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Porn Star Martini

Adapted from a drink created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge, London. Douglas also founded London's LAB bar which is also

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Espresso Martini

Created by the legendary Dick Bradsell in 1983, you can read the full story behind this popular cocktail, much of it in Dick's own words, on our Espresso

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All In

Adapted from a recipe created at Nitecap in New York City, USA.

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Amaretto Sour

A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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Snowball

Thought to have originated in Britain in the late 1940s or early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the 1970s.

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Californian Margarita

We have A G, a regular to this site and a comment left on our Margarita on-the-rocks page, to thank for this recipe. Many thanks A G.

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Christmas Daiquiri

Created in October 2020 by yours truly at the Clocktower in Rye, Sussex.

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Old Fashioned

As with the Martini, the glass this cocktail is served in has taken the name of the drink. Its origin stems from the adaptation and renaming of a similar

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Fresa Batida

The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Spanish.

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Bull Shot

More information on the history and variations of the Bloody Mary can be found on our Bloody Mary cocktail page.

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Mezcal Fruit Cup (Diffords No.8 Cup)

Created in June 2017 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room in London, England. Fruit Cups & Pimm's history, info and recipes

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Tequila Sour

A standard sour but with tequila zing.

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The Frank

Adapted from a 2020 recipe created by the folk at Maybe Sammy in Sydney, Australia. The folk at Maybe Sammy pre-batch this cocktail but their recipe for

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Fruity Sex on the Beach

An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.

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Rabo-de-Galo

One of the best-known drinks in Brazil, rabo-de-galo literally translates from Brazilian Portuguese as rooster tail or 'cock tail'. In Brazil a cocktail

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Flannel

Pimento dram adds a touch of Christmas spice to this cognac-laced apple and orange winter sipper.

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John Collins

For the full story behind the origins of the Collins and its many variations see our Collins page.

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Great Gatsby

Adapted from a recipe created by Matt Gilpin at Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, England.

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Mezcal Martinez

Adapted from a recipe created on 21st October 2020 (Mezcal Day) by Richard Elgar who posted his Mezcal Martinez recipe with accompanying video as part

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B-52 Shot

Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.

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Lemonade Spritz

Adapted from what was a popular drink on the menu of Jamie's Italian restaurant and bar chain. Spritz recipes and history

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White Lady Cocktail

See our White Lady cocktail page for the history of this drink.

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Fruit Tingle

Fruity by name and taste, blue in colour.

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Bramble

Created in the mid-80s by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club, Soho, London, England. In 2001 and again in 2015, Dick wrote about how he came to create this

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Gin Basil Smash

Created in the summer of 2008 by Jörg Meyer at Le Lion • Bar de Paris, Hamburg, Germany and originally named Gin Pesto. Jörg blogged about his new

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H.S.L. Special

Adapted from a cocktail created by and named after Hayden Scott Lambert at his bar,

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Dirty Martini Cocktail

Some attribute the creation of this drink to Roosevelt: the 32nd President was a keen home bartender, although his cocktails were reportedly horrendous

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Batida de Banana

The Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink.

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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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Sunflower

Adapted from a recipe created in 2008 by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA.

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Screaming Orgasm

One of the best-known cocktails from the 1980s.

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Bandera

A popular and classic way of serving tequila in Mexico. Bandera is Spanish for flag and the Bandera de México is or course green, white and red, hence

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Maiden's Blush No.2

Adapted from a recipe in Louis Fouquet's 1896 Bariana: Recueil de toutes boissons americains et anglaises (Bariana: Compendium of all American and English

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Vieux Carré Cocktail

Created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the then head bartender at what is now the Carousel bar at the Monteleone Hotel, New Orleans, USA. Pronounced 'Voo-Ka-Ray',

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November Seabreeze

A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.

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Baby Guinness

Looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout.

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Vive l'apéritif

Adapted from a signature serve promoted by Lillet Blanc as “Lillet Vive”. In French, the word Vive means live or long life, so Lillet Vive means Lillet

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Negroni Cocktail

The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.

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Pina Colada Cocktail (Puerto Rican style)

See our main Piña Colada page for the story behind this classic and for links to numerous variations on this recipe.

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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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Honey Cosmopolitan

Created in 2020 by yours truly at the Clocktower in Rye, England.

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B-53 Shot

Why settle for a 52 when you can go one better?

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Hulk

Turns green when mixed. A crying waste of good cognac.

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Ocean Cable

This cocktail originally appears in William Tarling's 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book where its creation is attributed to one A. G. Scott. We've respected

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Penicillin cocktail

Adapted from a 2005 recipe by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA. Sam's original recipe (below) calls for ¾ oz honey-ginger syrup in place of

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Strawberry Smoothie (Alcoholic)

Created in 2011 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.