The Best Cocktails from Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket is a stylish little bar in Carlisle run by Cameron Ellis who fell in love with the art of cocktail making while travelling abroad. 

He brought his skills back to Carlisle last year and his bar pits itself against the very best in the world.  If inspiration takes hold readers might like to have a go at making some of these world-class cocktails…. Or better yet, take a break from your shopping, find a seat or grab a spot by the bar and let the experts do it for you!!

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Green Idol

A refreshing alternative to the ever-popular Amaretto Sour.


 40ml Pisco

40ml Pistachio Liqueur,

5ml Creme de Menthe

25ml Lemon Juice

Egg White


Combine in a cocktail shaker, shake the ingredients without ice initially to make certain the egg white is truly mixed with other spirits, then add the ice, shake and serve.

White Elephant

Consider this an early Christmas gift because it’s the most popular cocktail at Yellowjacket and now you can make your own.


25ml Elephant Gin (Which helps protect endangered wild elephants!)

25ml Fine White Port

25ml Vanilla Liqueur,

25ml Lemon Sherbet (Made from 2 cups sugar and 2 cups lemon juice)

Egg White



To make the Lemon Sherbet combine the sugar and lemon juice in a pan over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Once refrigerated this will last weeks.  To make the cocktail add the ingredients together, shake and garnish with Thyme.  Dry thyme has a more intense aroma.

Heart of the Wild

Another popular number at Yellowjacket.

25ml Jinzu Cherry Blossom Gin

25ml Yuzu Sake

30ml Goji Liqueur

2 drops of Bitterness Burlesque Bitters

1 Kaffir Lime leaf (You can get this from most oriental supermarkets)

Dried Hibiscus (for garnish)

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail tin and shake.  Pour into glass and garnish with dried hibiscus.


 This is named after the Beastie Boys song and always goes down well.

35ml Bols Aged Genever

25ml Yuzu Sake

15ml Amère Nouvelle

50ml Pineapple Juice

2 drops of homemade Eucalyptus tincture.


Make the tincture by combining 13 grams of washed Eucalyptus and 4.5 oz of Everclear (known as grain alcohol or neutral spirit) in a Kilner jar.  Leave for 3 days, sieve out the leaves and add 125 ml of water. It will last indefinitely.

Combine the ingredients in a shaker and serve.

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