The greatest cocktail guide

Coal Grill & Bar

‘Summer in a Glass’ is what Coal’s cocktails are all about (it’s also the name of one of its speciality cocktails based around honey vodka). Head to the bar for deals on cocktails (two for £10 or £12, depending on which concoction you choose). Make ours a Mango Martini please!

Lloyd’s Lounge

Classic cocktails and mocktails are mixed to perfection at Lloyd’s Lounge. On a weekend, there’s two-for-one on cocktails (Fridays 8-10pm and Saturdays 7-10pm), so come here for a night out. Gin aficionados will love the crafted gin twists, while if you’re teetotal you won’t be disappointed by the Mango Mule or Grapefruit Gunner.

Oliver Bonas

Cocktail recipes, found in these books from Oliver Bonas, will turn you into a hostess with the mostess when you shake up a drink to impress your guests. ‘Prosecco Made Me Do It: 60 Seriously Sparkling Cocktails Book’, ‘Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist’, ‘Gin Made Me Do It Book’ and ‘Free the Tipple Book’, all £9.99, contain the recipes you need to impress a date or hold a cocktail party.  

Café Rouge

Summer is served at Café Rouge – have you tried the summer drinks yet? This is a best-seller: the delicious Melon Spritz made with Melonade, served over ice with prosecco and soda!

Carluccio’s

There’s an art to making the iconic Negroni cocktail. An Italian creation, the Negroni is a bitter cocktail that’s on-trend right now. It starts with Campari, flavoured with 68 herbs, fruits and spices. Ask the bar staff at Carluccio’s to make you a chic Strawberry Negroni.  

Recipe

This extract is from ‘Prosecco Made Me Do It: 60 Seriously Sparkling Cocktails Book’ by Amy Zavatto (HarperCollins).

Fragola Fizz

Ingredients:

4 strawberries, quartered

15ml Mint Simple Syrup

15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

30ml vodka

90-120ml brut style prosecco

Drop the strawberries into a Collins glass, pour in the Mint Simple Syrup and muddle until very pulpy. Add the lemon juice and vodka. Fill with ice, top with prosecco and give it a little stir to evenly distribute the mashed-up berries. Finish with a straw.