manchester cocktail recipe

Manchester Cocktail Recipe

The Manchester Cocktail offers a balance of sweet and tart flavors with a hint of grapefruit and citrus, finishing dry and tart. A typical recipe for the Manchester Cocktail includes ingredients like London dry gin, fresh grapefruit juice, a sweetening agent, fresh lime juice, and a touch of bitters for added depth.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to create this exquisite drink using the Interplay Concepts cocktail set.

History and Background of the Manchester Cocktail

This cocktail has evolved over time, with each iteration adding a new layer of complexity and charm. The Manchester Spritz Recipe, a popular variation, offers a lighter, more effervescent take on the original, perfect for those seeking a refreshing twist. As we explore this cocktail, we celebrate the spirit of Manchester, a city that continues to influence and shape the world of cocktails.

Overview of Ingredients

Crafting the Manchester Cocktail requires a selection of simple yet elegant ingredients. Each component plays a crucial role in creating the cocktail’s distinctive taste:

Base Spirit

Typically, gin or vodka is used, providing a clean and smooth foundation.

Citrus Juice

Fresh lemon or lime juice or fresh grapefruit juice. It adds a refreshing zest, vital for balancing the flavors.

 Sweetening Agent

A dash of simple syrup or elderflower liqueur brings a subtle sweetness, complementing the citrus notes.

Sparkling Component

Soda water or a splash of champagne adds effervescence, making the drink light and refreshing.

Citrus Bitters

They add subtle complexity and depth to the cocktail. Bitters are potent, so even a small quantity can make a significant impact on the overall taste of the drink.

Manchester Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calorie Count: Approximately 180-220 calories per serving (varies based on ingredients used)


  • 60 ml (2 parts) London Dry Gin
  • 30 ml (1 part) Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 15 ml (½ part) simple syrup or elderflower liqueur
  • Soda water or champagne for topping up
  • Ice cubes
  • Citrus bitters 2 dashes


1.       Combine Ingredients

In the Interplay Concepts shaker, mix London dry gin or vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, Citrus bitters and simple syrup.

2.        Shake Well

Add ice to the shaker. Seal it and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.

3.       Prepare the Glass

Fill a chilled glass with fresh ice.

4.       Strain and Top Up

Strain the mixture into the glass. Top up with soda water or champagne for a refreshing fizz.

Garnishing Options

  • Citrus Zest: Add a twist of lemon or lime zest for a zesty aroma.
  • Cucumber Ribbon: A thin ribbon of cucumber can give a refreshing edge.
  • Edible Flowers: For a sophisticated touch, garnish with edible flowers like violets.

It’s usually garnished with a lime wheel and served in a Nick & Nora glass. With the precision tools from Interplay Concepts, every mix and pour is a step towards a perfect drink.

We encourage you to try this recipe and share your experience. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite cocktail!

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