“When life gives you lemons make lemonade” but hey that’s an old saying I say when life gives you lemons squeeze them into an ice-cold glass of iced tea and lay back and relax or better spike the ice tea because there is nothing like mixing things up.
It has been rightly said “the really important things are said over cocktail” so fellas grab a glass and see what the world is drinking. The significance of cocktails isn’t about the cocktails themselves, it isn’t about getting drunk but the social ritual accompanies them and savoring an amazing drink.
Here, you’ll get know 13 top classic cocktails preparation method.
Top Classic Cocktails and Tea
The union of Tea and Cocktail is a healthy blend, connoisseurs of taste buds these days are experimenting different ways to permeate tea and cocktails to create fusion drinks. We can say that a new era of hybrid cocktails are here, joyfully blended ingredients and a multitude of methods are what makes the drink exotic.
The world is experimenting with an array of flavors, spices, fruits, spirits and more; forming a perfect tea wine cocktail combo involves creativity and lot of fun too. The healthier part is that the hot tea is the best ingredient to mash up with your sassy cocktail. The tea whether it’s Green tea, White tea or Black tea are all rich in anti-oxidants which are yet another plus point for your drink. You can always maintain your fit lifestyle and can have creative fun.
While the world gives us a plenty of options to choose from when it comes to tea and wine nothing compares to Fruity Sangria, Sweet tea cocktail, Dragoons punch.
There are a number of top classic cocktails out there but nothing compares to Cuba’s national drink Mojito, Puerto Rico’s official drink Pina Colada, ladies favorite Margarita, James Bond’s Martini and last but not the least Cosmopolitan. And white peach green tea cocktail, High tea cocktail and Juniper tea fizz, so without any delay let’s see what the world is drinking:
Here is the list of top classic cocktails you can try at home.
1. FRUITY SANGRIA
Commonly known as Sweet Tea, Sangria is a perfect drink for summers. This refreshing tea is quite popular among tea enthusiasts and packs a punch. It can be prepared by heating two cups of water with tea bag in a pan then dissolve the requisite amount of sugar in the mixture and then finally adding cold water to the pan and squeezing the tea bag out while pouring the mixture into the pitcher, this process can be repeated to make the required amount of tea. To serve pour the tea half-way with wine and then pour sweet tea and wine over the top of the glass.
- Berries, mint and other fruits as per requirement
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1 family sized tea bag
- 750 ml bottle of Moscato wine
- Ice as per requirement
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2. SWEET TEA COCKTAIL
This is a sweet tea based cocktail with a kick of white wine with a smooth, clean flavor. This drink is an all-time favorite in the south be it any outdoor party. This drink can be made by combining tea, wine, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and thoroughly shaking, the drink is then strained into the glasses and can be garnished with lemon slices.
- 3 tablespoons Simple Syrup
- 6 ounces brewed orange pekoe tea, cooled
- 2 lemon slices, preferably organic, for garnish
- 3 ounces white wine
- 2 lemon slices, preferably organic, for garnish
- Ice as per requiremet
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3. DRAGOON’S PUNCH
Dragoon’s punch is love at first sip, it has a blend of lemon, black tea, rum, and brandy with just the perfect hint of sweet which gives you perfect combination of refreshment and a kick of spirit. It can be prepared by boiling the water and adding tea bags to it, allow it to steep for 5-10 minutes then add sugar to hot tea after discarding the tea bags, finally add brandy, peach brandy, rum and lemon juice. Chill the drink for an hour and serve with soda water.
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup rum
- 1 quarter brandy
- 1.2 liters of water
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. peach brandy
- 8 black tea bags
4. WHITE PEACH GREEN TEA COCKTAIL
This cocktail can be considered as green tea version of classic peach iced tea. It combines the subtle aromatics of green tea and delicate sweetness of white peaches. It can be prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves in the hot water for a few minutes to produce strong green tea and then adding ice cubes to chill the tea nicely and slowly, use a wedge of lime to moisten the rim of martini glass and apply a mixture of green tea and sugar on the rim of the glass, muddle the peach pieces in a shaker, add vodka, chilled green tea, lime juice and simple syrup to taste and shake well. Then the drink is ready to be served.
- Ice cubes
- ½ fresh white peach
- 2–3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1½ ounces Grey Goose Vodka
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- Simple syrup
- 2 teaspoons loose-leaf green tea leaves
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5. HIGH TEA COCKTAIL
Imagine yourself sitting by the seaside with the sun setting over the horizon and there is no better drink to be served with than High Tea Cocktail will be the ultimate choice. With rose nectar, syrup and vodka in it, this drink is quite a refreshing and rejuvenating drink. It can be prepared by muddling the cucumber in a mixing glass and adding the remaining ingredients with ice. Finally, it is strained into a high ball glass and can be garnished with cucumber slices, your luscious tea wine cocktail trio is ready.
- 1/2 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 inch thinly sliced Long English Cucumber
- 1-and-a-half-ounce Absolute Vodka
- 3/4-ounce Liqueur
- 2-and-a-half-ounce Rose Nectar
- 1/4-ounce Organic Agave Syrup
6. JUNIPER TEA FIZZ
For some people, cocktails don’t hit the right bell unless there is some fizz involved. For those fluent with cocktail jargon fizz is a drink that contains a spirit, citrus juices and club soda. Well Juniper tea fizz is a bliss for these people as it an elegant and thirst quenching rejuvenating drink. It can be prepared by combining lime juice, juniper syrup, tea and egg white to a cocktail shaker and shaking it rigorously with ice. It can be served in high ball glass and be garnished with an orchid or lime slices but don’t forget to add club soda to the drink.
- 1-ounce Juniper Syrup
- 1 large egg white
- 2 ounces chilled brewed green tea
- 2 ounces chilled club soda
- 1-ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 orchid or 1 lime slice skewered with a juniper berry, for garnish
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Mojito has made its way from all the way to Cuba to Britain’s pubs. It is commonly mispronounced as most of the people don’t know about the word ‘j’ which is pronounced as ‘h’. Served cold with a good minty, limey tang and just a little punch from the rum, a mojito tastes nicely tart while mint being the primary flavor. Made from fresh mint muddled with sugar, fresh lime juice and rum it is served on the rocks. It can be prepared in a shaker by adding simple syrup, rum and lime juice and shaking well.
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
- 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
- 1 cup crushed ice.
- 12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish.
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum.
8. PINA COLADA
A summer favorite the Pina Colada is made by blending coconut and pineapple juices with rum. It has a creamy coco nutty taste with a punch of rum but the base taste remains that of pineapple. This drink gained its popularity after Rupert Holmes’s song “Escape” became a worldwide hit. It can be prepared by putting the ice, juice, frozen pineapple, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blending until smooth and frosty Aha the drink is ready to be served and can be garnished with pineapple slices.
- Pineapple slices
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1-1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
- 2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
- 1-1/2 ounces white rum
- 1-ounce dark rum
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One of the most popular drinks in North America, margarita is one hell of a drink with the tang of lime and blast of tequila. From being served in wine glasses to pint glasses, margarita is the most easily available drink at pubs. It can be prepared by rubbing the rim of the glass with lime slice so that the salt may stick to it. Shake the ingredients and pour it carefully to prevent dislodging any salt and finally this drink is ready to be served on the rocks.
- 1 & 1/2 ounces fresh juice from 2 limes
- 4 ounces high-quality Blanco Tequila
- Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
- 2 ounces Cointreau
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One of the most common and all-time favorite martinis is every person’s bar love. There are different types of martinis like dry martini but a perfect martini uses equal amount of sweet and dry vermouth. It has over the years been experimented with but it has not lost its authentic taste, by varying the ratio of vermouth and gin different tastes can be obtained when served cold.
It has crisp taste of ice and a tinge of green although it may taste a little salty if olives are used. It can be prepared by mixing the ingredients and ice well in a cocktail shaker and stirring it for around 25 seconds and voila the drink is ready to be served.
- 50ml Gin or vodka
- 10ml dry vermouth
- Ice cubes
- 3 green olives
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As the name suggests, this drink is perceived to be more of modern creation, it gained popularity in the 90s and is considered to be one of the best vodka cocktails that you can get. With the base of vodka, it has elements of sweet, sour, bitter and a certain blend of other elements. It can be prepared by mixing the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and can be garnished with lime slices
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/4-ounce Rose’s lime juice (about 3/4 tablespoon)
- 1-ounce Absolute Citron vodka (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
- 1/4-ounce triple sec or Cointreau (about 3/4 tablespoon)
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup ice cubes
12. Peach Iced tea cocktail
This drink can make one taste- the ecstasy, the ravishing blend of Vodka and peach tea can make anyone goes gaga over its taste. The refreshing mint in the drink can make your taste buds blow alluring. The drink is easy to make and is the best suitable for home parties. Add the below-mentioned ingredients to a cocktail jar & shake them well.
- 1 cup of peach tea (totally unsweetened)
- 1 ounce of Vodka, you may also include peach vodka
- 1 ounce of mint syrup, one might also consider including Stevia accompanied by fresh mint instead of the syrup.
- Peach slices & mint sprigs for garnishing the drink.
Pour the drink into lush glasses and serve cool with ice and garnish the drink with exotic peach slices and some mint, your drink is ready.
13. POMEGRANATE TEA AND WINE
Just think of having a sassy pomegranate organic blend of tea and wine on a scorching sunny day, pretty alluring, right? The recipe involves adding some red mulled wine, this addition will lead to a fruity yet appealing drink. Also, add a little cinnamon powder for spicing the things up.
- 2 cups of hot water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ cup of herbal tea and wine blend
- 1 bottle of Honora Vera red wine
- ¼ cup of orange juice
- Lemon, mint and orange peels for garnish
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Directions for making this exotic drink are pretty much simple, add the pomegranate and herbal tea blend to the jar and pour two cups of hot steamy water. Let the flavors settle for like 5 minutes, now pour some red wine into a small vessel.
Add one cinnamon stick and half cup of orange juice to the vessel and simmer over the flame for around 5 minutes. You must make sure that wine doesn’t attain the boiling point. Pour the tea into the wine and stir the tea and wine combo for around 2 minutes. Now pour the contents into a glass and your tea cocktail is ready. Garnish with orange and serve fresh.
It has often been said, when you are burned out and tired of the responsibilities and problems of this busy life grab a cup of tea and well-iced tea may not have as much wisdom as a hot cup of tea but in the summer it is a cool and refreshed revitalizing drink than a sweat drenched sage.
Although there are a number of top classic cocktails like Daiquiri, Cuba Libre and Tequila sunrise but those mentioned above are evergreen and favorites among the masses. For the health conscious people, iced tea is a bliss as it has antioxidants, boosts immunity, promotes weight loss, soothes digestive system and last but certainly not the least it helps in keeping engine of your body cool and full of energy on this road of life.
So people grab a glass, throw in a couple of ice cubes and spike it up with some wine and stuff and drink to the celebration of this beautiful life.
In this rat race of life, entertainment has become a luxury and dear thing to have so let’s indulge in a little drink of ecstasy. This 13 top classic cocktails list certainly provides with the drinks that one can have to unwind after a long day.
And what more – these can be served at parties as well, so let’s raise a toast for these amazing gifts of a cocktail.
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