classic cocktails

Classic Cocktail Recipes

Gin Gimlet

It doesn’t get much simpler or more refreshing than this classic. This sweet and sour cocktail is served in a traditional a cocktail glass which is similar in shape to a martini glass but smaller with a shorter stem. Because this cocktail is so simple its all about the quality of the syrup and gin. A must is to fill the cocktail shaker with crushed ice which allows the beverage to be chilled quickly.

Ingredients:  30 ml (shot) marmalade simple syrup, 45ml (shot and half) of best quality gin you can afford, crushed ice

Equipment: jigger, cocktail shaker, small martini glass

Optional: soda water and orange slices


  • Fill cocktail shaker with crushed ice
  • Add 1 shot (30 ml) of syrup and 1 ½ shots (45ml) of gin shake until cold
  • Strain into a glass and top with a splash of soda water if desired.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and serve

Want to experiment: Add a splash of orange bitters into the mix

Lemon Drop Martini 

Feel like a master bartender with this easy martini recipe. Lemon Simple syrup is the perfect balance of lemony sweet and sour. Bright and refreshing this martini is guaranteed to be a hit at your next happy hour!

Ingredients: 30ml (shot) lemon simple syrup, 45ml (shot and half) vodka, 25 ml lemon juice, ice cubes, sugar

Equipment: peeler, jigger, cocktail shaker, plate, martini glass


  • Chill martini glass with ice
  • Peel lemon to make a curl before juicing
  • Half fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes,
  • Measure liquid ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well for 10 seconds
  • Remove ice from martini glass
  • Pour mixture into a cold martini glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Want to experiment: Try using vanilla vodka

Southern Sling

Are you ready for some magic Turn a classic gin sling into a special cocktail in the blink of an eye by adding our lavender simple syrup and soda water This sling version is tall and refreshing with a floral flourish making it a nice break from the ordinary fizzy gins.

Ingredients: 15 ml lavender simple syrup, 45ml gin, soda water, ice

Equipment: cocktail shaker, jigger, Collins glass


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Pour 1 ½ shots (45ml) of the gin and 1 shot (15 ml) syrup into shaker
  • Shake well for 10 seconds then strain into a Collins glass and top soda water.

Want to experiment: Pour into a champagne glass and top with prosecco for an easy celebratory cocktail

Tom Collins

A modern twist on the classic Tom Collins, use rosemary simple syrup to super charge a fizzy gin. Hints of garden-fresh flavors makes this the most versatile gin cocktail you will ever make. Perfect for sipping on the couch or hanging out with friends. Pairs with everyone and everything. The only cocktail you will ever need in your arsenal.

Ingredients: 20ml rosemary simple syrup, 30 ml (shot) gin, 10 ml lemon juice , ice, tonic water, rosemary sprig

Equipment: tall Collins glass, jigger, long handle spoon


  • Half fill glass with 3-4 large ice blocks.
  • Add 20 ml of syrup and 1 shot (30ml) of gin and 10 ml of lemon juice
  • Top up glass with tonic water
  • Stir the bottom of the glass gently with a long handle spoon to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish with rosemary and continue stirring
  • Add a straw and drink.

Keen to experiment:

  • Double Team the garnish by adding a thick slice of lemon round to side of glass
  • Mix with Premium Dry Tonic, Indian Tonic, Mediterranean Tonic

French 75

This is a unique take on a traditional cocktail favorite. Use bergamot simple syrup to create a sparkling ruby red citrusy cocktail that would be welcome any time of day and the best thing is that you can make multiple drinks at once. No skills required. Exceptional flavor minimum effort. Great to share with the people you love.

Ingredients: 30 ml bergamot simple syrup, dry champagne, lemon

Equipment: jigger, long handle spoon, champagne glasses, peeler, swizzle sticks.


  • Pour 30ml (1 shot) of bergamot simple syrup to a champagne glass
  • Top up with dry champagne or prosecco and stir
  • Garnish with a long twist of lemon skewed on a swizzle stick.

Want to experiment: Add a squeeze of lemon.

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