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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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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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Negroni Cocktail

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

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All In

Adapted from a recipe created at Nitecap in New York City, USA.

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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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Amaroni

A cocktail promoted by The House of Angostura.

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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Black Fashioned

Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Vasilis Kyritsis at The Clumsies in Athens, Greece.

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Californian Margarita

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.

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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

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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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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Fresa Batida

The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Spanish.

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Tequila Sour

A standard sour but with tequila zing.

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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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Orange Daiquiri

Exactly as it says on the tin: a classic Daiquiri with a fruity splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Takumi's Aviation

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

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Downhill Daring

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

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Fruity Sex on the Beach

An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.

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Great Gatsby

Adapted from a recipe created by Matt Gilpin at Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, England.

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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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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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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.

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Macunaíma

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

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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Screaming Orgasm

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

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Casablanca #1

Named after Michael Curtiz's 1942 classic starring Bogie and Ingrid Bergman.

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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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Cuba Libre

The story and controvacy behind the Cuba Libre and arguments over whether to muddle or not to muddle..

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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

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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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White Lady Cocktail

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

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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November Seabreeze

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

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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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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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The Last Word cocktail

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

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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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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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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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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

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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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Blueberry Caipirinha

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

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Ocean Cable

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