Cocktail Hall of Fame
Delicate, off-dry and aromatic. A great aperitif cocktail.
Lightly or well-aged rum invigorating with dry champagne, freshened by a touch of lime and balanced by honeyed richness. Described by some as being a
A spirituous aperitif-style cocktail, or an after dinner sipper, which can be made with numerous different sweet vermouths or indeed a vermouth amaro as
Alaska (Straub's 1914 recipe)
Made with an Old Tom gin with amplified botanicals and minimal sugar (some are way too sweet) produces a spiritous and, if you hit the right dilution,
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 (Morgenthaler formula)
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 bitter, fizzy, long refreshing drink, which you'll love if you like Campari.
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 knocks and dilution from the stirred ice knocks back the spirit's fire while opening and releasing agave flavours. If
Rich apricot and apple with a backbone of botanical gin. Balanced rather than dry or sweet. This drink looks better when stirred but the Harry Craddock's
Slightly sweet, herbal, refreshing and quaffable. The good folk at Aperol recommend equal parts prosecco and Aperol topped with a splash of soda. However,
A crisp apple flavoured sour. If you'd prefer just on the tart side of balanced then reduce sugar syrup to 1/3oz / 10ml.
Army & Navy
Almond and lemon flavoured gin. Subtle, citrusy and (despite generous orgeat) dry.
Aviation (Difford's recipe)
Citrusy floral gin with a delicately sour finish. I slightly reduced the floral elements in 2020 but, in keeping with the sky inspired name, this recipe
Probably the best-known and most popular shot.
This classic salmon-pinky drink perfectly combines and balances the light rum with the rich sourness of lime juice and the sweetness of pomegranate syrup.
Sweet vermouth counters dry sherry with dry vermouth further enhancing the vinous flavours and balance. Orange bitters and an orange zest twist add citrus
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: 1 rum, 1 cognac, 1 triple sec and 1/4 lemon juice but three shots of 40% alcohol and
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, David Embury wrote of this drink, One of a few cocktails using grapefruit juice. Not particularly good but not too bad.
Blood & Sand
The equal parts (scotch, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and orange juice) formula from the 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book is the accepted classic Blood &
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 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. A combo which Negroni lovers should try.
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.
Yellow Chartreuse notes show through strongly in this short refreshing drink, with cognac providing the base flavour and lemon juice contributing freshening
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
A fairly dry, complex cocktail. Generous sweet vermouth and orange juice make the Bronx less bitter and fruitier than many of its era, but still challenging
Perhaps my favourite of the many renditions of the Brooklyn cocktail due to being bone dry, yet made approachable by faint sweet maraschino notes and bittersweet
Some folk make this cocktail with honey syrup rather than maple syrup and honey does indeed make for a tasty cocktail. However, a Brown Derby is better
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