At-home cocktail hour with Thomasina Miers

Who better than the Masterchef winner and Wahaca founder to show you how to shake up your home bar.

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Banana Margaritas

Forget about banana bread, make your new lockdown essential these banana margaritas.

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You will need:

150g frozen banana
85ml blanco tequila
25ml triple sec
30ml elderflower
30ml fresh lime
3 handfuls of ice

Method:

Throw everything into a blender, whizz it up and pour it into some margarita glasses. (Cocktail umbrellas also encouraged.)

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Rosé sangria

Just thinking wine this evening? No way, rosé. Spice things up with this sangria.

For the sangria:

300ml rosé wine
30ml brandy
40ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tbsp mint & ginger syrup
Sparkling water to top up

For the mint and ginger syrup:

100ml water
100g sugar
50g thinly sliced ginger
A handful of torn mint leaves
The zest of a lemon

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Method:

1. To make the syrup, put it all in a pan, dissolve the sugar, pour it into a jar and then put it in the fridge overnight.

2. To make the sangria, fill a jug with cucumber, fresh mint, raspberries and half a bottle of rosé. Then add the syrup, brandy and lemon juice. Pour into glasses and add a little top of sparkling water.

3. Cheers and pretend you’re somewhere sunnier.

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Probyn’s cloudy bay

Named after her father, a cocktail maestro, this drink is just the thing to perk up a grey day.

You will need:

50ml dark rum
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
Juice of half a lime
Apple juice to top

Method:

Fill your glass wth ice, then add the rum, squeeze in the lime, add a shake of bitters and finally top with apple juice. Give it a stir and enjoy.

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