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4 May 2020, 12:59 | Updated: 4 May 2020, 13:01
It's a Bank Holiday weekend, and you're at home - so what better excuse to get in to cocktail mode? These fun recipes are easy, and are sure to spark your imagination...
35ml Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin
Ginger Ale top up
Method: Pour ingredients into a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with grated chocolate and a mint sprig
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
Two scoops of ice cream (or cubed ice to make a lighter version)
1 vodka shot
For the frosting: 1/2 cup butter, 3 cups icing sugar, 2 to 3 tbsp milk
Prepare the shot glasses first by making the frosting in a mixer and lining the rims with a coating of the sugary paste.
Dip glasses gently in to sprinkles to decorate.
Blend the creme eggs, ice cream or ice cubes and vodka in a Nutribullet (or similar blender), then pour in to the glasses and serve.
50ml BACARDÍ Spiced
20ml Lemon juice
10ml Lime juice
25ml Hot cross bun syrup - make a simple sugar syrup a simmer with cinnamon and dried fruit
50ml soda water
Shake ingredients well before serving in a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg in a hot cross bun-style cross shape.
25ml J.J Whitley Vanilla Vodka (available at The Drop Store www.thedropstore.com)
100ml Chocolate Milk
Build in a highball glass over cubed ice.Garnish with an orange wedge and mint sprig.
50ml Jaisalmer Gin (available from The Whisky Exchange)
125ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
Fill a Copa glass with ice, add Jaisalmer Gin and top up with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water (or a tonic of your choice) and garnish with an orange peel twist.
50ml LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon gin (available from BrewDog.com)
1 teaspoon raspberry jam
25ml lemon juice
50ml (cloudy) apple juice
Pour all ingredients into a shaker (or jam jar if you don’t have a shaker), shake well, and strain into a martini/wine glass
50ml Cotswolds Dry Gin (available from their website)
25ml Lemon Juice
12ml sugar syrup
1/2 an egg white
Put all the ingredients in to a shaker and shake well. When everything has combined, add ice to the shaker, shake well.
Fine strain and serve into a chilled martini glass. Ideally garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
60 ml coconut cream
40 ml pineapple juice
20 ml white rum
20 ml coconut rum
Juice of ½ lime
Melted milk chocolate
Tropical coulis such as Waitrose Alphonso Mango, Passion Fruit & Yuzu Coulis, frozen in semi-sphere moulds
Prepare a martini glass by dipping the rim into the melted chocolate and leaving in the fridge to chill until it sets.
Pour the mango and passion fruit coulis into something that can act as a semi-circle mould (ice-cube tray, egg cup etc) and freeze until it becomes solid.
To make the cocktail, pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake for around 10 seconds until chilled.
Strain the liquid into a glass, then pour back into the shaker and strain again into the chilled martini glass.
To serve, remove the egg-shaped frozen coulis and float it in the centre of the drink.
30ml Kavka vodka (available from Master of Malt)
30ml hazelnut vodka
30ml Maestro café liqueur
10ml vanilla syrup
1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
Shake all of the ingredients together.
Double strain into a wine/martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings... or for a bit artistry, paint the side of the glass with a thin layer of hazelnut chocolate spread!
If you're not one for making your own drinks, Funkin can do the hard work for you with their 12-pack of ready mixed cocktails.
The Funkin House Party Cocktail pack is £12.00, and available here.
50ml Don Julio Reposado tequila
150ml Two Keys Grapefruit mixer
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Don Julio Reposado Tequila, fill up with Two Keys Pink Grapefruit. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge and serve straight away.
50ml Villa Ascenti Gin
150ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water
Serve with lemon and thyme
Serve Villa Ascenti with Mediterranean tonic over ice in a glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.
50ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
25 ml fresh Lemon juice
Grapefruit and rosemary tonic (or squeeze in grapefruit juice, and adding a branch of rosemary to the finished drink as a leafy stirrer!)
Fill a tall glass with ice and pour over the Grand Marnier.
Add fresh lemon juice Garnish with an orange or pink grapefruit wedge. Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary.
55ml Barentsz Mandarin Gin
30ml Grand Marnier
Dash orange bitters
Garnish: orange twist
In a mixing glass with ice, combine two ounces of Barentsz Gin and an ounce of Grand Marnier.
Add a dash of orange bitters.
Stir until very well chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass; twist a long orange peel over the surface.
Soda or sparkling water
Fresh lemon juice
Pour Disaronno into a glass filled with ice, top up with soda and add a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Stir gently and enjoy.