Cocktails worth staying in for

Whatever the occasion, treat yourself to a colourful concoction with one of these easy and delicious recipes

Food and Drink 10 Feb 2021

The Cointreau Sparkling Margarita

Shake up the traditional margarita with a touch of fizz with this easy-to-follow and impressive cocktail featuring Cointreau, tequila, fresh lime juice, a spoon of syrup, sparkling wine, and optional edible pearlescent powder. With hints of fizz, sweet syrup, and citrus freshness, this margarita tastes as good as it looks and makes the perfect date night tipple to enjoy at home.

20ml Cointreau
30ml Blanco tequila
15ml fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon simple syrup
1 shake edible pearlescent powder (optional, available here)
Sparkling wine to finish


  1. Pour all ingredients directly into a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled flute.
  3. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lime twist.


The Botanist Gin Pomegranate Martini

Add a touch of elegance to your evening with a The Botanist pomegranate martini. This handsome cocktail is filled with sweet and delicate gin botanicals, vermouth and delicious hints of pomegranate, complete with a thyme garnish. Just remember this time it’s stirred, not shaken.

70ml The Botanist Gin
1 heaped tbsp fresh pomegranate arils
15ml dry vermouth
Thyme to garnish


  1. Muddle the pomegranate arils with the gin and allow it to steep (1-2 hours). Add the infused gin and vermouth to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill.
  2. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.


The METAXA Breakfast in Bed

For a delicious weekend treat that’s perfect to share with a loved one, replace your morning coffee with a Metaxa Breakfast in Bed. Featuring Metaxa 12 Stars, Cointreau, crème de cacao, rose marmalade and dashes of chocolate bitters, this smooth and creamy cocktail is beautifully finished with rose petals. If first thing is a bit too early for you, this works perfectly at any other time too.

50ml METAXA 12 Stars
15ml Cointreau
10ml Crème de cacao
1 spn of rose marmalade
20ml lemon juice
2 dashes chocolate bitters


  1. Shake, double strain and serve in a coupette glass
  2. Garnish with a rose petal


The Champagne Double Take

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s with a loved one or giving yourself a well-deserved treat, celebrate at home in style with alcoholic sparkling water Served’s Champagne Double Take cocktail. This sophisticated drink courtesy of Andrea Maiolani, bartender at The Connaught, features Served Raspberry, Courvoisier cognac, orange essence and Peychaud’s Bitters, offering the perfect balance of  sweet and sparkling flavours matched with bold and spicy citrus kicks.

125ml Served Raspberry
15ml Courvoisier Cognac VS
5ml orange essence
A dash of Peychaud’s Bitters
Orange wedge
Cubed ice


Combine and shake all ingredients, add to a champagne flute and top up with Served