Cocktail Master: JJ Goodman

Lessons from London Cocktail Week with Schweppes

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London Cocktail Week may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that the shakin’ and mixin’ needs to end. Here at LDN towers, we’re going to be using what we have learnt to prepare ourselves for the coming party season.

To sustain us in our quest, we will be drawing on the expertise of award-winning mixologist and founder of London Cocktail Club, JJ Goodman, who has created a series of concoctions in collaboration with Schweppes.

“I wanted to create a series of stylish cocktails that really captured the imagination of the next generation who want to impress their mates and make something fun at home,” explained JJ. “It’s not about the bottle of red or white anymore when you can grab ingredients you’d find scattered around your kitchen and substitute a shaker for a glass topped with a plate. It’s about having fun, enjoying your time and being experimental with flavours and the Schweppes mixers are the perfect versatile drinks to bring these recipes to life.”

From contemporary updates of forgotten classics to re-imagined favourites, all of these recipes are easy to recreate at home. Doing Sober October? JJ has also got you covered with his mocktails. We’ve selected two of our favourites cocktails and two of our favourite mocktails below, and you can watch JJ Goodman doing is his (and shaking his cocktail shaker) in an exclusive behind the scenes video below.

Dark & Stormy Cocktail

Ingredients

50ml dark rum
100ml Schweppes Ginger Beer
4 lime wedges
Bitter
2 cucumber slithers
3 mint spring

How to Make

1. Add 50ml dark rum, bitter, lime wedges and cucumber slithers and stir
2. Chill with some ice and top up with 100ml Schweppes Ginger Beer
3. Garnish with mint spring and serve

Honey Appletini Cocktail

Ingredients

25ml vodka
50ml dry apple juice
50ml Schweppes Citrus Blend
1 lemon
10ml honey
3 thin apple wedges

How to Make

1. Add 25ml of vodka, 50ml dry apple juice, 3 lemon squeezes and 10ml honey
2. Shake and pour into a martini glass
3. Top up with 50ml Schweppes Citrus Blend
4. Garnish with the 3 thin apple wedges

Ginger Mimosa Mocktail

Ingredients

100ml Schweppes Ginger Beer
50ml orange juice
1 lemon
6 mint leaves
Splash of bitter

How to Make

1. Add 50ml of orange, 1 lemon squeeze, 6 mint leaves and a splash of bitter into a wine glass and stir
2. Top up with 100ml Schweppes Ginger Beer!
3. Garnish with an orange twist

Made with Love Mocktail

Ingredients

1 cucumber
6 mint leaves
100ml Schweppes Bitter Lemon

How to Make

1. Muddle 2cm of cucumber in a glass
2. Add 6 mint leaves and add 25ml of the Schweppes Bitter Lemon
3. Shake & strain into a coupe glass and top up with75ml of Schweppes Bitter Lemon
4. Garnish with a cucumber disk