I was inspired by the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had at Untitled Supper Club in Chicago to get into making my own cocktails. As soon as I got home, I splashed out and bought some very nice alcohol, some good books and rather fancy cocktail set from Alexander & James.

Fancy joining me? Here’s a selection of what I’ve been up to.

Aviation (with Aviation Gin no less)


Serve in a Martini glass…

  • 2 shots gin
  • 1/2 shot Marashino liqueur
  • 1/4 shot Crème de Voilette
  • 1/2 shot fresh lemon juice

How to make: Half fill a cocktail shaker ice. Add the gin, the Marachino liqueur, the Crème de Voilette and the lemon juice. Give a long shake and pour out through a strainer into the chilled glass. Serve with a marashino cherry garnish.

Whisky Sour

Whisky Sour

Serve in a cocktail coupe…

  • 2 shots whisky or bourbon
  • 3/4 shot fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 simple syrup
  • 1 egg white

How to make: First add the egg white to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Fill the shaker two thirds full of ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Give a long shake and then strain and serve into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice and a cherry.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Ideally served in a Julep tin glass…

  • 2 shots bourbon
  • 1/4 shot sugar syrup
  • 12 fresh mint leaves

How to make: In the tin glass add the mint and the sugar syrup. Muddle together, before filling with crushed ice. Add the bourbon and stir with a bar spoon. Top with more crushed ice and continue to stir until the drink filll the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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