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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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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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Amaretto Sour

A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.

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Florida Cocktail

The Florida sun shines through this fruity, refreshing drink.

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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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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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White Lady Cocktail

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

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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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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Screaming Orgasm

One of the best-known cocktails from 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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Tequila Sour

A standard sour but with tequila zing.

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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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A.B.C. Shot

A stripy shooter with almond, whiskey, cream and cognac.

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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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John Collins

For the full story behind the origins of the Collins and its many variations see our Collins page.

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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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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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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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Margarita (straight-up)

For the perfect salt rim, liquidise sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt.

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Carajillo

A cocktail promoted by Licor 43 Liqueur and added to Difford's Guide in 2019.

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Hand Grenade

This recipe bears little similarity to the notorious Hand Grenade served by the three Tropical Isle Bars and the Funky Pirate bar in New Orleans, USA.

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Orange Daiquiri #1

Far more serious than it looks. Sweet and sour in harmony.

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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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Black Russian

Thought to have been created circa 1949 by Gustav Tops, a hotel bartender in Brussels. Set against the start of the Cold War, the drink is said to have

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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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Baby Guinness

Looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout.

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Gin Fizz

A mid-19th century classic.

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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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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica.

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Irish Coffee

Read about the story behind this warming cocktail and variations on this recipe on our encyclopedic Irish Coffee page.

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Abacaxi Ricaço

Adapted from David Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Pronounced 'Ah-bah-Kah-shee Rich-kah-So', the Portuguese name of this Brazilian drink literally

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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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Pussyfoot

Created in 1920 by Robert Vermeire at the Embassy Club, London, England. This non-alcoholic is named after 'Pussyfoot' (William E.) Johnson who was an

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Corpse Reviver No.2 (Savoy Recipe)

Adapted from 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book where Harry Craddock says of this drink, Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.

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November Seabreeze

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

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Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier was made for Erskine Gwynne by Harry McElhone at his Harry's New York Bar in Paris and the drink appears in his 1927 book, Barflies and

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Batida de Abacaxi

The Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink and 'Abacaxi' means pineapple in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. Batida is

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Gin Basil Smash / Gin Pesto

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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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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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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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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Champagne Snowball

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

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Paloma (Simple)

Paloma is Spanish for 'dove' and this well-known cocktail in Mexico was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner/bartender of La Capilla

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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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Moscow Mule

A detailed history of the Moscow Mule cocktail can be found on our page.