Cocktail of the month: Aqua Antica

Aqua Antica cocktail

One of two cocktails for June, Bartender Joe Hancher has shaken up the traditional ‘sour’ (mostly commonly made with whisky) and swapped the spirit base for vermouth. With a touch of spice courtesy of the pink peppercorn syrup and freshness from a handful of basil leaves, it’s a cocktail for those who fancy trying something a little bit different.

You’ll need: a Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer and a rocks glass.


50ml Antica Formula vermouth
Half a lemon, juice only
25ml pink peppercorn syrup
1 egg white
8 basil leaves
Garnish: basil leaf


– Add the vermouth, lemon juice, pink peppercorn syrup, egg white and basil leaves to a Boston shaker and dry shake (without ice)
– Add cubed ice and shake again until the tin frosts over
– Strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice, and garnish with basil leaf