Pink Panther Cocktail Recipe

Expert mixologist Mattia Poletti shares his secret recipe

Move over Tom Cruise - there’s a new cocktail king in town. Here expert bartender and cocktail creator Mattia Poletti shares one of his most popular recipes exclusively with TOAST, for you to try at home.

“While I was doing my bartender course I literally fell in love with making drinks” Mattia says, smiling.

“For me it was and still is about mixing different ingredients, that maybe individually don’t taste so good, to create something delicious. It’s like magic! I really believe that one nice cocktail can change your day and make it better.

I couldn’t agree more - especially if it’s one of Mattia’s creations, and here he shares his signature Pink Panther recipe, for you to try and home;

Olympic Cocktail - Pink Panther

The Pink Panther 

What You'll Need 

  • 50 ml green tea vodka (see below)

  • 15 ml honey 

  • 4 fresh blueberries

  • 2 tsp honey

  • 20 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 

  • Soda water


  • About 30 minutes before making your cocktail(s) take a bottle of Absolut vodka and a large jug or carafe. Pour the vodka into the jug and for every 30cls add two tea spoons of green tea leaves. Stir and leave to brew.
  • After around 15 minutes strain/sieve the vodka twice to ensure that no leaves are left behind. Using a funnel pour the now infused and strained vodka back into the Absolut bottle, or into a decanter/bottle of your choice, and chill. 
  • When you’re ready to make your cocktail, choose your glass and fill it with ice in order to chill it. I would recommend a shorter glass, as pictured.
  • Put your blueberries in the bottom of a shaker.
  • Add the honey and muddle the blueberries and honey together, using a cocktail muddler.
  • Add the vodka and lemon juice to the shaker, some ice, and shake vigorously.
  • Throw the ice out of your glass that has been chilling and single strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  • Use the soda water to fill the remainder of the glass. 
  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel away a large strip of lemon peel. Squeeze the peel all over the glass and its contents, releasing the wonderful oils and lemony aromas. Gentle rub the rim of the glass with the peel. When finished, discard the peel. 
  • Garnish with either an edible flower floating on the top, or a fresh mint leaf.

Cocktail Making


Mattia Poletti is a mixologist at Olympic Studios, 117-123 Church Rd, London SW13 9HL. For more about Mattia and to read his top tips for creating cocktail magic at home then head over to The Edit.




Posted in Recipe

by Sophie Farrah
on on 20 October 2016

  cocktail making, home cocktail recipe

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