It’s that time of the year when the months get a bit fuzzy and pass by a bit too quickly as we gear up for the holiday season.
If you’ve got a couple of year-end house parties lined up and you’re thinking of whipping up drinks for your pals, now’s a good time to start honing those mixing and shaking skills with these ideas for easy cocktails.
We try and test six easy cocktail recipes across different alcohol types — sake, soju, wine, and various hard liquors — so you don’t have to.
And when we say easy, we mean no-prior-mixing-experience-and-can-do-within-15-minutes type of easy. Inclusive of prep time, of course.
We’ve curated these easy cocktails, such that all you really need to do when the party time rolls around is order in your choice of alcohol and ingredients via GrabMart and mix away!
In fact, GrabMart is running an Alcohol Challenge from now till Dec 31 — join the challenge, order your fill of alcohol on GrabMart and get up to S$20 off your next alcohol order, while stocks last!
Here are the easy cocktails HungryGoWhere team tried (and tested), in the name of, ahem, work.
Each of these recipes make one cocktail each.
1. Sake mojito
Love your sake and want something light and easy to start? Try this sake cocktail recipe from The Mixer.
- Mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- Half a lime, cut into small pieces
- Soda water
- 3 oz of sake — We used a bottle of Kobori manzairaku junmai daiginjo hyakumangoku no shiro (S$69.95 from Paneco on GrabMart)
How to make a sake mojito:
- Add six mint leaves, sugar and lime into a cocktail shaker and crush the ingredients.
- Add 3 oz (that’s 88ml, or two jigger shots) of sake and ice to the shaker, and shake till chilled.
- Strain into a glass with ice and top it with soda and mint leaves.
2. Traditional red sangria
This easy sangria recipe from The Minimalist Baker is one of my favourite easy cocktails and completely idiot-proof.
Most sangria lovers will tell you that there isn’t a fixed formula to a good sangria. You can add anything to your heart’s desire, as long as you’ve got a bit of fruit, sweetness and of course, wine.
- Half of an apple, chopped into small pieces
- Half of an orange, chopped into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 180ml of orange juice
- 80ml of brandy — we substituted this for Cointreau (S$63.95 from Paneco on GrabMart).
- A bottle of dry Spanish red wine — we got a bottle of Federico paternina rioja gran reserva (S$53 from Wine Connection on GrabMart).
How to make the red sangria:
- Add the apple, orange and sugar into a jug and muddle it with your muddler or a spoon.
- Pour in orange juice and brandy and continue to muddle it.
- Lastly, add the red wine and ice, then stir to combine it all.
3. Spaghett, a beer cocktail
We learnt this one from A Couple Cooks — the Spaghett is a spin on everyone’s favourite Aperol Spritz.
We acknowledge that it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a cocktail, but it’s great for those moments when you want something light and refreshing to knock back.
- A can of light beer such as Carlsberg smooth draught beer (S$21.90 from Carlsberg Beer Store on GrabMart)
- 1.5oz (44ml) of Aperol bitter (S$44.50 from Paneco on GrabMart)
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
How to make a Spaghett:
- Pour the can of beer into a tall glass.
- Add the Aperol and lemon juice into the glass.
4. Gimlet, a gin cocktail
If you only have the space and time for one cocktail for a roomful of guests, then this gin-based cocktail, the gimlet, should be your go-to.
This gimlet recipe from the Thrillist has just three ingredients and can even be made with your eyes closed. If you’re feeling creative, feel free to add other ingredients to jazz up your easy cocktails.
- 2 oz (60ml) of gin — We used Malfy gin (S$89 from Prime Liquor on GrabMart).
- 1 oz (30ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
How to make a gimlet:
- If you don’t already have your simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar into a pot and bring to a boil to dissolve. Cool it down before use.
- Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup over ice in the shaker.
- Shake till cold and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
5. Somaekcol, a soju-beer cocktail
You might have heard of somaek, which combines the Korean spirit soju and beer (maekju in Korean), but have you heard of somaekcol?
Somaekcol (soju, maekju and cola) is a common Korean concoction also known as gojingamrae, a Korean idiom which literally means the sweet comes after the bitter. You’ll figure out why it’s so named after trying the drink!
- Soju — You can go for plain or flavoured ones depending on how sweet you’d like it to be. We used Jinro’s green grape soju (S$11.49 from Paneco on GrabMart) as we liked a sweeter drink.
- Beer — You can use a light beer like Heineken (S$24.90 for a pack of six from Drinkies on GrabMart) in place of Korean beers, or if you want a more fuss-free option, there’s Tiger’s soju-infused lager (S$14.80 for a pack of three from Drinkies).
How to make a somaekcol:
- Pour enough coke to fill half a shot glass.
- Stack the second shot glass on top of it and fill it to the brim with soju.
- Fill a beer glass three-quarters of the way.
- Drop the shot glasses into the beer glass and begin chugging. You’ll first taste the mix of soju and beer. And once the last glass dislodges, you’ll taste the sweet finish of the coke.
6. Aperol negroni
Who doesn’t love a good, stiff negroni? But sometimes you just don’t have Campari lying around. Give this Aperol negroni from Aubrey’s Kitchen a try — it’s definitely different but we like this different.
Plus, did we mention it’s only three ingredients (sans the garnish) — just pour, stir and serve. It’s really one of the easiest cocktails on this list yet!
- 25ml gin —We used Malfy gin (S$89 from Prime Liquor on GrabMart).
- 25ml of Aperol bitter (S$44.50 from Paneco on GrabMart) — You can use Campari (S$58 on Prime Liquor) if you have it.
- 25ml sweet vermouth (S$42 from Cellarbration on GrabMart)
- Orange peel
How to make an Aperol negroni:
- Add the gin, vermouth and Aperol to a glass with ice.
- Stir and serve.
- Garnish with a twist of orange.
This article was written in partnership with GrabMart, so that the HungryGoWhere team could have these easy cocktails and our year-end party needs sorted out.
If you’re like us and are too lazy to go all around the island for your liquor needs, you can order from Carlsberg Beer Store, Cellarbration, Drinkies, Paneco, Prime Liquor and Wine Connection, through GrabMart all from the comfort of your own home.
Join GrabMart’s Alcohol Challenge from now till Dec 31, order in your alcohol and get up to S$20 off your next order.