Let’s be honest the majority of us don’t need an excuse to enjoy a beverage but when there is an excuse we tend to grab it with both hands and make the most of it. You will all be glad to hear that Sunday 13 May 18 is World Cocktail Day, and this in my eyes is an excuse better than most to get creative at home and enjoy your own homemade cocktail creations. I will be getting in on the act a day early due to being invited to a Eurovision Party (yep they exist) where me and the gang will be creating some cocktails which will hopefully be drunk into the wee small hours of World Cocktail Day itself.
I have teamed up with some of the biggest drinks brands in the world and below are some classic cocktail recipes with a twist from each of the brands, that you can get creative with and create in the comfort of your own home. For those of you that get creative why not share these on social media tagging each brand and #worldcocktailday.
One that never goes out of fashion
Celebrate World Cocktail Day with of one the most popular cocktails, the Old Fashioned. Born in the heart of Kentucky in the 19th century, Wild Turkey 101 is the ideal backbone for an Old Fashioned thanks to its bold and spicy flavours and high rye content.
50ml Wild Turkey 101
2 dashes Angostura bitters
10ml Sugar Syrup
1. Stir all ingredients together.
2. Pour over ice into rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.
Enjoy a taste of the island
Taste the joyful spirit of Jamaica with an Appleton Estate Mai Tai on World Cocktail Day. The most celebrated drink of the golden age of tiki. The Mai Tai is an indulgent blend of
the premium Appleton Estate 12-Year-Old mixed with Orange Curacao liqueur, lime juice and topped with mint and a slice of lime.
50ml Appleton Estate
12ml Sugar Syrup
12 ml Orange Curacao
12ml Orgeat Syrup
25ml Fresh Lime Juice
1. Combine all ingredients with cubed ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
2. Strain and pour into a short glass filled with crushed ice.
3. Garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.
Shaking up the fifties with a Mexican delight
It’s up for debate when the Margarita was first created but we do know that it grew in popularity during the 50’s. Throughout the years the classic cocktail has been adapted to create the delicious, versatile drink that we all know and love. The refreshing, citrusy Margarita is the perfect cocktail to experiment with and also to enjoy in the sunshine. Why not create your own Perfect Patrón Margarita with the recipe below?
30ml Patrón Silver tequila
20ml Patron Citrónge Orange liqueur
20ml Fresh lime juice
10ml Sugar syrup
+ Lime Wedge
+ Kosher Salt
1. Combine all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill.
2. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
3. Salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt. (Optional)
Bringing it back to the 80’s
A twist on the 80’s classic, let Koko Kanu the finest premium Jamaican white rum with coconut flavour transport you overseas with the Koko Kolada. Enjoy a taste of escapism with this fresh take on the Pina Colada.
50ml Koko Kanu, Jamaican rum with coconut flavour
50ml Pineapple Juice
Pinch of nutmeg
1. Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker on ice.
2. Shake and double strain then pour into the chilled coupe glass and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.