Entertaining expert Warren Mendes shares his top batch cocktail recipes for winter get-togethers – a warming hot toddy twist and a zesty tequila crowd-pleaser.
Batch cocktails are the best solution for laid-back entertaining – instead of making one cocktail at a time for each guest, you can whip up a whole round at once and get on with enjoying the party. Whether it’s simple drinks with friends or a fun and festive ‘Christmas in July’ dinner, these batch cocktails from chef Warren Mendes have you covered. For a superstar whisky cocktail to warm everyone up from the inside, Warren’s Salted Caramel Hot Toddy recipe is a must-try. “A Hot Toddy is the classic mix between whisky, honey, hot water, and some lemon, but here I’m doing a salted caramel version to really warm your soul,” says Warren.
Perhaps you’re expecting guests who love margs, palomas and other citrus-forward cocktails? Look no further than Warren’s Salty Chihuahua – a tequila take on the gin-and-grapefruit Greyhound cocktail. “A Salty Chihuahua is the beautiful blend between a margarita and a Greyhound, and one thing – it’s simple and delicious, so grab a jug and let’s prep up a batch for your next party.” says Warren.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
Tip: For a bourbon version, swap the Scotch for Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
Tip: To get 500ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, you’ll need 4-6 Ruby Red grapefruits (depending on how juicy they are).
Make sure you have quality Scotch and bourbon in your liquor cabinet so you’ll be ready to make a round of Salted Caramel Hot Toddies on a chilly winter’s night in with friends. Pick up a bottle of rich, sweet and spicy Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey along with Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch – technically a triple malt, it’s produced with single malts from distilleries in Speyside and has hints of vanilla, orange and honey.
Become the master of the Salty Chihuahua cocktail with a bottle of Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Silver – smooth and balanced, it has notes of agave, caramel and fresh herbs. You’ll also need Cointreau, the clear orange-flavoured liqueur that brings sweetness and freshness to classic sour cocktails including the Margarita, Cosmopolitan and more.