Ten cocktail recipes for November
The holiday season is quickly approaching. To make sure you’re on your A game, we’ve rounded up 10 cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to wow any guest.
From summery serves that hark back to warmer days and festive twists perfect for getting into the spirit of the season, there’s a cocktail recipe here for every kind of mood – and all of them can be prepared from the comfort of your own home.
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Kojin (the God of Fire)
Tony Vega at Ginza has created a concoction that embodies the power and passion of the god of fire, as part of the London Bourbon Experience.
- 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- 20ml Ancho Reyes
- 20ml Briottet Grapefruit Rose
- 12.5ml Lime juice
- 20ml Sake
- 25ml Grenadine
- 25ml Sakura tea
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and double strain into a chilled-dome copper coupe glass. Garnish with chilli strings and flash string.
Tony Vega at Block Soho combines Kentucky Straight Bourbon with the herbal allure of Yellow Chartreuse, lemon and apricot, in this cocktail made for the London Bourbon Experience.
- 50ml Rebel 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- 15ml Yellow Chartreuse
- 20ml Apricot cherry
- 25ml Lemon juice
- Bitters and foamer
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
Banarnold’s Banana Extravaganza
Another London Bourbon Experience creation – this time from Rui Costa at Hide Below – is a whiskey highball that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
- 50ml Rebel 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- 50ml Sake Nature
- 160ml Clarified banana juice
Method: Stir all the ingredients together, then strain into a highball glass over a long ice block. Garnish with a lime twist.
Got the winter blues? Then imagine you’re holidaying on the Mediterranean coast with this zesty, thirst-quenching tipple.
- 45ml Espanita Grapefruit Tequila
- 30ml Aperol
- 15ml Fresh grapefruit juice
- 15ml Lime juice
- 56 Medium basil leaves
- 1 splash of Club soda
- 23 dashes of Grapefruit bitters
Method: In a boston shaker, lightly muddle fresh basil leaves with freshly squeezed lime juice. Add Espanita Grapefruit Tequila, Aperol, fresh grapefruit juice and a handful of ice. Shake. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Add a small splash of club soda to finish the drink and a couple of dashes of grapefruit bitters.
Edwards 1902 has shaken up a spooky Halloween-inspired Martini with its potato vodka.
- 150ml Edwards 1902 Premium English Vodka
- 100ml Raspberry liqueur
- 50ml Lemon juice
- 25ml Pomegranate juice
- Blueberries on cocktail stick (blueberry grub)
Method: Put ice in the shaker and then add all the liquid ingredients. Shake for 20 seconds and pour into a Martini glass. Garnish with the blueberry grub.
Popi Sevastou, bar manager at Nolanverse, harvested wild fennel and prickly pears from Mykonos to create this signature cocktail.
- 35ml Mataroa Mediterranean Dry Gin
- 15ml Prickly pear spirit
- 20ml Fresh lime
- 16ml Prickly pear syrup with wild fennel
- 2 dashes of Saline solution (80:20 water to salt mix)
- 4 dashes of Fig tincture
- 8ml Aquafaba
Method: For the prickly pear syrup, take 500ml of prickly pear juice, 500ml of granulated sugar and 50g of fennel, and then boil, strain and bottle them together. Store in fridge. Combine all ingredients into a shaker, dry shake or use an immersion blender or a whisk to aerate, and emulsify the ingredients together. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass.
The Colonial Gin & Tonic
The spiced tones of Sir Edmond’s spin on a G&T will have you feeling festive when hosting friends during the winter.
- 60ml Sir Edmond Gin
- 25ml Tonic syrup
- 10ml Fresh lime juice
- 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 Lime zest and star anise
Method: Stir all ingredients and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with lime zest oils and star anise.
The Mauritian Magic
Beach Bum Rum’s tropical twist on a sour makes for the perfect after-dinner drink.
- 30ml Beach Bum Gold
- 15ml Cacao white
- 10ml Galliano or vanilla syrup
- 5ml Cointreau
- 10ml Lemon juice
- 20ml Egg white
Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass with a large ice cube. Top up with ginger ale, and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Smooth to drink and simple to put together, this rum-based cocktail has similar qualities to a Godfather and a Rusty Nail.
- 40ml Beach Bum Gold
- 10ml Cointreau
- 5ml Drambuie
- 2 drops of Angostura bitters
- 1 cherry
Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and stir until the cocktail is cold. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a ripe cherry.
Port and Chocolate Old Fashioned
Slunk back in an armchair, in front of a crackling fireplace, this riff on an Old Fashioned makes for an unrivalled nightcap.
- 45ml Vapoura Gold
- 10ml 1:1 Demerara sugar syrup
- 5ml Port wine
- 2 dashes cocoa bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Method: Stir the ingredients and serve on the rocks. Express the orange peel and serve.