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09/10/2013 05:54 BST

Six DIY Cocktail Recipes To Make At Home, From Bellinis To Tom Collins

Try your own Tom Collins with our recipe
london cocktail week
Try your own Tom Collins with our recipe

It's London Cocktail Week (7 -13 October) and what better way to celebrate than pour yourself a drink or two?

So, for all the budding mixologists out there, here are six DIY cockatil recipes from Difford's Guide to get you started.

From a traditional Tom Collins - which was named after bartender John Collins who invented the drink at Limmer's Hotel, Conduit Street - to the exotic Mai Tai - named after the first reaction to the drink: "mai tai-roa aé", Tahitian for "out of this world, the best!" - we've got a great selection to tickle your taste buds.

bellini

Bellini

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Peach slice

Ingredients:

2 shots of peach purée

½ shot of crème de pêche de vigne liqueur

¼ shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Top up with prosecco sparkling wine

Method:

Shake first three ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. Add prosecco and gently stir.

tom collins

Tom Collins

Glass: Collins

Garnish: Orange slice and cherry on a stick

Ingredients:

2 shots of gin

1 shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice

¾ shot of sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water)

Top up with soda water

Method:

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top up with soda, lightly stir and serve with straws.

mai tai

Mai Tai

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: Lime, mint sprig, pineapple cube and maraschino cherry

Ingredients:

2 shots of aged rum

½ shot of orange curaçao liqueur

¾ shot of freshly squeezed lime juice

¼ shot of orgeat (almond) syrup

¼ shot of sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water)

Method:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into glass filled with crushed ice.

sidecar

Sidecar

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon zest twist

Ingredients:

1½ shot of Courvoisier Exclusif VSOP cognac

1 shot of Cointreau triple sec

1 shot of Freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ shot of Chilled mineral water

Method:

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

pisco punch

Pisco Punch

Glass: Collins

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

Ingredients:

4 dried cloves

2¼ shots of macchu pisco

1¾ shots of fresh pressed pineapple juice

¼ shot of freshly squeezed orange juice

½ shot freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ shot of sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water)

Top up with Champagne

Method:

Muddle cloves in base of shaker. Add other ingredients except for Champagne. Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with Champagne.

manhattan

Sweet Manhattan

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Maraschino cherry

Ingredients:

2½ shots of Maker's Mark bourbon

⅛ shot of maraschino syrup (from cherry jar)

1 shot of Martini Rosso sweet vermouth

3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Method:

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

London Cocktail Week is an annual festival held on Monday 7 - Sunday 13October in Covent Garden and Shoreditch.