Learn how to make classic cocktails

Simple Cocktail Recipes to try At Home

You might already be a pro in drinking cocktails, but wouldn’t it be great if you could master the art of mixing cocktails in your own house? Here is a simple guide of what bar tools, type of alcohol and ingredients you need to start making professional cocktails in the comfort of your own home! Cocktails can be created based on how strong you like it, how sweet or sour you want it. Think of it like a little experiment, where you’ll be rewarded no matter the results.

The most important thing is to experiment and have fun. Try building your own cocktails based on the foundations above. Next, try making some of your favorite cocktails, starting with the simpler ones with fewer ingredients and working your way up.

The essential bar tools that you will need are a jigger cup, cocktail shaker, muddler, juicer, mixing spoon and a strainer. These bar tools can easily be bought online or substituted for everyday household items. However, if you are planning on making cocktails regularly at home, it is recommended that you invest in a decent shaker, juicer, jigger and strainer.

The 5 classic cocktails that everyone should start making at home are the mojito, dark and stormy, martini, margarita and a mint julep.


You will need

  1. 50ml rum
  2. 25ml gomme syrup or 2tsp brown sugar
  3. A lime
  4. 4 mint sprigs
  5. Soda water
  6. Crushed ice
  7. Highball Glass

Cut a lime into eight quarters and place seven quarters into the glass. Add the gomme syrup or sugar and rum and muddle together, making sure you squeeze the juice out of the limes. Fill with crushed ice and top up with soda (or apple juice for an apple mojito). Add the sprigs of mint and tease to the bottom of the glass with a spoon, at the same time as gently lifting the lime, sugar and rum upwards. Garnish with a mint sprig and the last quarter of lime. If you prefer, you can adjust the sweetness by reducing and increasing the syrup or sugar and adjust the sourness by adjusting the number of lime wedges.

Dark and Stormy

You will need

  1. 50ml dark rum
  2. 20ml lime juice
  3. Ginger beer
  4. Ice cubes
  5. Highball Glass

Add rum and lime juice to the glass. Rub lime around the rim. Fill with ice cubes. Top up with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge. Simple and tasty!


You will need

  1. 90ml gin or vodka
  2. 15ml dry vermouth
  3. Crushed ice
  4. Ice cubes
  5. Martini Glass

Fill a cocktail glass with ice and leave to one side. Fill a large glass with crushed ice and water/soda water. This is to help make the glass as cold as possible. Once the glass is very cold to the touch, discard the ice and water. Pour the gin (or vodka) and vermouth into the glass and fill with ice cubes. Slowly stir until the ice dilutes the drink to your taste. Discard the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in the drink, adding your choice of garnish: fruit zest, cherry, caper berry, olive … Martinis taste best when cold, so should be polished off within 7-10 minutes.

Mint Julep

You will need

  1. 60ml Bourbon
  2. 2 teaspoons of caster sugar or 15ml simple syrup
  3. 4 mint sprigs
  4. Crushed ice
  5. Highball Glass or Julep Cup

Add the mint sprigs, caster sugar and a couple of tablespoons of crushed ice. Begin ‘massaging’ the mix together with a spoon. The caster sugar helps to bring out the flavour of the mint. Breaking or crushing the mint makes the taste sour, hence the need to gently fold and stir. Add 30ml of Bourbon, more crushed ice and continue ‘massaging’. Fill with ice, pour in the second 30ml of Bourbon. Continue stirring until the glass is frosty, garnish with a mint sprig and you are good to go!


You will need

  1. 60ml tequila
  2. 30ml of Cointreau or triple sec
  3. 30ml of lime juice
  4. Ice cubes
  5. Salt
  6. Margarita Glass

Fill a glass with ice and leave to one side. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds to a minute. If using a tumbler, leave the ice in the glass. If using a cocktail glass, discard the ice. To salt the rim, pour either table salt or sea salt onto a small plate, rub the rim with lime and roll into the salt. Strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or lime rind.

Now that we have some basic recipes up and running, feel free to play around with the ingredients. Syrups don’t necessary have to be simple syrup, if you chance upon flavored syrups like hibiscus or rose, you can incorporate them to see how it changes a flavor. Bonus points if you can brew your own syrup. Same for citrus, other than the usual lime and lemon, we can also opt for grapefruit and yuzu juice. These will create many different flavors and scents that will help in discovering your palate!

If you would like some specially customized cocktails for your wedding or event, do check out our bespoke and customized menu options. Or if you already have an idea in your mind, drop us an enquiry and we will reach out to you shortly.

Peach Red Wine

Red Wine Cocktails

Red Wine Negroni


Red wine negroni

Boasting Italian origins and a typical dark orange colour, Negroni is a charming cosmopolitan red wine cocktail that pairs well with appetizers and snacks.



  • 2oz red vermouth
  • 2oz gin
  • 2oz Bitter Campari
  • 1 orange slice
  • Shredded ice


Fill a wine tumbler with shredded ice and pour the liquids in. Stir and squeeze in the slice of orange. Decorate the glass with orange peel and serve the drink immediately.


Port Melon Cocktail


Port Melon

Refreshing in summer and regenerating in winter, this surprising red wine cocktail will impress you and your guests. The perfumed aromas of yellow melon blend perfectly with the sweet flavour of Port to create an inebriating delight of the senses.


  • 7oz Port wine
  • 1 small slice of yellow melon
  • Melon balls for decoration
  • 1 can soda water
  • Ice


Reduce the melon pulp to a puree with a blender. Pour it into a high ball glass, add the ice and stir. Pour the Port and soda water into the glass, stir again, and decorate with melon balls. Serve immediately and pair with blue cheese, Italian ham or light snacks.


Peach Red Wine Cocktail


Peach Red Wine

There is a debate whether this cocktail is a drink or a dessert. Regardless of how you call it, these delicious peaches with red wine will become the stars of the party. Dip the soft peach cubes in red wine to achieve the best results.


  • 8oz Barolo wine;
  • 1 small peach;
  • 1oz lemon juice;


In a small bowl, mix the wine with the lemon juice and shredded mint leaves. Let it macerate at room temperature while you dice the peach. In an old fashion glass, add the peach cubes and pour the wine. Stir. Decorate with fresh mint and serve.


Caipirinha With Blueberries and Red Wine

Caipirinha Red Wine

 Caipirinha is probably the most representative cocktail of Brazil. Wine is not one of its original ingredients, yet this daring recipe will make you see this drink with new eyes. If you don’t like calling it Caipirinha, imagine this drink as a Brazilian Sangria.


  • 6oz Cachaça
  • 3oz Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The juice of half orange
  • A quarter of lime
  • 8 blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • Ice


Peel the lime and slice the flesh. Crush it in a shaker and mix well with the sugar. Add the cachaça, wine, and orange juice. Stir slowly and add more sugar if wanted. Add the ice, put a lid on the shaker and give it a shake. Serve the cocktail in a double old-fashioned glass.


If you will like to have cocktails made with red wine at your event, do feel free to drop us an enquiry and our mixologists will be most delighted to craft up unique cocktails made with red wine that will suit your preferences and our mobile bar crew will mix up some amazing drinks at your event!



Popular gin cocktails

Gin is a fascinating liquor to explore. Its botanicals give it a characteristic that no other liquor has; one brand can have a completely different profile from another and it is surprisingly versatile when it comes to flavour profiles. Gin is also the foundation for some of the best drinks ever made, including the iconic Martini.


Though certainly not as numerous as vodka cocktails, there are thousands of great gin cocktails to explore and the list can be quite overwhelming. Here are some of the best.


The Martini

We will begin with the most obvious of gin cocktails, the Martini. You can call any other beverage in a cocktail glass a “martini,” but there is only one real Martini and it requires gin.

The beauty of the Martini is in its simplicity: gin and dry vermouth mixed in your preferred proportions, best stirred, though shaking is not out of line. It is the cocktail that is the base for countless other drinks, can be made to your exact specifications and is the ultimate experience in fine drinking.


The Gin and Tonic


Reliable is the best word to describe the Gin & Tonic. It is another obvious, two-ingredient drink and it is the foundation for many other gin highballs. This is one that is very difficult to screw up and it is always there when you need it, whether that be at the bar or in your own kitchen.

The other key ingredient: lime. Swipe fresh lime around the rim before giving it a squeeze and dropping it inside.


The Gimlet


It is so true that this simple two-ingredient drink is a wonder on hot days and if you’re curious as to how gin and lime work together, this drink is the best way to test it.

This is also one of the few times when you can use an alternative to fresh lime juice. The Gimlet can be made with lime and simple syrup with a homemade lime cordial. The key is that you need some sort of sweetener to offset the tart lime so it does work with your favourite gin.


The Negroni


If you are looking for the ultimate before dinner cocktail, look no further than the Negroni. This popular drink includes gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, which are each the embodiment of aperitifs and combine for the perfect appetite stimulant.


The Monkey Gland


Gin and orange juice are another fantastic flavour combination and while the drinks listed below are more well-known, the Monkey Gland is far more interesting. It is, in fact, a personal favourite of all gin cocktails.

The Monkey Gland has a funny name, a bizarre inspiration and a little surprise. It all begins rather normally with a mix of gin, orange juice and grenadine. It’s fantastic and you could stop right there and have a wonderful drink.

It is, however, in need of a little absinthe to make it pop, but you have to keep that flavour in check because it will quickly ruin the effect.


Do drop us an enquiry today if you will like great gin tasting cocktails at your event!

Popular Vodka Cocktails

When it comes to cocktails, vodka seems to be everyone’s go-to liquor. It pairs well with pretty much anything, especially if you choose a vodka with no inherent flavour. It’s also really simple to make cocktails with vodka since it is neutral in flavour. As a liquor, it works really well in refreshing summer cocktails and there are countless recipes for vodka cocktails.

Here are the best vodka cocktail recipes, when you’re in the mood to step up your drinking game.


Lemon Drop Martini

The lemon drop martini is a simple, yet popular drink that almost anyone can make. Typically served with a bit of sugar on the rim of the glass, the drink is both sweet and a bit sour.

To make a lemon drop martini you need:

  • 1.25 oz. vodka
  • 0.25 oz. triple sec
  • 0.25 oz. lemon juice

There’s no preparation beyond combining all the ingredients, simply pour them all into a glass, and preferably one with a sugar rim.


 White Russian

The White Russian is a classic vodka mixed drink that’s also incredibly easy to make. This particular recipe for the classic drink comes from Smirnoff, though you can make it with any brand of vodka that’s handy.

Smirnoff’s recipe for the drink is:

  • 1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21
  • 0.75 oz. Godiva Mocha Liqueur
  • 2 oz. heavy cream

To make the drink, start by mixing the vodka and liqueur in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, stir, and top it off with the heavy cream.



Black Russian

Like the White Russian, the Black Russian is a simple drink that anyone should be able to make. The idea for the drink comes from Grey Goose, though you can use any vodka you prefer or have on hand to make it. The Black Russian is bitter and sweet, and Grey Goose says it’s best as a night cap, or just any time after dinner.

To make a Black Russian you’ll need:

  • 1.5 parts vodka
  • 1 part coffee liqueur

To make the drink, simply build the it in a rocks glass, add ice cubes, and stir.



Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini comes from Grey Goose vodka, which describes the drink as dry and savoury. The “dirty” in the name comes from the olive brine and muddled olives used to make it.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 2 parts Dry Vermouth
  • 4 Mediterranean olives
  • 2/3-part Mediterranean olive brine
  • 2 garnish Mediterranean olives

To prepare the drink, pit four olives and muddle them with olive brine in a Boston glass. Then add the vodka and vermouth, top with ice cubes, and stir. Finally, drain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with Mediterranean olives.



Light Pomegranate Berry Punch

The Light Pomegranate Berry Punch might have a bit too much berry for some people, but it’s a great drink for those who don’t mind something with a bit of a fruity flavour. The drink is served in a highball glass and is simple to make.

The ingredients for the Light Pomegranate Berry Punch are:

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate
  • 2 oz. ginger ale
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish

To make the drink, simply combine the ingredients in a highball glass, squeeze in the lime, and stir.

Mixes From Mars uses vodka all the time in our cocktails as it is really easy to mix and it taste great in many of our cocktails! Do drop us an enquiry today if you will like to have awesome tasting cocktails made with vodka at your event!

Popular Rum Cocktails

Rum. Just the idea of it conjures up images of pirates, deserted beaches, buried treasure and beguiling senoritas… So, shake up one of these drinks to dream the day away.


The classic Daiquiri

One of the oldest Cuban cocktails, dating from the late 1800s. Its very simplicity is a recipe for perfection.

Fill a shaker with crushed ice, 50ml white rum, 20ml lime juice and 10ml sugar syrup. Shake hard until frothy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

If you’d like it frozen, put all the ingredients in a blender with a cupful of ice, and blitz until smooth.


The Hemingway Daiquiri

Invented for Mr Ernest Hemingway himself at El Floridita, Havana.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add 60ml white rum, 25ml lime juice, 15ml grapefruit juice and 15ml Maraschino liqueur. Shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.


The Rum Ranch

Pop a sliver of medium hot red chilli into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add 60ml aged rum, 10 ml sugar syrup, 10ml lemon juice and 10ml orange juice and a dash of Pimento Bitters. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.


The Dark and Stormy

This straight-forward cocktail claims to be Bermuda’s national drink — it’s an easy way to conjure up some tropical vibes at home.

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in 60ml of rum, top up with ginger beer, add a squeeze of lime juice. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.


The Mae Nam


A Thai daiquiri variation, this should look like a muddy river and taste fresh and fiery.

Place 200g of palm sugar in a saucepan with 200ml water, 1 bruised chilli and 1 bruised stick of lemongrass. Dissolve the sugar over a medium heat and set aside to cool. Then strain the syrup into a clean jar, discarding the aromatics. To make the drink, fill a shaker with ice, add 60ml of rum, 30ml fresh lime juice and 20ml of the palm sugar syrup. Shake hard, then strain into a lowball glass or tumbler and garnish with a slice of lime.


El Presidente

With a hazy history buried deep in Havana’s 1920s heyday, this is a very grown up rum drink. No little umbrellas allowed.


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 50ml light rum, 25ml dry vermouth, 25ml dry curacao and a dash of grenadine (optional). Stir, stir, stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist if orange if desired.


The classic Rum Punch

An absolute classic, perfect for parties, weddings, any occasion really.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 20ml lime juice, 40ml sugar syrup, 60ml rum (I favour Appleton V/X for this). Shake or stir, as you like. Strain into a chilled tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a slice of orange, or a cheeky maraschino cherry if you like.


The Piña Colada

This drink needs no introduction. Think the beach, the sun and the sand in between your toes.

Put a few chunks of fresh pineapple and lots of ice into a blender. Add 60ml white rum, 60ml pineapple juice, 60ml coconut cream and a dash of sugar syrup (optional). Whizz it all up until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple and as many umbrellas as you like.


Rum is always a popular choice among many of our guests due to its sweetness and familiarity. If you will like to have rum cocktails at your event, do drop us an enquiry today! Rum is something that Mixes From Mars works with often and its a favourite among many of our bartenders as well!

Old Fashioned

Popular Whiskey Cocktails

Popular whiskey cocktails


Most of us know how to drink whisky and have mastered the art of drinking it neat. But did you know that classic whisky cocktails are just as great?

Many classic whisky cocktails include simple syrup. Making a syrup just for cocktails sounds complicated but it’s really simple, hence the term simple syrup. Over medium-low heat, put equal parts of water and white sugar into a saucepan and stir. Once the sugar has dissolved into the water, remove from the heat and let cool. Voila!


The Manhattan



The Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for the five boroughs in New York, but no one seems to know much about the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island or Queens cocktail. The Manhattan is flexible. You can have it stirred and strained into a cocktail glass with a maraschino cherry or if you want to be less dainty, it works well on ice in a low-ball glass. Serve straight or on the rocks.


2 oz whisky
1 oz dry vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash simple syrup
lemon peel
Zest lemon peel over rim of glass.


Old Fashioned


Old Fashioned

Every reference to the invention of this cocktail is that legend says it was created at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s traditionally served in a short tumbler glass, which is often called an Old-Fashioned glass.


2 dashes Angostura butters
1 tsp simple syrup
2.5 oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
2-3 ice cubes
orange peel to garnish

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Squeeze orange peel to release orange zest oil and drop into drink.


The Mint Julep


The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep

The very idea of the mint julep conjures up images of the Old South. Perhaps this is because the mint julep is the cocktail of the Kentucky Derby where over 120,000 mint julep cocktails are consumed each year. It’s often served in high ball glass or a sterling and pewter julep cup, which is similar to the Moscow Mule copper mug.


3 sprigs of fresh mint
3 tbsp simple syrup
2oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
crushed ice

Muddle the 1 sprig mint along with the Canadian Club and simple syrup. Strain into glass, add crushed ice and garnish with mint.


Hot Toddy


There’s nothing like a warm drink on cold rainy nights. This classic whisky cocktail wasn’t always a warm drink. Invented in the mid-1800s a toddy was any choice of spirits, water and honey that would cure whatever ailed you. Today, it’s almost always served warm. The only thing that could make a classic hot toddy better would be the addition of spice like a dash of sriracha or gochujang.


2oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
2 tsp honey
1 cloves
dash of freshly ground nutmeg
1 slice lemon to garnish

Place ingredients in mug and pour in hot water. Stir to combine.


Whiskey Sour


The whisky sour is similar to the pisco sour recipe, replacing pisco with whisky. It also includes frothy raw egg white, which many people aren’t used to. The key is to use fresh, quality eggs.


2 oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 egg white

Shake all ingredients vigorously, which will froth the egg white. Pour into your favourite glass. It’s traditionally served in a low-ball glass but I think the frothiness and maraschino lends itself to a more elegant glass.

Whiskey is a favourite drink among many here at Mixes From Mars and we definitely love and look forward to working with it all the time! Whether it is the good ol’ classics or bespoke cocktails, whiskey is always great to work with! Do drop us an enquiry if you will like to have awesome tasting whisky cocktails at your event!


Classic Cocktails

Bar hoppers have been sipping classic cocktails for decades because they are of course classic and also timeless. Classic drinks like a martini, an old fashioned, and a daiquiri will simply never go out of style. Here is a list of the best ones to order the next time you head out on a night out with the pals.


At the top of the list is an old fashioned. The recipe is simple. You will need 2 oz of bourbon or rye whiskey, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp sugar and an Orange twist garnish. Put the sugar in a glass and cover it with the dashes of bitters. Add your whiskey and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice, stir again, and serve.


Second on our list is a margarita. A well-made version is a fresh mix of lime juice and tequila, with a hint of sweetener. You will need 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of Cointreau, 1 oz of lime juice and salt for the rim. Since this recipe includes fresh juice, it should be shaken and not stirred. Serve it over ice in a glass with a salted rim.


Next on the list is the Moscow mule. Popular for a good reason, the Moscow Mule is one of the most refreshing things to sip on a hot summer day. You will need 2 oz of vodka, 4-6 oz of ginger beer and 5 oz of lime juice. Squeeze the lime juice into a glass, add two or three ice cubes, pour in the vodka and fill the rest of the glass with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.


Next on the list is the popular Whiskey Sour. Perhaps the most refreshing whiskey cocktail, this is a classic favourite. You will need 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of lemon juice, 1 tsp of sugar and 1 egg white – this is optional. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice and shake again then strain it over ice in a rock glass.


Next on the list is the mimosa. This recipe might be the simplest cocktail ever created: just combine equal parts of the champagne and orange juice in a champagne glass and voila! You’ve got yourself a mimosa.


Next up, the mint julep. You will need 2 oz of bourbon, 8-10 mint leaves and 0.25 oz of simple syrup. You should start by muddling the mint leaves and simple syrup in a mint julep cup. After that, add the bourbon and fill the cup with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted and fill with more crushed ice. Serve the drink with a straw and a mint sprig garnish.


Next on the list, the classic martini. This classic cocktail has become so popular that there are thousands of variations of it, like lychee, chocolate, peach and mango. Whether you are drinking it with gin or vodka, stirred is the way to go when ordering a martini. You will need 3 oz of gin or vodka, 0.5 oz of dry vermouth and a lemon peel. Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel into the glass and serve.


Last of the list is a daiquiri. You will need 2 oz of rum, 1 oz of simple syrup and 1 oz of lime juice. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

Drop us an enquiry today if you wish to have classic cocktails served up by our experienced bartenders at your event!

Different methods of shaking cocktails

Shaking is the most common cocktail technique that not only properly mixes your ingredients but also employs necessary chilling, dilution into your drink and helps to aerate it.

When to shake and when to stir?

It’s all about the texture (mouthfeel) of the cocktail.

  • If cocktail has some cloudy ingredients such as fruit juices, eggs or dairy then you want a cocktail to be shaken(vigorously). If ingredients are combined properly it creates a frothy texture on the top and fresh aroma.
  • If the cocktail contains a clear(transparent) ingredients such as spirits, liqueurs, vermouths and so on then you want a cocktail to be stirred which chills and dilute a drink and should leave you with a soft and silky mouthfeel.


Building the ingredients in the shaker and shaking a cocktail

  1. Don’t forget to chill your glass unless it comes straight out from the freezer.
  2. Measure all ingredients with a jigger, adding them into the shaker as you follow a cocktail recipe.
  3. Start with the smallest volume/cheapest ingredients so if you mess up you can start over again without any wastage.
  4. Put ice(cubed) as the last thing in your Boston glass or Shaker you want absolute control over the dilution.
  5. Shake vigorously for at least 12 seconds until ice cold, always taste your cocktail before serving to be sure that it’s ready.
  6. When a cocktail is shaken, it’s most likely that it also needs to be double strain using a fine mesh strainer to avoid tiny pieces of ice, fruits and other solids. (sometimes it might not be required)


Shaking cocktails with egg white (Dry shake/Reversed Dry shake)

  • If the cocktail contains egg white, we usually need to use the dry shake technique which is basically shaking without ice first to emulsify the ingredients.
  • The other technique called reversed dry shake is shaking your cocktail with ice then straining back into the shaker and shaking without ice.


The hard shake (Japanese style)

  • The hard shake is a stylised way of shaking a cocktail, intended to drive the ice inside around the shaker rather than simple back and forth
  • Proponents of the hard-shake maintain that the method produces a better tasting cocktail
  • Starting with slow-freezing the ice from the bottom-up, to get rid of the tiny air bubbles. This makes a harder and more solid ice cube that will take a lot more beating in the shaker before breaking in pieces and thus diluting the drink.
  • The ice cubes are shaped into perfectly round spheres, again to decrease chipping of the ice during shaking.

As shaking is one of the most iconic movements of a bartender, Mixes From Mars ensures that every event will have at least a shaken drink to amaze your guests at your event! Looking to have some of our bartenders shake up some awesome cocktails at your event? Drop us an enquiry today!

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is one of this island nation’s most iconic creations, a throwback to its colonial past, and, for all practical purposes, a great way to cool down in the tropical heat of the city.

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

The iconic cocktail that Singapore have all grown to love and be proud of was first created in the early 20th century at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel, nestled in Singapore’s Civic District. The bartender was a Mr Ngiam Tong Boon, he developed a drink he called the gin sling, comprising two parts gin, one-part cherry brandy, and one-part juice (a blend of orange, lime, and Sarawak pineapple).


Legend has it that it was created as a light drink for the ladies, with its pink colour and sweet taste.  The drink was popular for a decade or so but was no longer sought after by the 1930s.


It is difficult to know how close the current version of the Singapore Sling is to its original recipe since all the bartenders have left for us is a loose collection of written notes. It’s no wonder then, that the cocktail has undergone so many variations. Many will insist that the original recipe used Benedictine and Cherry Heering, and more recent recipes have almost always included grenadine.


The versatility of the Sling makes it easy to adapt into modern twists. Variations of the Singapore Sling recipe are aplenty but mix up one of these potent and sweet cocktails with this recipe and you’ll be pleased with the results.


You will need


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 ½ fluid ounces gin
  • ½ fluid ounce cherry flavoured brandy
  • ¼ fluid ounce triple sec
  • ¼ fluid ounce Benedictine liqueur
  • 4 fluid ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ fluid ounce lime juice
  • ½ fluid ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 slice fresh pineapple
  • 1 cherry
  1. Fill a Collins glass with 1 cup ice and set aside in the freezer.
  2. Combine gin, cherry-flavoured brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the prepared Collins glass.
  3. Garnish with slice of pineapple and a cherry.

The Singapore Sling cocktail is commonly requested by our clients especially if they are hosting foreign guests and will like them to have a taste of our sunny little island! If you will like to have great tasting Singapore Sling cocktails at your event, drop us an enquiry today!

Homemade syrups, ways to use them

It starts out easily enough: Combine one-part water with one-part granulated sugar, boil until dissolved, chill. But little do people know, simple syrups can be as varied and diverse as any other foodstuff. By mixing in spices, herbs, fruit—truly anything your little heart can imagine, you have instant flavoured sweetener. And it’s not just for cocktails. Drizzle on a simple butter-rich pound cake for a seasonal flavour boost, add a splash to whipped cream for sweet spice, stir into your morning coffee or tea to cut out the overpriced coffee chains, or, yes, use it in cocktails for a tinge of sweet flavour.


Here are some simple syrup recipes for you to put into good use.


Rose simple syrup


Rose’s Luxury in Washington, DC makes this sprightly, pretty cocktail, a mix of rye, rose-tinged simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and bitters.


You will need


13 cup sugar

2 drops rose extract, such as Terra

12 oz. rye whiskey (preferably Rittenhouse)

34 oz. rose simple syrup

12 oz. fresh lemon juice

2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters


Make the simple syrup: In a 1-qt. saucepan, stir the sugar with 13 cup water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose extract. Let cool completely.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, syrup, lemon juice, and bitters with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with rose petals.


Fresh mint simple syrup

The ultimate in freshness, use this syrup to sweeten lemonade, tea or even whip it into cream for a dessert topping.


You will need

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 bunch fresh mint


Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar is fully dissolved. Pour the syrup into a heatproof container filled with hand-crushed mint. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight; strain and discard mint. Mint syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


Blackberry lavender syrup


Tart blackberries and floral dried lavender marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as a gimlet or French 75, or with sparkling water for homemade soda.


You will need

1 cup blackberries

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp. dried lavender (or 12 cup fresh lavender buds)


In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, sugar, lavender, and 1 cup water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring to crush the berries, until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Pour the syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard the solids. Transfer the syrup to a bottle and refrigerate before using.


Lemon chamomile syrup


Fragrant chamomile flowers and lemon peels marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as brandy smash or a Collins, or with sparkling water for homemade soda.


You will need


1 lemon

2 tbsp. dried chamomile flowers

2 cups sugar


Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest of the lemon into strips and place the strips in a small saucepan along with 2 cups water and the chamomile. Bring to a boil over high heat and then remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour the syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl, discard the solids, and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Transfer the syrup to a bottle and refrigerate before using.

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