Sainsbury’s Six: the cocktail kit
You don’t have to know your highball from your coupe or your bitters from your grenadine to enjoy our new range of barware. Here it is, with three recipes to match.
So, you’re throwing a cocktail party. You’ve sent the invites, you’ve picked a theme but what else? The drinks, of course. And we don’t just mean the mint to muddle, the berries to crush and the citrus to squeeze. It’s all about the luxe cocktailware that’ll make your drinks look ultra-fancy. Say hello to our favourite shakers, stirrers and stemware, before testing out these three easy recipes.
You don’t have to be a mixologist to cause a stir. Back-to-the-basics, classic cocktails are back in fashion so there’s no need to slave over something too tricky. For gin lovers, try a Tom Collins, if you’re a whisky connoisseur, give an Old Fashioned a go or why not test out a no-effort Negroni, courtesy of our recipe below? Serve up your retro refreshments with some vintage-inspired barware… a bold blue serving tray will add a colourful finesse.
40 ml Campari aperitif
40 ml sweet vermouth
40 ml dry gin
1 orange, peeled into thin curls
Whether you like your drinks soft (our nojito recipe below is totally worth a try) or with alcohol, they’ll look really posh when served in a gold-rimmed jug and tumblers. Or try pimping up your water with an easy twist that’ll add subtle flavour and serious style. Take your ice tray, fill each compartment with fruit and herbs – think a few blueberries or a sprig of rosemary– top with water and wait for the big freeze. And voila: the prettiest ice you’ll ever see.
4 tsp caster sugar
100ml lime juice
28g fresh mint, leaves picked and washed, reserving a few sprigs to garnish
20 ice cubes, crushed
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 litre soda water
Put the sugar in the base of a 1.2 litre jug and add the lime juice. Lightly crush the mint leaves to release their flavour, then add to the jug.
Give everything a stir. Half fill the jug with the crushed ice and add the lime wedges. Stir, then top with soda. Pour into glasses and garnish each with a sprig of mint.
For a drink that requires minimal effort, pop a bottle of Prosecco (or champagne) on ice and chill out: our shiny golden champagne bucket makes the perfect pièce de résistance. For the easiest way to impress your guests, serve up some super-simple raspberry cocktails. They’ll be ready in no time.
2 tsp raspberry liqueur
1 tbsp fresh, washed or frozen, raspberries
Spoon one teaspoon each of raspberry liqueur into two chilled champagne flutes, then drop in a few raspberries.
Hold a spoon inside the glass, over the top of the liqueur, and slowly pour in the Prosecco, pulling the spoon up slowly as you go – this will create the pretty two-tone effect.
After all that hard work making cocktails, it’s probably time to put your feet up, right? Check out our guide to turning your bathroom into your own personal spa here.