With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, perhaps it’s time to think about whipping up a delicious cocktail for your spouse/partner, friends, or as a little treat for yourself? Or maybe you’re stuck in the winter doldrums, dreaming of tropical beaches and tipples?

Read on to discover several recipes recommended by bartender/mixologist Marco, who can be found behind the bar at Geneva’s popular Italian restaurant, Kytaly.  Marco led a well-attended class recently at the AIWC, sharing his favourite tips and tricks.  Here’s what we learned!

6 Classic Cocktails from the AIWC Club Café’s Masterclass!

Relax with a NEGRONI – a popular Italian cocktail 

Per glass

3 cl Campari

3cl red vermouth

3 cl gin

A properly made Negroni is stirred, not shaken. Stir into glass over ice ‘on the rocks.’ Serve in old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange peel. .

Enjoy sipping a MARGARITA

Per glass

3.5 cl tequila

1.5 cl triple sec liqueur or Cointreau

1.5 cl lime juice

Chill each glass by filling with ice.  Put lots of ice and all ingredients into a shaker, then shake hard for about 30 seconds to thoroughly chill the liquid. Rub a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of the glass. Then roll the rim in salt.

Serve in margarita glass on the rocks – poured over ice.

Girl’s night out with a COSMOPOLITAN

Per glass

4cl vodka

1.4 triple sec liqueur or Cointreau

1.5 cl lime juice

3 cl cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. The drink should be a frothy pink color. Serve in cocktail glass. Garnish with slice of lime.

Treat your friends to an irresistible MOJITO

Per glass

4.5 cl white run

½ fresh lime juice (squeeze ½ a lime)

4 fresh peppermint mint leaves

1-2 heaped spoons of light brown sugar to taste

Top with sparkling water (Henniez)

Combine lime juice and sugar. Rub mint leaves around glass rim and drop leaves into glass pushing them to bottom of glass. Fill half the glass with ice. Pour in the rum. Stir well until sugar dissolves completely. Top with sparkling water. Serve in normal glass. Garnish with sprig of mint.

All you need to know to make a perfect VIRGIN SUNRISE

Per glass

½ cup pineapple juice

½ cup mango juice

About 4 large spoons of ice cubes. Shake well. Then, after shaking, slowly pour grenadine syrup over the juice. It will sink to the bottom and create a rainbow color. Serve in a regular glass. Garnish with slice of orange.

If you insist on alcohol, add tequila at the beginning.

Even your children will love the RIMINI.

This non-alcoholic cocktail had no name. So we dubbed it a RIMINI (our bartender’s native home)

½ glass pineapple juice

½ glass orange juice

½  of a lime – squeeze juice

Shake with ice. Garnish with slice of pineapple or orange.

If you insist to make it alcoholic you can add some vodka!

Each cocktail was tasted and tested by our cheerful group of cocktail lovers and all agreed that this was a fun event, albeit on the early side at 10:00 – the only slot available in the busy AIWC schedule that day!

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