A perfect summer day looks something like this: you’re catching some rays poolside or on a patio with a cool cocktail in hand. Sound like paradise? Not quite. Unfortunately, these refreshing beverages aren’t always cheap and some are just way too complicated to make at home. To our rescue is founder and beverage director of Liquid Culture, Monica Carbonell, who shares some cocktail hacks that’ll save you time and money. Paired with some delicious beverage recipes, these tips are so handy that you’ll be set for the rest of patio season.
Check them out below, click on any of the images to get the recipe, and watch our chat with Monica above!
Hack #1: Use a mason jar as a shaker
Mason jars have been the hype for quite some time now for being a hip alternative to cups and glasses. And since cocktail shakers can be pricey and tough to work with (especially if you’re a beginner) mason jars will do the trick! Thanks to the secure lid, you don’t have to worry about spilling your DIY cocktail. Another tip: Mason jars can make straining your drinks so much easier.
Hack #2: Use a French press as an all-in-one
Your French press doesn’t just have to be for making a perfect cup of coffee, it can also be for your cocktail. This kitchen tool can make the flavours of your dry ingredients pop. Combining all of your cocktail ingredients can’t get any easier than this!
Hack #3: Use jams as a syrup substitute
If you don’t have any simple syrup lying around for your cocktail – don’t fret! The jam in your fridge works just as good (maybe even better). Jam has that same fruitiness and sweetness you want in your cocktail. Just keep an eye out on sugar levels to make sure the ratio is balanced.
Hack #4: Add some vinegar to your drink
It might not seem like the most appetizing ingredient to add to a sweet cocktail but believe it or not, apple cider can actually be a lifesaver. Before you chuck that overripe fruit, keep in mind that the acid in vinegar help kill any bacteria or mold spores. Plus, apple cider vinegar is known to be good for your health!