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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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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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Aperol Spritz

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

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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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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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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Mojito Cocktail

For more recipes, its origins and history, see the Mojito Cocktail.

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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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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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Mai Tai (Trader Vic's) Cocktail

In 1934, Victor Jules Bergeron, or Trader Vic as he became known, opened his first restaurant in Oakland, San Francisco. He served Polynesian food with

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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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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Lemonade Spritz

Adapted from a popular drink on the menu of Jamie's Italian restaurant and bar chain. Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other

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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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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica.

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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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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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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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White Lady Cocktail

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

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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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Zombie

Created by Don Beach in 1934 at Don the Beachcomber's in Hollywood, USA. This recipe is adapted from one published in Jeff Berry's Sippin' Safari which

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Blueberry Caipirinha

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

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Cadáver Reviver

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

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Aqua Velva Cocktail

This cocktail takes both its name and blue hue from Blue Aqua Velva aftershave which urban myth purports was consumed by sailors during WWII for its alcohol

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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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Paloma

Paloma is Spanish for 'dove'. It's origins are unknown although it is reputed to date back to the 1950s.

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Strawberry Smoothie (Alcoholic)

Created in 2011 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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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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Gin Tonica

Something of a Spanish phenomenon, where the G&T (which in England has been traditionally served in a tall slim Collins glass) tends to be served in a

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Screaming Orgasm

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

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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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Margarita (straight-up)

For this cocktail's history, variations and more about the best recipe, see our Margarita cocktail area.

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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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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Baby Guinness

Looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout.

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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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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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Hot Toddy (Hot Cognac & Lemon)

Warms the cockles with cognac and a good dose of citrus.

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Fizzy Peachtree

Promoted by De Kuyper in 2019 as the signature cocktail for their Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur.

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Tommy's Margarita

Created in circa 1987/88 by Julio Bermejo and named after his family's Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco, the self-proclaimed premier tequila

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Gin Sour

This 4:2:8 formula is a tad sourer than the classic sour proportions of 3:4:8: three-quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice), one part of the

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Batida de Banana

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

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Vodka Collins

The exact origins of this drink are unknown but it is certain that Vodka Collins' were being served in New York after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

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Cheeky Vimto

So named as this cocktail's flavour resembles the soft drink of the same name. The Cheeky Vimto emerged in Britain in the early-Noughties but became famous

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Vodka Rickey

Lacks interest but balanced and hard to fault as a simple and refreshing drink.