5 Drinks to Mix Up for Your Next Night In

With so many new restrictions and guidelines for staying safe, it’s understandable that you may be feeling a little bored or overwhelmed by the same old routine. But, there’s no reason why you can’t make your stay-in weekends fun and exciting! One great way to do this is to mix up some delicious cocktails.

Here are 5 cocktail recipes you can try at home with ingredients from your local grocery store—no fancy bar tools needed!

Irish Cream Coffee
Looking for something special to cap off your night? Look no further than this delicious Irish Cream Coffee recipe! Start off by brewing your favorite coffee blend before stirring in two ounces of liqueur along with one ounce each of dark crème de cacao liqueur and Kahlua liqueur into each cup. Top off with freshly whipped cream before sprinkling on some chocolate shavings as garnish. Yum!

For a unique twist on the classic Irish Cream Coffee, try adding your favorite flavored syrups. For instance, adding in some hazelnut or caramel syrup to the mix will give it an extra creamy texture and delicious flavor. You can also try switching up the ingredients used to make the coffee, such as replacing dark crème de cacao with white chocolate liqueur for a sweeter taste. With just a few simple ingredients and some creativity, you can make this classic drink your own any time of year.

This tequila-based drink is both tart and tangy, making it a popular go-to for many people. Combine 1 ½ ounces of tequila, ½ ounce of triple sec or Cointreau, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously before straining into a glass filled with ice cubes. Finish off with a lime wheel garnish and enjoy.

If tequila isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other alternative margaritas you can try. For an exotic twist, try adding some mango juice and coconut rum to the classic recipe above. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not opt for a jalapeño-infused margarita? Simply muddle together some jalapeño slices with lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar, before adding to the mix for an extra kick.

If you have kids around and they want to enjoy a margarita without the alcohol, making a virgin margarita is easy, and only takes a few different ingredients to make a just-as-delicious treat. Start by combining equal parts of your favorite orange soda or freshly-squeezed orange juice with limeade in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously before straining into glass filled with ice cubes. For a bit of sweetness, add a teaspoon of sugar and garnish it with a lime wheel. There you have it—an alcohol-free version of the classic margarita for your next night in. What a treat!

Bourbon Sour
This classic whiskey-based cocktail is both sweet and tart. Combine two ounces of bourbon, one ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar and a few dashes of Angostura bitters into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mix into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with a lime wheel or cherry. Enjoy!

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White Russian
A combination of vodka, Kahlua liqueur, heavy cream or milk makes for an indulgent treat. Mix two parts vodka to one part Kahlua in an old fashioned glass filled with ice; then top it off with cream or milk to taste. Stir everything together before adding three coffee beans as garnish if desired.

For a more interesting take on the White Russian, why not try using flavored vodkas like orange or lemon? Alternatively, swap out the cream with coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy-free twist. Or, if you’re feeling creative, add some coffee liqueur to the mix and top it off with half-and-half for a White Mocha Russian.

This classic rum cocktail will transport you straight to the Caribbean beaches! To make it at home, combine two ounces of white rum, one ounce of fresh lime juice, and ¾ ounces simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously before straining into a chilled martini glass or coupe glass (if desired). Add garnishes such as mint leaves or lime wedges before sipping away.

For a twist on the classic Daiquiri, try adding some fresh or frozen fruit for a fruity flavor. You can also use flavored syrups like strawberry or raspberry in lieu of simple syrup for an extra sweet taste. Other variations include mixing the drink with coconut rum, spiced rum, and even rhum agricole for an extra complex flavor. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try adding a scoop of ice cream to the mix for an indulgent creamy treat! Whichever way you choose to enjoy your Daiquiri, it’s sure to be a hit at your next night in.

From Daiquiris to the Bourbon Sours, these five cocktails are sure to keep your weekend entertaining—no bar-hopping required! Whether you’re looking for something light like the Margarita or something indulgent like the White Russian—you can rest assured knowing that these easy-to-make cocktails will leave your taste buds happy while still helping you stay safe at home during this time. So grab your ingredients today and get mixing! Cheers!

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