2 simple cocktails to try at home

2 simple cocktails to try at home.  I’m often asked about some slightly unusual cocktail recipe ideas and some top tips for cocktail making at home, or advice when planning a cocktail party.

I’m always interested in developing new flavour combinations and new cocktails.  They range from the sublime to the extraordinary, the complex to the dead easy, but I do completely understand the appeal of the simple. Often, even I am interested in a great drink, where you can simply drop in a couple of ingredients, give it a stir and enjoy!

The following are 2 recipes that are both popular and easy to make as each of them only involves 2 ingredients. Furthermore while I’d recommend ice, you can even go without ice if you don’t have any. Ok, so here goes …

Sicilian Kiss     

1.5 measures of Amaretto
1.5 measures of Southern Comfort

And don't ruin it with this much ice!
And don’t ruin it with this much ice!


This mixes a very sweet liqueur Amaretto which is made from peach kernels – but has a slightly marzipan flavour (almond influence), with the powerful slightly fiery quality of Southern Comfort. The latter liqueur has a powerful whiskey base but is in fact a peach flavoured liqueur.


How to make it
1.5  measures of each – straight into the glass, add a little ice, and that’s it, just give your amber concoction a quick stir and that’s job done ! This drink is popular with both men and women, the sweet amaretto is offset by the spirity Southern Comfort. So they work together brilliantly, the sweetness of one offset by the spirity nature of the other. Try it and let me know what you think.

Rusty Nail

1 measure whisky (scotch)
1 measure Drambuie

A lot more appetising than it’s name suggests! This again is a 2 part mix, add a little ice, followed by the 2 ingredients straight into the glass. The 2 ingredients are both whisky based so this is probably best suited to people who like whisky, but if you’re put off by the spirit quality of whisky that sets the back of your throat alight – try this cos it won’t !

Drambuie (although whisky based) is a liqueur so it is very sweet. As a result it makes the drink a warming but highly quaffable concoction. A personal favourite for a winter’s evening sat in fire of a roaring fire – perfect !

Golden drinks for golden moments
Golden drinks for golden moments

More recipes can be found elsewhere here, from the brand new, through to the classics and remodelled classics.

Cocktails out – of course, but cocktails at home? Why not? Sure you have to invest in a few ingredients but it’s well worth the effort.



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