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2 Claridge’s Cocktail Recipes to Try Now

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Crafting almost 36,000 cocktails every year, Claridge’s knows a thing or two about good tipples. Starting out as a single ‘drinking parlour’ in 1856, the Mayfair stalwart is now home to four bars, including new powder-pink hideaway The Painter’s Room. And now the hotel is sharing its wisdom with its first-ever cocktail book, Claridges: The Cocktail Book.

This features over 400 recipes – from the classic Martini and Negroni to the revived milk punch. Alongside this, the book weaves in stories from the hotel’s 150-year history, fun facts from behind-the-scenes (did you know the most expensive ever cocktail sold at Claridge’s came in at a whopping £1,000?), and tips from the hotel’s acclaimed team of bartenders. Below we share two recipes from the book for you to try at home this weekend.

2 Claridge’s Cocktail Recipes to Try Now

The Flapper

This signature Champagne cocktail was created for the opening of Claridge’s Bar in 1998

The Flapper, Claridge's cocktail

Makes 1 drink


  • 15ml Briottet Creme de Cassis
  • 15ml Boiron strawberry puree
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV
  • Champagne, to top up
  • A strawberry, to garnish


In a cocktail shaker, stir the crème de cassis and strawberry purée together, then fine-strain into a flute. Top up with the Champagne and garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

Smoky Dream

A fruity tequila-based cocktail made with watermelon and lime

Smoky Dream, Claridge's

Makes 1 drink


  • 40ml Tapatio Blanco Tequila
  • 10ml Ilegal Mezcal
  • 25ml Watermelon Cordial
  • 15ml lime juice


In a cocktail shaker, shake all the ingredients with ice cubes. Fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass over an ice block.

Claridge’s: The Cocktail Book is edited by Denis Broci and Nathan McCarley-O’ Neill, photographed by John Carey and printed by Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley. £25,


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