If you're looking for a new cocktail recipe to switch things up for your next Zoom happy hour, you probably have all the ingredients you need right at home. Some cocktails require little more than a base spirit and soda, while others encourage you to include frozen or fresh fruits. If you're saving the sugar for a baking or cooking marathon and don't want to make simple syrup, you can use honey or agave nectar as a sweetener replacement. Adapt whatever you have on hand to fit your own tastes, and get creative with add-ins like fresh mint or basil. Here are 11 unique cocktail recipes to try at home for a special occasion, created by spirit makers and expert mixologists. Mamma Always Said: sharing platters and speedy cocktails in SoHo Ritual's Zero-Proof Paloma View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ritual Zero Proof (@ritualzeroproof) on Apr 28, 2020 at 1:57pm PDT If you want a non-alcoholic, low-cal alternative that far outshines mixed fruit juices, try this recipe using Ritual Zero Proof's Tequila Alternative. This spirit alternative is “non-GMO, gluten free, and made of all-natural botanicals” that mimic the smell, taste and even the burn of traditional tequila, minus the alcohol and calories. Try it in a refreshing Paloma. Ingredients : 2oz Ritual Tequila Alternative, 0.5oz lime juice, 4oz Jarritos Grapefruit Soda, Lime or grapefruit to garnish. Instructions : Pour Ritual Tequila Alternative and lime juice into a tall glass, over ice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with fruit slice. Whisky highball View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suntory Toki (@suntorytoki) on Aug 29, 2019 at 8:45am PDT A “highball” is made from any spirit, poured over ice, and topped with a carbonated beverage. This could be a rum and Coke, gin and tonic, or Scotch and soda. If you want to try your hand at this traditional drink, use this recipe from Japanese distiller The House of Suntory, featuring their Suntory Toki Whisky. Ingredients : 2oz Suntory Toki Whisky, 6oz soda water, citrus slice or shiso leaf to garnish. Instructions : Pour whisky over ice in a tall glass. Add chilled soda water. Garnish with shiso leaf or citrus slice. Why do mocktails often cost more than cocktails? Grand Mint Julep If you don't have the time or patience to mix multiple ingredients, try this two ingredient recipe from Grand Marnier, featuring their classic orange-flavoured liqueur. Ingredients : 2oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, 10-15 fresh mint leaves. Instructions : Slap mint leaves to release their natural oils. Place leaves at the bottom of a rocks glass or julep cup. Add Grand Marnier and gently muddle (use the handle of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler). Top with crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves. Tom Collins Max Nussbaum is Brooklyn-based mixologist and bartender at Left Bank. He previously served as the bar manager and beverage director at Michelin-starred Delaware and Hudson. If you don't have fancy cocktail tools at home, Nussbaum suggests repurposing items that you do have. “Use an empty mason jar for cocktail shaker, a mesh colander for strainer and a metal straw for a mixing spoon,” Nussbaum said. For a classic Tom Collins, Nussbaum uses Bar Hill gin and lemon juice, topped with soda water for a bubbly refresher. Ingredients : 2oz gin, 0.5oz lemon juice, 0.5oz simple syrup, soda water, lemon wheel to garnish. Instructions : Mix gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a tall glass. Fill glass with ice, top with soda water. Garnish with lemon wheel. 4 delicious and easy recipes to make while self-isolating Skinny Margarita If tequila is your liquor of choice, try Nussbaum's Skinny Margarita recipe, which excludes the triple sec that is in a traditional margarita. Nussbaum uses a Reposado tequila from Tequila Espolòn. 2oz tequila, 0.75oz lime juice (a little more than half a lime), 0.25oz orange juice, 0.25oz. agave nectar, lime slice to garnish. Instructions : Shake all ingredients together in cocktail shaker. Strain over ice. Garnish with lime slice. Tip : Nussbaum also recommends throwing either frozen chunks of pineapple, freshly sliced jalapeño, fresh basil, or mint leaves into your cocktail shaker for added flavour. Limoncello If you're up for a DIY project, experiment with Nussbaum's recipe for home-made limoncello. “It takes a few week, but it's easy to make and very rewarding, and a perfect addition to spring and summer cocktails,” said Nussbaum. Ingredients : Bottle of vodka, zest of 10 lemons, ⅔ cups simple syrup, large glass container or empty wine bottles. Instructions : In a glass container, add lemon zest and vodka. Let sit for one week. Strain out lemon zest. Add simple syrup, return to glass container. Let sit for 2 weeks. From there, your home-made limoncello can be added to vodka sodas, mixed port rosé wine over ice or almost anything, Nussbaum said. This recipe can also work well with gin, or tequila and lime zest. Why low-calorie cocktails are catching on in Hong Kong Toronto View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heaven’s Door (@heavensdoorwhiskey) on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:58pm PDT Ryan Perry is a co-founder and the master blender for Heaven's Door Whiskey, a Chicago-based whiskey company created with Bob Dylan in 2018. “A lot of cocktails can be made with ingredients and traditional groceries you already have at home, like eggs and sugar,” Perry told Business Insider. “I spend all my time making the whiskey that goes into the cocktails, so I stick with the age-old cocktails, like the ones you see on Mad Men. Not only are they easy to make, they are spirit forward, allowing the base whiskey or spirit to shine through.” One of his go-to cocktails lately is the Toronto, an elegant mix of herbal rye whiskey elevated with spicy Italian amaro and aromatic bitters. Ingredients : 2oz Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey, 0.25oz Fernet Branca, 0.25oz simple syrup, 2 dashes aromatic bitters, cherry for garnish. Instructions : Pour all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Add ice, stir ingredients. Serve up, with cherry garnish. Broken Old Pal View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heaven’s Door (@heavensdoorwhiskey) on May 10, 2020 at 10:00am PDT Do you use a French coffee press for your morning brew? You can also use it for your evening happy hour, according to Perry. His Broken Old Pal cocktail is a juicy alternative that you can easily do at home, using a French press to infuse fresh grapefruit and mint with the spirits. Ingredients : 5oz Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey, 5oz Blanc Vermouth, 2.5oz Campari, sparkling wine, grapefruit wedges and fresh mint (bottom of press), mint leaves to garnish. Instructions : Place grapefruit wedges and mint at the bottom of the French press. Add whiskey, vermouth, and Campari. Press down to infuse the ingredients. Pour over ice into rocks or highball glass. Top with sparkling wine, garnish with mint. Drink like a boss: 10 classy whiskey brands to try right now Paper Plane View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heaven’s Door (@heavensdoorwhiskey) on May 13, 2019 at 3:00pm PDT If you enjoy Aperol spritzes, mix things up with Perry's Paper Plane cocktail, a less bubbly option that pairs bourbon with citrusy lemon juice and herbal Aperol. Ingredients : 1.5oz Heaven's Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 0.75oz Aperol, 0.5oz Amaro Nonino, 0.5oz lemon juice, lemon peel for twist garnish. Instructions : Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist. When it comes to making cocktails at home, “Don't over complicate them – less is more,” Perry said. “Let the professionals tinker with the obscure ingredients so you don't spend money messing up good whiskey. I always stick with no more than four ingredients per cocktail.” Pineapple Chili Margarita View this post on Instagram A post shared by Camarena Tequila (@camarenatequila) on Apr 8, 2018 at 2:00pm PDT Chris Chamberlain is the national beverage development manager for E&J Gallo Winery, and a mixologist for Camarena Tequila. “Sometimes, a simple spoon and glass is all you need,” Chamberlain told Business Insider on making cocktails at home. “However, I suggest investing in a few quality bar tools in order to expand your options. This would include a Boston shaker, a one- and two-ounce jigger, and a Hawthorne strainer. A great bar spoon is always nice to have, but any home spoon can also support your efforts.” Camarena's Pineapple Chili Margarita recipe offers a fun twist on a traditional margarita, using muddled pineapple and swapping out a salt rim for a mix of chilli powder and sugar. Ingredients : 2oz Camarena Reposado, 0.75oz simple syrup or agave nectar, 0.75oz lime juice, 0.5oz triple sec, 3 muddled pineapple chunks, pinch of chilli powder and sugar, rosemary sprig to garnish. Instructions : Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Rub lip of glass in chilli mixture. Strain mixture into a glass over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Scotch whisky vs bourbon whiskey: which is better for food pairing menus? Tequila Old Fashioned View this post on Instagram A post shared by Camarena Tequila (@camarenatequila) on Dec 26, 2018 at 3:46pm PST While a traditional Old Fashioned calls for whiskey, Chamberlain's recipe swaps in Camarena Reposado, a soft-coloured tequila with hints of vanilla, caramel, and spice that mimic a mellow bourbon. For experimenting with cocktails at home, Chamberlain recommends learning the basic structure of classic drinks, and then mixing it up with personal twists. “(Classic) builds are simple, but offer you the opportunity to explore flavour pairings as well as complimentary spirit substitutions,” Chamberlain explained. “Recipes, at their core, are just a road map. A means to an end. It's up to you, the bartender, to navigate the landscapes available to you.” Ingredients : 2oz Camarena Reposado, 0.5oz agave nectar, 2 dashes of bitters, orange peel to garnish. Instructions : Add ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with orange peel. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . This article originally appeared on Business Insider.