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Porn Star Martini
A passion fruit and vanilla crowd-pleaser that's balanced with zesty lime, often served with sparkling wine on the side.
Forget the 'Vodka Red Bull', this is the cocktail connoisseur's way of combining caffeine and vodka.
Spirituous and bittersweet with a underlying chocolaty treat.
Sweet 'n' sour - frothy with an almond buzz. An extra couple of dashes of bitters help balance the drink and add an extra burst of flavour.
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.
A classic Daiquiri with a very subtle hint of apple.
Picante de la Casa (Soho House Tonic)
Best described as a Tommy's Margarita with added chilli spice and coriander/cilantro.
Mezcal Fruit Cup (Diffords No.8 Cup)
While some struggle to appreciate mezcal its robust, slightly smoky character adds depth and complexity to this delicious summery cocktail.
To quote a long time Californian and frequent visitor to America's Southwest, this recipe is a classic Margarita but with a few tweaks. Usually a silver/blanco
Gin Basil Smash
Jörg, the creator of this cocktail, says, Better too much, than not enough basil in this drink. He also specifies that the basil is muddled rather than
Rich (medium-dry and spirituous this old-fashioned is all too easy to drink and fortunately, easy to make.
Nelson's Blood No.2
The pungent flavours of naval rum contribute to this tasty, fruity rum punch and will warm your cockles – m' hearties!
Cow broth replaces tomato in this Mary for carnivorous drinkers.
White Lady Cocktail
A simple, silky and delicious gin-laced classic with a sour finish.
A standard sour but with tequila zing.
Juicy (freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and lime) and refreshing slightly salty tequila invigorated with sparkling grapefruit soda. Wetting the porous
Fruity by name and taste, blue in colour.
A wonderfully aromatic flower-powered Aviation. Sweeter than some Aviation renditions, including my own Aviation and if, like me, you like yours a tad
Probably as fattening as it is alcoholic, this is a huge, creamy dessert in a glass served with generous innuendo.
Dirty Martini Cocktail
This drink varies from delicious to disgusting, depending on what's making it Dirty. This is traditionally the liquid from a jar of olives and if using
The bittersweet herbal notes from the vermouth and Cynar combine harmoniously with the cachaça. Depending on how punchy you like your cocktails you may
A refreshing balance of sour lemon and sugar, laced with gin and lengthened with soda.
This grapefruit fresh and light cocktail is equally suited to the aperitivo moment as it is breakfast.
The Last Word cocktail
Chartreuse devotees will love this balanced, tangy drink. I'm one.
A long, very refreshing strawberry drink laced with cachaça.
Vieux Carré Cocktail
A Sweet Manhattan served on-the-rocks with added herbal complexity and an all-important splash and dash of New Orlean's French Quarter.
Probably the best-known and most popular shot.
A minty real lemonade. A seriously refreshing non-alcoholic summery drink.
The flavour of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur.
A bite-sized vodka take on the Margarita.
Corpse Reviver No.2 (Savoy Recipe)
Well-balanced with zesty lemon and absinthe just shining through. We've cheekily added the merest dash of sugar but depending on your personal tastes,
Basically, a classic Manhattan with amaro in place of sweet vermouth. Heavier in style and with distinctive bitter chocolate and light spice.
Fruity Sex on the Beach
Sweet fruit laced with vodka.
Cachaça, lime and elderflower with a smoky hit of Islay whisky.
The combination of tequila and triple sec make this riff on the classic Corpse Reviver remarkably Margarita-like, only with added complexity and subtlety
Elderflower liqueur replaces aromatised wine in this riff on a classic Corpse Reviver No.2, hence the bitter oils from the lemon zest twist are crucial
Bitter and dry, but very tasty. This no namby-pamby drink is traditionally assembled and mixed directly in the glass. There is something about a Negroni
Brandy-based and fruit laced - just like its namesake.
In Mexico the quality of the homemade Sangrita can make or break a bar. The Sangrita in this trio is spicy and slightly sweet.
Maiden's Blush No.2
A mere spoon of blanche absinthe washes over ten times as much Old Tom gin in this complex sour, delicately balanced by a splash of raspberry syrup.
A sickly sweet blackcurrant and berry fruit flavoured drink for the undiscerning.
Like most great ideas, this one is very simple. Coffee with a whiskey kick.
A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.
One of the best and most popular drinks to come out of the 1980s.
Pina Colada Cocktail (Puerto Rican style)
A wonderful creamy, fruity concoction that's not half as sticky as the world would have you believe. Too much ice will detract from the creaminess and
Long, creamy and filling banana drink with a 'dirty' flavour and colour courtesy of coffee liqueur. The riper the banana used in this cocktail the better.
Creamy, fruity, alcoholic custard. Different!
'Brandy' and cola with a hint of Angostura bitters. Try and see why the Chileans enjoy it.