Friday, 24 April 2020


It's no secret that I love a cocktail for two, and I thought we could all do with a little 'pick me up' at the moment, which is why I wanted to share with you some of my favourites to make at home, and to enjoy on these summer-esque evenings we're having right now. I've tried to vary the ingredients so that hopefully there's something for most tastes, and that you can create from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy.

Let's start with my all time favourite - the Espresso Martini. This is my go to drink, and the one that my instagram followers probably see me talk about the most. There are a few variations to this drink now, with additional ingredients and flavours, however I like the classic and almost the 'purest' form, without any sugar syrup or sweetness. It's only three ingredients and is very easy to make: Fill a shaker with ice, add the liquid and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Double strain to avoid any ice chips falling into the drink and serve in a classic martini glass, garnished with three coffee beans on the foam for that added extra touch. I also use Grey Goose and Kahlua, but you can always choose alternatives or flavoured spirits to mix things up.

I was only introduced to this a few years back and it can a bit of a required taste. If you're not a fan of Whiskey or Bourbon then this isn't for you, however if you are - then you'll love it! It's essentially whiskey, thats been spiced and sweetened. A very simple drink to make, this classic can be found in every bar of restaurant around the world and even if it isn't on the menu, every bartender I've ever come across has been able to make one.  STEPS: 1) Add the sugar, bitters and water into a rocks glass, and stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. 2) Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine the flavours. 3) Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.

This is the taste of summer and is a fresh and fruity alternative to your classic G&T. I'm a huge fan of cucumber and mixing it with apple juice really reminds me of the British Summertime and being sat in my family garden or in the countryside. You could always add a few strawberries as well to make it extra fruity. STEPS: 1) Using a shaker, shake all the liquid ingredients together with ice and strain into a tall glass with filled with ice. 2) Decorate with cucumber ribbons to serve.

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