Five DIY Cocktails You Can Master at Home

Heads up Doha foodies! Teatro is celebrating its first anniversary this month! As part of their month-long celebration, an exclusive Cocktail Masterclass was held with Russian celebrity Mixologist Evgenya who hails from Moscow. She has been a mixologist for the past six years and has been traveling the world, experimenting new and exciting concoctions.This time, she is sharing her expertise on making DIY cocktails.

DIY Cocktails Mixologist Evgenia Teatro

Russian celebrity mixologist Evgenya shares her expertise in bartending during the first ever Mixology class in Teatro Doha.

Teatro Cocktail Masterclass

A first in Doha, Teatro has invited aspiring mixologists and alcohol aficionados (bibulous persons included) for a night of fun, interactive learning how to be a pro in making your own cocktails at home. Aside from the step-by-step procedure on how to mix our own drinks, Evgenya shared some popular and easy bartending techniques which even newbies like myself won’t have a hard time learning.

DIY Cocktails Materials

DIY Cocktails Bartender Zhenya

Shaking like an absolute pro.

From mixing, muddling and even lighting an orange peel for that impressive flambe, it was a worthwhile evening to celebrate Teatro’s first anniversary with so much fun and spirits.

DIY Cocktails Juice

Pouring by the measure.

DIY Cocktails Gin Pouring

Go big or go home…(drunk)?

DIY Cocktails Orange Peel

Come on baby light my…peel?

Five DIY Cocktails You Can Master at Home

Teatro’s exclusive Cocktail Masterclass is part of their first-anniversary celebration. The next Cocktail Masterclass is slated on November 1st. Reserve your slots now by calling Teatro. Details are available below.

Meanwhile, don’t fret. Taking inspiration from the said class, here are five DIY cocktails you can try at home. Impress your friends and family this coming holiday season with these easy recipes from leading liquor and food websites online. Are you ready?

Aperol Spritz

DIY Cocktails Aperol SpritzAperol Spritz is traditionally served in a wine glass with several cubes of ice and a slice of orange.

The drink is mixed by pouring 75ml of Prosecco (3 x shots), into the glass, with 50ml Aperol (2 x shots) added in a circular motion. Finally, a dash of soda water (1 x shot) is added – a combination which has become known as the ‘3-2-1 recipe.’ Garnish with a slice of orange. (For full recipe: Wikipedia)

Gin-Basil Smash

DIY Cocktails Gin and Basil Smash

In the mid-2000s, Germany made a mark on the cocktail map with simple yet deliciously considered drinks, such as the Gin Basil Smash from Jörg Meyer.

Muddle the basil in a shaker and add simple syrup, lemon juice and gin. Add ice and shake to chill. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish. (For full recipe: Imbibe Magazine)

Queens Park Swizzle

DIY Cocktails Queens Park Swizzle


The Queens Park Swizzle is a Cocktail consisting of Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Bitters, Mint, and Sugar.

Place mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with sugar cube, lime juice and syrup. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, gently bruise mint. Pour rum in, swirl shaker and pour contents into a 10- or 12-ounce tall glass. Add crushed iced until glass is three-quarters full, then add bitters.

Insert a genuine swizzle stick or a bar spoon into glass, stopping just above mint leaves, and hold its handle between your palms. Slide your hands back and forth against each other, gently spinning spoon or swizzle stick. Ideally, liquid and ice will swirl together while top layer of bitters and bottom layer of mint stay undisturbed. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. (For full recipe: NY Times)


New York Sour

DIY Cocktails New York Sour

Top a classic Whiskey Sour with red wine to get this delicious pre-Prohibition tipple.

Add bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Carefully pour the red wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. (Full recipe: Liquor)

Maple Old-Fashioned

DIY Cocktails Maple Old-FashionedThis twist on the classic whiskey cocktail is the perfect companion to the fall season.

Mix whiskey, maple syrup, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass until syrup is dissolved. Add a single large ice cube, then garnish with orange peel. (Full recipe: Epicurious)


With these five easy DIY Cocktails, you will surely earn those crucial extra “cool” points among your peers. Are you excited to give them a try? Which one is your favorite?


Catch Evgenya at Teatro and Boston’s exclusively at City Center Rotana Doha.

Get FREE DESSERT every time you order a main course at Teatro in celebration of their first-year anniversary. Promo runs until October 31.



2nd Floor, City Centre Rotana Doha,

Conference Centre Street, Dafna, Doha

Phone: 44458747/ 44458888


I was a guest at Teatro Cocktail (DIY Cocktails) Class on this occasion. However, all photos and opinions are mine.


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