St Nicholas Day
The saint best known as Santa Claus died today more than 1,600 years ago, and in many parts of Europe children will wake up to gifts from the man himself
Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Book 17th Edition
Perhaps the world's biggest cocktail book! Certainly, our biggest yet, 624 pages, 6cm (2.3inch) thick and weighing 2.25kg (5lb). Our Seventeenth Edition
20 best Christmas cocktails
Christmas is a time for overindulgence, and so Christmas cocktails tend to be rich in every sense of the word. In America, it's the creamy Eggnog that
Refresh your palate before a meal or cleanse your palate after a meal with minty lemon.
Fruity yet dry, almost earthy, with a delicate smokiness.
Gin-laced with zesty citrus and rich apricot but made special and balanced by subtle quinine bitterness.
Naked & Infamous
The lovechild of Douglas Ankrah's Pornstar Martini and Joaquín Simó's Naked & Famous. Fresh ripe (yet still a little tart passion fruit) sits alongside
Your choice of whisky and bitters (I use Bob's Abbotts) will make or break this potentially brilliant whisky sour. Maple syrup should be in more sours.
Gargoyle No. 2
Some might describe this as being a grown-up/vintage Porn Star Martini. It's spirituous and yet dry – despite the generous spoon of sugar which serves
Chocolatey notes emerge from this Rob Roy-like cocktail.
It's surprising both how much absinthe you can use in this bite-sized cocktail and then how much sugar is needed to tame it. Hit the balance and all these
Cosmopolitan (1927 recipe)
A Cosmopolitan in name but not in style. Instead, this Cosmo is perhaps best described as a delicately spiced Old Fashioned. If serving straight-up, as
This spirit-forward herbal cocktail may lack a copper hue but it has the lethal potential of a bullet to inflict a killer blow.
Cherry fruit leads this gin-laced dry and citrusy aperitivo.
Characterful dark rum and huge fruity components sit harmoniously in this rum daisy.
20 best Ginger liqueur cocktails
As the weather turns colder so the warming effects of ginger can be both beneficial and pleasing in a drink. Indeed, King Edward VII's physician is said
The French Martini is one of a few contemporary classic cocktails that boasts worldwide broad consumer appeal. Not actually a Martini at all, it comprises
Beefeater Crown Jewel
Originally launched in 1993 and aimed at the travel retail market, this premium Beefeater expression is named after the Crown Jewels displayed at the Tower