Shaken not stirred

Shaken not stirred

Easy cocktails for beginners

Anyone who knows me, will know I like the odd glass of fizz almost as much as I like my chocolate. For that reason I thought why not have a go at cocktail making experience for a bucket list challenge?  

I have always daydreamed of walking into a classy cocktail lounge in a posh hotel, dressed in my refinery (no leather in sight). I would perch on the edge of my barstool gazing excitedly at the barman who would no doubt resemble Tom Cruise from the film Cocktail.  He would wow me with his cocktail making skills, and we would take a sip together... 

Ok, I'm a sad deluded mortal because that's not going to happen but there is something sophisticated about cocktails.


Even more sadly, in the current times going to a posh bar isn't likely to happen at the moment.  Never one to give up on an idea, I had a lightbulb moment and thought why not have my own cocktail making evening for me and my lucky daughter.  After all it would be fun experimenting and mixing the drinks perhaps the new cocktail could be a 'Midife Wallbanger?'

So off I went with step one: choose the style of glass for your cocktail. There are so many shapes and styles available, from Martini glass to coupe or do you want a highball o.r lowball glass.  There are literally hundreds of styles and prices available.

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Step two: choose your cocktail. There are so many amazing cocktails to sample - I went simple and choose two popular but easy recipes; Sex on the Beach (it’s an obvious) and Waterloo Sunset – both Vodka based cocktails.

I invested in a barman set just in case I become professional cocktail shaker - if that's a thing! However, there is no need to buy one of these, I was just thinking long term when the lockdown ends and we can have some summer parties!

Step 3: Ingredients & instructions...

Sex on the beach



50ml Vodka

25ml peach schnapps

50ml orange & cranberry juice

Orange wedge or cherries for garnish

Waterloo Sunset


200ml vanilla vodka

100ml peach schnapps

500ml chilled peach juice

Chilled soda or lemonade to fill

Splash of grenadine

A few raspberries


Fill two glasses with ice.

Pour vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juices into a large jug and stir.

Divide the mixture between the glasses and stir. Garnish with an orange wedge or cherries to serve


In a jug, mix vodka,(or vanilla extract), with schnapps and juice.  Divide between 8 glasses

Add a few ice cubes, fill completely with soda or lemonade, then gently pour grenadine into each over a teaspoon down the inside of the glass so it settles at the bottom.

Add raspberries, a straw for stirring and pass around.



I got a bit carried away with the decorations and have a tad few straws in the glass, but here a few pictures. Now I'd mixed a couple of cocktails with minimum effort and easily within 10 minutes, I know for sure I will be making plenty more. 

On my list to try are:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Rum punch
  • Mojito
  • Piña colada
  • Margarita
  • Pimms and Lemonade
  • Blue Lagoon

Don't forget, cocktails don't have to be alcoholic and can be 'virgin'....why not go for colour with fruit juices or add pizzazz with umbrellas and colourful straws. Whatever you do, enjoy it, put the music on, get the chocolates out and make an evening of it.

Thank you for reading another post and I hope it's given some more ideas. As always....have fun, stay safe and enjoy xx