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7 Easy Hacks For Making Better At-Home Cocktails
While we are all in
lockdown, so many of us are turning to make our own cocktails at home, and the
internet is chock full of masterclasses by mixologists across the world. But
most people don’t have a fully stocked bar, and even if we’ve filled a trolley
full of delicious drinks during an ‘essential’
shopping trip, there’s always something in a recipe that isn’t so
readily available at Tesco!
So if the mention of the word ‘grenadine’ in a recipe sends you into a panic, we’ve come up with some tips and hints on how to still create classy cocktails with some ingredient replacements. And it’ll probably end up being cheaper too.
If you’re looking to upgrade your cocktails-in-quarantine skills, then take note of these replacements for hard-to-find ingredients.
It’s simple enough to
make a sugar syrup with equal parts of caster sugar and water and vigorously
shaken, or use honey. Another idea is to melt down some boiled sweets to gain a
flavoured syrup. Perfect for a twist on an Old Fashioned.
If you’re missing
sweet red vermouth, try a red wine with a touch of soft spices, such as
cinnamon or clove. These add nice vinous and fruity flavours to the cocktail.
It has a different taste than an original Negroni, but it is so good.
Use chunks of
pineapple give your cocktails extra froth from the protein in the fruit. Another
idea? If you’re already hoarding chickpeas, use the juice (called aquafaba) and
you’ll never notice a difference. A plus is that it’s a vegan option.
Lemons and limes
If you’re running low
on citrus fruit, you can stretch out the ones you have. Put your juiced lemons
of limes to good use by using the oil from the skin. Place the juiced segments
in a bowl and cover with sugar, before letting them sit for a day or so.
The acid breaks down
the sugars to create a lovely citrus syrup. After the first day, add a little
hot water to dissolve the remaining sugar, and you’re good to go!
Hopefully, this will keep you going until we can all enjoy happy hour cocktails in Covent Garden again!
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