Budget Cocktails

  • 5th January 2015

Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has all been eaten, the Christmas crackers have all been pulled, and the New Year’s celebrations are over, it is easy to get caught up in the misery that is January. Indeed, the 26th January 2015 is known as Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year.

Thanks to blowing our budgets at the end of last year, eating our weight in food, and downing far too many drinks, January can be a tough month to get through. The last Monday before payday is when we feel the pinch the most. Luckily, I have put together a list of cheap and easy cocktails that you can make to cheer yourself up, without worrying about the pennies. The thing that they all have in common is that they only need a few ingredients.

Martini

Put 60ml gin and 10ml vermouth into a mixer glass. Stir with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive. This drink can be as cheap or expensive as you choose, depending on the quality of the gin used.

Bellini

Pour 50ml peach juice into a cocktail glass and top up with sparkling wine. Of course, it tastes better with champagne, but a cheap bottle of fizz will do till payday.

Black Russian

Have a lowball glass ready loaded with ice. Pour 50ml vodka and 25ml Kahlua over the top. Top up with cheap cola to make the drink last a bit longer.

Gin and Tonic

Everyone’s Nan’s favorite drink. One shot of gin topped up with tonic water and garnished with either lemon or lime. If you can’t stand cheap gin, swap it for vodka.

Rum and Coke

Rum is one of the cheapest spirits available. A shot of rum topped up with cheap cola and smartened up with a lime wedge is sure to make you feel better about your empty wallet.

Kir Royale

Technically this drink should be made with champagne. But it is January. So substitute the bubbles for some cheap, dry white wine. Add a shot of crème de cassis to give it a more interesting flavor.

Lemon Drop Martini

The recipe on this website uses triple sec, but you are poor, remember! Instead, put 50ml vodka, 50ml lemon juice and a tablespoon of sugar in a shaker and mix together. Pour into a martini glass and top up with cheap lemonade.

Malibu Apple Juice

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add a shot of Malibu and top up with apple juice. A wedge of apple finishes this drink off nicely. It won’t get you very drunk but it will sweeten your sour mood.

Poor Man’s Dark and Stormy

This drink is made with a shot of rum, a dash of lime juice and is topped up with ginger ale. After pay day you can substitute the ale for ginger beer.

Snakebite

If you are really struggling this month, stick to the cheapest larger and cider you can find and mix them in equal parts. If you can stretch to a blackcurrant cordial, do it. It will help mask the cheap flavor.

Cocktails mentioned in this post

Lemon Drop Martini cocktail
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Lemon Drop Martini
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Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into cocktail glass. As an added twist rim the glass with sugar and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. ...
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into ...
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Bellini cocktail
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Bellini
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Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy it still is made that way. Popular tradition however has switched the wine for champagne. A simple classic - add the peach juice into the bottom of a ...
Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy ...
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Bellini cocktail
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Bellini
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Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy it still is made that way. Popular tradition however has switched the wine for champagne. A simple classic - add the peach juice into the bottom of a ...
Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy ...
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Black Russian cocktail
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Black Russian
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Pour the ingredients directly in a lowball glass with ice. Top up with coke. Stir and serve. Simple - yet a classic. ...
Pour the ingredients directly in a lowball glass with ice. Top up with coke. Stir and serve. Simple - yet a classic. ...
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Gin And Tonic cocktail
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Gin And Tonic
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Place shot of gin into tumbler over ice then top up with indian tonic and add lemon slice. One of my visitors suggested that she enjoys her G&T with a slice of lime rather than lemon. Give it a try you might well love it, I know I did. ...
Place shot of gin into tumbler over ice then top up with indian tonic and add lemon slice. One of my visitors suggested that she enjoys her G&T with ...
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Kir Royale cocktail
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Kir Royale
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Simple add the creme de cassis to the bottom of the wine glass and top up with the white wine. ...
Simple add the creme de cassis to the bottom of the wine glass and top up with the white wine. ...
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Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail
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Dark 'n' Stormy
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Put ice and lime into a tall glass. Squash lime wedge to release some juice. Pour rum and ginger beer into glass and stir. ...
Put ice and lime into a tall glass. Squash lime wedge to release some juice. Pour rum and ginger beer into glass and stir. ...
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Snake Bite cocktail
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Snake Bite
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Mix ½ shot of Jack Daniels and ½ shot of tequila in a shot glass. ...
Mix ½ shot of Jack Daniels and ½ shot of tequila in a shot glass. ...
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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.

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