The art and science of making a cocktail isn’t confined to the domains of bartenders and mixologists. With the right tools, some good spirits, and a little turn around Google, anyone can fix up a satisfying drink in the comfort of their own homes—yes, all without having to dress up or endure endless traffic.
Those already in the practice and looking to step up from the basics—be it by finding tools to make drinks more easily or by simply looking for more refined flavors in their spirits—need not look further than here or the website of beverage (and beverage tool) delivery service Drinkka.
And while there’s never an absolute best spirit or tool for everything, the ones we used to put this guide together have produced three pretty damn good cocktails.
No one’s entirely sure how a quiet, bitter mix named after an obscure count ended up becoming a mainstay in any self-respecting bar’s drinks list—but we’re not complaining. The sheer simplicity of the negroni throws the frustrated home mixologist a bone.
- 45ml Citadelle Gin. It’s got juniper and citrus notes, and it’s 44% alcohol. What’s not to like?
- 5ml Mancino Rosso Amaranto. Part of a new brand of vermouth, with a remarkably balanced flavor and a bittersweet medicinal root finish
- 5ml Campari. If your bartender makes you a negroni without a bit of this, call the cops
- Orange peel. Because it’s a negroni
- Mixing glass. The 500ml Kosa version is great for those looking to share
- Double rocks glass. At 320ml, it’s big enough for large libations, and unlike most crystal glasses, it’s dishwasher-safe
- Belle jigger. This version has a 1oz side and a 2oz side, each with brands to denote fractional ounce pours for optimum measurements
- Julep strainer. Designed to fit both large and small glasses, these make for some smooth pours
- Bar spoon. This teardrop bar spoon has an extra long stem with plenty of coils, making it easier to move around as you stir
- Measure out your ingredients into a mixing glass
- Stir with ice until well-chilled
- Strain into a double rocks glass with a large block of ice
- Garnish with an orange peel
You can find Drinkka’s negroni collection here.
Though millions will always link it to Don Draper and Mad Men, the Old Fashioned has been around for ages and is most bars’ top seller. If you’re looking for a drink that doesn’t taste like the spirit it’s been made with, you’d better skip this one.
- 75ml Bulleit Bourbon. This one’s got a unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt—if you’re looking for something bold and spicy, this is it
- 15ml homemade simple syrup. That’s equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, dissolved and cooled. You’re welcome
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters—good for intensifying flavors while also counteracting the harshness of most spirits
- Orange and lemon peels. It’s usually one or the other, but both is good, too
- Double rocks glass
- Belle jigger
- Julep strainer
- Bar spoon
- Measure out your ingredients into a double rocks glass
- Stir everything
- Add a large block of ice
- Garnish with orange and lemon peels
You can find Drinkka’s old fashioned collection here.
Something fresh and sweet wouldn’t go amiss as Manila’s heat continues to roast us all alive—but keep in mind that the best daiquiris aren’t the slushies found in your war flashbacks of beach bars and pounding hangovers. We’re keeping things simple here.
- 60ml SelvaRey White Rum. An elegant blend of three and five-year old rums, this is the creation of rum aficionado Bruno Mars. Yes, really
- 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice. If you’re too lazy to squeeze anything, you can get it fresh by ordering online
- 15ml homemade simple syrup. It’s always better if you do it yourself
- Cobbler shaker. This one’s a heavyweight at a little over a pound, with a volume of 500ml
- Japanese-inspired jigger. These come in 3/4oz-1/2oz and 1oz-2oz sizes, for accurate measurements
- Champagne saucer. A martini glass will do, but Ocean Classic’s is dishwasher-safe and shock-proof
- Add your ingredients into your shaker
- Shake with ice until well-chilled
- Strain into your glass
You can find Drinkka’s daiquiri collection here.
Art direction by Mags Ocampo
Production and direction assisted by Andrew Panopio and Mark Santiago