and strong all at the same time. As I started to host more and more at my apartment I wanted to share that same flavor and experience with others. This takes a bit more preparation but it's so worth the wait once you're finished. I would suggest starting this the night before and enjoy it the next day when it's nice and sunny outside.

Ingredients needed:

  • Apples

  • Oranges

  • Strawberries

  • Peaches

  • Cognac

  • Pinot grigio

  • Prosecco

  • Mango juice

First things first, chop up all your fruit however you would like and put them into a bowl. Then take the bottle of cognac and pour it all over the fruit. I would leave just a little bit left for the next day to mix in later. Let your fruit soak in the cognac overnight and pull it out the next day. Find a pitcher and pour your soaked fruit into the pitcher. Then pour the bottle of pinot grigio and the bottle of prosecco and stir. Lastly, add in your mango juice and cognac. All there's left to do is enjoy! You won't be disappointed.

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