Top ten easy-to-make cocktails

Planning a party? Wow your guests with our selection of cheap, easy and delicious cocktails - just shake and serve!



First created in 1823 by James Pimm in London, this drink is pretty much a British institution. So it would only be patriotic to enjoy a glass this summer.


1 part Pimm's

2 parts Lemonade

Sliced Apple, Lemon, Orange and Cucumber

Jazz it up - for some extra fizz mix with Sparkling White Wine instead of Lemonade.

Tequila Sunrise

Another one that makes us feel like we should be on holiday. Preferably being waited on by a gorgeous Mexican sigh.


3 parts Tequila

6 parts Orange Juice

1 part Grenadine (don't stir - let it sink to the bottom!)

Jazz it up - for a Tequila Sunset use Blackberry Brandy instead of Grenadine

Sea Breeze

A long cocktail just made for lazing round on the poolside. Or at least imagining that you are...


1 part Vodka

3 parts Cranberry Juice

1 part Grapefruit Juice

Jazz it up - use Pineapple Juice instead of Grapefruit to make a Hawaiian Sea Breeze.


A Gin-heavy cocktail that's not for the faint-hearted. Favoured by Winston Churchill and described by E.B. White as 'the elixir of quietude' (does that just mean it makes you pass out?)


5 parts Gin

1 part Vermouth

Jazz it up - garnish the old-school way with a single olive.


A bit of a love or hate cocktail - some people enjoy the refreshing zing, others find it way too sour. If you fall into the latter category you can always add sugar to sweeten it up.


7 parts Tequila

4 parts Cointreau or Triple Sec

3 parts Lime Juice

Jazz it up - rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in salt for a true Margarita experience.

Woo Woo

Basically a Sex on the Beach, minus the orange juice. A good one to make in bulk at parties because pretty much everyone likes it.


1 part vodka

1 part peach schnapps

4 parts cranberry juice


Jazz it up - add a slice of peach to complete the look.


A cocktail that's been around since the 1980s, although it was with Carrie and co. in Sex and the City that this one really found fame.


1.5 parts Vodka

1 part Cointreau

1 part Cranberry Juice

Dash of Lime Juice

Jazz it up - garnish with a flamed orange for added citrus kick.


Originally from Italy, this cocktail gained its name because its colour resembled a toga-wearing figure in a painting by Giovanni Bellini. Just in case anyone cared...


1 part Peach Schnapps

1 part sparkling white wine

Jazz it up - add Grenadine for a stronger splash of colour.

Black Russian

Coffee liquor and vodka help this drink pack a powerful punch. Perfect as an after dinner cocktail (for anyone that refined).


2 parts Vodka

1 part Kahlua


Jazz it up - top up with Cola if you find it a bit intense!


A Cuban drink that was apparently a favourite with the author Ernest Hemingway. The name means literally 'something wet'.


1 part Rum

0.5 parts Lime Cordial

3 parts Soda Water

A wedge of fresh lime


Jazz it up - add Apple Liquor as well as Rum to make an Apple Mojito