Whisky, vodka, or gin? No matter your poison, we’ve got the easy fix for cocktail situations during that house party.

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For those of you kicking back at home with friends, food, and a whole lot of indoor fun, we’ve got just the thing for you: three fuss-free cocktail recipes using whisky, vodka, or gin. Pick your poison and get the ice cubes ready.

Sweet Manhattan


  • 50ml bourbon or rye whisky
  • 25ml rosso vermouth
  • 5ml maraschino cherries syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir ingredients with ice in mixing glass, then strain into cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherries and lemon twists to taste.

Tip: Use flavoured bitters to switch up the flavour profile. Angostura bitters do the trick – check out the full range on the official website.

Eastern Breeze

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  • 300ml vodka
  • 24 mint leaves
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 600ml apple juice

Fill six glasses with ice and divide 300ml vodka between them.

Add one heaped teaspoon of pomegranate seeds per glass, then fill with apple juice.

Stir with a chopstick and garnish with mint leaves.

Elderflower and herb cooler


  • 2 thyme sprigs (leaves only)
  • 2 rosemary sprigs (leaves only)
  • 8 edible flowers (pansies, rose petals, borage)
  • 50ml rhubarb cordial
  • 150ml elderflower liqueur
  • 150ml gin
  • 330ml can sparkling water

Pop herbs and flowers into ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze for 2 hours. Pour elderflower cordial & liqueur, gin and lots of ice cubes into a large jug. Stir then strain into four glasses. Top with soda, floral ice cubes, and serve.

Tip: Prepare herb & flower cubes beforehand.


Recipes: BBC Good Food

Illustrations: Gan Yew Chin

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