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The Original Margarita
There's debate as to who created the original Margarita recipe and when with a Dallas socialite called Margarita Sames most often credited (see below).
Porn Star Martini
A passion fruit and vanilla crowd-pleaser that's balanced with zesty lime, often served with sparkling wine on the side.
Spirituous and bittersweet with a underlying chocolaty treat.
Forget the 'Vodka Red Bull', this is the cocktail connoisseur's way of combining caffeine and vodka.
Sweet 'n' sour - frothy with an almond buzz. An extra couple of dashes of bitters help balance the drink and add an extra burst of flavour.
A classic Daiquiri with a very subtle hint of apple.
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.
Batida de Banana
So thick that this is something of a liquid dessert - surprisingly yummy.
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
Gin Basil Smash
Jörg, the creator of this cocktail, says, Better too much, than not enough basil in this drink. He also specifies that the basil is muddled rather than
A long, very refreshing strawberry drink laced with cachaça.
Bitter and dry, but very tasty. This no namby-pamby drink is traditionally assembled and mixed directly in the glass. There is something about a Negroni
A standard sour but with tequila zing.
Juicy (freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and lime) and refreshing slightly salty tequila invigorated with sparkling grapefruit soda. Wetting the porous
A wonderfully aromatic flower-powered Aviation. Sweeter than some Aviation renditions, including my own Aviation and if, like me, you like yours a tad
White Lady Cocktail
A simple, silky and delicious gin-laced classic with a sour finish.
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.
Naked & Famous
Salmon pink in colour. Mezcal adds earthy smoky complexity to this bittersweet, citrusy fresh, aperitivo cocktail. Getting naked can certainly help you
Fruity by name and taste, blue in colour.
Slightly sweet, herbal, refreshing and quaffable. The good folk at Aperol recommend equal parts prosecco and Aperol topped with a splash of soda. However,
The bittersweet herbal notes from the vermouth and Cynar combine harmoniously with the cachaça. Depending on how punchy you like your cocktails you may
Picante de la Casa (Soho House Tonic)
Best described as a Tommy's Margarita with added chilli spice and coriander/cilantro.
Exactly as it says on the tin: a classic Daiquiri with a fruity splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.
Reminiscent of a long, fruity, Margarita. Also, see our Simple Paloma recipe
A sickly sweet blackcurrant and berry fruit flavoured drink for the undiscerning.
Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Embury's 8:2:1 formula)
Traditionally a Daiquiri should always be based on light rum but if I should feel like breaking with tradition and using aged rum, I find Embury's 8:2:1
A minty real lemonade. A seriously refreshing non-alcoholic summery drink.
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, hence the bitter oils from the lemon zest twist are crucial
The flavour of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur.
Hot Toddy (Hot Cognac & Lemon)
Warms the cockles with cognac and a good dose of citrus.
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, delicately balanced by a splash of raspberry syrup.
Corpse Reviver No.2 (Savoy Recipe)
Well-balanced with zesty lemon and absinthe just shining through. We've cheekily added the merest dash of sugar but depending on your personal tastes,
Rich (medium-dry and spirituous this old-fashioned is all too easy to drink and fortunately, easy to make.
A slightly sour bittersweet riff on the Pegu Club. The original is just on the tart side of balanced without our addition of the optional spoon of sugar
A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.
Vieux Carré Cocktail
A Sweet Manhattan served on-the-rocks with added herbal complexity and an all-important splash and dash or two of New Orlean's French Quarter. Driven
Espresso Martini (simple 3 equal parts recipe)
Balanced, tasty and enlivening, this cocktail is incredibly quick and easy to make using just three ingredients that should be every day essentials in
One of the best and most popular drinks to come out of the 1980s.
Fruity Sex on the Beach
Sweet fruit laced with vodka.
'Brandy' and cola with a hint of Angostura bitters. Try and see why the Chileans enjoy it.
Mai Tai (Trader Vic's) Cocktail
We love Daiquiris and this is basically a classic Daiquiri with a few bells and whistles.
Strawberry Smoothie (Alcoholic)
This radiantly coloured creamy strawberry yoghurt drink is sweetened with honey and 'hardened' with vodka.
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
When well made, this Cuban cousin of the Mint Julep is one of the world's greatest and most refreshing cocktails.
Calvados & Tonic
Crisp dry apple with delicate quinine tonic bitterness.