Whilst we have many favourite drinks within the cocktail world we have space for only a select few in our favourite’s list. After much deliberation we’ve whittled these down to present to you our top five.
5. Moscow Mule
Ingredients: 60 ml of Vodka, 30 ml of Lime Juice, Ginger Beer and Lime Wedge for Garnish.
Moscow Mule is as simple to make as it is delicious. Originally designed to sell vodka to the masses in America this has become a firm favourite with people with the world over.
Moscow Mule is traditionally served in over-sized copper mugs which over time can lose their sparkle, doing a disservice to the sparkling, delicious refreshment they can contain.
With many not knowing how to clean Moscow Mule mugs, we have one simple tip to get your mugs back to their best: just dip a lemon wedge in salt and rub them all over!
Ingredients: 3 parts red wine, 1 part orange juice, 2 parts lemonade, fresh mint and sliced fruit (oranges and lemons)
Sangria is well known as the traditional drink of Spain and Portugal as a beautifully sweet mix of wine and fruit.
How to make Sangria: Mix all of the ingredients together in a large jug. You can then add more than the 3 parts of red wine, orange juice or lemonade as according to your tastes and the strength you desire.
Finish the drink off by pouring it into tumblers and garnish them with a topping of mint leaves and fruit.
3. Bloody Mary
Ingredients: 2 ice cubes, vodka, double shot, ½ lemon, juice only, 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 3 dashes Tabasco sauce, 150ml tomato juice.
The Bloody Mary may be one of the most famous cocktails of all time, which is not so surprising given that it is associated with everyone from Queen Mary the First, to a Waitress who worked in a Chicago Bar named the bucket of blood. Whilst there are wrangling and disagreements about where the name came from, one thing is for sure, this Vodka based drink is one of the most unusual cocktails going.
Ingredients: 1/2-inch thick English cucumber wheel, Strawberries, Mint leaves, 1/2-inch thick lemon wheel, 55ml Pimm’s No. 1, 120ml ounces 7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale lemon twist.
Pimms is as much about the drink mixture as it is about the garnish and mint leaves. However, creating the perfect Pimm’s cup needn’t be regarded as a fine art, simply being a little cautious when adding the mint leaves is the most important rule, where after you can be as creative as you like with the cucumber and strawberries.
1. Black Velvet
Ingredients: Guinness and Champagne
Who would think that Guinness and Champagne would be so delicious? This unlikely coupling dates all the way back to 1861 when a bartender in London was mourning the loss of Prince Albert. It is thought that he used champagne and stout to create a drink that symbolised the black armbands that were regularly worn by mourners during those times.