Four Ridiculously Easy Cocktails to Celebrate Friday

A good Friday comes served with a slice of lemon! Check out these tasty recipes made with some simple ingredients

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1. Old Fashioned: This American classic predates the motorcar and conjures images of smoky post-war speakeasies, which seems apt on our one day of prohibition.

You’ll need:

  • 60ml (2oz) blended whiskey (Jameson etc)
  • A splash of simple syrup (or agave, maple etc)
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Orange
  • Cherry 

If you don’t have bitter and have no intention of buying any, mix together 2 tablespoons of vodka or rum with a pinch of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, prunes and orange or lemon peel. Combine all the ingredients, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of orange or a cherry.

2. Grapefruit Mojito: If the ubiquitous mojito doesn’t do it for you anymore then add some five-a-day to the equation. I’ve suggested a grapefruit but you could opt for an orange instead.


You’ll need:

  • ½ grapefruit
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • Honey
  • 40-60ml (1-2oz) white rum (to taste)
  • Club soda
  • Crushed ice

Muddle the grapefruit juice, mint and honey in a highball glass until everything’s broken down. Add some cracked ice and top with rum and club soda for taste.


3. Cuba Libre: You probably know this one offhand. Your mind’s probably whirring right now and going, ‘Rum and coke, right?’ And yes, it’s basically rum and coke.


You’ll need:


  • 60ml (2oz) white rum
  • Juice and fruit of 1 lime (cut into quarters)
  • Coke (regular, diet, non-branded, whatever)

Squeeze your lime and drop your fruit into a glass, then add the rum and fill with coke. Simple as that!


4. Margarita: If you’re the kind of person who likes to abstain from sugary liqueurs then ditch the triple sec and opt for a natural sweetener like agave. If you find you’ve some spare fruit juice in the fridge – I’d recommend cranberry – then make a pitcher by increasing the measurements and topping with juice.


You’ll need:


  • 35ml (1 – ½oz) Tequila
  • 20ml (½oz) Triple sec
  • Juice of ½ fresh lemon or lime
  • Lime to garnish

Pour the ingredients with some ice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 20-ish seconds. Tip your concoction into a salted glass and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. Pro Tip: No one likes stray salt in their drink; rub some lemon along the edges then dip the rim in salt.