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Simple Cocktails You Can Make at Home

a simple cocktail you can make at home

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

You’re darn right, Leonardo! Beauty is in simplicity and the great news is that some of the most popular classic cocktails are actually pretty simple to make.

From Mojitos to Martinis, Daiquiris, Mai Tais, and Negronis, there are plenty of uncomplicated and unpretentious cocktails with the ability to knock your socks off! They’re also easy to make NoLo (no and low alcohol) using our top tips. So get ready to impress all of your friends and loved ones with these quick and simple cocktail recipes.

Simple Martini cocktail

Smooth and Sophisticated 007 Vodka Martini

Possibly one of the simplest yet most sophisticated cocktails, the Vodka Martini was James Bond’s drink of choice in the Goldfinger movie…shaken, not stirred. If the world’s favourite spy hero enjoys this simple cocktail made with simple ingredients, we’re sure you’re going to love it too!


Make it NoLo

Substitute the vodka for your clear non-alcoholic spirit of choice to make the Vodka Martini low alcohol or try out this equally refined non-alcoholic Breakfast Martini recipe, if you’re looking for 0%.

Simple daiquiri cocktail

Straight Up Daiquiri

A classic sour rum drink popular in Cuba, the Daiquiri is a fantastic cocktail to add to your arsenal. Simply add all of the ingredients into a shaker (you don’t necessarily need cocktail equipment for this recipe, a mason jar will do the trick or whatever else you can find) with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Doesn’t get easier than that!


Make it NoLo

Try your Daiquiri using CROSSIP Dandy Smoke instead of rum or make this fruity little number as an alcohol-free alternative.

Simple mojito cocktail

Plain and Simple Mint Mojito

The perfect solution for that overzealous mint plant in your allotment, the Mojito is a fun summer drink that’s super easy to make. It’s delicious enough as it is but is also easily adapted if you’d like to add any fruity flavours. For example, you could muddle some raspberries or strawberries along with the mint for an extra juicy kick.


Make it NoLo

It couldn’t be simpler to make a 0% Mojito! Try this Cucumber Mojito recipe or swap the white rum for 15ml Dandy Smoke and 15ml Fresh Citrus.

simple negroni cocktail

Classic Negroni

Balance is the key to this simple cocktail. Equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari stirred with ice, strained into a tumbler and garnished with orange…voilà!


Make it NoLo

For a delightfully bitter NoLo Negroni, try our non-alcoholic Negroni recipe.

Find out more about non-alcoholic Negronis here.

Simple gin cocktail

Sparkling Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Easy, refreshing, and uncomplicated! It’s adaptable too since you can use champagne, cava, or prosecco to make this gorgeous cocktail sparkle. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of lime for that added touch of elegance.


Make it NoLo

Swap the gin for CROSSIP Fresh Citrus, the elderflower liqueur for elderflower syrup, and use one of these sparkling wine alternatives to make this simple cocktail NoLo.

simple aperol spritz cocktail

50:50 Aperol Spritz

The ultimate Italian aperitif, the Aperol Spritz transports us to warm afternoons in the magnificent squares of Venice. It is a cocktail the colour of sunset and pure in its simplicity. This super easy recipe uses the 50:50 method. In other words, equal parts prosecco to Aperol.


Make it NoLo

A good glug of kombucha and a splash of CROSSIP Pure Hibiscus creates The Pineapple Spritz - the perfect non-alcoholic replacement for Aperol Spritz.

Simple mai tai cocktail

Straightforward Mai Tai

“Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good” and the name for this beverage couldn’t be more apt; the Mai Tai cocktail is certainly a people pleaser! This recipe is another shake-a-roo. Simply add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed and cooled.


Make it NoLo

Rum is an essential ingredient for the Mai Tai cocktail but if you’d like to try this without any alcohol, we recommend switching it for CROSSIP Dandy Smoke and using an orange liqueur instead of Cointreau.

simple fruity vodka fruit punch cocktail

Fruity Vodka Party Punch

No party would be complete without a punch but ain’t nobody got time to make a complicated cocktail, there are surely lots of other things on your mind. Luckily, we’ve got a punch recipe that’s easy to make with plenty of delicious fruit thrown in to make it that bit healthier - that’s one less complaint from Karen


Make it NoLo

Exchange the vodka for 1 cup of CROSSIP Fresh Citrus and the rum for ½ cup of CROSSIP Dandy Smoke and you’ll have yourself an alcohol-free punch that your grandma would be proud of!


Discover how to use your favourite premium drinks mixers here.

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