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General rule of thumb - when to stir and when to shake!:

  • STIR when the cocktail is fully composed of spirits or requires tonics or bitters. Stir if the drinks are built in the cocktail glass they are served in.

  • SHAKE when the cocktail contains citrus, diary, cream, liqueurs, fruit juices, eggs or sour mix.

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Good quality, cold ice matters! You will literally taste the difference.

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Old Fashioned an absolute must have classic

  • 60ml of Woodford Reserve

  • 2 tsp Gomme (sugar) syrup or 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 1 to 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 2 tsp water

  • Garnish: Orange peel

  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry 

Add sugar, bitters and water in a rocks glass. Mix until sugar is dissolved if using granulated. Then fiill the glass with ice, pour in the bourbon and stir well for a minute or two. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and / or cherry.

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Perfect Manhattan knock your socks off" favourite!

  • 60ml Makers Mark bourbon

  • 15ml dry vermouth

  • 15ml sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes of bitters

  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry (optional)

Add all the ingredients (minus the cherry) into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well for 1 to 2 minutes (dilution is important here). Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the Maraschino cherry.

Ginger old fashioned. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Ginger Old Fashioned best addition

  • 60ml Woodford Reserve bourbon

  • 2 tsp Gomme (sugar) syrup or 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 2cm fresh peeled ginger

  • 1 to 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 2 teaspoons water

  • Garnish: Orange peel and crystalised ginger (optional)

Add sugar, bitters, water and finely grated ginger in a rocks glass. Mix until sugar is dissolved if using granulated. Then fill the rocks glass with ice, pour in the bourbon and stir well for a minute or two. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and / or a crystallised ginger.

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Boulevardier (the whiskey Negroni)

  • 45ml of bourbon or rye

  • 30ml of Campari

  • 30ml sweet vermouth

  • Garnish: Orange twist (optional)

Add bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain over an ice filled Old Fashioned glass.

Garnish with an orange twist.

whiskey highball. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Whiskey Highball diet friendly!!

  • 40ml Suntory Toki Blended Whiskey

  • 120ml ice cold soda water

  • Garnish: slice of lemon

Add whiskey to a chilled ice filled highball glass. Stir briefly, then top with the soda. Briefly stir again. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Classic Hot Toddy. Hot Whiskey drink. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Hot Toddy for medicinal purposes... obviously!

  • 40ml whiskey

  • 2 to 3 tsp honey

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 200ml hot water

Add whiskey, honey and lemon juice to a mug or heat proof glass and stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Pour hot water in carefully and slowly, continuing to stir until the honey has dissolved.

Adjust ingredients to taste.

Vegan raspberry whiskey sour cocktail. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Vegan Raspberry Whiskey Sour 'cruelty' free, again!!

  • 60ml Whiskey

  • 30ml aquafaba (chickpea juice)

  • 35ml lemon juice

  • 20ml Raspberry sugar syrup

  • Garnish: Peychaud’s bitters and a few plump raspberries on a cocktail stick

Add all the ingredients (minus the bitters) into a shaker without ice and dry-shake for 30 seconds. Then add ice to shaker and shake until ingredients are chilled and frothy. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a few drops of bitters and balance the raspberry laden cocktail stick on the rim!

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Whiskey Espresso Martini another dream caught!

  • Whiskey espresso martini

  • 50ml Monkey Shoulder Whisky

  • 25ml good espresso (go decaf if you want!)

  • 25ml Tia Maria

  • Dash of sugar syrup (or just some sugar)

  • 3 coffee beans

Add whisky, espresso, Tia Maria and sugar to a shaker with ice. Shake very hard until foamy! Strain into a chilled martini glass. Add the beans!

1 of 3 possible buzzes you want on a night out… or in!

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Uncle Nearest Tennessee Mule hello summertime!

  • 50ml Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Whiskey

  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)

  • 20ml simple syrup*

  • 12ml fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 60ml sparkling water

Muddle thoroughly, the ginger and syrup in a shaker. Allow to sit for at least a couple of mins (longer = spicier!). Then add the lemon juice and whiskey, top with ice. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Double strain into an ice filled highball glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish: lemon and a sprig of mint.

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Manhattan if you like it slightly sweeter

  • 60ml Makers Mark bourbon

  • 30ml sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes of bitters

  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry (optional)

Add all the ingredients (minus the cherry) into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well for 1 to 2 minutes (dilution is important here). Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the Maraschino cherry.

whiskey collins cocktail. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Whiskey Collins (aka John Collins)

  • 60ml of bourbon

  • 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 15ml sugar syrup

  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 40ml soda water

  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry (optional)

Add bourbon, lemon juice, sugar and bitters into a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain over an ice filled Collins glass and top up with soda water. Place the cherry on top. Do not stir!

Americano Whiskey cocktail

Americano Whiskey good morning!

  • 50ml Sexton Single Malt

  • 25ml espresso

  • 2 tsp sugar syrup

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice then strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

sour grapes whiskey cocktail. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Sour Grapes not sour face!

  • 60 ml bourbon

  • 20 ml verjus (can substitute with lemon, vermouth or even apple cider vinegar!)

  • 20 ml concentrated red grape juice

  • Garnish: red grapes

Shake all the ingredients (minus the garnish) in a shaker with ice then strain back into the shaker for a Dry shake (no ice), shake! Then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

vegan whiskey sour. Vegan whiskey cocktail. Whiskey Bicycle ~ access your spirit

Vegan Whiskey Sour 'cruelty' free

  • 60ml Whiskey

  • 30ml aquafaba (chickpea juice)

  • 35ml lemon juice

  • 15ml Gomme (sugar) syrup

  • Garnish: angostura bitters

Add all the ingredients (minus the bitters) into a shaker without ice and dry-shake for 30 seconds. Then add ice to shaker and shake extremely well until ingredients are chilled and frothy.

Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a few drops of bitters.