Cocktail Twists That’ll Leave You Wanting More

A new spin on an old classic. 

I’m always looking for something new when it comes to cocktails. Although my go-to is a fresh, super-chilled mojito, I’m happy to try anything.

However, it’s come to my attention that every man and his dog are trying to invent the new ‘it’ cocktail, and as a result there are some fairly – how should I put this lightly? – average drinks on the menu.

I’m the kind of person whose mantra is ‘don’t fix what ain’t broke’, so all these unnecessarily fancy beverages are doing my head in. I find the best contemporary cocktails are those that add just a touch of innovation to classic drinks, blending heritage flavors with exciting relish.

Original, elegant cocktails that have had a mini makeover will hit the spot every time – here are the hottest ones to mix at your next dinner party.

Summer Popsicle Spritz

aperol

Ingredients (per cocktail):
  • Blood-orange juice or nectar
  • Popsicle molds
  • 1½ shots of Aperol
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 shots of prosecco
  • 1 shot of soda water

Method:

1. The night before your cocktail session, pour the blood-orange nectar or juice into the popsicle moulds and allow them to freeze completely.

2. On the day of your cocktail session, pour the Aperol into a wine glass with a couple of ice cubes, then add the prosecco, followed by a shot of soda water. Mix together.

3. Once your cocktail’s been built, remove the blood-orange popsicles from the freezer and add one to the top of each drink. Allow the popsicle to melt slightly – it’ll add a spot of sweetness.

Espresso Martini

martini

Ingredients (per cocktail): 

  • ⅓ shot of orange syrup
  • 1 shot of Nespresso Indriya
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1 shot of crème de cacao
  • 5 ice cubes
  • Strip of orange peel, to garnish

Method:

1. Add all the ingredients (except the orange peel) into a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

2. Strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the orange peel and enjoy your creamy coffee pick-me-up.

The Spark by Fernando

chandon

Ingredients:

  • 10ml of pink pepper berries syrup
  • 40ml of grapefruit juice
  • 60ml of Chandon Brut
  • 1 chilli

Method:

1. Chill the pink pepper syrup and the grapefruit juice in a glass. Mix together.

2. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass, then add the Chandon Brut.

3. Garnish with the chilli and prepare yourself for a captivating Spanish-influenced cocktail.

Images and recipes courtesy of Aperol, Chandon and Nespresso.

Comment: What’s your winning cocktail recipe?