National Cocktail Day coincides with the start of spring and the onset of elderflower season in Britain, making this cocktail perfect for the occasion. The tipple of choice in this cocktail is Belvedere vodka, which we love for the fact it has zero additives. Added to this is St-Germain elderflower liqueur – made by a French distillery which uses elderflowers that are hand-picked just once a year in springtime. With a splash of refreshing lychee juice and the zing of a little fresh lime juice too, this is our top choice for National Cocktail Day.
With the onset of brighter skies and longer days, now is the time we start to look forward to summer. And a Skinny Mojito is just the right tipple to get in the mood for the sunnier days ahead. The base of this cocktail is Havana Club rum – a global favourite that has been made in Cuba since 1934, capturing the country’s climate and spirit. Added to this is a little Skinny Prosecco by Thomson & Scott. We adore Skinny Prosecco because it’s low in sugar, vegan, organic and made by an esteemed French winemaker. Mixed with honey, lime and mint, this is a spring-inspired feel-good version of an old classic.
Adding an exotic twist to National Cocktail Day, the Passion Fruit Martini is both alluring and invigorating. The basis of this cocktail is Blackwoods vintage gin – an award-winning gin-maker we love because it’s only made in small batches using traditional techniques with a copper pot and hand-picked Shetland botanicals. Add a generous serving of fresh passion fruit juice and lime fruit juice for a little extra verve, plus a dash of vanilla for a hint of fragrant sweetness.
This unusual twist on the Negroni – a favourite Italian cocktail – is ideal if you want to try something totally new this National Cocktail Day. A traditional Negroni is made with equal parts of gin, red vermouth and Campari. In this cocktail, replace standard gin with Conker Cold Brew coffee liqueur for a truly original cocktail. This Dorset-made tipple uses cold-press coffee sourced from Brazil and Ethiopia and has hints of vanilla and caramel. Combined with Campari and Martini Rosso, it’s ideal as an aperitif or digestif.
This Asian-inspired alternative to a gin and tonic, the Tokyo Buck most definitely tickles the taste buds. The base of this cocktail is the Japanese-made Roku Gin which uses Japanese botanicals to represent every season. This includes the spring leaves and flowers of sakura, sencha tea and gyokuro tea for summer, aromatic sansho pepper representing autumn and yuzu peel from the Asian citrus fruit for winter. Infuse the gin with caramelised apples for a sweet touch and mix in Cointreau, Fever-Tree ginger beer and lime for an indulgent finish.