Cocktail Hall of Fame
San Francisco (Café Royal recipe)
Fruity, aromatic and complex. This is one of our favourite sloe gin cocktails. Photographed in a gorgeously delicate Nick & Nora glass from Artesian Bar,
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.
Probably as fattening as it is alcoholic. This is a huge, creamy dessert in a glass 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.
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,
Rich thick and creamy egg yolk freshened with dry sherry, zesty lime cordial and invigorated with champagne.
Gin and mint with a splash of lime. If you like Mojitos and you like gin, then you'll also like this cocktail.
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, we think it makes for a more refreshing peppermint and cognac 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 standard sour but with tequila zing.
Tequila and zesty citrus with a sweet treat at the bottom.
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
Twentieth Century Cocktail
When, as originally, this cocktail is made with Rutte Celery Gin, then celery notes are very obvious in the final cocktail - perhaps more so than in the