Drinking is as much a part of the young adult experience as going to work. For young professionals, paying a visit to a local bar may not may not always be a viable option. Fortunately, there are dozens of drinks that are simple enough to make at home with minimal equipment needed. Charles Michael Vaughn, a vodka and tequila maker located in Las Vegas, Nevada, has a number of recipes available to young professionals that can be whipped up quickly.
These drinks can be made with the most basic equipment: a shot glass; a drinking glass; and a spoon for stirring.
The drink with the ingredients that are easiest to come by is the screwdriver. Simply mix one-part vodka and one-part orange juice and you are done! The screwdriver is traditionally served on the rocks (with ice) but let’s be honest – for young adults away from home, who has ice in the freezer? That space is reserved for more liquor! For an extra little sweetness, consider adding one-part orange soda for some fizz.
Less well known than the screwdriver, the Paloma is another two-ingredient drink that will get any party started. By mixing three parts grapefruit soda or juice, and one-part tequila, you have a sweet drink with a slight bitter aftertaste that will get your night started on the right foot.
Cape Codder/Vodka Cranberry
Another staple of any beginner bartender, a vodka cranberry is about as simple as it gets while maintaining a terrific flavor. Mix one part of Charles Michael Vaughn’s LeSinn vodka and one-part cranberry juice and you have a classic drink that will satisfy anyone.
Great for pre-drinking or bringing out to liven up the party, Jell-O shots require a bit of prep time but can easily be made by anyone with a mini-fridge. Start by combining half a cup of hot water with Jell-O mix and stirring until the Jell-O is completely dissolved; then add half a cup of hot water and vodka each and stir until thoroughly mixed. If you are the one to bring these delicious little gems out at a party, you will suddenly become the most popular person in the room!
A bit more complex than the previous drinks, with one more required ingredient, the tequila sunrise will make you feel like you are sitting on a beach when you are really just laying on a bed. By mixing two parts orange juice to one-part tequila with a dash of grenadine syrup, your regular Saturday night house party will take on a tropical feel! Charles Michael Vaughn’s tequila is a great option for recent graduates looking for a cost effective, quality product.
Vodka and tequila are among the most versatile liquors, meaning they can be mixed into hundreds of different cocktails. Charles Michael Vaughn’s liquors boast flavor and mixability, allowing them to combine seamlessly into your drink of choice. Mastering these simple, cocktails will elevate you to go-to bartender status among your housemates. Or, if all else fails, you could always just pour some great shots.