Bonfire Night is just around the corner and, to mark the evening, here are some of the best drinks to serve up at home
CÎROC French Martini Cocktail
The CÎROC limited-edition flavour, CÎROC black raspberry is back right in time for winter, and mark the occasion with this classic French cocktail.
- 60ml CÎROC Black Raspberry
- 50ml pineapple juice
- 7ml créme de cassis liqueur
- Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Añejo Old Fashioned
This is a simple serve to build at home, and mixes up the traditional Old Fashioned cocktail recipe by substituting whiskey for Patrón Añejo Tequila.
- 50ml PATRÓN Añejo Tequila
- 7.5ml simple syrup
- 1 dash bitters
- Orange peel for garnish
- Over a double old fashioned glass, use a vegetable peeler to take off two strips of orange zest, making sure to express the oil into the glass. Add Patrón Añejo, simple syrup, and bitters. Add ice – the biggest cubes you can find – and stir.
The ultimate alcoholic evocation of smoke and fire, ideal for bonfire night.
- 25 ml Burning Barn Smoked Rum
- 1/2 tsp golden syrup
- Dash of nut bitters
- Dash of aromatic bitters
- Dry shake and pour over crushed ice in a martini glass.
- Garnish with toasted marshmallows galore!
Tea Liqueur Champagne Cocktail
The Fortnum’s X Conker Distillery Cold Brew Tea Liqueur is the world’s first cold brew tea liqueur and you’ll only get it at Fortnum’s. So delicious, it may be cold brewed but it’s totally warming, as it’s expertly blended with Fortnum’s signature Countess Grey black tea.
- 140ml Highgrove Cuvée Champagne Blanc
- 40ml Fortnum’s X Conker Distillery Cold Brew Tea Liqueur
- Peach slice
- Simply add a shot of the liqueur to the glass of champagne, and place in the peach slice to infuse.
Jasmine Cooler (alcohol-free)
This is Amplify’s very own take on a refreshing iced tea.
- 70ml Amplify
- 40ml jasmine green tea syrup
- 15ml lemon juice
- 75ml soda
- Build all ingredients into a highball glass with cubed ice.
- Stir and garnish with a mint sprig and passion fruit wedge.
- To make the tea syrup, brew jasmine green tea with 100ml of water. Add 40g sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool and stick in the fridge before use. To switch up the recipe, swap jasmine green tea for any other tea of your choice.
Whisky and rum lovers take note: Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky is finished in rich Caribbean rum casks. The new Rum Rebel Smokito combines warm dried spices and a fruity sweetness, that come through with Smokehead’s signature extremes of what they call “peat and punch”.
- 50ml Smokehead Rum Rebel
- 25ml lime juice
- 25ml water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Fresh mint
- Flakes of smoked maldon sea salt
- Add mint and sugar to the glass and stir, then add the lime and water until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Add ice and pour the Smokehead into a highball glass.
- Sprinkle with a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt to bring out the flavours.
Peanut Butter Martini
- 50ml Carthy & Black Espresso Gin Cream Liqueur
- 15ml Aber Falls Gin
- 1 bar spoon smooth peanut butter
- 15ml chocolate sugar syrup
- Shake and double strain into a biscuit rimmed martini glass. Further garnish with Rococo Espresso Shots on top.
Doña Sofía/Two Brooks/Unknown Pleasures
And for those who want to sit back and relax. There’s Doña Sofía, the U.K.’s first and only CBD infused ready to drink cocktail mixer that comes in three variants of Tonic, Lemon & Lime Seltzer and Cola. Have on their own or add to spirits. There’s also the alcoholic sparkling waters from TWO BROOKS, a light and refreshing mixed drink that’s infused with natural fruit flavours. Love an espresso martini? Well, a must-try is the RTD cocktail brand, Unknown Pleasures, that’s brought to you by renowned restauranteur, Oliver Peyton. His luxe espresso martini in a can merges premium vodka with fine arabica coffee for that delicious hit.
For a spirit with a conscience (and for a classic g&t moment), try Hospitality Gin, a new not-for-profit gin brand created to support UK hospitality industry throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. All profits benefit the UK’s hospitality industry and workers via The Drinks Trust and Hospitality Action, with plans to set up a dedicated fund.
Virtual cocktail masterclass
Or if you fancy something more interactive try the Virtual Cocktail Masterclass brought to you by Mixology Events. They’ll send out all the items you need for the class including premium spirits, a stainless steel professional cocktail kit, fresh ingredients and recipes…let the fun begin.