Cocktail Recipes

Welcome to our essential guide to mixing cocktails. Click to expand each recipe. For more ideas see our recipe books.

Bloody Mary

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml vodka

  • 90ml tomato juice

  • 20ml fresh lemon juice

  • dash Tabasco

  • dash Worcestershire sauce

  • pinch salt & pepper

  • celery stick

  • lemon

  • ice

Method:

Add dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce to an ice-filled tumbler glass.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour in the liquid ingredients and stir gently.

Garnish with a celery stick and lemon wedge.

Caipirinha

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Ingredients:

  • 70ml of cachaca

  • half a lime

  • 2tsp sugar

  • ice

Method:

Cut half a lime into small wedges.

Place the lime and sugar into a small tumbler glass and muddle well.

Add a few ice cubes.

Top the drink with cachaca and stir well.

Cosmopolitan

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Ingredients:

  • 30ml vodka

  • 20ml cointreau

  • 30ml cranberry juice

  • 10ml fresh lemon juice

  • half a lime

  • orange peel

  • ice

Method:

Add all the liquid ingredients to the shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Daiquiri

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml white rum

  • 35ml fresh lime juice

  • 4tsp sugar syrup

  • thin slice of lime

Method:

Place the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake well to combine.

Pour into a coupe glass and serve garnished with a slice of lime.

French '75

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Ingredients:

  • 45ml dry gin

  • 10ml fresh lemon juice

  • 5ml sugar syrup

  • twist lemon peel

  • Champagne

  • ice

Method:

Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with cubed ice in a shaker.

Strain into a champagne flute, top up with champagne & garnish with a twist of lemon.

Gin & Tonic

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml gin

  • tonic water

  • 2 slices of lemon

  • 1 slice of lime

  • ice

Method:

Pour the gin into an ice-filled tumbler glass.

Add tonic almost to the brim.

Garnish with slices of lemon and lime (for a twist you could add spring of rosemary).

Serve with a straw.

Mai Tai

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Ingredients:

  • 30ml white rum

  • 30ml dark rum

  • 30ml Cointreau

  • 50ml fresh lime juice

  • 10ml Orgeat syrup

  • 10ml Grenadine syrup

  • pineapple slice

  • lime peel

  • ice

Method:

Put all the ingredients except the dark rum into the shaker with ice and Shake well.

Strain the liquid into an ice-filled tall tumbler or Poco Grande glass, and float the dark rum on top.

Garnish with a pineapple slice and a twist of lime peel.

Manhattan

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml bourbon

  • 25ml sweet red vermouth

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1tsp syrup

  • twist of orange zest

  • 1 maraschino cherry

  • ice

Method:

For the syrup, you can use the liquid from the jar of maraschino cherries.

Place the bourbon, vermouth, bitters and syrup into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir well.

Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.

Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 35ml tequila

  • 20ml Cointreau

  • 35ml fresh lime juice

  • slice of lime

  • salt

  • ice

Method:

Pour the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

Add a handful of ice cubes and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

Strain into a martini glass with half the rim damped with water, then dipped in salt.

Garnish with a slice of lime.

Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 80ml gin

  • 10ml dry vermouth

  • olive

  • lemon twist

  • ice

Method:

Pour the ingredients into the shaker with ice and stir well.

Strain the liquid into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon peel.

Mint Julep

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Ingredients:

  • 100ml bourbon whiskey

  • 20g caster sugar

  • soda water

  • 20 min leaves

  • ice

Method:

Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and top with the sugar.

Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down.

Add a splash of soda water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice and add the bourbon whiskey.

Top with another splash of soda water, stir and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Mojito

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Ingredients:

  • 25ml white rum

  • 1 lime

  • 2tbsp brown sugar

  • mint leaves

  • soda water

  • ice

Method:

Place a few mint leaves, sugar and half a lime (cut into cubes) into a tall tumbler glass and gently bash with the muddler until it becomes a paste.

Add plenty of crushed ice and pour in the rum.

Top up the glass with soda water, stir and garnish with a mint leaf and a slice of lime.

Serve with a straw.

Moscow Mule

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml vodka

  • 90ml tomato juice

  • 20ml fresh lemon juice

  • dash Tabasco

  • dash Worcestershire sauce

  • pinch of salt & pepper

  • celery stick

  • lemon

  • ice

Method:

Add dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce to an ice-filled tumbler glass.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour in the liquid ingredients and stir gently.

Garnish with a  celery stick and lemon wedge.

Negroni

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Ingredients:

  • 25ml gin

  • 25ml Campari

  • 25ml red vermouth

  • twist of orange peel

  • ice

Method:

Pour the gin, Campari and vermouth into a tumbler filled with ice.

Stir together with a long spoon and decorate with the orange peel.

Old Fashioned

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Ingredients:

  • 60ml Scotch whisky

  • 2tsp sugar syrup

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • splash of water

  • soda water

  • orange slice

  • maraschino cherry

  • ice

Method:

Put the sugar, bitters and water in a small tumbler.

Fill glass with ice and stir in the whisky.

Add soda water if you like and mix.

Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.

Pina Colada

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml white rum

  • 80ml pineapple juice

  • 30ml coconut milk

  • maraschino cherry

  • pineapple slice

  • ice

Method:

Blend the liquid ingredients in a food processor with ice, then pour into a Poco Grande glass.

Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Serve with a straw.

Tequila Sunrise

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml tequila

  • fresh orange juice

  • 1tbsp Grenadine syrup

  • maraschino cherry

  • orange slice

  • ice

Method:

Pour the tequila into a highball glass filled with ice and top up with fresh orange juice.

Pour the grenadine in down the side of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom.

To serve, garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Tom Collins

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml dry gin

  • 25ml fresh lemon juice

  • lemon wedges

  • 2tsp sugar

  • soda water

  • ice

Method:

Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and gin to a glass and stir.

Add plenty of cubed ice and stir again.

Top with soda water and stir for a final time.

Garnish with the lemon wedge and serve.

Whisky Sour

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml whisky

  • 20ml fresh lemon juice

  • 20ml sugar syrup

  • lemon slice

  • maraschino cherry

  • ice

Method:

Fill a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.

Pour in the whisky, lemon juice and sugar syrup.

Shake, shake, shake.

Strain into a tumbler glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry.

White Russian

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Ingredients:

  • 60ml vodka

  • 2tbsp Kahlua

  • 1tbsp cream

  • ice

Method:

Mix together all the ingredients.

Put some ice cubes in a small tumbler and pour the cocktail over the top.