How to make classic cocktails on a budget

Are you missing sipping on a drink in your favourite bar but enjoying saving your cash? Take a look at these two classic cocktail recipes you can easily recreate at home, without the hefty price tag.

With the bars in Cardiff remaining closed for the foreseeable future, everyone’s dreaming of that first drink back at their local.

Although nothing can beat the buzz of a busy bar, we have two cocktail recipe’s that you can recreate in the comfort of your own home for under £4 each.

The Raspberry Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz are two cocktail bar classics. These two gin-based drinks can be recreated using the same six ingredients, many of which you will find already in your kitchen cupboards.

The ingredients you will need are:

  • A lemon: £0.6
  • A bottle of lemon juice: £0.5 
  • Soda: £2 
  • Gin: £12 (average)
  • Sugar syrup: (made using granulated sugar and water) or you can use maple syrup
  • One egg (for egg whites): £0.4 
  • Raspberries: £2 
  • Ice: Totally free!

Equipment you will need:

  • Cocktail shaker (if not, a coffee cup or a tupperware box can be used)
  • Strainer (alternatively, a small sieve is effective) 
  • Spoon or fork 
  • Knife
  • Cocktail or wine glass

How to make the Raspberry Tom Collins:

  • Take a handful of raspberries and mash them in a glass with a spoon
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in … of gin and … of sugar syrup
  • Top the glass up with soda water
  • And give it a good stir!

How to make the Gin Fizz:

  • Put the lemon juice, gin, syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker
  • Shake for 15 seconds
  • Put the ice cubes in and shake again for another 15 seconds, until it is cold
  • Strain the mixture into your cocktail glass
  • Top it up with soda water- you’ll see the foam topping begin to form
  • Add a lemon twist or lemon slice

Voilà !