If you’re feeling fit and healthy during these unprecedented times, then mix up these lockdown cocktails, sit back and relax, or enjoy a virtual cocktail hour with friends – glass in hand!
Award winning Hattingley Valley, pale gold in colour with an abundance of fine bubbles, Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve (Tesco– £29) has a vibrant aroma of baked apple, creamy nougat and brioche on the nose, with a hint of toast and fresh red fruit. With notes of soft lemon sherbet on the palate, the Classic Reserve is perfectly balanced with a delightful long finish. The perfect aperitif or celebration drink, the Classic Reserve is a flawless accompaniment for many dishes.
Fishers Gin (£39), an authentic coastal spirit distilled between the sea and the salt marshes in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, infuses foraged local herbs and coastal botanicals, capturing wild and forgotten flavours of the English coast. Robust and natural with savoury, aromatic and herbaceous notes served from a beautiful bottle inspired by the fishing nets and brightly coloured fishing boats of the village, opt for a Fishers Signature G&T, a blend of Fishers, Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic, orange and rosemary; or a Fishers and Peas, a refreshing blend of gin, St Germain, cider vinegar and lemon juice to name a few. Available to purchase on fishersgin.com.
UK premium drinks brands Double Dutch offers an array of refreshing and flavoursome Spring cocktail recipes using their award-winning mixers and tonics. Low-calorie, vegan and using 100% natural and organic ingredients, Double Dutch’s innovative mixers can be enjoyed drunk straight up or for creating easy-to-make cocktails at home. Get their mixers delivered straight to your door via online retailers Waitrose, Amazon and Ocado. Make the Berry Delight with 50ml Gin, 15ml Lemon Juice and topped with Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil and 20ml Chambord.
Savage Garden’s head bartender Kristian Smith has come up with this delicious recipe to make the Semiotic Martini Cocktail. Mix together 25ml Crystal Head Vodka, 20ml Walnut Vermouth, 15ml Pampelle, 5ml Seedlip Grove and top up with pineapple and champagne foam. Put all ingredients into a mixing glass, stir, strain and add foam.
Martin Miller’s Gin and Fentimans Rose Garden Cocktail
Martin Miller’s Gin have teamed up with Fentimans to create the special Rose Garden cocktail. Pour 50ml of Martin Miller’s Gin into a balloon glass and top up with 150ml Fentimans Rose Lemonade. Garnish with a wedge of lemon for a taste of Spring! Enjoy in the garden, naturally.
Hacha’s Mirror Margarita
You might not be able to pop into Hacha in Dalston right now, but you can definitely bring a taste of this destination agaveria bar to you during lockdown. The Mirror Margarita which won Cocktail of the Year at the CLASS bar awards is available to order from Hacha in a 50cl bottle – equal to four large serves with a double shot of Don Julio Blanco in each priced at £35. Pour over ice, power up Houseparty on the laptop and chill while chatting to friends. Available here.
Mr Lyan’s Bonfire Old Fashioned
Award winning My Lyan bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana has bottled a selection of his most iconic cocktails. if you’re feeling anxious right now (and who can blame you), this will definitely have you feeling more relaxed! Try the Bonfire Old Fashioned which is made with My Lyan whisky, lapsang souchong and My Lyan cola bitters, or the Spotless Martini made with My Lyan gin, vermouths, distilled olive and distilled lemon. Available for £29.95 from Master of Malt.
Black Cow Martini
The ultimate dirty martini is now coming to a sofa near you! Strong, salts and sweet Mark Hix’s Black Cow Martini is a beaut with 50ml Black Cow Vodka, Dry Vermouth and 5ml olive brine. Pour the Black Cow, splash of vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and add an olive, while there’s other cocktail recipes from Black Cow available on the website.