Make delicious DIY cocktail recipes at home


We may not be able to hit the bars yet, but you can still enjoy happy hour at home with these delicious DIY cocktail recipes.

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Whether you’re planning a virtual bachelorette party or using your newfound free time to work on developing new mixology skills, this might be the perfect opportunity to try your hand at making DIY cocktails.

While we can’t go to the bars just yet, we’ve spoken to the cocktail connoisseurs of some of the best bars and luxury hotels in the world to bring you a menu of delicious DIY cocktail recipes.

Delicious DIY cocktail recipes

Transport your taste buds around the world with this delicious selection of wanderlust cocktails from a handpicked selection of the world’s best hotels. Follow the recipes to recreate these cocktails at home.

The espresso martini

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The espresso martini at Lanesborough

From: The Library Bat in The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough, overlooking Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, is one of the most famous hotels in London and is in a prestigious location between Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. The hotel’s renowned Library Bar offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and serves one of the best espresso martini’s in the capital. The classic cocktail is a sweet drop that is perfect as a digestif after dinner. It consists of only three ingredients. How to make your own espresso martini.

DIY COCKTAIL RECIPE & METHOD

  • Two shot glasses of espresso or instant coffee mixed with hot water (make it strong!). We recommend two teaspoons of instant coffee per spoon of sugar
  • Two shot glasses of vodka – each one is enough
  • Two drops of vanilla extract
  • Shake well in a metal glass or cocktail shaker with ice
  • Strain and pour into your favorite cocktail glass (ideally a martini glass)
  • Tip: To add extra sweetness or turn yourself into a fun dessert, you can mix the coffee blend and vodka with two tablespoons of vanilla, chocolate or caramel ice cream – make your choice

The Bloomsbury

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The Bloomsbury Boozer in Parker’s Tavern, Cambridge

From: Parker’s Tavern, Cambridge

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The bar in Parkers Tavern at the University Arms in Cambridge acts as the social hub of the city and has been a hangout for over 100 years. The bar offers an extensive drinks menu with a large selection of English sparkling wine and a botanical cocktail menu. The Bloomsbury Boozer was named after The Bloomsbury Set; A group of writers, academics and intellectuals including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and EM Forster who met on their busy student days in Cambridge. How to make the famous cocktail at home.

DIY RECIPE & METHOD

  • 50 ml Cambridge Dry Gin
  • 20ml elderflower liqueur
  • 20 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • 4 – 5 raspberries
  • Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (or you can use a large jam jar with a lid).
  • Shake vigorously over ice
  • Strain into a martini glass

The Martini Estate

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The Martini Estate in Gleneagles, Scotland

By: The American Bar at the Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Scotland. The American Bar is reminiscent of the elegance and glamor of the bars of the 1920s and 30s and is a very special place for intimate drinks. In addition to glamorous tips that pay tribute to the characters and pastimes of the 20s, there are five breathtaking signature martinis. Our personal favorite is that Martini Discount, a raspberry leaf-infused blend of wormwood and elderflower added to a South Loch Raspberry Old Tom Gin. Here’s how to do it yourself.

DIY COCKTAIL RECIPE & METHOD

  • 60ml South Hole Raspberry Age Tom Gin
  • 5ml elderflower liqueur
  • 15 ml raspberry leaf wormwood
  • Combine the gin, vermouth, elderflower and ice in a mixing glass and stir
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass
  • Garnish with a lemon zest

The Aperol Spritz

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Aperol Spritz in Le Bristol, Paris. Photo credit: Claire Cocano

By: Jardin Français at Le Bristol Paris

The globally popular Aperol Spritz is a simple classic cocktail that originally comes from northern Italy. One of the best places to enjoy the summer aperitif is Le Bristol Paris’s Jardin Français, an urban oasis in the heart of Paris. The exquisitely pretty garden is a wonderful place to relax after shopping with a light lunch under the shade of a white parasol. Now, with this DIY cocktail recipe, you can enjoy a classic Aperol syringe with a French twist from your own garden.

DIY RECIPE & METHOD

  • 40 ml of Aperol
  • 60 ml Côtes de Provence white wine
  • 60 ml of soda water
  • An orange
  • Pour the Aperol into a wine glass filled with ice
  • Pour the wine and soda water into a siphon and complete the cocktail with the mixture
  • Decorate with fresh orange slices

The Bellini

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Bar Bellini in the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

By: Bar Bellini in the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

This Bellini recipe was perfected by Christophe Lencioni, head bartender at the most glamorous hotel on the French Riviera, the 150 year old Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The hotel even named one of its most popular bars, Bar Bellini – the Côte d’Azur’s cocktail bar for Hollywood stars. With a wonderful outdoor terrace and a spectacular view over the charming gardens of the Hotel du Cap and the famous Grande Allée down to the sea, you can hardly imagine anything more elegant than sipping a Bellini here. However, the next best thing would be to try this at home. Channel Riviera Chic out of your kitchen by following this DIY cocktail recipe.

RECIPE & METHOD

  • 140 ml of champagne
  • 15 ml peach cream or Peachtree liqueur
  • 100 ml fresh peach puree
  • Mix all ingredients and serve in a long, chilled champagne flute

The Eden Colada

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Eden Colado from the Remy Bar in Eden-Rock, St. Barths

From: Eden Rock, St. Barths

Served in Eden Rock – the brand new Rémy Bar in St. Barths – named after the original owner of the hotel, Rémy de Haenen – the typical cocktail Eden Colada honors both his fabulously wild pioneering spirit and the birthplace of the main ingredient of the drink: rum. That Eden Colada mixes two rums, including Plantation 3 Stars, a tribute to the historical rum with a sweet mix of the three most important terroirs of the region: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. You can replace the special rums with any white rum. Fancy pineapple glass optional.

DIY RECIPE & METHOD

  • 25ml Clement Blanc Rum
  • 25ml plantation 2 star rum
  • 30 ml Moët & Chandon champagne
  • 30 ml of fresh pineapple juice
  • 30 ml pineapple syrup
  • A scoop of coconut sorbet
  • Just mix all the ingredients in a blender
  • For best results, serve something similar to the legendary Eden Rock – St Barths pineapple glass (but any large round glass will do!).
  • Add a drop of vanilla essence to complete the process if desired

The rum punch

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Rum Punch from Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

From: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

The perfect reception at Antigua, everyone’s first drink on the private Jumby Bay Island, is the typical Caribbean rum punch made with local Antiguan rum. Described as “sweet, a little sour, but full of magic,” this brew is a potent, timeless staple. You can use a rum of your choice.

DIY COCKTAIL RECIPE & METHOD

  • 120 ml 5 year old English port rum
  • 30 ml of fresh lime juice
  • Two dashes of Angostura bitter
  • 30ml simple syrup
  • Fresh cinnamon powder
  • Pineapple and lime for garnish
  • Mix all the ingredients together except for the cinnamon powder
  • Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker or similar
  • Serve in a short glass over ice and garnish with cinnamon powder, a pineapple slice and a lime wheel or wedge

The passion

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The Passion of Milaidhoo Island Maldives

From: Milaidhoo Island, Maldives

This cocktail is sure to remind you of the powdery white sandy beaches lapped by gin-clear water and framed in the tropical green for which the Maldives are famous. For armchair travelers looking to repair their Indian Ocean at home, this tropical drink offers drinkers the chance to introduce themselves at Milaidhoo – an area of ​​over 13 hectares on the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll. A firm favorite sundowner choice, The passion is sweet with a piquant undertone that gives a classic a refreshing note.

DIY RECIPE & METHOD

  • A passion fruit
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 20 ml of fresh lime juice
  • 25 ml of fresh orange juice
  • 10 ml Passoa liqueur or passion fruit liqueur
  • 10 ml of Aperol
  • 40ml Vanilla Absolut Vodka
  • Orange peel, sprig of mint and half passion fruit for garnish
  • Shake all ingredients and pour over crushed ice into a glass of your choice
  • Garnish with orange peel, sprig of mint and half a passion fruit

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