17/05/2013 13:09 BST | Updated 17/07/2013 06:12 BST

A Barman's Confession: Eurovision


When it comes to competitions unifying Europe, Eurovision is by far the most fabulous. Sure, football and rugby have their place, but I have a special place in my heart for the glitzy, zany and downright fun of the global singing comp.

One of the best parts of my job is creating cocktails for every single special occasion or calendar date that comes a'knockin. And Eurovision is no different.

So I've created a special cocktail to embrace the glitz this weekend - for those that don't fancy knocking back a drink for each country.

It's a Eurovision tipple and a half, packing a punch with five different spirits from across the continent. With vodka from Russia, Cointreau from France, Disaronno from Italy, Goldschlager from Switzerland and gin from Blighty, this is the Euro-drink to end all Euro-drinks. Julmust is a Swedish cola style spiced drink - it's great stuff!

Add the vodka, Cointreau, Disaronno, Goldschlager, gin and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Then simply pour into a tall glass, add the Swedish Julmust to top up and enjoy! Finish with a Grecian ouzo chaser if you're brave... douze points.

You Will Need:

  • Russia -15ml Vodka
  • France - 5ml Cointreau
  • Italy - 15ml Disaronno
  • Switzerland -15ml Goldschlager
  • England - 15ml dry gin
  • Turkey - Lime juice
  • Sweden - JulMust to top up
  • Garnish with berries, lemon slices and a Euro-trash umbrella!

Bonnie Tyler won't be bringing the title home for us, but at least Britain can bring home the bevvies.