Couture Cocktails

Couture Cocktails

Post-fashion week, Sam Wylie-Harris takes a look at the catwalk-worthy cocktails on offer

Mr Black

Tall, dark and handsome, Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur (£36, 70cl, Oddbins) is made with Arabica beans and was originally created to be drunk straight-up over ice. But with the trend for coffee cocktails, it’s become a bartender’s favourite. Produced in a tiny distillery on the central coast of Australia, the bottle that houses Mr Black is also a work of art and the espresso and hazelnut flavours are simply irresistible.

● 50ml Mr Black, 25ml fino sherry, 3 dashes Black Walnut Bitters, 1 dash Tabasco
● Pour the coffee liqueur and chilled sherry into an iced coupe. Add the bitters and Tabasco and stir.

Styling tip: Orange twist and wear your favourite little black dress

Cointreau Glamour Fizz

This cocktail was served at this year’s Glamour Women of the Year awards and has become a favourite with the busy fashion crowd as you can make it at home in a few simple steps, with easy-to-find ingredients. And with French supermodel-turned-actress Laetitia Casta the creative force behind the brand, cue the orange flavours in Cointreau (£15, 50cl, that can be tailored to fit your taste and express your creativity.

● 50ml Cointreau, 2 wedges of grapefruit, 1 wedge of lime, 1 bar spoon of strong lemon sherbet, tonic water
● Pour the orange liqueur into a large wine glass and add the grapefruit, lime and sherbert.
● When the sherbet dissolves and infuses into the fruit, fill the glass with tonic water and ice-cubes – voila!

Styling tip: Use Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water

Haute Half Hitch

Who knows if some of the best one-off pieces at the shows will have been inspired by the designer workshops in Camden market, but Camden was once the centre of gin production – and that’s where Half Hitch Gin (£57.99, 70cl, is distilled. Botanicals include black tea and bergamot to give it its citrus lift and this recipe combines two classic British flavours – earl greyand rhubarb.

● 30ml Half Hitch, 20ml Cocchi Rosa, 10ml rhubarb syrup, 5ml Aperol, 100ml soda water
● Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, Cocchi Rosa, rhubarb syrup and Aperol, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled wine glass.
● Top with ice cold soda water.

Styling tip: Garnish with a rhubarb knot

Spring Peach and Hibiscus Martini

A good starting point to toast the new spring/summer 17 collections is to check out the cocktail edit at one of Dirty Martini’s London bars ( Known for their bespoke range of martinis, the forecast is looking good for florals and here’s an exquisitely crafted recipe from their new cocktail menu which has just landed…

● 25ml Absolut Blue Vodka, 5ml peach schnapps, 20ml The Vert Hibiscus (green tea and hibiscus liqueur), 25ml coconut water, 1 dash grapefruit bitters,1 dash peach bitters, 10ml lemon juice, 10ml gomme
● Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients, shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled martini glass.

Styling tip: Hibiscus flower at base of martini glass

Edgerton Pink Gin Pomergranate Cocktail

If you’re feeling free spirited and love the idea of a party drink in a rosy pink shade, that isn’t as sweet as it looks, Edgerton Original Pink Gin (£36, 70cl, is a blushing beauty that’s blessed with 15 botanicals – one of which is pomegranate which gives the gin its distinctive eye-catching glow. The elderflower tonic in the below recipe enhances the fruity floral notes and mellows the bitter grapefruit finish.

● 50ml Edgerton Pink Gin, a tablespoon of fresh pomegranate seeds, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water
● Add the pomegranate seeds to a large wine glass, stack with ice and then add the gin, stir slowly and top with elderflower tonic water.

Styling tip: Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils