In a tumbler, muddle 1 t caster sugar or 1 sugar cube with 2–3 dashes bitters until almost dissolved. Add 60 ml whisky and stir to combine. Add a big block of ice if you like, then garnish with a twist of orange peel – and a cherry if you’re feeling frivolous.
GIN- OR VODKA- BASED: MARTINI
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 75 ml gin and 15 ml dry vermouth. Shake for about 30 seconds, then strain into a martini glass. Add a dash or two of orange bitters if you fancy, then garnish with green olives.
TEQUILA- BASED: MARGARITA
Combine 35 ml tequila, 20 ml Cointreau and 35 ml freshly squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then shake for about 20 seconds. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass, then garnish with a slice of lime
Combine 30 ml dry gin, 30 ml Campari and 30 ml sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well to combine, then strain into a tumbler. Twist a piece of orange peel over the glass, then use to garnish the drink if you like.
Combine 30 ml each cognac and orange liqueur, 15 ml each freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds to combine, then strain into a glass.