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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
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
The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.
Adapted from a recipe created at Nitecap in New York City, USA.
A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.
A cocktail promoted by The House of Angostura.
Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.
Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Vasilis Kyritsis at The Clumsies in Athens, Greece.
We have A G, a regular to this site and a comment left on our Margarita on-the-rocks page, to thank for this recipe. Many thanks A G.
Gin & Tonic
The precise origin of the G&T is lost in the mists of time. Gin (or at least a grain-based juniper spirit) was drunk for medicinal reasons from the 1600s
More information on the history and variations of the Bloody Mary can be found on our Bloody Mary cocktail page.
The story behind the French Martini.
The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Spanish.
A standard sour but with tequila zing.
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
Exactly as it says on the tin: a classic Daiquiri with a fruity splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.
Takumi Watanabe first presented his version of the classic Aviation at the 2010 global final of World Class in Athens, Greece. Representing Japan, he was
Named after a piece by American painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) and adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Brian Nixon at the Truxton
Fruity Sex on the Beach
An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.
Adapted from a recipe created by Matt Gilpin at Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, England.
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
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
Gin Blossom Martini
Adapted from a recipe created in 2009 by Julie Reiner at the House Martini for the opening menu of her Clover Club bar in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Adapted from a recipe created in 2014 by Arnaldo Hirai at his Boca de Ouro bar in São Paulo, Brazil. According to Arnaldo, his recipe started to take
Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.
One of the best-known cocktails from the 1980s.
Named after Michael Curtiz's 1942 classic starring Bogie and Ingrid Bergman.
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
The story and controvacy behind the Cuba Libre and arguments over whether to muddle or not to muddle..
Montreal Cocktail (official city cocktail)
Collaboratively created in summer 2017 by fifteen Montreal bartenders, with the hope to not only inspire the people of our great city, but those of other
Created in February 2017 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.
White Lady Cocktail
See our White Lady cocktail page for the history of this drink.
Pina Colada Cocktail (Puerto Rican style)
See our main Piña Colada page for the story behind this classic and for links to numerous variations on this recipe.
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
Maiden's Blush No.2
Adapted from a recipe in Louis Fouquet's 1896 Bariana: Recueil de toutes boissons americains et anglaises (Bariana: Compendium of all American and English
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
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
A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.
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',
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
The Last Word cocktail
Visit our Last Word cocktail page for the history and variants of this drink.
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
A popular long drink in its native Chile.
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
Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Embury's 8:2:1 formula)
According to David A. Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks the classic proportions of a daiquiri are: 8 parts (2 shots) white label Cuban rum, 2
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
For information on the history and other variations of the Caipirinha, please see our Caipirinha cocktail page.
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