Get ready for a Friday bender with a cause – because this Friday 13 May is World Cocktail Day! Have your shakers at the ready, stock up on ice and get sloshed in the fanciest way possible with these amazing cocktail recipes brought to you by bartenders and Whiskey specialists Linda O’Rourke and Alex Orwin from J&M Sydney.

Blood and Maria – Glassware coupette, no ice

20ml    Chivas 12yo
20ml    Cynar
20ml    Antica Formula
20ml    Cherry Heering
20ml    pink grapefruit juice

Shake all ingredients and double strain into a coupette glass, garnished with two skewered maraschino cherries

Raisin Mona Mac – Glassware julep tin, cracked ice

45ml    Bulleit 95 Rye
25ml    Noilly Prat
5ml      Romate Cardenal Cisneros Pedro Ximenez
5ml      ginger syrup
10        mint leaves

Build all ingredients in the julep tin and stir with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, smoked raisins and dusted icing sugar.

Keep it Cordial – Glassware highball, cubed ice

45ml    Chivas Extra
10ml    lemon juice
30ml    Blackberry & Celery Cordial
60ml    Soda Water
3ml      Pernod Absinthe

Roll whiskey, lemon juice and cordial with ice in a Boston Shaker. Strain into a chilled high ball glass filled with cubed ice and top with chilled soda. Spray Absinthe over drink and garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

Highland Tai – Glassware double old fashioned, cubed ice

45ml    Aberlour 12yo
10ml    Cartron Apricot Brandy
10ml    Romate Don Jose Oloroso
15ml    Laphroiag 10yo
25ml    lemon juice
2ml      Angostura Bitters
10ml    Orgeat syrup


Add all ingredients and shake in a Boston. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, lime wedge and one apricot leather roll up.