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Dry Martini (15:1 ratio) Montgomery's image

Dry Martini (15:1 ratio) Montgomery's

Bone dry - a superbly cleansing Martini. Through experimentation we have found that 15:1 Martinis are better shaken rather than stirred. Conversely 3:1

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Negroni Cocktail

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

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Mezcal Margarita

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

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Californian Margarita

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

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Daiquiri (Difford's recipe)

Crisp, light and refreshing. Delicately simple yet with perfectly balanced complexity of flavours. For an even better Daiquiri: In place of sugar syrup,

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Martinez

Your choice of genever will make or break this fabulous cocktail, which should be medium dry, rounded and complex with an underlying bready note freshened

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Poet's Dream

Subtly boozy, honeyed and herbal.

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Left Bank Martini

An aromatic, dry blend. Modern bartending convention would suggest that this drink should be stirred. However, it's much better shaken. Go easy with the

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Penicillin cocktail

A Whisky Sour with honey richness, subtle smoke and enlivening ginger spice.

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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

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Dry Martini 'Preferred' (5:1 ratio)

This is my go-to Dry Martini, although I arrive at the same 5:1 ratio with a generous 75ml (2½oz) gin to 15ml (½oz) dry vermouth. I chose a 5:1 ratio

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Difford's Fruit Cup No.1 (gin based & Pimm's Cup-like)

This long refreshing fruity cocktail mimics the characteristics of a Pimm's Cup but with the punch and fullness flavour, reminiscent of distant decades

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The Last Word cocktail

Traditionally made with equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice but, like like many others, (when using a 40%-43% alc./vol.

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Manhattan (Sweet)

I prefer my Manhattans served Sweet or Perfect at a push. The Manhattan is complex, challenging and moreish. Best of all, it's available in a style to

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Margarita (straight-up)

If desired, for the perfect salt rim you can liquidise or grind sea salt to make it finer, then run a cut slice of lime (or orange) around the outside

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Honeysuckle Daiquiri

A Daiquiri made with flavoursome honey in place of sugar, or a Bee's Knees with rum in place of gin. However you view this, it's damn tasty.

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Air Mail

Lightly or well-aged rum invigorated with dry champagne, freshened by a touch of lime and balanced by honeyed richness. Described by some as being a rum-based

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Grog

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

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Irish Coffee

Sometimes called a Gaelic Coffee and properly known by its Irish name 'Caife Gaelach', the Irish Coffee is traditionally served in a stemmed heatproof

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Dry Martini (15:5 dumped) Franklin

A Dry Martini named after Franklin Roosevelt and garnished with two olives.

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Espresso Martini

Likened to a Vodka & Red Bull for the discerning, the caffeine-loaded Espresso Martini consists of generous shots of vodka and espresso with coffee liqueur.

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Garibaldi

A fabulous brunch cocktail. How you squeeze (and blend) your oranges is key to achieving the fluffy orange juice that makes this drink special. At New

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East India No.2

The bitters are crucial in balancing this after-dinner brandy and pineapple cocktail.

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El Presidente

Rum and vermouth combine harmoniously in this delicate and subtly citrus-fresh cocktail. My previous El Presidente version involved the use of three different

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