Let's face it, crafting the perfect muddled drink isn't quite a walk in the park. Not only do you need the right tools, but muddling takes a little physical effort as well. And if you're going through all that work, you surely want the end result to be a cocktail that's worth the labor.
First off, to muddle a cocktail, you'll need the appropriate barware. A foolproof mixing glass or tin shaker, and a muddler will do the trick. The ingredients you'll likely be muddling are fresh herbs, fruits or both. To muddle, simply place your ingredients in a mixing glass or shaker and press the ingredients against the walls of your chosen container using a muddler.
Once you're ready to put your newfound muddling skills to good use, the drink recipes ahead are surely worth the effort.
Berry Vodka Smash
The Recipe: Berry Vodka Smash
The Hero Ingredient: There's nothing like a handful of fresh mint to really make a cocktail pop. Although muddled mint is commonly used to make a Mojito, the addition of mint to this cocktail works well to balance out the berries and lime.
Pro Tip: With the Berry Vodka Smash, there are ingredients that can be replaced or added to suit your taste. "Mint is a classic choice used in a smash, but other herbs can work. If you’d like, you can water down your smash a bit, or top off with a bit of soda water," A Couple Cooks explain on their blog.
Why We Love It: Since this cocktail isn't strained before it's served, you have the pleasure of enjoying fresh pieces of berries and mint as you sip.
White Tea Basil Mojito
The Recipe: White Tea And Muddled Basil Mojito
The Hero Ingredient: Plenty of variations on the mojito exist, but this mojito's use of white tea is about as clever (and as tasty) as it gets.
Pro Tip: Keep calories low by using sparkling water for a touch of bubbles. "Fresh brewed white tea mixed with a splash of rum and honey, muddled with mint and basil, and topped off with sparkling water," says Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard.
Why We Love It: While most mojitos call for mint, the use of basil in the White Tea And Muddled Basil Mojito is a welcome twist.
Lemon Raspberry Mojito With Blueberries
The Hero Ingredient: Truvia, a stevia-based sugar substitute, is used to add a touch of sweetness to this cocktail while still managing to keep this sip low on sugar (one serving has a little less than six grams of sugar).
Pro Tip: Don't let the consistency of this drink catch you off guard, it will quickly melt to a much more manageable consistency, according to Food Faith Fitness creator Taylor Kiser. "This drink will be thick, but thins out to the perfect sip-able texture quickly," she says.
Why We Love It: The addition of ice and frozen raspberries makes for a frothy drink that can quench just about any thirst.
Cucumber Gin And Tonic With Watermelon
The Recipe: Cucumber Gin And Tonic With Watermelon Ice Cubes
The Hero Ingredient: Flavored ice cubes are an amazing way to impress with your next cocktail, and the watermelon ice cubes in this drink not only pair well with the gin and cucumber, but they also look amazing.
Pro Tip: Watermelon ice cubes might seem intimidatingly fancy, but Hello Glow's Elizabeth Ulrich reveals that they're quite easy to make. "And while these ice cubes are certainly a food stylist’s dream, they take no special skills to create except the ability to place an ice cube tray in your freezer," she explains.
Why We Love It: Rather than merely tossing in a couple of cucumber slices, this recipe uses muddled cucumber, which adds much more flavor.
Brown Sugar Fig Cocktail
The Recipe: Brown Sugar Fig Bubbly
The Hero Ingredient: Muddled figs are the true standout in this cocktail, adding a touch of creaminess and warm color.
Pro Tip: How Sweet Eat's Jessica Merchant shares that just a touch of lemon helps with the muddling process. "The lemon works perfectly. You don’t get any tart or bitterness at all – it really just adds enough liquid to muddle and get the amazing fig base," she explains.
Why We Love It: With Prosecco serving as the only boozy addition to this cocktail, it's a great option for a low ABV drink.
Peach Prosecco Mojitos
The Recipe: Peach Prosecco Mojitos
The Hero Ingredient: With its invitingly sweet taste, it's no surprise that peaches work amazingly well with cocktails, and this drink is no different. Peaches (frozen peaches and peach juice) work to balance out the rum and Prosecco prominent in this cocktail.
Pro Tip: When creating your simple syrup for this recipe, consider making a large batch to store for use in future cocktails. "I love to make a large batch and keep it refrigerated in a mason jar as it’ll keep for three to four weeks," Melanie of Melanie Makes explains.
Why We Love It: This big batch recipe is great for those who have to entertain a large group and need an impressive, easy-to-make cocktail.