London Cocktail Week

Celebrating The London Cocktail Week 2014

From the 6th to 12th October 2014, London is celebrating cocktails with events all around the city. 200 bars will be offering £4 cocktails to customers wearing LCW wristbands, there will be parties, popups, tastings events and more throughout the capital. We decided to feature one cocktail recipe a day during this week to celebrate fabulous classics and delicious mix.

Feel free to add your own recipes or tips in the comment box below. And above all, enjoy this week with a nice cocktail!

by Clotilde Delebarre, 6th October 2014

Sunday: Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Created in the 19th century, this one is for whiskey and brandy lovers. A gentleman’s drink, it needs to be stirred thoroughly until perfect!

Ingredients

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

For 1 person

  • 60ml of Bourbon
  • 2-3 drops of bitters
  • 1 slice of orange peel
  • 1 tsp of sugar or sugar syrup
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Ice cubes

Recipe

In a tumbler glass, squeeze the orange peel and add the cherry, sugar, bitters and ice cubes. Add half of the Bourbon and stir for about 10 seconds. Add the rest of the Bourbon and stir well.

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Saturday: Margarita

Margarita

Invented in Mexico by Margarita Sames, this cocktail mixes together acidness, sweetness and bitterness. Another world famous cocktail.

Ingredients

Jose Cuervo Tequila

For 1 person

Recipe

Add the ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Dip a Margarita glass in lime juice and fine salt and put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Pour the mixture in the glass and enjoy!

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Friday: Martini

Martini

An extremely famous cocktail based on Gin, this is very classy! James Bond loves it with Vodka instead of Gin. The secret is to get it chilled but keep it very dry to get all the flavour.

Bombay Sapphire Gin

Ingredients

For 1 person

Recipe

Mix the Vermouth and Martini in a shaker and add two thirds of ice cubes. Mix quickly with a spoon up and down. Serve in a Martini glass holding the ice. Add an olive in the glass.

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Thursday: Sangria

Sangria

Full of sunny flavours with all its fruits, this is a great bet for Summer parties. This Spanish cocktail is a classic but don’t drink too much as it can get to your head very quickly!

Ingredients

Campo Viejo

For 6 people

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 orange (juice and zest)
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ginger
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • Seasonal fruits cut into pieces according to your taste (oranges, strawberries, pears, apricots…)

Optional:

Recipe

In a salad bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well so that the sugar is completely dissolved. Leave it in the fridge for a day before serving. Serve it from the bowl into glasses.

Tips:

  • Adding the Port, Triple sec and Cognac is optional as it can make the drink quite strong.
  • Add the cinnamon, ginger and sugar according to your taste.
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Wednesday: Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Carrie’s favourite in Sex and the City, the Cosmo is a great Vodka-based cocktail created in the USA. Served in a large Martini glass, it’s very glamorous and usually loved by women.

Belvedere Vodka

Ingredients

For 1 person

Recipe

In a shaker, add crushed ice with all the ingredients and shake vigorously until the shaker feels cold. Strain the mixture into a tall glass. Add a small fruit or an orange peel on the edge of the glass to decorate.

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Tuesday: Mojito

Mojito

A great classic from Cuba, the Mojito will rarely disappoint. I love it because you can try it in many different ways changing the type of rum you use or adding some exotic fruits. It's always a safe bet when you don't know what to have and you fancy something fresh and exotic!

Ingredients

Captain Morgan Rum

For 1 person

  • 45ml of Rum
  • 17ml of lime juice
  • 90ml of sparkling water
  • Mint leaves (about 10)
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • Crushed ice

Recipe

In a shaker, press the mint and sugar with a muddler. Add the crushed ice, rum and lime juice and shake vigorously until the shaker feels cold in your hands. Strain the mixture into a tall glass. Add the sparkling water and enjoy!

Tips:

  • If you don’t have a shaker, just mix all the ingredients in the glass and muddle gently to avoid losing all the fizz from the sparkling water.
  • You can improve the original version by adding strawberries or passion fruit to it. Just crush them and add the juice to the mixture.
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Monday: Champagne Soup

Champagne Soup

You must be thinking 'Ewww! How can you mix Champagne and soup together?!' Don't worry, I won't tell you to add tomato or minestrone to Champagne... This cocktail is a very nice way to get Champagne or fizz presented differently when you have a few guests. I love to use it when I throw a party because it's very easy to realize and it's light and fresh. To be honest, I never use proper Champagne in it but rather some cheaper fizz as it can get quite expensive if you have a lot of guests.

Ingredients

Nicolas Feuillatte

For 6 people

Recipe

Keep all the ingredients in the fridge beforehand as they must stay chilled. Prepare the cocktail just before serving to keep the bubbles in! Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl, adding the Champagne in the end. Serve each flute directly from the bowl with your ladle.

Tips:

  • Add some raspberries in your flutes to make it more glamorous!
  • Add some sugar on the edge of your glasses: dip the top of the flutes in lemon juice (about 5mm) and then in sugar before and keep them in the fridge for a few hours for the sugar to stick to the glass.
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