Created in 2006 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at The Cabinet Room, London, England. Named partly for the 'St-G' on the screw cap of St-Germain elderflower liqueur and partly after 'The Stig', the mysterious racing driver on the BBC's Top Gear show.
Jack Koeppler, the bartender at the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco who's also famous for being the first bartender in America to serve Irish Coffee, was given this recipe by the son of it's creator, a fellow San Franciscan by the name of Mr Prosser. I (Simon Difford) adapted this recipe from Mr Prosser's recipe, which originally comprised: 2 shots white grape juice, 2 shots pisco, 1 spoon pineapple juice and 1 spoon absinthe.
Created in 2006 by yours truly (Simon Difford). This is a riff on the classic the Pisco Punch which was made famous before Prohibition at San Francisco's legendary Bank Exchange Bar. The Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper now stands on the site of The Bank Exchange, at the corner of Washington & Montgomery Streets, hence this drink's name and wedge-shaped garnish.
Created on the 28th November 2014 by yours truly (Simon Difford) to celebrate the premiere of Paddington Bear the movie. Paddington is a Peruvian bear who has a penchant for marmalade sandwiches – hence the use of both marmalade and Peruvian pisco in this Martini.
Adapted from a recipe created in 2016 by Sean Halse at Gold On 27, Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Sean says, “The drink was designed to show the artistic side of the modern bartender.” (His original recipe called for 40ml Lapostelle Pisco and 10ml 1:1 sugar syrup.)
Created in 2004 by Simon Difford, London, England. This cocktail was inspired by the classic Kir, popularised by Canon Kir, Mayor of Dijon, France (1946-1968). At his receptions he served an aperitif made with the locally produced crème de cassis and Bourgogne Aligoté white wine. The concoction eventually became known as Kir aperitif.
Alfredo Micheli (who went by the nickname Mike) was employed at the Bank Exchange and spied on Duncan Nichol to learn how to make this legendary drink. After he believed he'd learnt the secret he left to start serving at a newly opened competitor to the Bank Exchange, Paoli's on Montgomery Street.