Coming in from the cold and fixing a cocktail is just the right tonic this time of year, especially with these easy to follow recipes
ABSOLUT CHERRYS WITH COLA
One part Absolut Cherrys Vodka, three parts cola. Half-fill a highball glass with ice. Add the vodka and cola and stir well. Garnish with an orange wheel. Absolut Cherrys Vodka (£20, 70cl, Sainsbury’s).
MM’s CORIANDER LEAF & CHILLI G&T
50ml Martin Miller’s Gin, a bunch of coriander, one red chilli, 200ml Fever Tree tonic water: Pour 50ml gin into a large wine glass and add four coriander leaves and 1/4 sliced red chilli (deseeded). Fill glass halfway with ice and add another four coriander leaves and a 1/4 sliced red chilli. Top glass with ice and pour in Fever Tree tonic. Stir well and garnish with four coriander sprigs and a halved red chilli.
Martin Miller’s Gin (£26, 70cl, Waitrose) is juniper forward with citrus notes and a delicate mouthfeel.
CAORUNN WINTER G&T
50ml Caorunn Gin, 125ml tonic water, fresh grated nutmeg and cinnamon: Half-fill a high ball glass with ice. Add the gin and tonic and stir slowly, grate nutmeg and cinnamon on top and stir through. Garnish with an orange slice. Caorunn Gin (£31, 70cl, Oddbins) is made with five Celtic botanicals, including the rowan berry, aka caorunn in Gaelic.
CIROC COCONUT FROST
50ml Ciroc Coconut, Vodka, 20ml simple syrup, two dashes of orange bitters, 100ml grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed if possible): Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a twist of grapefruit. Ciroc Coconut Vodka (£37.90, 70cl, www.alexanderandjames.com).