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For Best of British month here at Mankind, we just had to use our expertise to provide you with our top 5 British cocktails recipes to celebrate – whatever the reason may be! We’re all so used to the well-known American cocktails such as the Martini and Long Island Iced Tea, but what about our good ol’ British cocktails? We’re running down our best of British cocktail favourites, to mix it up with style!
You can’t really get anything more British than Pimm’s – it truly is a top British spirit, through and through. This recipe makes four pint glasses, so you and your mates can indulge in a Pimm’s Cup. Fruity, fresh and fragrant, here at Mankind we love a good Pimm’s cup cocktail and as it’s so quick and easy to make, it shows that Pimms isn’t just for lazy days watching the tennis at Wimbledon!
1 ½ cups Pimm’s
1 orange, cut into thin slices
1 lemon, cut into thin slices
¾ cup firmly packed mint leaves and stems
1 ½ cups cold ginger ale
1 cucumber, cut into 8 wedges
3 cups ice
1 apple, cut into thin slices
Starting with a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, orange and lemon slices and the mint. Leave it to chill for around 10 minutes then stir in the ginger ale. Take the pint glasses and stand two cucumber wedges on end in each glass. Fill them up halfway with ice then add the Pimm’s mixture. To finish, garnish by pushing the mint down into the drinks and divide the orange, lemon and apple slices between the drinks. If this sounds too much like hard work though, you could just throw the entire ingredients list in to a large jug and hope for the best! Easier for sharing too.
Herb-infused cocktails are a great way to end the day and this raspberry and lavender gin fizz cocktail is no doubt a great choice. This combination will have you raring to make more and you’ll be making these British cocktails for every occasion possible. This recipe makes just the one cocktail but hey, no-one is stopping you from making more!
Pinch of dried lavender buds
2 spoons honey
20ml fresh lemon
20ml fresh orange
Dash egg white
Using a cocktail shaker, start by adding the honey into the bottom. Next, add the gin and stir until everything is dissolved. Take the rest of the ingredients and add them to the shaker, shake vigorously and double strain into a sling glass. Finally, add a dash of soda and garnish with fresh raspberries for your ultimate raspberry and lavender gin fizz cocktail! Enjoy.
The Bramble cocktail is often featured in the ‘Classic Cocktails’ sections on menus in restaurants across the country. Invented by a man named Dick Bradsell who worked at Fred’s Club in London in the 1980’s, the extensive list of British cocktails was dramatically improved. We seriously thank this guy for his awesome creation and this simple recipe for one will be made by us for years to come.
20ml lemon juice
1tsp sugar syrup
15ml blackberry liqueur
Garnish – slice of lemon and a blackberry
The Bramble is super easy to make and it all starts by putting some crushed ice in an old fashioned tumbler glass. Simply add all of the ingredients into the glass, make sure to stir thoroughly and garnish by adding a slice of lemon and a blackberry on top. Enjoy!
The Juniper Sling is the cocktail for all gin lovers. Its strong aroma alone will have you craving this iconic British cocktail time and time again. Even though this recipe only makes the one, the alcohol content is high enough to hit the spot! It includes a an aromatised wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle, and quinine called Byrrh, which we must admit we hadn’t heard of before discovering this delicious recipe!
20ml lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Dash celery bitters
Dash lemon bitters
6 juniper berries
Begin by muddling the juniper berries into a highball/sling glass, followed by combining the other ingredients. Add ice cubes, churn and top up the glass with tonic water. Finish by garnishing with 2 cucumber slices and your Juniper Sling is ready to drink!
A classic British drink; the good old gin and tonic is almost everybody’s favourite. Why not mix it up and go for G&T with a twist? Switch the tonic for some tea syrup and you’ve made yourself a British cocktails masterpiece! This tangy take on a classic will have you craving more with each sip.
40ml dry gin
25ml tea syrup
2 lemon wedges
2 orange wedges
1 grapefruit wedge
Take your cocktail shaker, fill with ice then squeeze the wedges of orange and lemon into it. Repeat by squeezing in the grapefruit wedge but then drop it into the shaker. Add the dry gin and tea syrup and shake well. Finally, strain your British G&T creation into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist or zest.
If none of these British cocktails are up your street, fear not! You can check out our top 5 manly cocktails, or better yet, make them all! To spruce up your barware collection, take a look at our range of barware available… Did somebody say cocktail party?
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