You may think of pints of beer when you think of alcohol in England. But there are plenty of unique and heavenly British cocktails you can try.
This is a round-up of 14 of the most audacious cocktails that hail from the Queen’s country and deserve some appreciation.
Make your favorite cup of tea into an alcoholic beverage, or discover how fabulous the flavor of rose can be in a cocktail!
Best British Cocktails
English Garden Cocktail
This British cocktail is perfect for lounging outside on a beautiful spring day. It features fresh mint leaves, cucumber slices, lemon juice, apple juice, honey, Prosecco, and gin! The combination of citrus and pome fruit flavors blend beautifully with the lightness of mint and cucumber, for an easy-to-drink cocktail.
The British 75 is a reinvention of the French 75 cocktail. It’s a light beverage with simple ingredients, like simple syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling wine, but delivers a bubbly sensation and delicate flavor perfect for casual sipping. If you love a French 75, you’ll be head over heels for this British version.
Classic Pimm's Cup Cocktail
The Pimm’s Cup cocktail is a traditional British cocktail that highlights Pimm’s No 1. Pimm’s is a gin-based liqueur with a slightly fruity taste. To make the perfect Pimm’s Cup, you combine lemonade, Pimm’s, and soda for a delicious cocktail with subtle flavors.
British Mule Cocktail
You’ve probably heard of a Kentucky mule, but have you heard of a British mule? This cocktail is similar to a Kentucky mule but uses gin instead of bourbon for a lighter flavor that pairs perfectly with the vibrant ginger beer. It’s easy to make and tastes even better if you serve it in a copper mug.
English Breakfast Cocktail
You don’t always need to wait until 5 pm to start enjoying a delicious cocktail. This British breakfast cocktail is the perfect pairing for your eggs Benedict. It uses dry gin, cold black tea, and elderflower liqueur for a flowery, herbal flavor. The black tea balances the sweetness and brings a sweet, earthy flavor.
Patrón British Summer Time Cocktail
As the name implies, this British cocktail is the perfect summertime drink. It has a captivating balance of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors that combine for a complex but refreshing taste. An important ingredient for crafting this cocktail is the Italicus Amaro, a liqueur made with rose petals that has a soft, flowery profile that livens the drink.
English Rose Gin Martini
If the rose liqueur above caught your attention, try the English rose gin martini. A traditional gin martini with vermouth and maybe olives can be too strong for some people. This cocktail is a delicate twist on the classic gin martini, using apricot brandy, grenadine syrup, and fresh lemon juice. While gin and brandy together may sound odd, you’ll be astounded by the brightness of this cocktail.
Earl Grey Martini
Many people love the warm, lavender flavor of earl grey tea. Now, you can enjoy the same taste in a scrumptious cocktail. The cocktail combines chilled tea with lemon juice, gin, and simple syrup for a sweet, alcoholic version of this beloved tea. The ingredients are shaken with an egg white, adding a creamy, silky froth on top of the martini.
Twentieth Century Cocktail
It may be the 21st century, but you can still enjoy this twentieth-century cocktail. It’s easy to make and features distinct ingredients, such as Lillet Blanc liqueur and light crème de cacao. You likely don’t have these in your liquor cabinet, but it’s worth getting them so you can enjoy this velvety cocktail that strikes the ideal balance between sweet and refreshing.
British Bloody Mary
The British Bloody Mary swaps out the vodka for gin, giving the cocktail a more robust, herbal flavor that enhances the ingredients. You can use your favorite Bloody Mary premade mix or recipe, or try out this rich recipe that adds cumin, minced jalapeno, and a bit of Sriracha to kick the drink up a notch.
The British appreciate a dainty rose-flavored cocktail. The black rose cocktail is slightly richer than other rose cocktails, featuring Indian tonic water and a fresh sprig of rosemary. The homemade blackberry thyme syrup will darken the drink and create a sweet and woody taste.
You can find this cocktail at many pubs and restaurants in the UK, but most Americans have never heard of bramble. The word bramble refers to a prickly vine or shrub, but the bramble cocktail is all about blackberries! It uses fresh blackberries and a French blackberry liqueur called Creme de Mure. It has an earthy, fruity flavor that feels like it belongs in a fairytale.
A gimlet is one of the more well-known and popular British cocktails. It’s easy to make, using simple syrup, gin, and lime juice for a potent cocktail with an herbal, sour flavor. The key to making a perfect gimlet is to ensure the ingredients are well-chilled, so you can comfortably sip on this cold and sharp cocktail.
The London lemonade cocktail is lemonade mixed with gin, making it the easiest cocktail on this list. It’s the perfect drink to sip on your porch or bring to a BBQ. It’s sour and sweet, with the earthy flavor of gin poking through every sip.
As you can see, most British cocktails use gin as the main ingredient. If you’re a gin lover, try these classic British cocktails that are interesting and yummy compared to a boring gin and tonic.
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14 British Cocktails
- English Garden cocktail
- British 75
- Classic Pimm's Cup Cocktail
- British Mule Cocktail Recipe
- English Breakfast Cocktail
- Patrón British Summer Time Cocktail Recipe
- English Rose Gin Martini Recipe
- Earl Grey Martini
- Twentieth Century Cocktail
- British Bloody Mary
- Black Rose
- Bramble Cocktail
- London Lemonade
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