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Going out for drinks with friends can be great fun, but sometimes you want an easy, relaxing night in. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice delicious drinks and cocktails when you choose a gathering at home over hitting the bars.

Ingredients

Forgoing the bartender and mixing up ingredients at home can be a time and money saver, but make sure your bar is stocked with the proper ingredients.

Find a liquor shop in Sugar Hill, GA, or in your own hometown, and choose your supplies carefully. You’ll want liquors, bitters and garnishes, but if you have questions on which varieties to purchase, a store associate can help point you in the right direction and make the shopping experience easy.

Mixology ingredients don’t have to be expensive. Discount liquor in Sugar Hill, GA, and elsewhere can be found at local liquor stores, so you can save money while enjoy a night in with friends.

The Classics

Now for the fun part. Martinis are classics for a reason. They’re the perfect choice to mix up at home because they’re elegant and easy to make, not to mention the drink of choice for a certain secret agent.

To whip up James Bond’s preferred cocktail at home, start with 2 oz. of gin or vodka and 1 oz. of dry vermouth. Pour them over ice into a mixing glass or metal shaker. Whether you stir or shake the mixture depends on personal preference, but whichever method you choose, do so for about 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an olive or lemon peel.

Another renowned drink you can mix up in your own kitchen is the Manhattan, known the world over for its upscale, masculine vibe. Forget the bartender – be your own mixologist and stir 2 oz. of rye whiskey, 1 oz. of sweet vermouth, and 2 splashes of bitters with cracked ice and strain into a tumbler. Garnish with a brandied cherry or twisted orange peel and you’ve thoroughly impressed your guests without the crowds or high price tag.

The Wild Cards

The Dark ‘n’ Stormy will inspire island ambiance. This cocktail is even backed by Gosling’s Black Seal, which is one of the primary ingredients in the spicy sweet drink. To create it, you’ll need 1 part dark rum and 2 parts ginger beer. Pour the rum over ice in a glass, then top with the ginger beer. Complete the drink with a squeeze and garnish of lime, and you’ll be relaxing in no time.

The champagne cocktail makes the list because, although sparkling wine drinks have been around for decades, this particular beverage allows for so much creativity. The drink can be personalized with your favorite juices and flavors to create a custom cocktail for you and your friends to enjoy. To make a simple version, combine a sugar cube and two dashes of bitters in a champagne flute. Add 1/3 oz. of cognac followed by 3 oz. of champagne or sparkling wine and your sweet, frothy drink is almost complete. Finish with a garnish of a lemon peel or fruit of your choice.

Knowing a few cocktails to mix up on the fly make you a great addition to any party, and makes hosting a gathering at your home easy and stress-free. Armed with this knowledge, you can pass on crowded bars and instead impress your friends and family by whipping up delicious drinks at home.

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