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The Mai Tai is a rum based cocktail and there are many different recipes to be found, the earliest dating back to 1933. There is controversy over its exact origin, but one thing that is not in doubt – it’s an elegant and delicious cocktail. Here is one version of the vintage Mai Tai cocktail.View recipe
The Dark and Stormy cocktail is simple, with only three ingredients, but getting the right measures of each is crucial.
A popular cocktail using dark rum, which is key to the Dark and Stormy’s rich flavour and deep colour. Using ginger beer (not ginger ale) gives the cocktail its intense ginger flavour; you want it to be brewed and fermented but non-alcoholic.
Make sure the lime juice is freshly squeezed - avoid bottled lime juice as they often have added preservatives and other chemicals and lack the freshness of squeezed juice.View recipe
An Espresso Martini is a sophisticated coffee cocktail made with freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup and of course vodka. Its rich, indulgent and creamy and the shot of espresso is a great pick-me-up when you start to flag on a night out.View recipe
We tend to be creatures of habit and stick to the same cocktails, partly because we already have the necessary ingredients in our cupboards. The key ingredient in an Army and Navy is Orgeat syrup, a delicious combination of almonds, orange flower water, rosewater and sugar. It’s a fairly unknown ingredient but is definitely worth purchasing and will make a welcome addition to any drinks cabinet.View recipe
A tropical treat created by Ian Burrell, founder of RumFest. A punch is an old style of cocktail, that traditionally incorporates alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices. It is often made in big batches and served in jugs to share. Rum is often the preferred alcohol in a punch, although they can also be non-alcholic and made with gin and vodka.View recipe
Created by Salvatore Calabrese, this is a great way to start the day – with a mixture of gin, marmalade and orange. Try this beautiful combination and kick start a birthday, anniversary or special occasion.View recipe
At the start of the 20th Century, the Singapore Sling became the ladies’ cocktail of choice. This elegant, vibrant-pink drink with a fruity taste and a summer vibe was originally created by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The Singapore Sling is one of those wonderful drinks that most people have heard of, but perhaps many have never actually tried.
One of the key ingredients is Benedictine and whilst not overly predominate, it gives the drink its unique flavour.View recipe
The Tom Collins is one of the most iconic gin cocktails and combines tartness from the lemon juice, sweetness from the sugar syrup and bubbles due to the soda water. It’s a long drink, perfect on warm summer evenings.View recipe
A Southside cocktail is also known as a mojito, gin-style.View recipe
This cocktail contains 4 different spirits and an unusual ingredient, almond syrup. The Fog Cutter cocktail gained renewed popularity in the 1990s when Tiki food, décor and cocktails made a comeback. They say if you are feeling a bit foggy headed, this cocktail should certainly cut through it!View recipe
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This is an alcoholic version of the Strawberry Daiquiri mocktail and is best made when strawberries are in season and at their sweetest and ripest.
The Rob Roy is a cocktail created in New York City in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. The drink was named in honour of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by Reginald De Koven. Made with Scotch Whisky the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry, or perfect. The standard Rob Roy is the sweet version, made with sweet vermouth, ‘dry’ is made with dry vermouth and a ‘perfect’ is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
A sweet Rob Roy Cocktail…..
A sweet and juicy cocktail combining apple brandy and pineapple juice with a hint of spice