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The Perfect Cocktail

By Ryan Merrifield

Posted: 8th September 2014 14:28
When a cocktail is done right, there are not many better things in life. A summer staple, it is the perfect accompaniment for any casual evening drink. With so many variations and takes on classic cocktails, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a recipe.
 
Boys
Every man should strive for that Don Draper look when it comes to the cocktail. Exuding class and confidence, the correct cocktail choice adds an elegance which is hard to match. We take a look at a classic here and add a modern twist to two classic cocktails. (Warning: there is not a sex on the beach in sight).
 
Manhattan
1½ fl oz whiskey
1½ fl oz vermouth
1–2 dashes sugar syrup*
1–2 dashes orange bitters
Squeeze of lemon peel
 
Tom Collins
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Simple Syrup*
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Soda Water
 
Girls
Whether you are having a girl’s night in or want something to start the night off right, then these flavoursome drink recipes are you.  We have picked two cocktails that are vibrant, colourful and most importantly, delicious!
 
The Cosmopolitan
1 1/2 oz citrus vodka
3/4 oz Cointreau or Combier
1 oz cranberry juice
 
Margarita
35ml/1¼fl oz Reposado Tequila
20ml/¾fl oz Cointreau
35ml/1¼fl oz fresh lime juice
Lime wedge, to garnish
 
Classic
Of course, we do not believe in gender discrimination and the cocktails we’ve already listed can be enjoyed by everyone! But for something truly universal, then look no further than a Mojito. Irresistibly fresh, nothing says summer quite like this classic cocktail. 
 
Mojito
1½ limes, cut into wedges
20 fresh mint leaves
2½ tsp granulated sugar
65ml/2½fl oz white rum
splash soda water, to taste
fresh mint sprig, to garnish

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