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Master the Art of World-Class Cocktails at Home: Top 10 Picks

Raise Your Glass & Dive Into The Top 10 World-Class Cocktails

Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS is a revolutionary platform that has transformed cocktail culture globally since 2009. Through exciting events such as the renowned Bartender of the Year contest, innovative programs and training, and a vibrant bartender community, World Class inspires and elevates the craft of mixology.

With the essence of cocktail culture in mind, we present the top 10 World Class Cocktails. Carefully curated for your indulgence, these extraordinary creations will transport you to a world of unparalleled flavours. Each sip tells a unique story, and every cocktail is a work of art. Elevate your cocktail at-home experience with these exceptional recipes and discover the artistry that awaits in every glass.

Mix Like A Pro: Explore Top 10 World-Class Cocktail Recipes

1. Ketel One Vodka Sour

One of the World Class cocktails, the Ketel One Vodka Sour is an elegantly crafted drink that has an excellent balance of flavours. The exquisite vodka cocktail features the premium Ketel One Vodka, complemented by the invigorating tang of lemon and the subtle sweetness of honey. Crafted with finesse, this Ketel One Vodka Sour is a perfect choice to elevate your cocktail parties!

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Ketel One Vodka - 45ml
- Fresh Lemon Juice - 25ml
- Honey Syrup - 12ml
- Angostura bitters - 3 drops

Method:
- Shake ingredients with ice
- Strain into an ice-filled glass
- Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry

2. Pomegranate Sgroppino

Craving for something fruity, indulgent and tastes just like dessert? No worries, we have got you covered! Brace yourself for the irresistible Pomegranate Sgroppino, a mixology masterpiece that will satiate your taste buds with its symphony of flavours. It features the luscious notes of Tanqueray No 10 gin, artfully enhanced by the subtle nuances of rose vermouth and a splash of prosecco. This enchanting gin cocktail will add a touch of elegance to your special moments!

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Tanqueray No 10 - 25ml
- Rose Vermouth - 15ml
- Prosecco - top-up
- Pomegranate Sorbet - 1 scoop
- Edible Gold Leaf - 1
- Grated Orange Zest 

Method:
- Pour Tanqueray and Rose Vermouth into a cocktail glass
- Top with Prosecco
- Add a scoop of pomegranate sorbet
- Garnish with grated orange zest and edible gold leaf

3. Whisky Sour With A Twist

Here’s an irresistible twist on the classic whisky sour, that will whisk your taste buds into a savoury retreat. This World Class whisky cocktail pleasant fusion of Johnnie Walker Black Label, tempting pineapple syrup, zesty lime, and velvety egg white. With a sprig of rosemary added to its charm, this whisky cocktail promises an unforgettable experience for your taste buds!

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Johnnie Walker Black Label​ - 60ml
- Smoked pineapple syrup​ - 20ml
- Fresh Lime Juice - 15ml
- Egg White​ - 1
- Pinch of Salt​

Method:
- Pour all the ingredients into a shaker
- Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary​

4. Tribute To Root

Prateek Gusain, one of the top 13 World Class Bartender 2022 - India, concocts a cocktail that will send your taste buds into a state of pure bliss! Relish the enchanting union of coffee and Ketel One Vodka, masterfully fused with a touch of orange, in this captivating blend. Tribute To Root is a vodka cocktail that simply demands to be experienced if you desire to enjoy the nuanced interplay of flavours between coffee and vodka.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Ketel One -  45 ml
- House Coffee Liqueur  - 15 ml
- Fresh Orange - 1/4
- Orange Bitter - 1 dash
- Wheat Espresso - 30 ml
- French Press  - Top-up
- Coffee Beans Garnish

Method:
- Muddle fresh orange in a cocktail shaker
- Pour Ketel One Vodka, wheat espresso, House coffee liqueur, and a dash of orange bitters. 
- Add some ice and reverse shake
- Pour the mixture into a coffee cup
- Top up with some French press
- Garnish with 3 coffee beans and serve with cookies

5. Cucuragua

This is an exotic serve made with Talisker and created by World Class Bartender 2021 Columbia winner Konrad Kaczmarzyk. This exceptional whisky cocktail seamlessly combines the essence of Talisker with a medley of delightful ingredients, resulting in a sensory symphony that is bound to captivate your palate.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Talisker 10 Year Old​​ - 45ml
- Maracuba syrup​​ - 22.5ml
- Amontillado Sherry Wine infused with dried mango​​ - 22.5ml
- Tomaseca Colombian Herbal Liqueur ​ - 1 bar spoon
- Lime Juice​​ - 15ml
- Arazá ketchup*​​ - 1 bar spoon

Method:
- Add all ingredients into a shaker
- Shaker and strain into an ice-filled glass
- Garnish with a marigold and a sprig of mint

*Arazá is an Amazonian species of guava, which is delicious but very fragile. Adding ketchup helps preserve the Arazá and gives the cocktail an extra zing.​​

6. Born A Star Martini

Passionfruit Martini gets an enticing twist in this delectable vodka cocktail - Born A Star Martini. This elegant drink is crafted by 2021 World Class Bartender US winner Adam George Fournier, this elegant cocktail infuses the modern classic with the exotic essence of Mamey Sapote. This Latin American fruit, akin to mango, adds a delightful texture, richness, and unexpected flavour to this vibrant tropical cocktail.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Ketel One Vodka ​- 30ml
- Sparkling Wine ​- top up
- Vanilla Syrup​​ - 15ml
- Passionfruit​ juice​ - 15ml
- Mamey Sapote Syrup​​ - 15ml
- Fresh Lime Juice​​ - 25ml
- Lime Wheel - 1
- Vanilla-Sherry Mist

Method:
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled coupe
- Top up with dry sparkling wine
- Mist with Vanilla-Sherry Mist and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel

7. Woody Highball

Indulge in the dazzling Woody Highball crafted by Antonio Lai. This captivating whisky cocktail is a medley of flavours sure to delight any discerning palate. The incredibly well-balanced Johnnie Walker Black Lable, passionfruit puree, sesame seed syrup and hot brew English breakfast tea create a thrilling fusion of flavours that will leave you craving more.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- ​Johnnie Walker Black Label ​- 30 ml ​
- Passionfruit Puree - 15ml ​​
- Sesame Seed Syrup - 20ml ​​
- Hot Brew English Breakfast Tea - 60ml ​​
- Water – 20ml​​

Method:
- Build ingredients in a highball glass
- Add some ice, and stir slowly

8. The Gin Fizz

Indulge in a fruity twist on the classic cocktail that will tantalise your taste buds. The Gin Fizz takes the intricate flavours of Tanqueray No. 10 Gin to new heights. With a vibrant zest infusion, this elegant and poetic gin cocktail is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the palate.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Tanqueray No. Ten - 50ml 
- Supasawa or fresh lemon juice - 15ml 
- Orange marmalade - 1 bar spoon 
- Simple syrup - 10ml 
- Splash of cream soda 
- Orange wheel - 1

Method:
- Combine all the ingredients
- Pour it into a highball glass filled with ice
- Garnish with an orange wheel and serve

9. SĀRA

Crafted by Prateek Gusain, one of the top 13 World Class Bartender 2022 - India, SĀRA is a delectable whisky cocktail that captures the true essence of indulgence. Drawing inspiration from the renowned Amritsari Khulcha, a beloved street food from Amritsar, this cocktail is a tantalising blend that promises to exhilarate the senses like never before.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Talisker 10 YO - 45 ml
- Khulcha Cordial - 45 ml
- Soda - 90 ml

Method:
- Build the ingredients in a glass over ice
- Garnish with masala dust and serve

10. Far From Home

This captivating cocktail is crafted by World Class Bartender 2022 - India finalist Sia Negi. With its invigorating blend and delightful zest, this drink is bound to delight whisky cocktail lovers. The alluring garnish of a mango crisp, a sprig of mint, and a wedge of sweet lime elevates the flavours, resulting in an irresistible drink to indulge in.

Here’s what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
- Johnnie Walker Black Label - 45ml
- Homemade Heritage Soda* - 135ml
- Mango crisp - 1
- Mint sprig - 1
- Sweet lime wedge - 1

Method:
- Build the ingredients in a glass over ice
- Garnish with a lemon wedge, mint sprig and a mango crisp

Well, that was our roundup of beautifully crafted and delicious World Class cocktail recipes! With a wide array of ingredients and spirits at your fingertips, you too can create your own masterful cocktails at home with ease. So, put on your bartender gear and let the mixology adventure begin!