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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
Thought to have originated in Britain in the late 1940s or early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the 1970s.
A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.
Named after B-52 bombers in Vietnam.
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
Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.
The story behind the French Martini.
White Lady Cocktail
See our White Lady cocktail page for the history of this drink.
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
More information on the history and variations of the Bloody Mary can be found on our Bloody Mary cocktail page.
One of the best-known cocktails from the 1980s.
Batida de Abacaxi
The Batida (meaning 'shake') is a traditional Brazilian drink and 'Abacaxi' means pineapple in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. Batida is
A standard sour but with tequila zing.
Looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout.
The Florida sun shines through this fruity, refreshing drink.
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
A stripy shooter with almond, whiskey, cream and cognac.
For the full story behind the origins of the Collins and its many variations see our Collins page.
Dunkel & Stürmig
Created by Dirk Hany at Bar am Wasser, Zurich, Switzerland.
The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.
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'
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
For the perfect salt rim, liquidise sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt.
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',
Adapted from David Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Pronounced 'Ah-bah-Kah-shee Rich-kah-So', the Portuguese name of this Brazilian drink literally
Deliciously silky, the Snowball cocktail was huge in the 1970s and is now enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. This champagne enhanced recipe is by yours
For information on the history and other variations of the Caipirinha, please see our Caipirinha cocktail page.
The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil.
Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail
This infamous drink reached the height of its popularity in the early 1980s. Of the many stories surrounding its origin, perhaps the most credible attributes
Kir Royale Cocktail
A sparkling version of the Kir Aperitif which is thought to have first been mixed in 1904 at Café George in Dijon, France. It is named after Canon Félix
A cocktail promoted by Licor 43 Liqueur and added to Difford's Guide in 2019.
Created in February 2017 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.
A popular cocktail in Jamaica.
Thought to have been created circa 1949 by Gustav Tops, a hotel bartender in Brussels. Set against the start of the Cold War, the drink is said to have
Orange Daiquiri #1
Far more serious than it looks. Sweet and sour in harmony.
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
This recipe bears little similarity to the notorious Hand Grenade served by the three Tropical Isle Bars and the Funky Pirate bar in New Orleans, USA.
A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.
The Boulevardier was made for Erskine Gwynne by Harry McElhone at his Harry's New York Bar in Paris and the drink appears in his 1927 book, Barflies and
Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other recipes for, the Spritz family of cocktails.
A detailed history of the Moscow Mule cocktail can be found on our page.
A popular long drink in its native Chile.
Corpse Reviver No.2 (Savoy Recipe)
Adapted from 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book where Harry Craddock says of this drink, Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.
Whiskey Sour (Classic Formula)
This recipe follows the classic sour proportions (3:4:8) three quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice) one part of the sweet ingredient (sugar
A riff on the classic Last Word created in 2007 by Sam Ross at The Violet Hour, Chicago, USA. He first made this drink with Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
A mid-19th century classic.
Something of a Spanish phenomenon, where the G&T (which in England has been traditionally served in a tall slim Collins glass) tends to be served in a
'Sling' comes from the German word 'schlingen', meaning 'to swallow' and is a style of drink which was popular from the late 1700s.