Cocktails are amazing, especially on a nice summers day where you can sit and relax in the sunshine with friends or family. But going out and buying cocktails at a bar can be expensive. I’m going to show you 10 cheap and easy cocktails you can make on a budget. So you can relax at home or have a couple before you go out and party.
They are very easy to make as well, with little ingredients. So for me, I am very lucky, my Mom and Dad have their own bar in their house! Which is amazing. I can make any drink I can think of but not everyone has their own bar. I have found some great recipes that require little ingredients and are quite cheap to make.
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The essentials to make 10 cheap and easy cocktails you can make on a budget are a cocktail shaker and some glasses. They don’t have to be fancy ones. A big enough shaker to make 3-4 glasses is enough. They are everywhere nowadays and you can pick them up for cheap. When I first started searching for them a couple of years ago, they were like needles on haystacks. You will also need some ice. It is not essential but it is used to cool down the drink as you are mixing it. It’s personal preference.
Sugar Syrup is nearly in every cocktail recipe. I do use it a lot for my 10 cheap and easy cocktails you can make on a budget post. To buy it is between £2 and £6 from supermarkets. But I just make my own as it is so quick and easy. All you need is Sugar and Water.
- Boil the kettle. Add 2 parts of sugar to a bowl or mixing jug.
- When the kettle has boiled, add 1 part water to the sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- The mixture should feel slightly thicker than water. You can always add more sugar.
- Leave to cool before adding to a drink.
Sugar syrup can be used in pretty much any drink. You can use them in ice tea, cocktails, and iced coffee, you name it. You can store it in an airtight container for a couple of weeks as well.
10 Cheap and Easy Cocktails You Can Make On A Budget
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This is my favourite drink to have, and you only need 3 ingredients. You can pick up Amaretto from Aldi, it’s the best one I have tried and it costs about £4.
- 50 ml Amaretto
- 25ml Sugar syrup – Recipe Above
- 25ml Lemon juice
Add half ice to the cocktail shaker then pour all ingredients into the shaker. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass, add a twist of lemon for decoration if wanted.
You can change the flavour of your Daiquiri depending what you have available in your fridge to save you money.
- 50ml White Rum (like Bacardi)
- 250g Strawberries
- 25ml of Lime Juice
- 2 spoons of sugar syrup
Blend the strawberries in a blender and sieve through a strainer. Store in an airtight container. Add half ice to the cocktail shaker then pour all ingredients into the shaker. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass, add a twist of lime and a strawberry for decoration if wanted.
For a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, Put the strained Strawberries, ice and all ingredients in a blend. Blend together and pour straight into a glass.
This is perfect if you are a coffee lover. Add Coke to make it a long drink, taking you longer to drink it (It is referred to as a dirty black Russian if coke is added).
- 45ml Vodka
- 25ml Coffee Liqueur
Add ice to a glass and add all ingredients. Stir and serve with glacier cherries if wanted.
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A Mojito doesn’t have to break the bank balance to make a good version.
- 50ml White Rum (like Bacardi)
- 8 mint leaves
- 25ml Lime Juice
- 2 spoons of sugar syrup
- Soda water or tonic water
In a tall glass add white rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and mint leaves. stir to release the mint from the leaves. Add the soda water and top up with a few cubes of ice. Garnish with a few leftover mint leaves if wanted.
Martini is the same as Daquiri, you can switch up the flavours depending on what ingredients you have in your fridge/cupboard. Herbs work really well in martinis.
- 50ml Vodka (Grey Goose Vodka works well with this)
- 15 blueberries
- Tonic water
Add half ice to a cocktail shaker. Add Vodka and blueberries to the shaker. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with tonic water. Add a slice of lemon if wanted.
The main ingredient in this is prosecco. As prosecco is so popular you can pick up a nice bottle for relatively cheap now. A Bellini can be lots of different flavours. They even do sets now with the puree included inside. My favourite is peach or strawberry.
- 100ml Prosecco
- 50ml Peach Puree
In a tall wine glass or champagne flute add the peach puree and top up with prosecco. You can stir to make the flavours combine. Or leave for a pretty ombre effect.
Gin and Tonic
Gin has probably overtaken prosecco in its popularity now. With so many flavours available and a range of prices, it is so easy to create this drink for less. I am not a big Gin fan but I have to say the flavoured Gin is my favourite. It takes away the bitter aftertaste.
- 50ml Gin of your choice
- tonic water
In a glass add a few cubes of ice. Add the gin of your choice and top up with tonic water.
Rum and Coke
This is such an easy cocktail. You can keep it as the standard Rum and Coke or I like to mix it up by adding flavoured Coke. Cherry Coke and Rum is lovely.
- 50ml Rum
In a glass add a few cubes of ice. Add the Rum and top up with the Coke of your choice.
The John Collins is believed to have originated with a headwaiter of that name who worked at Limmer’s Old House in Conduit Street in Mayfair, which was a popular London hotel and coffee house around 1790–1817.
- 50ml Bourbon Whiskey
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- 12ml Sugar Syrup
- Soda Water
Add Whiskey, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and top with soda water. Add a glacier cherry if wanted.
This is my favourite one out of my 10 cheap and easy cocktails you can make on a budget, but I don’t make it a lot. It’s very creamy and a tropical drink. Defiantly get you in a holiday mood. If you want an even cheaper version, skip the first 2 ingredients and swap it for Malibu.
- 50ml White Rum
- 25ml Coconut Cream
- 25ml Single Cream
- 100ml Pineapple Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and add a few cubes of ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Serve in a tall glass with fresh ice and a slice of pineapple if wanted.