Shaken or stirred, cocktails are enjoying a renaissance in bars everywhere – but aspiring bartenders can have a go at home too.
All you need is plenty of ice, a long bar spoon, a Boston shaker and a hawthorn strainer, and you’re ready to create one of these delightful concoctions.
Bacardi Pedro Collins
A funky Cuban version of the classic Tom Collins gin cocktail.
- 50ml Bacardi Gold rum
- 25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 heaped tsps caster sugar
- Ginger ale
- Lemon wedge to garnish.
Half-fill a shaker with ice. Add the ingredients and shake vigorously.
Double strain into a chilled glass, top with ginger ale and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Vodka Rhubarb Rickey
Use a silky smooth premium vodka.
- 35ml vodka
- 12.5ml rhubarb liqueur/syrup
- 12.5ml fresh lime
- Soda water
Half-fill a highball glass with ice. Add the vodka, rhubarb syrup and squeeze a lime wedge into the glass.
Top with soda and stir a few times before adding a wedge of lime.
Using champagne or sparkling wine instead of soda water gives this classic a decadent twist.
- 50ml Jamaican rum
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 3 tsps caster sugar
- 20ml fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Muddle mint in a highball glass with sugar and lime juice.
Fill glass with crushed ice, then add rum and bitters.
Top up with champagne and stir slowly, garnish with a sprig of mint.