Classic cocktail recipes

Serving cocktails is a sure‐fire way of getting your guests up and on the dance floor


Recipe from: Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly, Manchester


  • 2oz Tequila
  • ½oz Triple Sec
  • ½oz simple sugars or gomme
  • Juice of ½ lime

Shaken and poured over crushed ice. Served in a salted glass.

Pimms no 1

Recipe from: Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham, SW6

  • 50ml Pimms No. 1
  • Lemonade
  • Slice of orange
  • Slice of lemon
  • 3 cherries
  • Mint
  • Cucumber

Fill tall glass with ice cubes and add Pimms, fruit, mint and cucumber. Top up with lemonade. Alternatively, half fill the glass with lemonade and fill to top with ginger ale.

Tequila mockingbird

Recipe from: Harvey’s Restaurant, 12 Denmark Street, Bristol

  • 1 measure Tequila
  • 1 measure freshly squeezed lime
  • 1 measure mint cream
  • Caster sugar to taste

Shake together and serve in Martini glass. Serve with slice of lime.

We’ve come up with a selection of stylish and highly sophisticated recipes from some of Britain’s smartest bars and hotels…

Classic Champagne cocktail

Recipe from: Indigo Yard, 7 Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh

  • Brown sugar cube
  • 1/3 measure of quality brandy
  • Champagne

Absolutely crushed

recipe from: Lab, Old Compton Street, London, W1

  • 1.5oz Absolut Citron
  • 3‐4 kumquats
  • 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar
  • ½oz lime juice
  • Float Manderine Napoleon
  • Float gomme

Serve in large rocks glass over crushed ice


Recipe from: The Morrison Hotel, Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1

  • 1/3 Martini Bianco
  • 1/3 Gordon’s Gin
  • 1/3 Smirnoff

Serve in a Martini glass, either on the rocks or straight up.

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