The LFX Guide to: Cocktails

If you’re due a break from your trading screens, check out our cocktail guide and pick out your weekend tipple of choice.

To mix things up a bit, we’ve given you our pick of five classic cocktails and five we bet you’ve yet to try…

The Classics

1. The Mojito

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.20.52Where it’s from: Cuba.
What’s in it: Bacardi or Havana Club rum, mint, fresh lime, brown sugar and crushed ice.

Good for: Sunny afternoons spent in beer gardens when you want something more refreshing than a pint.

Buy one from: Browns and The Living Room make good Mojitos- and you’ll find one in almost every city in the UK. In fact, there’s probably one round the corner from your office. Who needs to work on a Friday afternoon, anyway?

With a twist: Look out for seasonal flavoured Mojitos or whip one up at home and add whatever you like- we like raspberry or pineapple and coconut.

2. The Bellini

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.22.10Where it’s from: Venice, Italy.
What’s in it: Peach puree topped up with prosecco sparkling wine. (We’d go for Nino Franco Prosecco if you’re making it yourself).

Good for: Keeping it simple and classy.

Buy one from: There’s only one place to drink a Bellini and that’s Harry’s Bar. It might sound more like the name of a London pub, but it’s actually the Venetian bar where Bellinis were first invented in 1948. So you’d actually be making a cultural trip. Honest.

With a twist: Don’t leave out the designated drivers. Sparkling water or juice can replace the prosecco for a non-alcoholic version.

3. The Bloody Mary

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.23.15Where it’s from: New York.
What’s in it: Vodka (Grey Goose works well), tomato juice and various flavourings such as Tabasco sauce, horseradish, lemon, salt and pepper, topped off with a stick of celery. (If you’re attempting it at home, just remember it’s renowned as ‘the world’s most complex cocktail’).

Good for: This one is practically a nutritious meal in itself. Tomato juice counts as one of our five a day, right? It’s also notoriously good as a “Hair of the dog” hangover cure drink. What makes you bad makes you better. Just don’t blame us if you’re still worse for wear on Monday morning.

Buy one from: Prune Restaurant in New York has an entire Bloody Mary menu dedicated to different variations of the classic cocktail, with 10 new types to try including everything from beef jerky and pickled eggs to brussels sprouts and radishes. Seriously.

With a twist: For an Italian twist, add a pinch of basil (it’s like a pizza in a glass).

4. The Martini

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.24.04Where it’s from: San Francisco.
What’s in it: Gin (go for Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire) and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Shaken, not stirred.

Good for: A pre-dinner aperitif. They’re particularly good before steak, as the mixture of liqueur enhances the meat flavour. And for any time you want to bring out your inner James Bond. Obviously.

Buy one from: Taylor’s Steakhouse in LA is renowned for it’s perfectly dry martinis (and perfectly cooked steaks).

With a twist: As any Scrubs fan will know, it’s got to be an Appletini, substituting the gin for vodka and apple juice (easy on the ‘tini’).

5. The Mint Julep

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.24.46Where it’s from: South America.
What’s in it: Bourbon and fresh mint, finished with sugar and water.

Good for: Tradition- cocktails don’t come more classic than this centuries-old cocktail that’s well-loved enough to have a whole day dedicated to it.

Buy one from: Kentucky Derby. It’s been the traditional race day beverage for almost a century, with over 120,000 served every year. Just make sure you’ve picked out your winners before you start on the cocktails…

With a twist: Replace bourbon for white whiskey and add strawberries for a summery twist that’s ideal for an afternoon watching Wimbledon.

The Newbies

1. The Breakfast in a Glass

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They call it: The Bacon and Egg Cocktail.

What’s in it: Jack Daniels with bacon, maple syrup, orange bitters and lemon juice.

The lowdown: This one could take over from the Bloody Mary as the ‘Morning After’ drink, bringing you breakfast in a glass and your first drink of the day all in one. Now that’s multitasking.

Where you can get one: The London Cocktail Club. (We like the look of their ‘Flatpack Cocktails’ too. Choose from Bellinis, Daiquiris or Martinis, which all come delivered in an Ikea-style box, flat packed for you to make yourself. Could be great fun for your next work night out.)

2. The One with Pearls In It

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 13.52.03They call it: Doug Laming’s Margarita.  

What’s in it: Pearls of Souza Gold tequila and syrup with Cointreau caviar finished with lime and salt.

The lowdown: This cocktail utilises Cointreau Caviar Spherification technology to produce balls of Cointreau that literally burst in your mouth (the Bubble Tea of the cocktail world). The bar it’s made in is one of only twelve bars in the world to own one of these special kits, so it will definitely be a talking point.

Where you can get one: Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, Sydney, Australia.

3. The (very, very, very) Expensive One

They call it: Diamonds are Forever

What’s in it: Only the best: L’Heraud Grand Champagne Cognac, Luxor 24k gold flake champagne and The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas bitters.

The lowdown: It’s probably the most expensive cocktail you could ever buy at an eye-watering $1,347. But if you happen to have $1,000 going spare, why not? It comes served in Swarovski Crystalline cocktail glass which has real diamonds in the stem (and you get to keep it afterwards).

Where you can get one: Skyview Bar, 27th floor,  Burj Al Arab, Dubai.

 4. The Frozen One

They call it: The WhiteScreen Shot 2014-05-29 at 14.40.06 Cosmopolitan.

What’s in it: Vodka, white cranberry juice, St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

The lowdown: A bright orchid flower is frozen into a sphere of ice that floats in your glass for an icy twist on a classic cocktail.

Where you can get it: Daniel, New York City. (They also do a champagne twist on the traditional Mojito that’s got to be worth a try).

5. The Magic One

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 14.54.56They call it: The Magic Mojito.

What’s in it: Rum, bitters, lime, mint, cotton candy.

The lowdown: This one arrives as an enormous ball of pink candy floss that looks exactly like the kind you used to eat at the seaside when you were a kid. But when liquid is poured over the top, it dissolves into glass and turns into your drink! Cocktails and magic tricks, all rolled into one…

Where you can get it: Bar Centro, Los Angeles.


What’s your favourite cocktail? Have you tried any weird and wonderful ones? Let us know by tweeting us @LittlefishFX or email us. 

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