Com­ing in from the cold and fix­ing a cock­tail is just the right tonic this time of year, es­pe­cially when you have one of th­ese easy recipes to follow. tells you how to ward off the chills

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Pour 50ml gin into a large wine glass and add four co­rian­der leaves and 1/4 sliced red chilli (de­seeded). Fill glass half­way with ice and add another four co­rian­der leaves and 1/4 sliced red chilli. Top glass with ice and pour in Fever Tree tonic. Stir well and gar­nish with four co­rian­der sprigs and a halved red chilli.

Martin Miller’s Gin (£26, 70cl, Waitrose) is a bar­tender’s favourite and ju­niper for­ward with cit­rus notes and a del­i­cate mouth­feel. Half-fill a high­ball glass with ice. Add the vodka, pas­sion fruit pulp and grape­fruit juice and stir slowly. Top with Sch­weppes Cit­rus Blend and gar­nish with a pas­sion fruit wedge.

Sch­weppes Cit­rus Blend (£1.19, litre bot­tle; £2.49, four 250ml cans, all good su­per­mar­kets na­tion­wide) is the lat­est re­lease from Sch­weppes … sweet and peachy, this mixer tastes equally good on its own. Half-fill a mix­ing glass with ice. Add the vodka, ver­mouth and rose­mary and stir well for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled mar­tini glass and gar­nish with a sprig of rose­mary.

Snow Leopard Vodka (£33.70, 70cl, www.ocado. com) is a Pol­ish vodka with a creamy, nutty palate and the brand is closely linked to the Snow Leopard Trust (www.snowl­eop­ard trustuk.org) with 15% of prof­its go­ing to the char­ity. Half-fill a high ball glass with ice. Add the vodka and cola and stir well. Gar­nish with an orange wheel.

Ab­so­lut Cher­rys Vodka (£20, 70cl, Sains­bury’s) is the lat­est ad­di­tion to their string of flavoured vod­kas with a Swedish ac­cent. Half-fill a cock­tail shaker with ice. Add the in­gre­di­ents and shake vig­or­ously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and gar­nish with a twist of grape­fruit.

Ciroc Co­conut Vodka (£37.90, 70cl, www.alexan­derand­james. com) is made from French grapes (as op­pose to grains or pota­toes) and is sweet, yet fresh with a light dust­ing of co­conut on the fin­ish.

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