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Porn Star Martini

Adapted from a drink created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge, London. Douglas also founded London's LAB bar which is also

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Amaretto Sour

A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.

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Espresso Martini

Created by the legendary Dick Bradsell in 1983, you can read the full story behind this popular cocktail, much of it in Dick's own words, on our Espresso

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Snowball

Thought to have originated in Britain in the late 1940s or early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the 1970s.

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Abacaxi Ricaço

Adapted from David Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Pronounced 'Ah-bah-Kah-shee Rich-kah-So', the Portuguese name of this Brazilian drink literally

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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Negroni Cocktail

The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.

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Fresa Batida

The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil.

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Penicillin cocktail

Adapted from a 2005 recipe by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA. Sam's original recipe (below) calls for ¾ oz honey-ginger syrup in place of

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Bull Shot

More information on the history and variations of the Bloody Mary can be found on our Bloody Mary cocktail page.

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Tequila Sour

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.

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White Lady Cocktail

See our White Lady cocktail page for the history of this drink.

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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Gin Tonica

POUR all ingredients into ice-filled glass and lightly stir.

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Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

This infamous drink reached the height of its popularity in the early 1980s. Of the many stories surrounding its origin, perhaps the most credible attributes

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John Collins

For the full story behind the origins of the Collins and its many variations see our Collins page.

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Screaming Orgasm

One of the best-known cocktails from the 1980s.

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Rabo-de-Galo

One of the best-known drinks in Brazil, rabo-de-galo literally translates from Brazilian Portuguese as rooster tail or ‘cock tail’. In Brazil a cocktail

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Bramble

Created in the mid-80s by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club, Soho, London, England. In 2001 and again in 2015, Dick wrote about how he came to create this

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Orange Daiquiri #1

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.

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Vieux Carré Cocktail

Created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the then head bartender at what is now the Carousel bar at the Monteleone Hotel, New Orleans, USA. Pronounced 'Voo-Ka-Ray',

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Charlie Chaplin Cocktail

Created and originally served at New York's old Waldorf-Astoria prior to 1920. This recipe is adapted from Albert Stevens Crockett's 1935 The Old Waldorf-Astoria

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Gin Basil Smash / Gin Pesto

Created in the summer of 2008 by Jörg Meyer at Le Lion • Bar de Paris, Hamburg, Germany and originally named Gin Pesto. Jörg blogged about his new

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Florida Cocktail

SHAKE first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass, TOP with soda.

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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica.

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Black Russian

Thought to have been created circa 1949 by Gustav Tops, a hotel bartender in Brussels. Set against the start of the Cold War, the drink is said to have

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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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Iron & Sand Cocktail

Created March 2018 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at The Cabinet Room, London, England.

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Bandera

A popular and classic way of serving tequila in Mexico. Bandera is Spanish for flag and the Bandera de México is or course green, white and red, hence

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Corpse Reviver No.2 (Savoy Recipe)

Adapted from 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book where Harry Craddock says of this drink, Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.

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Fruity Sex on the Beach

An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.

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November Seabreeze

SHAKE first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with soda, gently stir and serve with straws.

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Cantaritos

A cocktail commonly made in bars, cafés and even road side stalls of Jalisco, Mexico. The simple 'cantaritos' clay pot is often used as a disposable take

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Black Cuban

Recipe created in 2019 by Helder Fortes Silva, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Helder's original recipe uses homemade mint-lime cordial and black pepper tincture.

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Strawberry Daiquiri (frozen)

BLEND all ingredients with a 6oz scoop of crushed ice.

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Carajillo

A cocktail promoted by Licor 43 Liqueur and added to Difford's Guide in 2019.

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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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Paper Plane

A riff on the classic Last Word created in 2007 by Sam Ross at The Violet Hour, Chicago, USA. He first made this drink with Amaro Nonino Quintessentia

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Paloma (Simple)

Paloma is Spanish for 'dove' and this well-known cocktail in Mexico was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner/bartender of La Capilla

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Batida de Abacaxi

The Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink and 'Abacaxi' means pineapple in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. Batida is

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Bee's Tease

Adapted from a recipe created in 2018 by Jared Brown, who wrote the following about the origins of this cocktail. One night upstairs at Balthazar, London,

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Apple Martini (simple)

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004. Our Martini cocktail page details its evolution and other common variants.

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Slow Comfortable Screw Against The Wall

More information on the Slow Screw family of cocktails is included on our Slow Screw cocktails page.

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Baby Guinness

Refrigerate ingredients then LAYER in chilled glass by carefully pouring in the following order.

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Aperol Spritz

Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other recipes for, the Spritz family of cocktails.

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Cubata

The gin-based equivalent to the rum-based Cuba Libre. This drink is popular in Spain where gin is the dominant spirit.

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Blue Hawaiian

Probably created by Don the Beachcomber in Los Angeles, USA, this is a riff on the Blue Hawaii.