From 007’s “Shaken, not stirred” Martini, to The Dude sipping White Russians in The Big Lebowski, there’s a reason the classic cocktail has the silver screen seal of approval.
So, in the spirit (get it?) of movie magic, we’re bringing Hollywood to the home, sharing our top tips and favourite recipes for cocktail making from the comfort of your kitchen.
Make Mine a Martini
The quintessential cocktail, a classic Martini has only two ingredients, gin and vermouth. However, if you feel like mixing it up a little, there are some fun, flavourful and fruity twists on this classic cocktail to really get the party started.
We love this delicious cherry, elderflower and lime recipe from Rachel Cooks, perfect shaken with ice for summer sipping.
Don’t forget, if you’re going for a classic Martini like this one from BBC Good Food, our olives provide the perfect garnish.
It’s Mint to Be a Mojito
A traditional Cuban highball, the traditional mojito cocktail features white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint. Sweet, citrusy and totally refreshing, there’s a reason why mojitos like this one from BBC Food are a summertime favourite.
At Cooks&Co we’ve got a taste for adventure, and we love to experiment, so we’ll let you in on a spicy secret. If you’re a fan of full flavour and heat, amp up the taste with a touch of chilli! Our Red Frenk Chillies are perfect for adding an extra kick. Check out this recipe from Sophie Wright Catering for more inspiration.
Made in Manhattan
Made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan is a true cocktail classic. If you want to give this delicious drink a try, this recipe from All Recipes will tell you all you need to know.
Never complete until garnished with a cherry, make sure you’re always ready to create this covetable cocktail by keeping a stash of our Pitted Black Cherries in your cupboard.
A Very Ve-gin Cocktail
With the foam on a classic sour cocktail ordinarily made using egg white, those following a plant-based diet often find themselves missing out. However, with this handy hack we spotted on Top with Cinnamon, that no longer needs to be the case.
You can, in fact, use aquafaba (the viscous water in which legume seeds such as chickpeas have been cooked) to make the froth – the perfect use for the water in our Chickpeas!
So whether you’re going for a Martini or kicking up the heat with your mojito, cocktail making at home has never been more fun or full of flavour!