The Cocktail Hour

Now that we've established that 'staying in, is the new going out', it's time to ramp up the glam factor by re-introducing the cocktail hour into our lives. It's the perfect excuse for inviting over a friend or two, dressing up, and finding out if you prefer your martini's shaken or stirred.

A retro bar-cart will always set the scene and is the perfect excuse for displaying a few necessary accessories. A pretty tray will keep all of the smaller items neat and tidy and ice buckets, cut-glass decanters, and cocktail shakers can be picked up for a song on ebay. Don't forget a vase of fresh blooms or a bowl of lemons to add colour and vibrancy, and add to the sense of occasion.

Pineapple Martini

1 oz of Smirnoff Pineapple

2.5 fl oz pineapple juice

A dash of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao Liqueur (bottle shown in image)

A dash of pomegranate liqueur

Shake together the Smirnoff Pineapple, pineapple juice and the Curacao liqueur,  strain, and serve in a martini vase. Add the pomegranate liqueur (it will drop to the bottom of the glass) and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a twist of lime zest.

Credits:

Glass & Brass Drinks Tray from Zara Home

Jasper Conran Martini Glasses from Debenhams

Cocktail Shaker set from Debenhams

Drinks Trolley, get similar from Oliver Bonas, £350

Stylist: Aurélien Farjon. Photographer: Alex Edwards