Le Ross, Le Blog - Sipping on gin and juice…

I’m Ross, the lucky winner of Esquire's ‘Britain’s Best-Dressed Real Man 2010’. Since being bestowed my new title last month, Esquire have kindly given me a new blogspot. It’s a virtual speakers corner for me to talk crap, post pictures of what I’ve been up to, seek out stylish stuff from around London (and beyond) and show the nation that I don’t always wear dressing gowns as outerwear.

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Eagle-eyed readers might remember that part of my prize was a bad boy, James Bond-style portable bar trunk from the new Esquire Home collection. Since this is my first ‘Le Ross, Le Blog’, I thought I’d take the opportunity to road-test my new bar and have a good old piss up!

All mirrored and leather-bound, the bar was pretty dazzling when it arrived last week. It’s so huge that I might have to get rid of a sofa to make space for it – I’m obviously getting my priorities right when it comes to home furnishings!

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Any stylish gent who knows his tipple will agree that a home bar without the perfect cocktail is as wrong as wearing a suit without a shirt (not that I’d ever do that… ahem)

One of my favourite gin cocktails has to be the ‘Aviation’, an original from the 1920’s first made in New York. You won’t find this classic in your local Weatherspoons, but it has real sophistication that only a true dandy would appreciate.

All cocktails need a quality base spirit and my gin of choice is Bombay Sapphire who last week generously stocked my bar full of their signature blue bottles and sent over an expert cocktail maker to demonstrate his mad skillz!

If you want to re-create the Aviation then chuck your tuxedo on, dust off your old martini glasses, practice your best Sean Connery accent and get shaking... but be sure not to stir.

For the Aviaton you will need -

50ml Bombay Sapphire
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml Maraschino (dry cherry liqueur)
5ml Crème de Violette

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add plenty of good quality cubed ice then shake hard until you get condensation on the outside of the shaker. Fine strain into a clean chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a cherry and a lemon peel twist.