Cathal McBride: Taking the stress out of cocktails this summer

When it comes to concocting a cocktail, focus on quality ingredients and just have fun

High-quality ingredients don’t have to break the bank – you’ll find plenty of hidden gems in your local supermarket

The rise of plush, leather-seated cocktail bars has certainly inspired us to expand our drinking repertoire. With all the gadgetry, smoke, tinctures and essences that surround them, it’s easy to forget the simple definition of a cocktail. Broadly speaking, it’s the concoction of a base wine or spirit(s) combined with other ingredients. So even a gin and tonic technically qualifies as one.

The best advice I can give for cocktails is to remove any stress ...