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Take Five

A quintet of iconic cocktails that have stood the test of time

Take Five

The enchanting world of mixology is as vast and vibrant as the spectrum of spirits themselves. The true magic lies not only within the unique combinations but also the stories and traditions that linger in every drop. But whilst evolution has been key to bridging tradition and innovation, there are cocktails that have held their iconic status as originals; some dating back a few hundred years, some a few decades. Regardless of age, they are requested time again and for good reason as they each offer a unique taste experience.

The Mojito

Originating from the vibrant culture of Cuba, the Mojito blends the fresh, citrusy tang of lime with the sweet allure of sugar, the herby zing of mint leaves, the effervescence of soda water, and the rich, complex flavour of Bacardi rum. This cocktail offers a refreshing burst of flavours that dance on the palate and leave a delightful, lingering taste. The Bacardi rum is the star here, with its rich history and unique flavour profile, making the Mojito a timeless crowd-pleaser that is as fitting on a hot summer's day as it is on a balmy evening.

The Negroni

The Negroni is a true testament to balance. This classic Italian cocktail combines the juniper-infused complexity of Tanqueray gin with the bittersweet allure of Campari and the sweet vermouth's earthy undertones. Its ruby-red allure and the resonating, balanced taste profile make the Negroni a cocktail for those who appreciate a medley of flavours. The Tanqueray gin, with its distinctive character, amplifies the Negroni's appeal, taking you on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Italy.

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail steeped in history and sophistication. Simple yet deeply satisfying, this cocktail combines the smooth caramel and fruity undertones of Gentleman Jack with sugar and bitters, often garnished with an orange twist or cherry. Its name reflects its standing as a timeless classic. The Gentleman Jack, with its exceptional smoothness due to its unique double-charcoal mellowing process, adds a level of elegance that makes this Old Fashioned a drink of refined taste and true craftsmanship.

The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan, with its radiant pink blush, is a cocktail that exudes urban chic and vivacious charm. A blend of Absolut vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a splash of lime, the Cosmopolitan is as lively as it is refreshing. Absolut, the Swedish vodka known for its purity and versatility, adds an international dimension to this American staple, making it a cosmopolitan cocktail in the truest sense.

The Margarita

Balancing acidity and sweetness, the ever popular Margarita belongs to the ‘sour’ category of cocktails and is beloved for its tangy blend of lime with sweet orange liqueur, underpinned by the flavour of a superlative 100% blue agave tequila such as Patron Silver. There is a lot of debate as to how best to serve or consume a Margarita (frozen, blended etc). Our advice is to keep it simple and drink it very cold.

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