Cocktail Hall of Fame
Delicate, off-dry and aromatic. A great aperitivo cocktail.
A spirituous aperitivo-style cocktail, or an after-dinner sipper, which can be made with numerous different sweet vermouths or indeed a vermouth amaro
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
Alaska (Straub's 1914 recipe)
Made with an Old Tom gin with amplified botanicals and minimal sugar (some are way too sweet) this is a spiritous and, if you hit the right dilution, tasty
This gin-laced creamy Alexander has sadly slipped from popularity, partly knocked by its successors, particularly the Brandy Alexander.
Classically made with dry vermouth, this vintage cocktail is so much better with bianco vermouth – in which case, ripe pineapple fruitiness and rye whiskey
Bourbon's sweet notes are lifted and amplified by amaretto's almond flavours. For a slightly drier, more complex version of this drink try a Toasted Almond
Amaretto Sour (by Jeffrey Morgenthaler)
As the name suggests, this drink is dominated by amaretto, with lemon juice providing the sour balancing element and a slug of bourbon giving backbone.
To adhere to the original recipe, you should smash a sugar cube and then painstakingly stir this with bitters into a paste. Life is just too short to faff
Bittersweet, lightly effervescent, long and refreshing.
Orange and rum with a hint of ginger spice. Long and thirst-quenching.
Añejo Old-Fashioned (AKA Tequila Old-Fashioned)
A hint of agave syrup sweetness and dilution from the stirred ice knocks back the spirit's fire while opening and releasing agave flavours. (If you don't
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
This Martini is unashamedly fun and brash with lurid green apple liqueur at its 'core'.
Army & Navy
Almond and lemon flavoured gin. Subtle, citrus and, despite generous orgeat, fairly dry.
Aviation (Difford's recipe)
Citrus, floral gin with a slightly sour finish. The recipe above has been my preferred recipe for some years. However, in early 2020, I decided that the
Probably the best-known and most popular shot.
This classic salmon-pinky cocktail perfectly combines and balances the light rum with the assertive sourness of lime juice and rich sweetness of pomegranate
The holy trinity of rum, coconut and pineapple served in a well-balanced, not overly sweet Tiki-style cocktail.
This Bamboo recipe achieves a 'perfect' balance between the dry mineral notes of fino sherry in contrast to both rich bianco and dry vermouths. Classically,
This short, sharp cocktail is best described as a Banana & Fino Sherry Gin Sour. The fino and banana notes are subtle, so subtle that it is not obviously
Banana Daiquiri (frozen)
A tangy banana drink that's not overly sweet and is more sophisticated than the uninitiated may expect.
Basically a Cuba Libre made with tequila in place of rum and an all-important pinch of salt.
The combination of honey and lemon suggests flu relief but don't wait for an ailment before trying this soothing concoction. The beneficial addition of
It's hard not to like this blend of peaches and sparkling wine. Lemon juice adds balance and a citrusy bite while peach schnapps boosts peachy flavour.
Best described as A vodka daiquiri with a hint of herbal peppermint courtesy of Galliano.
Between The Sheets
Classic proportions to this drink are most often quoted as being: 30ml (1oz) Light rum 30ml (1oz) Cognac brandy 30ml (1oz) Triple sec liqueur 7.5ml (¼oz)
It is not uncommon to see this drink stipulated with equal parts gin, Chartreuse and sweet vermouth, as called for in Harry Johnson's Bartender's Manual.
Basically, a classic Manhattan with amaro in place of sweet vermouth. Heavier in style and with distinctive bitter chocolate and light spice.
This popular cocktail is simple but tasty. Try with just a splash of cola (rather than also with the cream that makes a Colorado Bulldog).
The original equal parts whiskey and dry vermouth recipe is way too dry, so in time for Saint Patrick's Day 2016, we experimented and concluded that splitting
The showy way to make a simple hot whisky punch.
Back in the 1940s, in his The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Embury said of this drink, One of a few cocktails using grapefruit juice. Not particularly
Blood & Sand
The equal parts Blood and Sand (scotch, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, and orange juice) formula from the 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book is the accepted
Bloody Mary (Difford's)
A Bloody Mary Cocktail with a hint of bell pepper freshness and a touch of sherry.
This recipe combines elements from the world's most respected writers of vintage recipes – the base formula comes from Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail
Bourbon whiskey soured with lemon juice and smoothed by egg white.
Basically a Negroni with bourbon replacing gin. The original 1927 recipe calls for equal parts, but I've previously favoured a 3:2:2 (45ml bourbon, 30ml
More approachable than a stirred Dry Martini and downright soft compared to a Naked Martini.
One of the best and most popular drinks to come out of the 1980s.
This after-dinner classic is rich, creamy and subtly chocolaty.
This old classic zings with fresh lemon and is beautifully balanced by the cognac base.
Brandy Milk Punch
This traditional New Orleans hangover cure beats your bog-standard vanilla milkshake.
The success or failure of this tangy drink is partly reliant on the quality of marmalade used. For ease of use, choose fine cut or even no peel/shredless
The challenge, and indeed the opportunity, with the Bronx is to strike the perfect balance between the botanical flavours of the gin, vermouths and zesty
Perhaps my favourite of the many renditions of the Brooklyn cocktail due to being dry yet made approachable by faint sweet maraschino and bittersweet herbal
Some folk make this cocktail with honey syrup rather than maple syrup. Honey does indeed make for a tasty cocktail and is stipulated in the Brown Derby
A very simple cocktail, but when made with freshly squeezed oranges straight from the refrigerator this is a great brunch drink. (Be sure to fine strain