How to Build a Go Kart

How to Build a Go Kart

How to build a go kart? So, you need to build one but you have no idea where to start. There is nothing quite like creating something with your own two hands and being able to race your creation down a hill successfully (AKA - without the go kart completely falling apart).

Maybe it is for your kid’s Boy Scout troupe or your community’s annual go kart race. Whatever your reason is for learning how to build a go kart, we are here to give you the most practical and simple way to build a go kart.

Keep in mind that this is not an easy task and it definitely requires an extreme amount of skill and patience.

Building something from scratch is oddly satisfying, but building something you can drive? The feeling is even more satisfying than building, for example, a bookshelf.


What You Will Need on How to Build a Go Kart


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To successfully build a go kart, will need specific tools, supplies, and an especially driven work ethic to learn how to build a go kart.

You will also need some power tools, welding capabilities (or a welder), access to a workspace, a creative mind, and a huge amount of patience.

You will also need the appropriate dare devil who has the “cajones” to test the go kart when it is finished!

First you need to decide what the specific plans for your go kart are. Go karts come in all shapes and sizes but the basic elements of a go kart are a chassis, a simple engine and a steering/braking system.

For the chassis, you will need:

  1. 30 feet of 1-inch square tubing
  2. 6 feet of0.75-inch round steel bar stock
  3. 6 feet of 0.5-inch bar stock
  4. 3/16th-inch thick steel plate in a width and length slightly larger than your engine
  5. Plywood or metal (for seat and floorboards)
  6. A seat

For the engine, you will need:

  1. An Engine (an old lawnmower engine is perfect to use as a go kart engine)
  2. Chain that fits the sprocket
  3. Bolts and washers
  4. Gas tank

 

For the drive train, you will need:

  1. Wheels
  2. Steering wheel
  3. Gear and handbrake
  4. Drive Shaft
  5. Steering Shaft
  6. Bearings
  7. Brake pedal
  8. Throttle/go pedal

Steps on How to Build a Go Kart

1. Draw Up Your Plan

Drafting up your go kart plan is the best way to begin building a go kart. Produce diagram after diagram to ensure your measurements and design are as accurate as you can make them. You can look online for schematics and ideas for your go kart design.


Size your go kart depending on the size and age of the driver.

 

2. Hire a Qualified Welder

For those who do not have experience welding, hiring a welder is a crucial and necessary to safely and efficiently build your go kart. You will need the welder to help create a solid chassis or base for your go kart.

 

An alternative to this option is to purchase a go kart kit online. These no-welding necessary kits will allow a regular layman to assemble with simple tools the chassis for your go kart.


3. Start Building

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Next up, you will begin cutting the metal tubing for your kart’s frame. Cut the lengths of your tubing to match those of your schematics for your go kart. Weld the frame together, assemble the front stub axles and then install your rear axle and wheel assembly.

 

You will probably need a bearing bracket for the rear axle so that the frame and axle both have proper range of motion. Weld a steel plate onto the chassis to secure the pressure plate and squeeze the bearing into place.

 

For an easy guide, you can mark the floor of the workspace you are using to keep track of your measurements and plans. A good trick is to use sidewalk chalk, as it is easy to erase but also easy to use.

 

If you want to make it even easier on yourself, consider drawing up your entire plan on the ground of your workspace to make sure you are keeping everything in line and measured correctly. The last thing you want to happen is for on miss-measured step to ruin your entire project.

 

The next step is to weld your frame together according to the specific plans you are using. If you have hired a welder, they will most likely use concrete blocks to elevate the go kart’s frame while they work.

 

Use gussets in the corners of your welds to provide even more stability. Make sure to take all safety precautions if you are welding for the first time and do not weld if you do not have experience.


4. Build and Install Your Seat

Assemble your seat out of plywood and bolt the seat to your go kart’s frame. Use T nuts to drill holes into the plywood and cover the plywood with 2-inch high-density foam followed by a solid layer of marine vinyl.

 

Secure the vinyl to the seat by using a staple gun and make sure to leave room for the steering, engine, and other control gears. If you want to save the time and money, you can try checking salvage yards for old go kart seats or a car seat that might fit in the go kart.


5. Engine and Steering Column

The next major step is to install the go kart’s engine mount. Have your welder weld a flat piece of a thick steel plate to the rear frame in order to properly mount your engine. Place the engine on top of the steel plate and mark the holes where your bolt will go.

 

Attach your driving pulley onto the axle before you mount the axle to the bushings. Next up, you will build the steering linkage. Use the 0.5-inch steel rod for the linkages and the 0.75-inch steel rods for you axles.


6. Wheels and Brakes

Install your small racing wheels to the go kart for maximum acceleration and steering control. Stabilize them onto the already installed axles with their respective hubs. The next big step to complete your go kart is to assemble and install your brakes.

 

Fix a disc onto the rear axle and a caliper assembly onto the chassis to make for the safest go kart possible. You can usually find these supplies on salvaged go karts or motorbikes. Motorbike assemblies are ideal for go karts, because they have almost the same size.

 

Definitely add a brake pedal for your foot to use, because your hands will be busy steering once you hit the road. You can do this by actually installing a brake pedal or by making a simple pull throttle – like a lawnmower.

 

The brakes might be the most important part of your go kart, because they provide the ability for the driver to stop the vehicle or emergency brake it with the foot pedal in case of crisis.


7. Decorate Your Go Kart

Now comes the fun part. Since you have now learned how to build a go kart, you can decorate your go kart. Use paints, flags, emblems, and streamers to create the most colorful and fly go kart on the block.

 

If you are competing in a group or for a certain cause, make a specialized flag to let observers know who’s go kart is driving by. This a super fun way to get even more creative and personalize your go kart.


8. Win the Race

Now it is time for the big race and you are nervous but excited to test your homemade go kart against the other homemade go karts out there. Hopefully, you were smart and took your go kart for a few test spins before taking it to the race track.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!


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We hope this breakdown helped you in learning all you need to know about how to build a go kart.

From drawing up your designs to hiring a welder or learning how to weld, building a go kart is no small task. It is in fact a huge undertaking not for the faint of heart.

Building a go kart takes time, perseverance, money, smarts, and building capabilities. It also takes a strong-willed and motivated person - with a competitor’s bone and an itch for winning.

We wish you the best of luck in your adventures of go kart building and racing!

How to Make Whiskey at Home – Steps, Tips And Advice

How to Make Whiskey at Home – Steps, Tips And Advice

First off, we need to get one thing straight:

This entire article is basically hypothetical. While we do teach you how to make whiskey, attempting this project at your home can be very dangerous and is also very much illegal in many areas.

While it has been legalized and legitimized in some areas, the risks of both drinking and distilling homemade alcohol are still very dangerous.

However, it’s quite interesting to learn the process of how to make whiskey “at home” since, if it weren’t illegal and super dangerous, it would be very possible and fun.

Learn how to be a modern moonshiner, if only fictional!


Steps on How to Make Whiskey

So, if you’re interested in making whiskey professionally and don’t actually plan on making it in your bathtub (please don’t) these steps serve as an easy way to make whiskey without many complicated tools or pieces of equipment.

Before starting any professional endeavor, you should first visit your local distillery for information on safety precautions and how a professional distillery is set-up.


Step 1: Choose Your Base

corn

To start off, you’ll need to choose a base. Since whiskey is traditionally a grain-based booze, you can start experimenting with rye, wheat, corn or barley. Alternatively, you can use a multi-grain blend.

However, that being said, it doesn’t exactly make for a huge difference in the creation, although it does, clearly, make a difference in terms of taste.

Let’s say you decide on corn. Corn is a good start because it produces the most amount of sugar, which will make the whiskey distilling process a bit easier for first-timers.

Also, corn will be the easiest to find and cheapest to buy in bulk. To start, you’ll need approximately 10 pounds which will equal to around 5 gallons of booze.


Step 2: Cook Your Base

corn cobs

So now that you have your specific base figured out, it time to cook the specific grain to bring out the flavor.

For corn, you’ll need to cook it at an extremely high temperature in order to reveal the sugars in the garin. Also, you’ll need to cook the corn in water.

This can prove to be a bit difficult by yourself, since professionals and distilleries usually have appliances that will cook the grain perfectly. On your own, gauging the exact temperature can be tough.

However, the best way to make sure your corn or specific grain is cooked to perfection is by purchasing a home brewing beer kit.

Then you can use the kit for the distiller purposes in the first stages. By using a kit, you’ll be able to regulate the cooking process with a step by step guide.



Step 3: Fermentation Process: Beginning Stage

Corn Mash

Alright, so your grain or your corn is cooked fully. Now it’s time to mash it all up. You can do this by using a rolling pin.

After your corn is mashed up, it’s time to make the yeast.

Basically, this is the process of adding yeast to the mashed cooked corn or grain. It may be easier to use a home-brewing kit for this stage as well to make it a bit simpler.

A lot of home brewing kits make it easy to create fermentation in a controlled environment, seeing as the temperature of the concoction needs to be the right temperature. If the yeast is in an environment that’s too hot, it will die.

Once you add the yeast to the corn mash, you can use any sort of sealed container. The first stage of the fermentation process will take at least a few days. During this time, you can watch your yeasty mash transform and grow in exciting and weird ways.

You’re on your way to creating a delicious monster!


Step 4: Perfecting the Fermentation

corn fermentation

If your mash has gone from a sweet porridge to a sour nightmare, you’re on the right track! This means your sugars are turning into alcohol and that the yeast has done well in transforming the sugars.

While this should only take a few days in a true distillery, at home, in a smaller, contained environment without any management of temperatures, the process can take a bit longer. When you’re figuring out how to make whiskey from home, the science isn’t necessarily exact.

That being said, again, a home brewing kit may help you with consistency and preciseness.

However, if you’re looking to straight-up rough it, then you should at least keep an eye, and tongue, out on your fermented mash throughout the process.

You typically should not ferment it for over a week and it’s recommended to taste test the mash throughout the process. A great idea would be to head to your local distillery and ask them to sample a pre-whiskey mash to see how it’s supposed to taste.


Step 5: Put the Mash into a Still

corn fermentation

Now, you need to strain your mash through a kind of still.

Okay, this is where it gets super dangerous.

You need to make sure that there are zero leaks in your still.

Why?

As soon as alcoholic vapor is created, the entire situation becomes combustible, which leads to explosions.

That being said, it should be a relief to know that some companies sell small scale stills that are made precisely for this purpose and are more than likely safer than a DIY contraption you’d make based off a YouTube video.


Step 6: Wait it Out

corn syrup

So your boozy mash is in a still, secured. Now, it’s time to let it do its thing.

All you need to do is make sure that your fermented mash is at a whopping 80 degrees Celsius. However, if you purchase a still, it should come with a thermometer, built-in.

Once you make sure the mash is at this temperature, sit back and let it work its magic.


Step 7: Vapor Shocking

Vapor Shocking

Science class at its finest. Once the mash reaches this specific level of heat, the alcohol found inside of the mash will be transformed into vapor and then into a distillate.

This is all with help from a condenser which should constantly have cold water running around it at all times.

This is actually shocking the vapor right back into a liquid form. This vapor that hovers inside of the still is transformed back into a liquid, which is poured into a different container. This, my friends, is your liquor.


8. Taste Testing Your Booze

taste testing

Before tasting your new creation, first dump the first 100 milliliters. It’s both nasty tasting and potentially dangerous, in some instances, similar to methanol.

You’re doing this because you’re flushing out the still of the previous run, or whatever was distilled before. So you’re on a new, clean run.

This can also give notes and flavors that are off. W

So, while it may seem weird to throw away the first 100 milliliters of your new creation, it’s just something you need to do for flavor and safety.


Step 9: Age it in a Barrel

whine in Barrel

Before you go about calling your batch of booze “whiskey” it first needs to be aged in a barrel.

Without this aging process, you simply just made some mediocre-tasting moonshine.

When dealing with a smaller volume of alcohol, the size of your barrel matters. A small barrel will translate to decreased surface area, which means the alcohol will easily absorb the wood qualities such as delicious notes of cedar, oak or other woody flavors.

Small batches, therefore, need smaller barrels in order to reach their greatest potential in terms of taste. This will also help your whiskey absorb flavor faster.



Final Thoughts and a Huge Piece of Advice

If you’re searching around for the best way on how to make whiskey from home, the sites and advice that know what they’re talking about will all either highly recommend you don’t try this project at home, or they’ll direct you to your nearest distillery for more insight and professional information.

Even after this, making your own whiskey requires a lot of risk as well as trial and error. And remember, sometimes it’s more impressive to know how to do this stuff, then actually take the risk in doing it.

But if you already have all your supplies, as well as the thumbs up from someone at a professional distillery, it’s up to you. May the force be with you.

How To Play Chess: Rules & Strategies

How To Play Chess: Rules & Strategies

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How To Play Chess: Rules & Strategies


Chess is one of the most popular games in the world, and is still to this day, despite the fact it’s tough to have originated in Asia many centuries ago.

While learning how to play chess is straightforward, developing any skill in the game requires a lot of practice.

This is because it’s very much a strategy game where the players are to create a situation where the opponent’s King is unable to become captured.

While this requires quite a bit of skill especially if you’re playing against an experienced chess player, the only way to begin is by first learning how to play the game.

This article will tell you everything you need to know!

Chess Basics


A regular chessboard is made up of 64 squares. The chessboard is divided into files (letters) and ranks (numbers). The files on a chessboard are the columns which go up and down on the board, and the ranks are the horizontal rows on the board.

Each piece has a name, a specific location on the board to start off and certain move capabilities. This is the first part to know and understand as these pieces are your keys to success.

To begin understanding the chess pieces, their locations, and abilities, you must first correctly position the board.

You’ll know if the board is positioned correctly if each player has a black or dark square in the lower left corner of their side.

Next, place each piece in its correct position:

Rooks


Put your rooks on the two far, opposite corners of the chess board

These pieces look like part of a castle, and therefore are also known as “the castle”. The abbreviation for these pieces is “R”.

Rooks can move in any amount of available squares either horizontally or vertically.

If your opponent’s piece is blocking the rook’s path, that piece may be captured simply by moving your rook to the square that’s being occupied and removing the piece from the board. Rooks cannot jump pieces.

Knights


Put your knights beside your rooks. The knights are also known as the “horse” pieces or “N” for short.

Knights are the only pieces in chess that can jump over other pieces and therefore are the only pieces that cannot be blocked by your opponent.

These pieces move in an L-shape pattern, which is two squares vertically or horizontally and one square perpendicular.

The knight can jump over other pieces and capture a piece wherever it lands.

Bishops


Put the bishops besides the knights.

Bishops are the piece with the ball and slit on the top of it. It’s referred to as “B” in notation.

Bishops can move a however number of open squares as you want in any direction that is diagonal. They can capture the opponent’s piece if it’s in its path, then can stop on that piece’s square.

It’s important to note that the bishop does everything diagonally and remains on the same color square as it started throughout the entire game.

Queen


One of your most important pieces, the queen is placed near the center of the board or the first rank on top of her color.

So, if you’re playing white pieces, the queen will be placed on the fourth file. If you’re playing black pieces, she will be placed on the fifth file from the left.

The queen is the most powerful piece you have on the board because she can do basically anything.

She can move to any number of open squares diagonally, vertically and horizontally.

Queens may attack an opponent’s piece by moving to that piece’s square if it’s on her path

King


Now, you can place your King in the last empty square. The king is also known as “K” in notation.

The king can move vertically, horizontally or diagonally one space at a time.

Since the king is so valuable, he is not considered an attacking piece. You must keep him protected at all times.

That being said, he can attack pieces if they come close enough.

But remember, if you lose the king, you lose the game.

Pawns


Pawns are the little guys. You place the pawns in the line in front of all the other pieces, similar to a shield.

Pawns typically move forward by one square at a time. However, the first time your pawn moves, and only the first time, it’s allowed to move forward by two squares.

The pawn can attack an opponent’s piece if it’s one square diagonally in front of the pawn, not directly in front of it.

Scoring System


For each opposing piece you capture, you can earn points along the way.

Here’s a breakdown of how much each piece is worth:

  • Queen: 9 points
  • Rook: 5 points
  • Bishop: 3.5 points
  • Knight: 3 points
  • Pawn: 1 point

The king has no value because it’s not used as a weapon until the last part of the game.

Strengths of Each Piece


To strengthen your chess strategy, it’s beneficial to know the strengths of each piece and their ideal positioning on the board.

Typically, pieces are stronger in the center of the board. This is for a few reasons.

First,  Bishops and the Queen can control longer diagonals from the center. Also, Knights may lose advantage when placed near the edge and pawns are more useful to you and dangerous to your opponent when they advance further up.

  • Pawns are strongest when they’re placed together in a position such as a chain, which is a diagonal shaped line.
  • Knights are weakest at edges of the board. Remember that the maximum amount of spaces a knight can take on is eight, which is why the center is the best place for these pieces. You’ll also simply waste a move in repositioning the knight closer to the center if you have previously moved it to the edge.
  • Bishops are their strongest when near or on the long diagonals where they can take on the most amount of squares.
  • Rooks are most powerful inside open files. You should put rooks on files that don’t hold any of your pawns.
  • Queens contains the most amount of power when in the center of the board. That being said, they are in the most danger here as well. Keep the queen one move away from the center position and don’t block your queen’s important movements with other pieces.
  • No matter what, your king should always be protected and shielded by pieces that are of lower value.

How to Win


In order to win, you need to checkmate the opposite player’s king.

This involves having to trick or force the king into a situation where he will be captured by your pieces no matter what. It involves making it impossible for the king to escape.

Checkmate is the end of the game.

While capturing your opponent’s king through strategy is the ultimate goal, you could also try to capture the most amount of your opponent’s pieces as possible, which makes checkmate easier.

Remember to always protect your king as well while attempting to take your opponent’s king.

Quick Tips on How to Play Chess

While learning the basics is the best way to start on the road to playing and mastering the game of chess, you should also keep a few tips in mind along the way.

1. Control the Center of the Board


As discussed earlier, if your pieces are at, or near, the center of the board, they’re the most dangerous to your opponent.

The game is typically a fight for the center of the board. Once there, the opposing player has few promising options to choose from, forcing him/her into a defensive mode when you have many squares and space to play with.

Remember that pawns are a great help with this. Keep a pawn or two in the center while other more powerful pieces are busy attacking.

2. Utilize All Pieces


Not using your pieces is wasting potential power. One of the wonderful aspects of chess is that there’s no one piece that wins the game.

Winning involves a team effort.

This is especially important if the person you’re playing against has played many times before.

3. Think Many Moves Ahead


Make every move count, think about a potential attack by using all your pieces, one move at a time.

Your opponent will be doing the same thing. If they’ve moved a piece, they’re planning a potential attack. Think about why they’re doing while trying to set up your own plan as well.

Always be setting yourself up for the ultimate move that will lead to another ultimate move in the future.

Ready to Play? Checkmate!


There you have it! Everything you need to know on how to play chess like a champ. Now, all you need is practice — and a lot of it.

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Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Starting a new hobby can be tough work. And learning how to sew seems to be an intimidating one to newcomers.

The effort required mentally to simply decide on a sewing project, invest in the supplies and equipment then find the time to sit down and sew can seem daunting – more so, when it’s your first time. However, once you master it, it can quickly become a hobby that is addictive.

It’s fun, useful and even a bit therapeutic.

No matter what your level of skill is, there’s only one way to become better in order to reach that level of hobby satisfaction.

And we’re here to help you along that path.

You should know that the best way to take up a hobby such as sewing, is by taking it slowly.

First, read over our instruction, let it seep in for a while, then come back to it in a few days. Taking everything on in an afternoon can turn out to be frustrating and result in a quick and powerful burnout.

No matter what you want to learn to sew, from simple darts to a full-on dress, this step-by-step guide will lead you in the direction towards mastery.

First, let’s talk about language.

Sewing Terms


Why language, you ask?

Well, many new hobbies involve some sort of specific terms, most of which we will be using in this guide on how to sew.

So in order to properly follow along, we should get them pinned down.

Learning how to sew and be able to communicate with people who have been in the business for a while will allow you to understand sewing terms, and the craft itself, a bit better.

Since there’s quite the list of terms and definitions to learn from, we’re going to direct you to this site for you to study from.

While it can be a bit disheartening learning something new at times, since your passion and imagination are usually a lot greater than your skills, keep at it.

And remember, everything is becoming easier as the culture of sewing is changing.

Modern Sewing: Learning How to Sew is Changing


Most people used to learn how to sew by purchasing a large sheet of cloth or fabric, picking out a DIY paper manual with only a sewing machine and some colored thread to rely on. This typically resulted in awkward looking outcomes and strange fashion pieces.

However, now, the modern age has offered a range of different options for learning how to sew.

These days, you can learn how to sew almost anything by following blogs and tutorials online made by master sewers who want to help beginners create all things beautiful.

You can also find awesome shops to purchase from online and in-person classes that offer one-on-one lessons and tricks from pros.

While there are many options for individuals looking to learn how to sew, the actual task of sewing still isn’t necessarily — easy.

The way to get ahead of frustration and beeline for success in this hobby as quickly as possible is by choosing one skill at a time.

One skill per project.

By focusing on learning one new skill with every project you true, it will help you build your skills over a period of time.

Before we get into some beginner sequences, it’s important to learn some of these skills.

5 Beginner Skills to Start With

By mastering these five basic skills, you’ll be on your way to learning how to sew like a pro.

While it won’t be overnight, by pairing at-home projects, practicing these skills and specific sewing patterns, and maybe even taking a part-time class on the side, either online or in person, you’ll be able to jump-start the process.

1. Learn How to Use Your New Best Friend: The Sewing Machine


Sewing machines can be intimidating at first, however, once you get a hang of them, they truly are a sewer’s best friend.

Since learning to use a sewing machine can involve quite a few steps since there are a lot of different parts to a sewing machine, we have chosen the perfect guide here for you to follow.

While sewing machines aren’t mandatory for sewers to learn, they can be fun and can help you zip through projects.

2. Learn How to Cut a Pattern and To Transfer the Pattern Marks


After you learn how to set up and use your sewing machine as a real pro, it’s time to make sure you have a purpose for your newfound skill.

Knowing how to cut and prepare the special fabric you’ve bought is the first step to a great sewing project.

First, learn how to cut certain patterns by following this guide here.

A lot of garment patterns will include markings to help you figure out which parts are pockets, zippers or buttonholes.

Transferring these marks is very important. You can learn how to transfer these marks here.

3. Learning How to Sew Certain Stitches


Next, you need to learn how to make certain stitches.

While you can do many different stitches with your sewing machine, a great way to start learning how to sew is by hand.

If you want to ramp things up, check out these stitching patterns made by a sewing machine.

However, if you’re more a craftsy by hand type of gal or guy, check out these hand stitches.

4. Learn How to Sew Darts and Pleats


Darts are usually used in design to provide specific shaping to a piece of clothing. You should learn how to mark, sew and press the perfect dart if you’re looking to get into design sewing.

Pleats are also used for design clothing to offer more shape or texture to a piece, and some believe pleats are easier to learn.

Check out this tutorial for easy pleats here.

5. Learn How to Sew Zippers and Buttons


You’ll want to learn how to sew a zipper pretty soon since they’re a fairly integral part to many types of accessories and pieces of clothing.

They’re almost impossible to avoid if you’re getting into sewing for clothing, so may as well master it as soon as you can.

Also, no one likes a faulty zipper, so learn how to do it well!

Buttons are also an item that is hard to avoid when sewing clothing. They’re everywhere for practical reasons and can make a piece of clothing super fashionable as well. Get funky with your buttons and have a blast!

Check out how to sew zippers and buttons here.

A Beginner Sequence

Here are some pattern sequence examples to help any beginner start on their first sewing project.

While it’ may seem intimidating at first, remember, just try to learn one skill per project, and of course, have fun with it!

1. Make a Pillow


This can be easy and a lot of fun to do. You don’t need to find a pattern; you just need to learn how to cut and sew and can use almost any type of fabric you fancy.

Pillows are an awesome way to start practicing straight line stitching, or any beginner stitches you feel like taking on.

2. Make a Skirt


Skirts are also fairly simple to make, although they do require measurements. By making a skirt such as this one, you’ll also be able to start practicing sewing on zippers.

3. Make a Sorbetto Top


With only two pattern pieces, this type of free pattern project will help you learn some basics. Try this great pattern to start off with. No need for zippers or extras, just sewing, taping and learning some fundamentals.  

These are three great basic patterns and lessons to start with. While your finished product may not be perfect or exactly what you had in mind, it’s all a learning curve. Keep trying to master certain techniques challenge yourself with new ones whenever you feel ready.

There are tons of different patterns and opportunities out there, all you need to do is nail down some of the basic skills first.

Become a Curious Crafter: Final Tip

The absolute best sewists or crafters in the world are extremely curious.

They’re always looking for inspiration, new ideas or enlightenment in any relevant place they can sniff out.

By choosing projects based on what you want to learn, you’ll always get ahead. You’ll be learning something tangible and achievable that you can use over and over again.

As soon as you start feeling overwhelmed, keep learning and think of ways that can help you.

Luckily, sewing is becoming a popular hobby, so there’s so much material and guides available online and in your city. All you need to do is pinpoint what you need to get you over that learning hump, and grab it!

Featured image credit: CC0 Creative Commons, Gadini via pixabay.com.

 

13 Easy At-Home Cocktail Recipes

13 Easy At-Home Cocktail Recipes

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It’s fair to say that most people associate summer with fresh, cool cocktails, right?

I mean… what’s better than a cocktail on a patio?

Well, picture this:

You’re at home, fixing up your backyard for your first summer party. There’s a cool breeze in the air and the sun is booming down on your freshly cut grass. The table is set and the flowers are blooming.

What’s missing?

A home bar!

Everyone loves homemade drinks. It really spruces up a party and gives the atmosphere a bit of class and unique flare. However, once you have some of these cocktail recipes practiced and almost perfected, making the cocktails yourself can be a lot of fun as well.

Not only that, but it can be a lot cheaper than by heading to a restaurant or patio or purchasing pre-made cocktails at the store.

Which is why we’ve put together the best and easiest 13 summer cocktail recipes for you to start experimenting with. In this list you’ll find everything, from classics to new and unique cocktail recipes.

No matter what your party list is like, there’s a beverage on this list for everyone!

Best 13 At-Home Cocktail Recipes

If you’ve never been a bartender before, don’t worry. You don’t need expert experience for these cocktails.

All you need are the right ingredients and proper direction. We got you covered for the last bit.

Not only are these cocktail recipes easy, but they’re delicious and super refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

1. Negroni


This classic cocktail is common for being the basis for creative variants due to its perfect equal parts of bitter, sweet, and boozy. It’s classy, delicious, and easy to make for your friends and family.

Recipe:

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth

Add ingredients, stir with ice for about 30 seconds. Strain into short glasses and garnish with a fresh orange peel.

2. Grapefruit Ranch Water


This summer cocktail has a wonderful tangy flavor with a spicy and sweet taste due to its jalapeno infused tequila.

Perfect for summer nights!

Recipe:

  • 1/3 c. fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Spiced Tequila
  • 3 tbsp. simple syrup
  • Sparkling Water
  • Pink grapefruit wedges, jalapeno slices and cilantro for garnish

Rim a 12 oz. glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and top it up with the grapefruit juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Stir and add garnishes for a little extra something.

3. Manhattan


Another classic, the Manhattan has been around for years and its exact origin is still under debate – although it’s safe to say it was first poured somewhere in Manhattan around the 1870s.

While this drink has experienced a few changes in its recipe over the years, it never veers far from the classic due to its absolute perfection.

Recipe:

  • 2 oz. whiskey or rye whiskey
  • 2 drops of Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth

Stir all the ingredients with a handful of cracked (not crushed) ice and strain into a chilled glass. For garnish, you can use a brandied cherry or an orange twist.

4. Mint Julep


This is a Southern drink and is perfect for summer due to its refreshing capabilities. While it looks like a fancy drink, don’t be fooled. It’s super easy to throw together just in time for a backyard bash with buds.

Recipe:

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • mint leaves
  • crushed Ice

First, crush up the mint leaves to extract their oils, and rub them inside of your glass. Add the bourbon, simple syrup and crushed ice. Stir and garnish with more ice or mint.

5. Dark n’ Stormy


While this is a classic winter drink, the island life feel you get from drinking one of these makes it perfect year-round.

Apparently, this drink was made by Royal Navy Officers who lived on Bermuda who loved mixing rum with ginger beer as it helped with seasickness (and was delicious.)

Recipe:

  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • 1 part dark rum


Fill your glass with ice, then add the rum and top it off with ginger beer. Use a lime wedge for garnish.

6. Ginger-Peach Soda


Similar to the Dark n’ Stormy, this ginger and rum drink has a bit of a summery twist with its splash of peach. Perfect for summer nights, watching the sunset.

Recipe:

  • 2 very ripe peaches
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2-liter carbonated water
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 16 fresh mint leaves
  • 8 shots of rum

In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, ginger, and sugar to a simmer, dissolving the sugar until it becomes a syrup.

Pour syrup into a medium bowl through a sieve. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.

Put peach slices in tall glasses and release the peaches juice with a spoon.

Pour two tablespoons of syrup over the peaches, add carbonated water and rum, stir and garnish with mint leaves.

7. Sidecar


This popular cocktail uses uniquely French ingredients such as Cointreau and Cognac. It looks fancy, tastes great and is easy to make!

Recipe:

  • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • 3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Rim a short glass with sugar and add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice until the concoction is entirely chilled.

Strain the mixture into the rimmed glasses and finish with a fresh orange peel on top.

8. Sweet Tea Sangria


This is the drink for the days when you can’t decide between a sangria and sweet tea on a summer day.

Loaded with fruits and chilled to perfection, this is a perfect drink to have by your side while reading your book or sunbathing in the backyard.

Recipe:

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 6 c. sweet tea
  • sliced peaches
  • 1 pt. Berries
  • + other fruit of your choice
  • Fresh mint

Put the sweet tea and full bottle of white wine in a pitcher then add the fruit and let it chill for a few hours. An overnight chill will make this cocktail even tastier! Garnish with mint.

9. Gimlet


Another classic, Gimlet has made it to our list due to its extremely easy recipe directions. Apparently, this drink was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to help them battle scurvy (gin and lime).

However, you don’t need scurvy to appreciate this drink today. It’s refreshing and super delicious.

Recipe:

  • ⅔ oz lime juice
  • 2 oz gin (or vodka)

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass of your liking.

10. Champagne Cocktail


This sparkling wine cocktail is the classiest of them all, so get your flute glasses ready.

It’s another classic that dates back to 1862, known as “Chorus Girl’s Milk.”

While we just call it Champagne Cocktail now, there’s no doubt it’s still wildly popular among cocktail lovers.

Recipe:

  • ⅓ oz. Cognac
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • 2 drops Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube

Add a sugar cube and two dashes or drops of Angostura bitter into a flute glass.

Next, add cognac and slowly pour the cold champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

11. Pina Colada


Pina Coladas are the epitome of vacation – it’s like having a tropical paradise in your mouth, something that needs to be experienced to be understood. Here’s your chance.

Recipe:

  • 50ml white rum
  • 25ml coconut cream
  • 25ml single cream
  • 200ml pineapple juice

Mix the ingredients in a shaker or blend them up in a blender for extra frothiness.

12. Mojito


Mojitos are super popular right now and for good reason. They’re perfectly sweet, tangy and boozy with a load of mint that can help headaches or stomach aches!

Recipe:

  • 1 lime
  • tablespoon of sugar
  • 50ml golden rum
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • soda water
  • raspberries

Put the lime and mint leaves into a glass, add sugar and mash them together roughly with a suitable utensil. Add rum and soda water and then stir. Garnish with mint, lime and raspberries!

13. Singapore Sling


While our cocktail recipe list has mostly consisted of refreshing summer drinks, this one is for all of you who have a sweet tooth.

While it does require a lot of ingredients, the procedure is quite simple and the result is worth it

Recipe:

  • 25ml cherry brandy
  • 25ml gin
  • 10ml benedictine
  • 50ml pineapple juice
  • 10ml grenadine
  • 10ml cointreau
  • soda water

Add everything except for the soda water to a shaker and pour the concoction over ice in a chilled glass. Top it off with your soda water.

Your Best 13 At-Home Cocktail Recipes Overview

There you have it – all the easy, at-home cocktail recipes you need to bring your backyard parties into full-gear this summer.

All you need beforehand is your party list to see who’s coming, and guess what sort of drinks they may like, the basic ingredients for each cocktail recipe, a shaker, some fancy glasses, garnishing, and a lot of ice.

Why a lot?

Because your entire party will keep coming back to you for refills. Guaranteed!

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Understanding Automotive Tools

Understanding Automotive Tools

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Most Common Automotive Tools

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Automotive Tools Selection Tips

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  • Ensure you know how each tool is used before you make a purchase
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