As we enter ‘Lockdown 2.0’, the long nights and chilly days may not seem that attractive. However, at The Guide, we believe this presents the perfect opportunity to brush up on cocktail making skills, just in time for the festive season, which is just around the corner. So why not seek out the shaker, mixing glasses and strainers to put your inner mixologist to the test with these five autumn inspired cocktails.
Port Old Fashioned
· 2 oz Whisky
· .5 oz 10-Year-Old Tawny Port
· 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
· Orange peel
Take the orange peel, bitters and syrup and place in a tumbler. Using a muddler, press on the orange peel in order to release the aromas. Measure out the whisky and port. Then add them to the tumbler, alongside one large cube of ice. Stir the mixture.
· 2 oz Pear Brandy
· 2 oz Pear Nectar
· .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
· .5 oz Simple Syrup
· 1 Pear Slice
· 1 Egg White
Using a cocktail shaker, mix together the pear brandy, pear nectar, lemon juice, egg white and simply syrup. Once shaken, strain the drink into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of pear.
· 2 oz Alibi Gin
· .25 oz Lemon Juice
· Agave Nectar
· Sparkling Apple Cider
Add the gin, lemon juice and agave nectar into a shaker. Shake well and then pour the mixture into a high ball glass filled with ice. Top up with the sparkling cider and garnish the drink with a slice of apple and a sprig of thyme.
· 1.5 oz 1800 Reposado Tequila
· 1 0z Freshly Squeeze Grapefruit Juice
· .5 oz Fino Sherry
· .5 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into a tumbler filled with ice. Add soda water and then garnish the drink with a grapefruit twist.
· 1.5 oz Laird’s Bonded Applejack
· 1 oz Channing Daughters Vervino Vermouth #1
· .5 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
· 10 Drops Mole Bitters
Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice in. Mix thoroughly using a mixing spoon. Strain the drink into a martini glass.