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A combination of bourbon and cherry brandy is the perfect mix. It packs a hefty punch and is a pretty cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.View recipe
This mocktail is a great summer drink that has a lovely purple hue. Sweet and fruity, it’s sure to be a hit with the children too.View recipe
A Mint Julep is a Bourbon based cocktail that also contains sugar syrup, crushed ice, and of course, fresh mint. It is thought that the Mint Julep originated in the southern United States, during the eighteenth century.
Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in a Mint Julep, especially if you come from Kentucky. However, there are plenty of recipes that just call for the use of mint leaves, not specifically spearmint.View recipe
The Vesper is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail and was invented and named by Ian Fleming in the 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale. It originally contained gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet, which is no longer produced.View recipe
The Aviation Cocktail was created in the early twentieth century by Hugo Ensslin, who was head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York.
Using Crème de Violette gives the cocktail a very distinctive blue hue and delicate violet floral notes.View recipe
A simple cocktail made with London Dry Gin, lime juice and fizzy water – the Gin Rickey is refreshing and quick to rustle up.View recipe
This Rhubarb and Custard cocktail is a party favourite and sure to wow your guests. Made with Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin and creamy advocaat, it’s a summer winner.View recipe
A simple cocktail made with white wine, Campari and a good wedge of lemon. It’s important to use the correct wine; a dry, light and crisp Italian white wine is what you need.View recipe
A sparkling Gin Fizz is the perfect cocktail for when you are entertaining. Mix gin with a handful of ingredients to create a refreshing drink that is the epitome of summer.
Believed to date back to the late 1880s, the Gin Fizz has certainly stood the test of time and is still today the cocktail of choice for many.View recipe
Traditionally drunk at Christmas time, the Snowball was particularly popular in the 1970s, but made a comeback in 2012 after Nigella Lawson admitted to being partial to one.
A Snowball is a mixture of Advocaat and lemonade and as with so many cocktails, there are a variety of differing recipes. The addition of gin is a warming surprise and really adds to the flavour. Buying a shop bought commercial version of Advocaat is fine, making it yourself really isn’t necessary.View recipe
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A sweet and creamy cocktail made with rum and vodka. It is typically whipped to a froth like a milkshake and then poured over ice in a Collins glass. The Orange Whip is a rather moreish cocktail that found a resurgence in popularity after it was included in the film "The Blues Brothers". Some recipes call for the addition of an egg white, see what you prefer
The Pilgrim is a sweet and spicy rum-based cocktail that uses a fairly unusual ingredient, pimento liqueur. This is a traditional Jamaican liqueur that resembles the powdered allspice, that is widely used in cakes and desserts. Often drunk as an aperitif, the Pilgrim is an interesting drink that really isn’t like anything else.
A full-bodied cocktail that is sure to lift your mood. A mix of whiskey, brandy, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, egg white and sugar syrup; it’s a complex drink best served over ice.