Cocktail recipes you can enjoy - and make - all year round

Get creative and mix up a delicious tipple

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With so many different ingredients and flavours available, cocktails can be enjoyed any time of the year.

In this guide, drink brands and experts have put together their favourite cocktail recipes.

Here’s what’s on The Week’s cocktail menu.

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Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Old Fashioned

No Old Fashioned recipe would be complete without using Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, a bold and versatile spirit. There should be an explosion of vanilla and caramel flavours that progress to bitter orange and leave you with the smokiness that reveals its eight-year charring process. A fantastic choice for a real unwind.

  • 50ml Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
  • Up to 25ml simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • Orange zest
  • Large ice cube

Put the ice into a lowball glass filled with a large ice cube. Measure out the bourbon and pour in a mixing glass with the syrup and bitters. Strain into the lowball glass over the ice Garnish with an orange peel.

Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Old Fashioned

Aged for more than 14 months in single malt Scotch whisky casks, Storywood Añejo is an adventurous tequila which embodies the sip slow attitude. Hiding in every deep amber dram are notes of toasted oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee.

  • 50ml Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila
  • 10ml agave syrup
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel

Stir half the tequila with three cubes of ice in a glass. Add agave syrup, bitters and two more ice cubes, before stirring again. Add the rest of the tequila before stirring once more. Add more ice cubes if room and garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel.

Cazcabel Blanco Hot Jalisco Punch

At the heart of the Cazcabel tequila range is Blanco. A spirit fashioned from sun-baked Blue Weber Agave from the heart of the Jalisco region. Fresh, crisp and with a rustic hit of earthy agave, this tequila is truly one to be sipped and savoured.

  • 25ml Cazcabel Blanco Tequila
  • 150ml pomegranate juice
  • 150ml cranberry juice 5ml agave syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick Garnish with an orange slice

Heat up both the juices. Add cinnamon and agave syrup and let it mull for 20 minutes. Pour into a glass and add the Cazcabel Blanco Tequila. Add an orange slice and serve.

Cotswold Dry Gin - Let Nothing Perish

Cotswolds Dry Gin is distilled with a blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals. The head distiller uses more than ten times the average amount of botanicals used by most premium gins.

  • 45ml Cotswolds Dry Gin
  • 15ml Cotswolds Amaro
  • 7.5ml Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
  • 45ml pink grapefruit

Place all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with dehydrated pink grapefruit.

J&B Rare Whisky Sour

J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky combines 42 malt and grain whiskies in one smooth yet subtle blend.

  • 35ml J&B Rare
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 15ml pasteurised egg white
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Maraschino cherries

Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a black cherry, preferably a Maraschino cherry.

Discarded Rum Old Fashioned

  • 50ml Discarded Banana Peel Rum
  • 5ml sugar syrup (2:1)
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters

Cold Fashioned by Mr Black

Limited Edition Single Origin Ethiopia coffee liquor, which launches on 1 October, works perfectly in a Cold Fashioned, a signature cocktail created by Mr Black.

  • 30ml Mr Black Single Origin Ethiopia
  • 30ml rye whisky
  • 2x dash bitters

Combine ingredients, add ice and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Original Venetian Spritz

Select Aperitivo is the essential ingredient for the Original Venetian Spritz, a simple yet delicious cocktail traditionally served with a large green olive.

  • 3 parts prosecco
  • 2 parts Select Aperitivo
  • 1 splash soda water
  • 1 large green olive with stone

Pour cold prosecco into a wine glass over ice. Add Select, a splash of soda water and gently stir together. Garnish with a large green olive.

The Regent Seven Seas

All five of the luxury ships in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet offer a range of distinctive cocktails. Among the pick of the bunch is the “Regent Seven Seas”, a tasty apricot brandy cocktail.

  • 60ml Absolut raspberry vodka
  • 30ml apricot brandy liqueur
  • 30ml sweet and sour mix
  • 5-6 fresh red grapes

Smash the grapes in a shaker glass and then add the other ingredients. Shake and strain into the glass.

Finnish Lonkero

This drink was originally created to quench the thirst of visitors who flocked to Finland for the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics. Called the Lonkero, the mix of gin and, most commonly, grapefruit soda has stood the test of time and is still popular with both locals and tourists today.

  • 4 parts Fresca
  • 3 parts gin
  • 1 part Grapefruit Q Tonic

Build over ice and stir gently to combine.


The bar staff at Glenapp Castle in Scotland mix up an array of cocktails, including the Glenapp1870, which is served in a champagne flute.

  • 35ml Hendricks Gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • Champagne

Add all ingredients except for the champagne to the shaker. Shake and strain into the glass and then top up with champagne. Serve in a chilled flute and garnish with a lemon twist and thyme.

Lady Ellenborough

Lady Ellenborough was a dazzling character who took English society by storm in the 19th century. Not only did she inspire the individuality of Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds, but also the hotel’s signature cocktail, which takes her name too.

  • 25ml Hendricks Gin
  • 15ml Chase Elderflower Liqueur
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 5ml simple syrup
  • Champagne to top up
  • 1in cucumber (peeled)
  • Cucumber ribbons to garnish

Smash cucumber in a shaker glass. Add all ingredients to the glass and shake over ice. Fine strain into a chilled, garnished champagne flute and top up with champagne. Finish with cucumber ribbon.

The Henrietta Spice

Boutique luxury hotel Roseate Villa Bath opened The Henrietta Bar last December, when this delicious cocktail was created by resident mixologist Christiana Kiose as the perfect winter warmer.

  • 50ml gin
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 25ml homemade pear syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Star anise

Dry shake the egg white. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker. Pour into a glass and garnish with a star anise.

Whisky Six by Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky

For its signature serve, Nc’nean breaks the perceived “rule” that whisky from Scotland should be drunk neat. The Morvern-based distillery’s refreshing whisky soda is called the Whisky Six, in a nod to both the recipe and the perfect time of day for a long drink.

  • 2 parts Nc’nean (50ml)
  • 4 parts soda water (100ml)
  • Mint sprig to garnish

Fill a glass with cubed ice and add all the ingredients. Gently stir then garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Starlino Arancione Spritz

Add a touch of orange to your Halloween celebrations with Starlino Arancione. This Italian aperitivo is refreshing, full-bodied and vibrant.

  • 1 part Starlino Arancione
  • 1 part sparkling wine
  • 1 part sparkling water
  • Garnish: orange slice

Fill a large wine glass with ice and add one part Starlino Arancione. Top up with one part sparkling wine and one part sparkling water and garnish with an orange slice.

Deanston Kentucky Old Fashioned

This classic cocktail is a great way to usher in the new year and the perfect balance for anyone who is maybe a little tired of sweet Christmas drinks.

  • Add a sugar cube and a splash of water to a glass
  • A dash of bitters and give it a good stir
  • Next go in with a cube or two of ice, followed by a good slug of Deanston Kentucky Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Finish with a squeeze of orange and garnish with orange rind

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