Celebrating Women’s Month: The Perfect Cocktails for Your Girls’ Night Out
What cocktails are perfect for your ladies night?
- Sangria: a combination of red wine, soda, lime, and other fruits
- French 75: a combination of champagne, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup
- Cosmopolitan: a combination of vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice
- Tom Collins: a combination of gin, lemon juice, soda, and sugar
- Margarita: a combination of tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and salt
With all the liquor the Philippines has to offer, it’s impossible to run out of drinks for any kind of event. Whether if it’s in a famous Manila wine shop, a convenience store down the street, or a neighbor’s sari-sari store, you’re always bound to find some booze just around the corner.
Liquor is good when drinking alone to sports broadcasts or when you’re just waiting to get sleepy, but for social events, it can be made even better. Case in point, cocktails—by mixing individual tastes from drinks you either love or despise, you will be able to discover new tastes which make drinking more fun. In fact, the act of mixing up different types of alcohol is fun in itself.
While men usually enjoy their beer cold and straight, most women have an inclination to cocktails. And since this month is Women’s Month, a celebration is in order.
Of course, celebrations are twice as fun when there are alcoholic beverages involved. Women surely have the time of their lives when they’re out with friends and having drinks—and we all know how great drinks can be.
Read on below to find out about the perfect cocktails for your girls’ night out.
Wine is one of the most common alcoholic beverages found in both bars and households, and it is a major ingredient in many different cocktails.
Sangria is a classic cocktail of Portuguese and Spanish origin, and below are the ingredients typically used in its preparation.
- Red wine
- Soda, orange or lemon juice, or brandy
- Slices of orange, lemon, or lime
- Other fruits such as apples and strawberries
Mixing is quite easy, too. First, wash the fruits before chopping them into smaller pieces. After that, it’s just putting them into a pitcher, pouring the beverages, and mixing. Add more wine or another ingredient if needed; you may also add sugar if you want it to be sweeter.
In movies, you would often see women (and men) drink champagne during celebrations. And since we are celebrating women this month, this cocktail is even more suitable to drink. To create this concoction, bring out the following ingredients:
- Lemon juice
- Simple syrup
To prepare, pour the gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, and shake well. After shaking, pour the mix into a glass and pour champagne over it. Stir gently, and enjoy.
The Cosmopolitan, also known as Cosmo, is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Even a person, who is not well-versed in liquor vocabulary, is familiar with it. It was heavily popularized in the television series Sex and the City as the signature cocktail of protagonist Carrie Bradshaw and her friends.
And the ingredients? You won’t be surprised.
- Triple sec
- Lime juice
- Cranberry juice
Preparing it is as simple as putting all the ingredients together in a shaker, before shaking, pouring, and then drinking. There you have it—a drink with a hint of sweet and sour notes with a good kick. Good times with your girls will surely follow shortly.
Tom Collins is basically gin with carbonated lemonade. It’s simple and easy to make, but it’s still an enjoyable drink. The ingredients are very easily found, and complement each other’s individual flavors quite nicely. To prepare this, you will need:
- Lemon juice
- Soda or carbonated water
You won’t even need a shaker to prepare this. Just pour all of the ingredients in a glass and mix. Quick and easy, and it beats the summer heat too.
Come on, could you even imagine any list of women’s cocktail drinks without a margarita?
Well-loved by many, there’s almost no party which doesn’t have margaritas. It’s famous for its initial, sour citrus taste with a bit of saltiness, before you feel the burn of the tequila as you finish sipping.
- Triple sec
- Fresh lime juice
Pour the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice into the shaker, and then shake. Once you’re done with the previous step, pour it into a glass with salt around the rim. Cheers!
Since this month marks the start of the summer season and is Women’s Month, it’s a great idea to try out different cocktails with your friends, for both fun and refreshment.
There are lots of cocktails to try—some are classic and some are relatively new, but the important thing is to make sure that you and your friends are having a great time with each other’s company.