Cocktail Hall of Fame
San Francisco (Café Royal recipe)
Fruity, aromatic and complex. This is one of our favourite sloe gin cocktails.
Summer in a glass. Heavy wine tannins are sweetened, lightened and infused with fruit.
Satan's Whiskers (Straight)
Dry and citrusy with underlying piney gin and herbal complexity.
If you are rightly concerned about chucking expensive absinthe down the drain then consider straining into a shot glass and serve on the side. The seven
Well-balanced, refreshing spirit and orange. Not sweet.
This drink is sadly often overlooked in favour of the bourbon-based Whiskey Sour. Depending on the peatiness of the whisky, I don't tend to add bitters
As fattening as it is alcoholic, this indugent, creamy dessert in a glass cocktail is served with generous innuendo.
Many don't bother to shake this simple drink, instead simply building by pouring ingredients into ice-filled glass and then briefly stirring to mix.
Sex on the Beach (Difford's)
Sweet fruitiness masks the alcohol in this easy-drinking, long cocktail. Sex is associated with red (e.g.red light district) and is represented in this
Sgroppino / Sorbetto
Smooth and all too easy to quaff. A great dessert.
Irish cream liqueur adds a creamy mocha note to this Shaft version but some make with cream and others milk, either combining all ingredients prior to
This age old cocktail is said to have been the drink for which the waxed paper straw was invented. To quote Harry Johnson, from his 1882 Bartender's Manual,
Complex and just a smidgen on the tart side of balanced so still very much a sour. Those with a sweet tooth may prefer to serve with a sugar rim.
So smooooooth but still retains a tequila bite and a hint of chocolate and fruit.
Beautifully balanced, fruity and complex with just enough gin to add a spirituous bite.
Sloe Gin Fizz
With the right brand of sloe gin and champagne, this citrusy berry cocktail is just on the dry/tart side of balanced (add more sugar or choose your sloe
Slow Comfortable Screw Against The Wall
Galliano adds the wall (as in Harvey Wallbanger) and some herbal peppermint to this Slow Comfortable Screw. Yes, the name's corny but made with fresh orange,
Deliciously silky smooth, indulgent, and decadent. Rich thick and creamy advocaat freshened with dry sherry, zesty lime cordial, and invigorated with champagne.
Gin and mint with a splash of lime. If you like a Mojito and you like gin, then you'll also like the Southside.
Spritz Al Bitter/Veneziano
Basically a Spritzer with a generous splash of Italian red bitter liqueur - dry and very refreshing. The perfect aperitivo.
Classically the Stinger is shaken and served straight-up in a chilled coupe. However, I think it makes for a more refreshing peppermint and brandy digestif
Easy drinking, fruity and refreshing with cachaça's distinctive flavour.
Strawberry Daiquiri (frozen)
Strawberry Mivvi for grown-ups.
Strawberry Margarita (frozen)
Slightly sweet but yummy with an interplay between tequila, rich strawberry and tart fresh lime.
Unusually combining gin and cognac, lengthened and spiced with ginger beer, this vintage classic was originally designed as a hangover cure.
A Margarita without orange liqueur (e.g. a Tommy's Margarita) is not a margarita at all but a tequila sour. The triple sec orange liqueur is one of the
This 1970s zesty citrus version of the Tequila Sunrise looks the part and comes with a sweet treat at the bottom of the glass.
Three Dots and a Dash
Rhum Agricole and Allspice Dram play a huge role in what is one of the most complex of all classic Tiki drinks.
As the name suggests – this drink is punchy – the rhum agricole tends to be 50% alc./vol. and even if you choose to add ice then dilution is negligible.
Chartreuse fans will love this Irish whiskey-forward nightcap.
A medium-dry Gin Collins.
The flavour of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur.
This deep lurid reddy-brown cocktail won't be to everybody's taste but that's only to be expected with one-and-a-half shots of bitters. However, if you
Turf Club (Johnson's recipe)
Despite the maraschino liqueur this Martini-style cocktail is dry and punchy.
Tuxedo (Difford's recipe)
Inspired by the numerous other Tuxedo recipes, this combines the best of them all (besides the sherry) but with a faint hint of sweetness (from the bianco
Dry and gin laced with subtle notes of chocolate, dry vermouth and lemon.