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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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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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Negroni Cocktail

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

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All In

Adapted from a recipe created at Nitecap in New York City, USA.

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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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Poncha

My adaptation of a traditional drink from the island of Madeira.

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Absinthe Drip Cocktail (French method)

This is the traditional method of serving absinthe. It was common until shortly before the First World War, when the drink was banned in most countries.

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Fresa Batida

The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Spanish.

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Old Fashioned

As with the Martini, the glass this cocktail is served in has taken the name of the drink. Its origin stems from the adaptation and renaming of a similar

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Californian Margarita

We have A G, a regular to this site and a comment left on our Margarita on-the-rocks page, to thank for this recipe. Many thanks A G.

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Gibson Dry Martini

As David Embury says in his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, The distinction between the Martini and the Gibson is simple. The Martini is served with

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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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Frogroni

Adapted from a recipe created in 2017 by Julie Reiner at Clover Club in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

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Tequila Sour

A standard sour but with tequila zing.

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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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Fruity Sex on the Beach

An infamous cocktail during 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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Takumi's Aviation

Takumi Watanabe first presented his version of the classic Aviation at the 2010 global final of World Class in Athens, Greece. Representing Japan, he was

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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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Dirty Martini Cocktail

Some attribute the creation of this drink to Roosevelt: the 32nd President was a keen home bartender, although his cocktails were reportedly horrendous

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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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Great Gatsby

Adapted from a recipe created by Matt Gilpin at Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, England.

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White Lady Cocktail

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

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Gin Basil Smash

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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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Fruit Tingle

Fruity by name and taste, blue in colour.

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Jungle Bird

John J. Poister's 1989 The New American Bartender's Guide confirms this Tiki-style cocktail as originating at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton where it was created

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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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Espresso Martini (simple 3 equal parts recipe)

This simplified version of Dick Bradsell's Espresso Martini (or Vodka Espresso) is preferred to the original recipe by some due to its simple equal parts

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Screaming Orgasm

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

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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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Sunflower

Adapted from a recipe created in 2008 by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA.

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High Rye Manhattan

Who knows who first came up with this version of a Manhattan but I know who I have to thank for introducing me to it (see comment).

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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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Maiden's Blush No.2

Adapted from a recipe in Louis Fouquet's 1896 Bariana: Recueil de toutes boissons americains et anglaises (Bariana: Compendium of all American and English

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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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Caipirinha

For information on the history and other variations of the Caipirinha, please see our Caipirinha cocktail page.

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Batida de Banana

The Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink.

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November Seabreeze

A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.

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Cantaritos

Commonly made in bars, cafés and even roadside stalls of Jalisco, Mexico. The simple Cantaritos clay pot is often used as a disposable take away container.

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Pina Colada Cocktail (Puerto Rican style)

See our main Piña Colada page for the story behind this classic and for links to numerous variations on this recipe.

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Limoncello Spritz

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

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Vive l'apéritif

Adapted from a signature serve promoted by Lillet Blanc as “Lillet Vive”. In French, the word Vive means live or long life, so Lillet Vive means Lillet

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Yamabuki

Adapted from a recipe created in 2020 by Evan Leihy at the Swordfish Cocktail Club in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica where we discovered this cocktail in the 1990s.