Here in the Sophie Conran office, we absolutely love a good cocktail. Cocktails were first invented in the early 19th century and were quite simply, a concoction of spirits, bitters and sugars. These days, cocktail lists are endless. Here are some of the team’s favourites. All glassware and crystal is available from www.sophieconran.com/glass. Bottoms up! Sophie X
1.5 limes, cut into wedges
30 fresh mint leaves
2.5 tsp granulated sugar
handful of ice
65 ml/2.5 oz white rum
splash soda water, to taste
fresh mint sprig to garnish
Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy highball glass and give it a mash with the end of a clean rolling pin. This bruises the mint and juices the limes. Add the ice and pour over the rum. Add the soda water and stir it well. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.
1 white sugar cube
2 dashes bitters
20ml/¾fl oz cognac
enough champagne to fill the glass
Place the sugar cube onto a spoon and add the bitters.
Drop the soaked sugar cube into a champagne flute and add the
Top up the glass with champagne and serve.
50ml/2fl oz vodka
25ml/1fl oz Galliano, or similar anise and herb-flavoured liqueur
1 tsp sugar syrup
25ml/1fl oz freshly brewed coffee
3 coffee beans, for garnish
Place the vodka, liqueur, sugar syrup and fresh coffee in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake hard.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with three coffee beans.
Fine Granular Sea Salt
Add two measures of Tequila, one of Cointreau and one of lime juice into the cocktail shaker and shake over crushed ice. Prepare the glass by rubbing the with with a wedge of fresh lime and then dipping the glass into a shallow saucer of sea salt. Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass and serve.