Cocktail Recipes

Two Cocktails. One Light, One Dark.

My holiday guests fall into two camps.  The first lot will say “I’d love a cocktail, but nothing too strong please”.  Normally I would thrown these people out, but they are my friends. The second want to have whatever I am drinking.  These are the dogs I run with.

For the first group this year I will be serving an Italian Collins, a twist on a Tom Collins.  It’s a light refreshing drink, with enough complexity to maintain your cocktail credentials. two cocktails

Italian Collins



30ml or a shot of gin (a spicy gin like Bombay Sapphire works well)

Limonata or any suitable good quality carbonated lemon drink (get one with at least 10% lemon juice)

A dash of citrus bitters

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice


Pour the gin into a champagne flute and top up with cold Limonata.  Add the bitters and fresh lemon juice.  Stir gently and serve.  You may garnish with a lemon twist.

Martinimandate two cocktails

Vieux Carre

For the serious drinkers amongst my guests I am serving a Vieux Carre.  Named after the French Quarter of New Orleans where it was invented in the 1930’s, it is pronounced “voo-ka-ray” and translates as “old square”.  It is a smoother, more sophisticated variant of a Sweet Manhattan



30ml bourbon

30ml cognac

30ml sweet red vermouth

7.5ml Benedictine

A dash of Angostura bitters

A dash of Peychaud’s bitters


Shake the ingredients with ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with either a lemon twist or a maraschino cherry.

Both these cocktails can be served over ice, but I find that serving a very cold drink in a martini glass or a champagne flute to be just that bit more festive.

Drink well! Be well!

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