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.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Bacardi Gold rum
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 heaped tsps caster sugar
  • Ginger ale
  • Lemon wedge to garnish.

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

  • 35ml vodka
  • 12.5ml rhubarb liqueur/syrup
  • 12.5ml fresh lime
  • Soda water

Method:

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.

Mojito Royale

Using champagne or sparkling wine instead of soda water gives this classic a decadent twist.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Jamaican rum
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tsps caster sugar
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Champagne

Method:

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.