Whether you’re looking for a warming winter tipple or a slow, summer thirst-quencher, these classic sipping cocktails are ideal for taking your time. Try a zesty margarita or a smooth whisky sour and learn how to make your favourite drinks at home with our simple techniques.
These stunning slow sippers don’t need to be complicated – try our easy gin cocktails or our best whisky cocktails for even more sophisticated serves. Blend a strong spirit with floral cordial, a splash of fruit juice or a seasonal liqueur to bring a subtle sweetness.
Best sipping cocktail recipes
The humble martini graces every cocktail menu worth its salt. Whether you prefer your martini dry or dirty, this simple serve lets good-quality gin and vermouth take centre stage. Peruse our easy martini recipes for seasonal versions of this firm cocktail favourite.
Any serious mixologist needs to perfect the classic negroni. With just three ingredients, this flavourful aperitivo was made to take your time with. Check out our best-ever negronis for more delicious twists to try at home.
Live like a trendy New Yorker with our classic Manhattan recipe. It’s best served in a coupe glass, with an illuminous cocktail cherry to garnish. It’s impossible not to feel incredibly sophisticated while sipping this wonderful whisky cocktail.
Bring the very best tequila cocktails to your classic drinks menu and shake up a refreshing margarita. Make the classic version or try our summery twists by adding a dash of hot sauce, pickling brine or even a glug of watermelon juice.
A warming, cold-weather cocktail made using homemade spiced brandy. Omit the spices for a classic sidecar cocktail, or try using bourbon if you can’t find cognac.
A seriously sophisticated cocktail, the original old fashioned calls for just four ingredients. It’s a punchy, mature and super-classy option.
This fruity whisky cocktail is a real winter warmer. Use a dash of sloe gin to add a subtle sweetness that blends perfectly with a fiery rye whisky. Garnish with lemon peel and sloe berries for an eye-catching serve.
We’ve taken a classic Italian cocktail and given it a summery twist with a dash of fruity rosé wine, perfect for an easy aperitivo. Whip up this simple sbagliato with just a handful of ingredients.
In a whisky sour, the lemon juice is (almost) as vital as the punchy bourbon. A generous, foamy top is what you’re aiming for with this cocktail recipe. This silky smooth drink is perfect for slow sipping.
A delicious cocktail with gin, vermouth and port, plus a splash of Pernot to create an elegant, simple serve. Shake, strain and serve this chilled tipple in a coupette glass for extra flair.