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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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Amaretto Sour

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

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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White Lady Cocktail

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

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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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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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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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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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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Negroni Cocktail

The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.

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A.B.C. Shot

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

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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica.

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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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Orange Daiquiri #1

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

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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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Screaming Orgasm

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

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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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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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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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Blueberry Caipirinha

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

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

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Cubata

The gin-based equivalent to the rum-based Cuba Libre. This drink is popular in Spain where gin is the dominant spirit.

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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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The Last Word cocktail

Visit our Last Word cocktail page for the history and variants of this drink.

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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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Cinderella

Long, fresh and fruity.

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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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Bloody Mary (Modern Recipe)

For the full history and other information please see our full entry of the Bloody Mary cocktail.

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November Seabreeze

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

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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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Patchanka

Adapted from a recipe created by Ilaria Bello at Talea Bar, Milan, Italy. (Ilaria's original recipe specifies Oscar.697 Rosso vermouth.)

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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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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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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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Mimosa

Thought to have been created in 1925 by Frank Meier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and named after the Mimosa tropical flowering shrub, Acacia dealbata - perhaps

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Vive l'apéritif

Adapted from a signature serve promoted by Lillet Blanc as “Lillet Vive”. In French, the word Vive means live or long life, so Lillet Vive means Lillet

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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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Slow Comfortable Screw Against The Wall

More information on the Slow Screw family of cocktails is included on our Slow Screw cocktails page.

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Banana Caipirinha

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

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Naked & Famous

Created in 2011 by Joaquín Simó at Death & Co., New York City, USA.

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Fruity Sex on the Beach

An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.

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Americano

First served in the 1860s in Gaspare Campari's bar in Milan, this was originally known as the 'Milano-Torino' as Campari came from Milano (Milan) and sweet

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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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Blue Hawaiian

Probably created by Don the Beachcomber in Los Angeles, USA, this is a riff on the Blue Hawaii.

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San Francisco

Long, fruity, slightly sweet and laced with vodka.