If you’ve watched an episode of MadMen or ever attended a cocktail party, you know the importance of a good cocktail made with the right tools. The ingredients are the key to delicious drinks and the right glassware makes them taste even better. With our cocktail guide, you’ll be ready to impress even the Queen with your expertise.
The Classic Cosmopolitan
You’ve heard about it in movies and series, and perhaps you’ve even tried one. Now you can make one for your guests (or just yourself, we won’t judge). It’s the perfect drink for your borosilicate flute glass.
15ml triple sec
45ml lemon vodka
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
Method (it’s easy and quick):
Shake all the ingredients in your cocktail shaker and strain it into your borosilicate glass.
The Blue Lagoon
Metaphorically dip your toes in the ocean with the blue lagoon.
Ice cubes & some crushed ice
100ml blue curacao
1 juiced lemon
1 juiced orange
1 juice lime
200ml soda water
8 maraschino cherries and a teaspoon of the maraschino syrup
Place the ice cubes into a large jug and pour your blue curacao, vodka, fruit juices, and maraschino cherry syrup over it. Stir the mixture until the outside of the jug is nice and cold.
Fill half of your four borosilicate cocktail glasses with crushed ice and strain the cocktail over it. Top the drink with your soda water and garnish with the maraschino cherries.
The Espresso Martini
Who doesn’t like a good martini? Who doesn’t like coffee? Okay, some people. But if you’re not one of those people, this one's for you.
30ml espresso coffee
2 teaspoons raw sugar
4 ice cubes
Throw your vodka, espresso, and raw sugar into a cocktail shaker. After shaking for a bit, add your ice cubes and shake for another 10 seconds before straining into your borosilicate rock tumbler glass.
The Pineapple and Mint Mojito
Perfect for a summer's day. It’s the famous collaboration between pineapple and mint.
10 mint leaves
Half a lime, sliced into 3 wedges
Handful fresh pineapple chunks
1-2 tablespoons of pineapple nectar
2 tablespoons of white rum
120ml soda water
Mint leaves to decorate
Put your mint, lime, and pineapple into a glass and crush with the end of a wooden spoon (no fancy gadgets needed for this one) until mixed well. Add the pineapple nectar and rum, and top with the soda water. Pour into your borosilicate tumbler high glass and decorate with mint leaves.
The Sex on the Beach
We’re talking about the cocktail here, but it’s just as good with less sand involved.
25ml peach schnapps
2 juiced oranges
50ml cranberry juice
2 orange wedges to decorate
Pour your vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice into a jug and stir until mixed well. Fill two borosilicate flute glasses with ice cubes. Pour mixture into each glass and decorate with orange wedges.
The Long Island Iced Tea
Like Love Island, but better, and one of Sheldon Cooper’s favourites.
50ml vanilla vodka
50ml dry gin
50ml triple sec
50-100ml lime juice
Wedges of 2 limes
Into a large (very large) jug, pour your vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, and rum. Add lime juice and taste to see if you need more (just taste it). Fill with ice and stir until the jug feels cold. Add the cola and stir before throwing in your lime wedges. Fill your borosilicate flute glasses with ice and pour over your ice cold drink.
An Old Fashioned. But with Rum
Have a new take on an old fashioned by making a rum cocktail.
50ml dark rum
1 teaspoon sugar syrup
Dash of orange bitters
Orange peel to decorate
Place half of your rum, the sugar syrup, and your dash of orange bitters into a mixing glass. Throw in three ice cubes and stir until the glass is cold. Add the remainder of your rum and a few more ice cubes and stir until mixed well. Fill your borosilicate rock tumbler with ice and pour the mixture over it before decorating with an orange peel.
Earl Grey Martini
We certainly do love our tea - so why not make a cocktail out of it?
1 tablespoon loose-leaf Earl Grey tea
700ml bottle of gin
Put the tea in a large jug and pour the gin over, stirring for 45 seconds. Through a tea strainer, strain the mixture back into the bottle. There will more than likely still be particles from the tea. Rinse your jug and strain the mixture back into the jug using a coffee filter. This drink will be good for months to come. When you’re ready for a drink, shake or stir over ice and pour into your borosilicate rock tumbler glass.
The Purple Rain
We’re taking it back to purple rain, just like the song.
50ml blue curacao
50ml lime juice
50ml lemon juice
200ml soda water
Lime slices to decorate
Fill half a large jug with ice and pour your vodka, gin, blue curacao, lime juice, and lemon juice in before stirring well. Fill the rest with your soda water, grenadine, and some more ice and stir again. Fill half of 4 borosilicate tumbler high glasses with ice, pour over your mixture and decorate with lime slices.
The Soda and Vermouth
This is definitely one of the easiest and fastest cocktails of all the recipes mentioned thus far.
200ml soda water
Lemon slices and green olives to decorate
Fill your borosilicate flute glass with ice, pour in your vermouth, and fill the rest with your soda water. Skewer your olives, pop them in the glass, and slide a lemon slice on the side.
With this cocktail guide, you can enjoy a 50's style cocktail party and impress all your friends with your cocktail knowledge and gorgeous double-walled barware. For a full look at our mixology barware set, click here.