5 Easy DIY Cocktails

Partying at home? Try mixing your own party starters with this easy cocktail guide!

First, let's take a crash course: Bar 101
Jonny Palsson, an Absolut ambassador, showed Cosmo his bar must-have list for a great party:

  • "Fruit garnish like lemons and cherries makes drinks look great."
  • "The right glasses make the drink more delicious."
  • "Don't forget to stock lots of ice."

DIY Cocktails

1. Tequila Shot
Jose Cuervo Tequila
Lemon wedges
Iodized salt

How to shoot it right:
Lick the back of your left hand, sprinkle salt over it, and pick up a lemon wedge. Hold the tequila shot with your right hand. Lick the salt, shoot the tequila, and suck on the lemon wedge.

2. Bailey's Over Ice

Bailey's Irish Cream
Three large ice cubes

Fill a thick-bottomed glass with ice cubes and pour in two shotglasses-full of Bailey's Irish Cream.
For a richer treat, blend ingredients with two shots of cream and serve in a glass.

3. Turn On
Absolut Vanilia vodka
Green apple wedges

Pour Absolut Vanilia vodka in shot glasses. Give each apple wedge a light dusting of cinnamon. To enjoy, shoot the vodka, and bite into the apple wedge. The flavors from the vanilla vodka, apple, and cinnamon make it a great after-dinner treat!

4. Lychee Martini
1 part Absolut vodka
2 parts lychee syrup (from canned lychees)
Ice cubes

Shake and strain ingredients into a martini glass, and garnish with a lychee. For a coconut-lychee martini, replace vodka with coconut rum.

5. Tanqueray Tonic
Tanqueray gin
Tonic water
Lemon wedge
Ice cubes

Pour ice and two shots of Tanqueray gin into a thick-bottomed glass, and top up with tonic. Run a lemon wedge around the rim, then squeeze and pop the wedge into a glass.
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