Our weekends look very different under lockdown, as most activities like brunching with friends, visiting family or heading to the pub are off the table.
As the coronavirus chaos continues, the safest thing to do is remain indoors unless you need to undertake an essential trip for food, medicine or go out for daily exercise.
The weekend does, however, remain a welcome break for everyone, whether you're still working from home or not. It’s also a bit of respite from home-schooling kids out of school.
In order to enjoy that Friday feeling, now is the time treat yourself to a cocktail that you can enjoy on your sofa, balcony or sun lounger.
It's the perfect balance between high quality and simplicity, and it comes with recipe suggestions if you need more inspiration.
It doesn’t matter if you’re limited on supplies, simplicity is key as we reveal 10 three-ingredient cocktail recipes that are minimum effort, maximum impact
If you are looking to make more complex recipes, however, find our guide to the best cocktail making books here. If you prefer something else though, we've rounded up the online wine shops still delivering and the beer and cider shops you can still buy from.
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Ice cubes and salt are optional. Pour into a cocktail shaker, mix it up, serve up and enjoy.
Ginger pear cocktail
An underrated, easy one to make, that will make you feel like you’re on holiday, rather than in your garden. Recipe from lark & linen.
Top with half a lime and mint sprigs if you have some spare from the garden.
Cranberry orange mimosa
Champagne or prosecco
A boozy brunch classic, this is as easy as it gets. Recipe from crazy for crust.
You won't need to splash out a fancy bottle of fizz either, IndyBest ruled Tesco Finest vintage champagne, £26, to be the best option with a hint of sharpness from the apples and delicious touch of lemon.
Add a finishing touch with an orange peel served atop a short, shallow glass.
Gin or vodka (depending on your preference)
To make it extra refreshing, pour over a glass full of ice cubes. Reyka vodka, £26.95, is our favourite, thanks to its clean, peppery and slight aniseed flavour we found while reviewing it for an IndyBest roundup of the best vodkas.
Light brown sugar
Bourbon or rye whisky
If you’re making a round of drinks, use the rest of the orange peel from the negroni for garnish.
Champagne or prosecco.
You’ll only need two ingredients for this nostalgic grown-up funfair drink. Recipe from Julie Blanner.
Slice of lime (or any garnish)
A foolproof go-to drink if you’re feeling lazy. Fill up and jug and refill your glass as much as you please.
Fresh mint leaves
A classic drink hailing from the deep south, this one is strong, rich and moreish.
Read our IndyBest reviews of some of the kit you need:
John Lewis & Partners pineapple cocktail shaker: £25, John Lewis & Partners – Buy now
If there’s one piece of homeware we reckon you can definitely have a little fun with, it’s got to be the cocktail shaker. With full-on tiki-vibes, this shiny silver pineapple-shaped cocktail shaker from John Lewis & Partners is utterly fabulous. We got straight to work rustling up a pina colada (what else?) and are pleased to report that it was certainly not a case of style over substance. Although thanks to the slightly bulbous shape, it wasn’t the easiest to handle – although certainly still manageable. It can hold up to 600ml (enough for a couple of drinks) and looks the part when not in use.
'A Mixologist’s Guide to Making Cocktails' by Jordan Spence, published by Carlton Books: £5.98, Amazon – Buy now
Part of the appeal of a cocktail, aside from its delicious taste, lies in its appearance – and this no-nonsense guide illustrates each recipe with a wonderfully-straightforward at-a-glance diagram which handily details precise components and proportions for each drink.
What’s more, thanks to these articulate and colourful diagrams – which take up the majority of the page – recipes are so concisely written they’re often no longer than a sentence or two, making this an easy-to-follow guide, even if you’ve had a few...
Whether you’re a vodka, gin, brandy, rum, whisky, tequila, champagne or liqueur enthusiast, there are aperitifs for every taste, handily divided into chapters for each spirit.
There’s also a section dedicated to shots at the back, covering everything from alabama slammers to slippery nipples, if short drinks are more your thing.