The sun is out and barbecue season is officially upon us. We’ve had years of honing our gourmet burgers, slow roast pork belly and beer can chicken to perfection, so where to now to impress your guests?
Time to open the drinks cabinet and start mixing up some truly original crowd-pleasing cocktails, and the best place to look for inspiration is Cocktails in the City.
We’ve done the legwork for you and have put together some of the most original concoctions for you to recreate at home.
68 and Boston’s Soho Sorbet is grown-up fun, which hits the spot and looks sensational. You’ll need a soda syphon to create the top foam layer but it’s definitely worth the effort.
40 ml Death’s Door Gin
15 ml Clarified Lemon
20 ml Simple Syrup
10 ml Rhubarb
10 ml Creme De Violette
10 ml Double Cream
Method: Shake the first three ingredients and strain into an ice cream cone with an inner plastic cup. Charge the remaining three ingredients to produce a delicious summery foam and layer on top
Garnish: Hundreds and thousands
Graphic Bar have put together this simple and elegant cooler, long and refreshing.
20 ml Hayman's Gin
20 ml Cocchi Torino
10 ml Fraise Des Bois
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Shake first five ingredients with cubed ice
Strain into highball over cubed ice
Top with Prosecco
Garnish: Soda Straw and Pink Grapefruit Wedge
STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM
Fifteen’s invention requires some pretty serious preparation but the result is simply astonishing - it literally tastes like strawberries and cream in a glass.
700 ml Langley’s Gin
2 Punnets of Good Quality Strawberries
1 Handful of Tarragon
15 Coriander Seeds
20 Pink Peppercorns
250 ml Lemon Juice
250 g Granulated Sugar
2 Lemon Peels
250 ml Green Tea
750 ml Coconut Water
650 ml Dolin Dry Vermouth
1000 ml Whole Milk
130 ml Lemon Juice
Batch 1: Add all the ingredients which are not liquid-based into a large container with hot green tea, muddling the strawberries and stirring until the sugar dissolves, forming a syrup. This will be your base. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover the top and refrigerate overnight.
Batch 2: Heat the milk in a large pan until boiling point, pour in lemon juice and take off the heat, then leave for 15 mins or until you can see the milk split.
Get another large container and gently poor batch #2 through it first, then batch #1, filtering it. The filtering process is just a waiting game but be sure not to push anything through.
Bottle it up and serve cold.
Cocktails in the City takes place in various cities around the UK, including Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and London. It brings together the finest cocktail recipes from each city’s most exciting bars for the ultimate al fresco cocktail party, celebrating the UK’s unique and diverse drinking scene. The next event takes place in Bedford Square, London, on July 29 and 30, with exclusive institutions, elusive speakeasies and brand new haunts vying for the limelight in an effort to become the go-to guys for the best summer cocktails.