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If you are European or in North America you're probably used to this drink being served with crushed ice, but until you have tried it with cubed ice you

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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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Cameron's Kick

Faintly peaty honeyed whisky with a cleansing hint of lemon, rounded by almond.

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Your choice of honey and indeed rum will greatly affect the flavour, and indeed the success of the finished cocktail. More flavoursome honey demands a

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Juicy (freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and lime) and refreshing slightly salty tequila invigorated with sparkling grapefruit soda. Wetting the porous

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Casino (Savoy spec.)

This recipe is a very broad interpretation of Ensslin's 1916 original and the Casino recipes that follow in other classic tomes. Although, as Ensslin merely

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Champagne Cocktail

This classic cocktail remains as popular as ever. Starts bone dry and becomes slightly sweeter as you reach the dissolving cube at the bottom, depending

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A great after-dinner drink for lovers of cognac and Chartreuse.

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Charlie Chaplin

Dilution is key to this fruity sweet 'n' sour cocktail, hence, depending on your ice, the Charlie Chaplin may benefit from the addition of a splash of

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Chartreuse Swizzle

A swizzle for people like me - Chartreuse lovers. Best enjoyed on a hot summer's evening.

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Closing Argument

A mezcal-based Last Word. It works! End of argument.

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Clover Club No.3 (Difford's recipe)

Easy drinking and creamy in texture – with notes of raspberry, gin, citrus and delicate spice.

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Comte de Sureau

Sprays of oils from both orange and lemon zest twists aid the fine balance of this bittersweet aperitivo, which fittingly has become known by many as an

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Corn'n'Oil Cocktail

Rum slightly sweetened and flavoured with the lime and clove flavours of falernum. There is much debate over the Corn 'N' Oil, particularly over the type

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Coronation No.1

Medium-dry and wonderfully aromatic with faint notes of almond from the fino sherry and delicately fruity maraschino. Delicious.

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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,

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Rich in both colour and flavour. Don't scrimp on the quality or amount of raspberry jam used.

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Cosmopolitan (Difford's recipe)

The Cosmopolitan was originally made with citrus vodka but this recipe works just as well with unflavoured vodka, and when a good quality cranberry juice

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Cuba Libre

Basically a rum and coke with a squeeze of lime, but Cuba Libre has much more of a ring about it. And it is much more of a drink, the zesty lime and dashes

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Daiquiri 10:3:2 ratio (Difford’s)

Crisp, light and refreshing. Delicately simple yet with perfectly balanced complexity of flavours. Grind white caster sugar in a mortar and pestle to

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Daiquiri 6:2:1 ratio (popular)

This 6:2:1 (6 parts rum, 2 parts lime and 1 part sugar) Daiquiri recipe emerged after an afternoon's Daiquiri experimentation with five of the UK's most

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Daiquiri 8:2:1 ratio (Embury's)

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

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Daiquiri on-the-rocks

Light and refreshing. No one flavour predominates - sweet and sour are in harmony with the rum.

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Daiquiri (frozen)

Blend with too much ice and you will have a tasteless slushy drink that will give you brain-ache if you drink it too fast. However, made correctly and

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Dark 'n' Stormy (Difford’s recipe)

A Daiquiri made with pungent dark rum, topped and made refreshing with spicy ginger beer. Part of the Mule family - but is distinctive due to the strong

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De La Louisiane

A rye-based Sweet Manhattan made even sweeter with herbal Bénédictine liqueur and bittered with Peychaud's and absinthe. Originally made with equal parts

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Death in the Afternoon

Bravado (absinthe) dominates this drink, alongside hints of biscuity champagne. I've added a touch of sugar to tame this hardman's cocktail.

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This potent cocktail marries apple spirit with rye whiskey and rich herbal Chartreuse. An after-dinner/nightcap tipple.

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Dirty Banana

Long, creamy and filling banana drink with a 'dirty' flavour and colour courtesy of coffee liqueur. The riper the banana used in this cocktail the better.

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Dirty Martini

This drink varies from delicious to disgusting, depending on what's making it Dirty. This is traditionally the liquid from a jar of olives and if using

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Division Bell

A mezcal inspired variation of the Last Word with a refreshing, spirit-forward blend of ingredients.

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Dry Martini (2:1.5 ratio) “Sopping Wet”

Herbal vermouth flavours pervade this Sopping Wet Martini.

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Dry Martini (1:1 ratio) “Fifty-Fifty”

A very 'wet' but wonderfully Dry Martini which demands an olive, not a twist. Before you start - Craddock calls for it to be shaken, but it's better stirred.

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Dry Martini (2:1 ratio) “Wet”

Reputed to be a favourite of HRH Prince Charles.

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Dry Martini (3:1 ratio)

Three to one may be unfair odds in a fight but vermouth shines in this stirred off-dry Martini. Through experimentation we have found that 3:1 Martinis

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Dry Martini (4:1 ratio)

A stirred four-to-one Martini is indeed a delicious thing. But is a five-to-one Martini even more delicious? Try both, and perhaps also a three-to-one.

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Dry Martini 'Preferred Stirred' (5:1 ratio)

We have chosen a 5:1 ratio as our 'preferred' stirred Dry Martini specification in deference to David Embury who writes of this drink in his The Fine Art

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Dry Martini (7:1 ratio) “Embury’s”

Readers of Embury will know he had a bone dry palate and Martinis made to his specification are just that, and with the correct dilution, fabulous.

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Dry Martini 'Preferred Shaken' (10:1 ratio)

There's something about shaking a Dry Martini (as opposed to stirring a Martini) that amplifies the vermouth notes meaning that shaken Martinis need less

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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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Dry Martini (15:5 dumped) “Franklin”

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

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