Don’t Break The Bank: Your Favorite Drinks

Just because you can’t hit up your favorite happy hour spot or juice bar doesn’t mean you can’t recreate your go-to order at home. Not only will these recipes satisfy your cravings, but they’re also a great way to save money. Drinking out everyday isn’t very budget friendly, so make a habit of crafting these classics in your kitchen. 

For The Health-Conscious

Green Smoothie

This is the perfect smoothie for a detox or the newest addition to your daily routine. While smoothies cost an average of S$10.32 according to Statista, this will only set you back roughly S$4.20.


  • 1.5 cups spinach or kale
  • ¼ of a large cucumber
  • ½ an avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1.5 cups of water, juice, milk, or substitute
  • handful of mint


  • Chop veggies and fruits into little pieces
  • Combine and blend

Power Smoothie

If you were searching for a delicious and filling breakfast smoothie, look no further! This delicious drink will only cost around S$1.90 to make at home.


  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter (almond, peanut, etc.)
  • ½ cup milk or milk substitute 
  • ½ cup rolled oats


  • Combine and blend

For The Caffeine-Craver

Classic Latte

If you’re in need of a morning pick me up, there’s nothing quite like a latte. This recipe can also be adjusted using syrups. If you stick with the classic, it will only cost about S$0.50 and a few minutes, compared to the average cost of a latte, S$6, according to TODAYonline.


  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • 2% or nonfat milk
  • Cinnamon or cocoa powder to garnish


  • Brew coffee 
  • Froth milk by shaking in a tightly closed jar for 30-60 seconds 
  • Microwave milk for 30 seconds
  • Pour coffee into mug, poor warm milk in while holding back the foam with a spoon
  • Spoon foam atop latte, garnish


This is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get an added boost. This can also be modified with different ice cream and toppings. Instead of paying up to S$1o, try this homemade substitute for as low as S$3.30.


  • 1-2 small scoops vanilla ice cream 
  • Shot of espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Desired toppings


  • Put ice cream scoops in small cup or mug
  • Pour coffee over ice cream
  • Garnish as desired

For The Life Of The Party


There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing mojito. As an added bonus, you just might forget you’re stuck at home while sipping on this classic Cuban drink. A mojito in a bar could cost up to S$30, according to TimeOutSg, but making it at home only costs about S$7!


  • 60 ml white rum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • Handful of mint 
  • Soda water


  • Muddle lime juice, sugar, and mint
  • Pour into a tall glass, add a handful of ice
  • Stir in the rum
  • Top with soda water to taste

Singapore Sling

This Singapore specialty is an instant favorite, and it’s not as complicated to make as it may seem! While bars upcharge for this delicious drink, you can make one at home for as little as S$8!


  • 45 ml gin (1 shot)
  • 30 ml Benedictine
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 7.5 ml Cointreau
  • 15 ml cherry brandy
  • 120 ml club pineapple juice 
  • 10 ml Grenadine 
  • Lemon slice
  • Maraschino cherry


  • Combine gin, Benedictine, Cointreau, grenadine, lime juice, pineapple juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well
  • Strain into a tall glass over ice
  • Float cherry brandy by pouring over with a spoon
  • Garnish with lemon and cherry

Image source: Anja, Pixabay

Written by

Annie Echols

Last updated on

June 26th 2020, 11:43 pm

Skip the daily news.
Subscribe to our Weekly newsletter for relevant market news and global trends.