Cocktails instantly invoke a sense of occasion. They’re sweet or sharp, spicy or scented; they can be creamy, sparkling or pure and invigorating as a mountain brook. Your preference should always take the lead in picking the perfect drink. On a hot day, quenching is key; in the frosts of winter something a little more comforting is called for. And, most importantly, what bottles have you got to hand?
The spirit of the cocktail is key. From the juniper jolt of gin to the warmth of whisky, my new book is divided by headline bottles to build a range of flavours from the base drink up. The simplest decision of which spirit you’re in the mood for will always guide you to the right cocktail. And, of course, how inventive you’re feeling will inform whether you want to keep things quick and simple or try something a little more adventurous.
Truly great cocktails should be simple to make, look fabulous and taste extraordinary. Perfect every time and with minimum fuss, the recipes below are designed to make every moment feel magical.
Like the greatest adventures, celebrations begin with small ideas. Let the following recipes be the springboard to smashing times at home, with your cocktail creations flowing like the best conversation. With these recipes under your belt, you’re only ever a few moments from stratospheric levels of enjoyment