Christmas may be over, but the festivities are far from it. We plan to celebrate the new year in style with some home-mixed cocktails worthy of the occasion. Boozy, bubbly and spiced, we caught up with Ionut Tiprigan, head barman at Marylebone's foremost bar and kitchen, Bernardi's, to find out how to master the art of the festive cocktail.
On what makes the perfect festive cocktail . . .
Plenty of booze, bubbles and warming spices – we’re big proponents of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and star anise.
On the best cocktails to serve at home . . .
A Negroni, G&T, mulled wine and a any sort of spritz.
Ionut's master tips for making the perfect cocktail . . .
Start with a spirit, pick a glass, then work on your method of “cocktailing”. Finally, garnish your drink. My advice is, the simpler the better. Garnishes not only make drinks more attractive, but go some way to flavouring them. Think of the lemon twist on your Gin Martini, the orange on your Cosmopolitan and the sprig of mint on top of your Mojito. Depending on how well equipped you are, you can choose the most suitable method for preparing your drink. Building a cocktail is the easiest method – just pour everything in a glass and then add ice. If you have a shaker, the aggressive mixing motion helps to mix and chill multiple ingredients at once quickly and efficiently.