Robin says...

"You’ve got a friend coming round in the next hour and she’s just texted to say that she’s bringing along six more mates. Sound familiar? Party season is in full swing and you’re still hanging from the night before. It’s make or break. Either you get stuck in – showing yourself to be the perfect host – or you give in and accept defeat, opting to meet the gang at the nearby pub on the corner. Chances are though, you’ll bump into your ex and end up spending way too much cash. That just isn’t an option.

My advice? Accept the challenge with these super-simple store-cupboard cocktails.  Remember that half-drunk bottle of whisky that you vowed to never touch again? Yep, you’ll be needing that. And the cranberry jelly that’s hanging around for the turkey? We can use that, too! I’ve got three recipes to suit any cocktail combination. Take a look through  the ingredients and see what you can do.

Plus check out my video below to see me shake up three more bonus recipes  #party. 

Whisky Sweet Treat

Whisky, apples and lemons: surely two of your five a day?

1 lemon wedge
1 tbsp of brown sugar
2 ice cubes
2 shots (60ml) malt whisky
100ml apple juice (preferably cloudy)

1 slice of apple

Serve in
Rocker or whisky glass

Why it works?
I’m such a whisky lover and it frustrates me when people instantly turn up their noses at it, ‘Ugh, whisky, it’s rancid.’ No, honey, you’re just drinking it wrong. Much like my rocky start with coffee (I started with a glass of warm milk and four years later have ended up mainlining extra strength Columbian on a daily basis), you need to ease yourself into whisky. This recipe is the ideal entry point to a whisky cocktail and it’s delicious. Perfectly refreshing but with that much-needed kick, it’ll definitely keep you warm in the winter months.

Rub the rim of your glass with the lemon wedge.
Dip the rim of the glass into the brown sugar.
Add two ice cubes.
Pour in your whisky.
Top up with apple juice and stir.
Garnish with a slice of apple.

Gin and Cranberry Jelly

Like a Christmas dinner, but without the turkey.


1/4 clementine
or satsuma
2 tsp cranberry jelly
1 shot (30ml) sloe gin
Several ice cubes
(or Prosecco)

Raspberries, strawberries or redcurrants dipped in gomme syrup (sugar syrup) and rolled in sugar.

Serve in
Champagne flute

Why it works?
It’s likely that Santa is going to be popping a couple of satsumas into your stocking (not a dirty pun, I promise), so why not make use of them? They’re a fantastic source of vitamin C, so will help prevent colds and flu, especially when our bodies are run down in winter. It’s also a given that at least one of your mates (two if you’re lucky) will pop round with a bottle of fizz. This recipe gives the ubiquitous festive tipple a seasonal twist.

Squeeze the juice of the clementine or satsuma into
a cocktail shaker.
Add the cranberry jelly and sloe gin.
Top up the shaker with ice cubes and shake until cold.
Fill the champagne flute two-thirds full with the champagne or Prosecco.
Strain the gin mixture and add to the flute.
Garnish with your sugared berries or currants.

Green Tea and Rosemary Martini

Nothing says, ‘I’ve made an effort’ like a sprig of rosemary.

1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 lemon wedge
2 shots (60ml) vodka
Mug of strongly brewed green tea
1 tbsp gomme syrup
Several ice cubes

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

Serve in
Martini glass, chilled

Why it works?
There’s nothing better than a martini. Well, except a martini made with green tea. Green tea contains essential B vitamins such as folic acid, plus vital minerals and other antioxidants. It’s also said to boost weight loss, reduce cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease. We have, however, just added
a hefty amount of vodka, so I wouldn’t get too excited.

Arrange the rosemary sprig and lemon wedge
together in the martini glass.
Add the vodka, green tea and gomme syrup to a
cocktail shaker.
Add the ice cubes and shake until cold.
Strain into your chilled glass.

See, it wasn’t difficult was it? And you’ve not only rescued your night in but also your reputation as the perfect host. Winner. Be sure to let us know how you get on with your cupboard cocktails. Tag us in your Instagram pictures @InStyleUK and @ManForHimself #CupboardCocktails. One last disclaimer, I accept no responsibility for any hangovers. You know your limits. Have a great time!"

Friends coming over for lunch? Here's a super easy and super tasty recipe by Rosie Birkett