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3 Classic cocktails: Pimm's, mojito and Gin and Tonic get a shake-up

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Putting a new twist on the nation's favourite cocktails

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The nation's best loved cocktails caused a bit of a stir recently when a survey by thebar.com revealed that, when it comes to choosing a favourite, we are a nation divided. Drinkers in London and Scotland are partial to a mojito, whilst the Welsh prefer a G & T and Midlanders are split equally between Pimm's and Lemonade and Gin and Tonic. We got creative and made our own versions of these three classic cocktails, mixing them up to create something that should hopefully satisfy all tastes.

1. Citrus Pimm's

Putting a new twist on the nation's favourite cocktails
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Serves: 1

We may be a lover of strawberries but this Pimm's drink packs a serious citrus punch.

Ingredients:

  • 50 millilitres Pimm's No. 1
  • 100 millilitres soda water
  • 1 slice each lemon, lime and orange
  • 1 sprig mint
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Pour the Pimm's into the glass.
  3. Add the lemon and lime slices and give it a mix.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange, slit with a sharp knife so it can sit on the glass, plus a sprig of mint.

More: A Southern twist on a classic English cocktail, the Pimm's cup

2. Spiced mojito

Putting a new twist on the nation's favourite cocktails
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Serves: 1

Spice up your mojito with ginger beer and spiced rum

Ingredients:

  • 50 millilitres spiced Jamaican rum
  • 50 millilitres ginger beer
  • 1 wedge lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add the wedge of lime and the sugar to a glass and muddle in order to release the lime juice and dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add ice to suit your preference.
  3. Pour the spiced rum over the ice.
  4. Top up with the ginger beer.

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3. Peach G & T

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Serves: 1

Gin and tonic gets a fruity twist with the addition of peach juice

Ingredients:

  • 50 millilitres gin
  • 130 millilitres sparkling peach juice (or half juice, half soda water)
  • 2 small strawberries
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a glass 3/4 full of ice.
  2. Pour the measure of gin into the glass.
  3. Add the peach juice (or peach and soda water mixture).
  4. Garnish with the strawberries. Cut a slit in each, directly in the middle and slide over the edge of the glass.

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The survey by thebar.com was based on 1,007 people of legal drinking age.

How do you give your favourite cocktail a twist? Tell us in the comments section below.

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