Many of us probably did not realise how much we used to go to our favourite cocktail bar in Clapham Junction until lockdown began and Friday nights out became forbidden.
As bars and pubs all over the UK were forced to close their doors to control the coronavirus spread, this has meant regular patrons have been without their choice of tipple when they want to unwind in the evening.
This is why nearly half of us have tried to recreate our beloved beverages at home, with a survey by Bacardi revealing 43 per cent of Brits have attempted cocktail making since lockdown began at the end of March.
It found 32 per cent wanted to have a go at making their favourite cocktail because they were getting bored of drinking just beer and wine, which has led to an increased interest in mixology, with 29 per cent saying they like experimenting with different flavours.
The great thing is lots of us are trying to make special occasions out of our cocktail-making sessions, with 31 per cent saying they have had virtual drinks parties with friends, 21 per cent claiming they get dressed up for the event, and 29 per cent admitting to using their specialist cocktail glasses.
Bacardi expert Joe McCanta said it is “great” to see Brits having fun with their cocktails, particularly as “the virtual cocktail hour becomes our new normal”.
The survey found the most popular drink to make is a Mojito, made with rum, sugar and lime.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a delicious Mojito involves muddling lime wedges and caster sugar together in a glass. Then he recommends putting 12 fresh mint leaves in one hand and clapping to bruise the leaves and release its flavours, before rubbing the mint leaves around the rim of the glass. After this, he suggests muddling them together with the sugar and lime and half filling the glass with crushed ice. Pour in the rum, stir together, top with crushed ice and add a splash of soda water. Garnish with some mint for a really professional touch.