A cocktail is a short drink of up to about 10cl, which is made from a mixture of different ingredients, so blended that no single component dominates the other. Cocktails are served before a meal to stimulate the appetite or sometimes with cream-based drinks after the meal to provide a sweet-tasting finish to the meal.
There are two principal methods of making cocktails, which are shaking method and stirring method. The shaking method involves shaking ingredients very well to ensure no ingredient predominate the other. On the other hand, the stirring method is used when the ingredients are wine base.
How to make Alcoholic Cocktails
Pina Colada Cocktail
White rum – 3.0cl
Coconut cream – 3.0cl
Pineapple juice – 9.0cl
Shake or blend all ingredients vigorously on ice until smooth, strain into a chilled high ball glass, garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry as well as adding straws.
Vodka – 5.0cl
Grapefruit juice – 10.0cl
Shake vodka and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker; then strain into a pinch of salt and rimmed high ball glass filled with ice.
Sugar cube – ½
Angostura bitters – 2 dashes
Champagne – 5.0cl (well chilled)
Brandy – 5.0cl
Place the sugar cubes soaked in Angostura into a flute or tulip-shaped champagne glass, then pour over the well-chilled champagne and float the brandy on the surface by pouring over the back of a teaspoon, then garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherry.
Campari – 3.0cl
Red Vermouth – 3.0cl
Place the Campari and sweet vermouth over ice into the glass; stir well to chill then top-up with the soda water to taste, thereafter, garnish with half a slice of oranges and lemon peel.