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A Whisky Sour with honey richness, subtle smoke and enlivening ginger spice.
Glowing red, the Negroni manages to be both sophisticated and simple at the same time and is definitely for a grown-up palate - for many it's simply too
Spirituous and bittersweet with a underlying chocolaty treat.
Porn Star Martini
A passion fruit and vanilla crowd-pleaser that's balanced with zesty lime, often served with sparkling wine on the side.
A classic Daiquiri with a very subtle hint of apple.
Aperol Spritz / Aperitivo Spritz
Slightly sweet, herbal, refreshing and quaffable. The good folk at Aperol, the aperitivo liqueur brand most identified with the Spritz, recommend equal
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
Cow broth replaces tomato in this Mary for carnivorous drinkers.
A standard sour but with tequila zing.
White Lady Cocktail
A simple, silky and delicious gin-laced classic with a sour finish. My White Lady recipe is true to Harry Craddock's 1930 recipe (see below) in using
A wonderfully aromatic flower-powered Aviation. Sweeter than some Aviation renditions, including my own Aviation and if, like me, you like yours a tad
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.
Juicy (freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and lime) and refreshing slightly salty tequila invigorated with sparkling grapefruit soda. Wetting the porous
Whiskey Sour (Classic Formula)
I find the classic formulation more sweet than sour and prefer the 4:2:8 ratio.
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
Reminiscent of a long fruity Margarita with refreshing effervescence.
A medium-dry Gin Collins.
This deep lurid reddy-brown cocktail won't be to everybody's taste but that's only to be expected with one-and-a-half shots of bitters. However, if you
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. This means the bitter oils from the lemon zest twist are crucial
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 which is delicately balanced by a splash of raspberry syrup.
A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.
Zesty, almost creamy, lemon enlivened with fizz.
Margarita on-the-rocks (Difford's recipe)
This is how we prefer our margaritas to be served. Tangy citrus and tequila with a hint of balancing sweetness and a faint salty undertone. We also prefer
'Brandy' and cola with a hint of Angostura bitters. Try and see why the Chileans enjoy it.
Ramos Gin Fizz
One of the great classic cocktails. The perfect balance of sweet and sour is enhanced by the incredibly smooth, almost fluffy mouthfeel.
This cocktail originally appears in William Tarling's 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book where its creation is attributed to one A. G. Scott. We've respected
I must confess to preferring my Manhattans served Sweet, or Perfect at a push. The Manhattan is complex, challenging and moreish. Best of all, it's available
Calvados & Tonic
Crisp dry apple with delicate quinine tonic bitterness.
Gin & Tonic
One of the simplest and best mixed drinks ever devised, hence its lasting popularity. To serve as a Highball use a smaller 10oz (295ml) Highball glass
Famous and infamous.
A blue-rinsed Piña Colada.
Vodkatini / Vodka Martini
Temperature is key to the enjoyment of this modern classic. Consume while icy cold and you'll enjoy a clean and crisp Martini.
As the name suggests, looks like a miniature pint of stout.
Citrus freshness with the subtle agave of tequila served frozen.
A Tom Collins with vodka - a refreshing balance of sweet and sour.
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.
Lacks interest but balanced and hard to fault as a simple and refreshing drink.
As fattening as it is alcoholic, this indugent, creamy dessert in a glass cocktail is served with generous innuendo.
Mai Tai (Trader Vic's) Cocktail
We love Daiquiris and this is basically a classic Daiquiri with a few bells and whistles.
Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Difford's recipe)
The Cosmopolitan was originally made with citrus vodka but this recipe works just as well with unflavoured vodka, and when a good quality cranberry juice
Down this in one and be prepared for a sweet cinnamon palate quickly followed by a hot, spicy finish.
A smokin' Margarita. Depending on your palate, you may want to vary the amount of agave syrup – from 2.5ml or even no agave syrup for dry palates to
Strong, flavoursome navy rum with a splash of scurvy-inhibiting lime. Properly mixed at the right dilution, this is a great drink. However, too many and
Aqua Velva Cocktail
Loaded with booze and with an aqua marine blue hue (as the name suggests), this citrusy drink was made for the 1980s. We're sure Del Boy would have described
More approachable than a stirred Dry Martini and downright soft compared to a Naked Martini.