Cocktail of the week: Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones’ Murder on the Dancefloor – recipe | Cocktails

Well, it was only a matter of time before we gave this name to one of our home cocktails. Blood-red and made with a remarkable colour-changing gin, it’s now a fixture on our drinks board.

Murder on the Dancefloor

Serves 2

100ml good-quality gin – we use Pink Marmalade, for its amazing, colour-changing properties
Juice of ½ lemon or lime
cranberry juice
tsp agave syrup – you may need a little more, depending on the sweetness of the cranberry juice
2 lavender sprigs, to garnish (optional)

Fill a couple of martini glasses with ice and set aside to chill. Put plenty of ice in a cocktail shaker and throw in all the liquids. Pop on the lid and shake vigorously for 20 seconds – give it your all.

Throw out the ice from your now very cold glasses and strain the cocktail evenly into them. Top each with a lavender sprig, if you like, and drink immediately.

  • Recipe extracted from Love. Food. Family: Recipes from the Kitchen Disco, by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones, published yesterday by Octopus at £20. To order a copy for £17.40, go to

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