Top One-Minute Cocktail Picks

As a dad with two very active young kids, the pleasures of slow-making fancy cocktails to the sounds of Miles Davis or John Coltrane would simply have to wait till the birds leave the nest. 

As the 2020 end of year holiday approached, I figured it'll be wise to research cocktails I could mix really quickly. No complications, minimal time. However, I did not want anything boring. Heaven forbid a 'Jack & Coke' to ring in the new year we all so seriously anticipated. 

It still had to have enough class to match my new bespoke dinner jacket, for one. After multiple recipes I researched online and gathered ingredients for, it was time for my pre-holiday cocktail trial. 

Call me 'sometimes' vain, but I'd much rather research my cocktails ahead, rather than explore during the celebrations. After-all, anyone with kids understands the necessity to plan 'everything' ahead. 

In no particular order, the below are my go-to 1-minute cocktails.

Clubman & Cola

INGREDIENTS:
  • 25ml Haig Club Clubman - (I used the standard Haig Club)
  • Fill to top with cola
  • Lime
  • Alcohol content: 8grams
EQUIPMENT:
  • Highball glass (I went for a mason jar)
  • Jigger/measure 
  • Peeler or knife
  • Chopping board 

Haig Club Clubman and Soda 

Aperol Spritz

INGREDIENTS: 
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange 
  • 1 parts Prosecco (or dry sparkling wine)
  • 1 parts Aperol 
  • Splash of soda
EQUIPMENT:
  • Wine glass - (I stayed on theme with the mason jar)
  • Knife 
  • Chopping board 

Aperol Spritz  

The classic Aperol; though a Summer cocktail, 2020 being anything but normal and the fact that I never found the opportunity to indulge during the Summer gave me a reason to add it to my end of year celebration. 

Prior to this, I never actually made an Aperol Spritz at home. So, imagine my surprise when I realized how incredibly easy and quick this was, to whip up. 

 

Best part of it all, even with kids running all around and taking the majority of my attention, both of these cocktails simply cannot be messed up during preparation. They are truly that easy. 

Give 'em a try and enjoy!