Delicate and floral, strong and bitter, sweet and fruity, whatever your taste, there’s a cocktail for you. Here are some of the most popular recipes, mixology tricks and insider tips for creating the very best cocktails at home.
The perfect drink for a hot summer’s afternoon, a mojito is very easy to make. Pour some white rum into a glass with sugar, zesty lime and cooling soda water for a drink no one will turn down. Try to learn bartender’s tricks to make the best mojito, like the perfect choice of rum and muddling ingredients. A single sip of this Latin-inspired drink and you will find yourself yearning for a sunny evening in the Bahamas.
The caffeinated cocktail of choice for coffee lovers, espresso martinis use freshly brewed espresso and a dash of coffee liqueur for an incredible flavour punch. With a distinctive, frothy top layer, this sophisticated drink is sure to impress all. You can also try a reverse espresso martini with a bit of Baileys and espresso if you don’t have a martini glass to hand.
A glass of fruity Pimm’s punch is the definition of a warm British summertime. For your next gathering with friends, make a pitcher of Pimm’s and add plenty of cucumbers, mint leaves, orange and strawberries for a fruity punch. This sensational summer cup can be turned into a Pimm’s slushie or a pomegranate Pimm’s by adding a splash of juice and a sprinkling of seeds to make everyone cool.
Passion Fruit Martini
The prosecco-based passion fruit martini is a celebratory drink made by breaking out the cocktail shaker and combining passion fruit pulp with passoa (a fruity passion fruit liqueur), vodka, a dash of lime juice and simple sugar syrup. The drink should ideally be served in a swanky martini glass topped with half a passion fruit. This visually impressive cocktail is simple to make and can look like an expert with minimal effort.
The fruity piña colada is an irresistible blend of creamy coconut and tangy pineapple in smooth white rum. A classic retro drink for a reason, it is perfect for anyone who loves sweet drinks. Garnish the drink with as many colourful straws, kitsch umbrellas and pineapple slices as you can. If you fancy something a bit lighter, try the crystal colada with Brazilian cachaca and coconut water.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Frozen strawberry daiquiri in glasses
The frozen strawberry daiquiri uses only four ingredients and can be easily made in a blender by anyone. Try to get the ripest, most plumpest strawberries that can be found for a sweet flavour, and try to incorporate other frozen cocktail recipes for twists on your most favourite and latest thirst quenchers.