Cocktails & mixed drinks
Takeaway Cocktails from Black Pearl
One of Australia's longest-standing cocktail bars has found a way to keep serving its loyal community. The answer? Couch cocktails.
7 greatest cocktails of all time
Unlike other Magnificent Seven lists which are hotly debated and argued over hundreds of potential candidates, I feel the seven greatest cocktails of all
Lemon Drop Crusta
This riff on a vodka sour, inspired by the hard candy sweet, may have earlier origins but rose from the popularity of the Lemon Drop Martini during the
Created in 2001 by Wayne Collins at VinExpo. Bordeaux, France using Plymouth Gin for Nick Blacknell, then director of Plymouth Gin. Later, Simon Ford,
Irish Whiskey Cocktails
Irish whiskey tends not to be peated so usually lacks the subtle smoky notes associated with Scotch whisky, so making its presence somewhat subtler in
One Sip Martini
Our interpretation of the delicious One Sip Martini at Tayēr + Elementary, London, England. The original is batch prepared and based on the bars own vodka,
Three Gulps Martini
A volumized adaption of the delicious One Sip Martini at Tayēr + Elementary, London, England.
Bartenders' guide to foraging: Cleavers (stickyweed)
Cleavers are among the earliest green shoots of the year, imparting a cool, refreshing and slightly sweet flavour to cocktails, with notes of cucumber,
Tuxedo Cocktail (Difford's recipe)
A riff on the classic Tuxedo Cocktail created September 2018 by yours truly. See our Tuxedo cocktail and its many variations for more Tuxedo cocktails
Drink trends predicted
2019 was the year of gin, Porn Star Martinis, Espresso Martinis and overpriced soft drinks masquerading as spirits, but what trends will emerge or grow
Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song)
Adapted from a recipe created by Alex Kratena, London, England. Alex's original recipe calls for Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal.
Dunkel & Stürmig
Created by Dirk Hany at Bar am Wasser, Zurich, Switzerland.
Cocktails are indulgent treats so it's fitting to garnish one treat with another. And whether they be candy, sweeties, confectionery, chews or chocolate
Deliciously silky, the Snowball cocktail was huge in the 1970s and is now enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. This champagne enhanced recipe is by yours
Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Ian Burrell, London, England.
Adapted from a 2015 recipe created by Aisha Sharpe, New York City, USA. For non-USA readers, a Tootsie Roll is chocolate-flavoured caramel candy that's
Adapted from a recipe created by Phil Ward at Mayahuel, New York City, USA.
Grapefruit Drop Crusta
Created in October 2019 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Clocktower, Rye, Sussex, England.
Tears of Jungle Bird
Adapted from a recipe by David Hans at Three X Co. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. David's original recipe calls for 10ml Giffard Caribbean Pineapple liqueur and
Bartenders' guide to foraging: Flowering quince
Not many know that the hard, yellow fruits of the flowering quince, a popular garden shrub, make a fragrant ingredient. This edible ornamental brings an