Cocktail Hall of Fame

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Adonis

Delicate, off-dry and aromatic. A great aperitif cocktail.

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Airmail

Lightly or well-aged rum invigorating with dry champagne, freshened by a touch of lime and balanced by honeyed richness. Described by some as being a

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Affinity

A spirituous aperitif-style cocktail, or an after dinner sipper, which can be made with numerous different sweet vermouths or indeed a vermouth amaro as

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Alaska (Straub's 1914 recipe)

Made with an Old Tom gin with amplified botanicals and minimal sugar (some are way too sweet) produces a spiritous and, if you hit the right dilution,

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Alexander

This gin-laced creamy Alexander has sadly slipped from popularity, partly knocked by its successors, particularly the Brandy Alexander.

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Algonquin

Classically made with dry vermouth, this vintage cocktail is so much better with bianco vermouth – in which case, ripe pineapple fruitiness and rye whiskey

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Almond Old-Fashioned

Bourbon's sweet notes are lifted and amplified by amaretto's almond flavours. For a slightly drier, more complex version of this drink try a Toasted Almond

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Amaretto Sour (Morgenthaler formula)

Sweet 'n' sour - frothy with an almond buzz. An extra couple of dashes of bitters help balance the drink and add an extra burst of flavour.

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Americano

A bitter, fizzy, long refreshing drink, which you'll love if you like Campari.

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Añejo Highball

Orange and rum with a hint of ginger spice. Long and thirst-quenching.

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Añejo Old-Fashioned (AKA Tequila Old-Fashioned)

A hint of agave syrup sweetness knocks and dilution from the stirred ice knocks back the spirit's fire while opening and releasing agave flavours. If

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Angel Face

Rich apricot and apple with a backbone of botanical gin. Balanced rather than dry or sweet. This drink looks better when stirred but the Harry Craddock's

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Aperol Spritz

Slightly sweet, herbal, refreshing and quaffable. The good folk at Aperol recommend equal parts prosecco and Aperol topped with a splash of soda. However,

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Appletini

A crisp apple flavoured sour. If you'd prefer just on the tart side of balanced then reduce sugar syrup to 1/3oz / 10ml.

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Army & Navy

Almond and lemon flavoured gin. Subtle, citrusy and (despite generous orgeat) dry.

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Aviation (Difford's recipe)

Citrus, floral gin with a slightly sour finish. The recipe above has been my preferred recipe for some years. However, in early 2020, I decided that the

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B-52

Probably the best-known and most popular shot.

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Bacardi Cocktail

This classic salmon-pinky drink perfectly combines and balances the light rum with the rich sourness of lime juice and the sweetness of pomegranate syrup.

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Bamboo

Sweet vermouth counters dry sherry with dry vermouth further enhancing the vinous flavours and balance. Orange bitters and an orange zest twist add citrus

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Banana Calling

This short sharp cocktail is best described as a Banana & Fino Sherry Gin Sour. The fino and banana notes are subtle, so subtle that it is not obviously

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Banana Daiquiri (frozen)

A tangy banana drink that's not overly sweet and is more sophisticated than the uninitiated may expect.

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Batanga

Basically a Cuba Libre made with tequila in place of rum and an all-important pinch of salt.

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Bee's Knees

The combination of honey and lemon suggests flu relief but don't wait for an ailment before trying this soothing concoction. The beneficial addition of

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Bellini

It's hard not to like this blend of peaches and sparkling wine. Lemon juice adds balance and a citrusy bite while peach schnapps boosts peachy flavour.

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Bernice

Best described as A vodka daiquiri with a hint of herbal peppermint courtesy of Galliano.

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Between the Sheets

Classic proportions to this drink are most often quoted as being: 1 rum, 1 cognac, 1 triple sec and 1/4 lemon juice but three shots of 40% alcohol and

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Bijou

It is not uncommon to see this drink stipulated with equal parts gin, Chartreuse and sweet vermouth, as called for in Harry Johnson's Bartender's Manual.

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Black Manhattan

Basically, a classic Manhattan with amaro in place of sweet vermouth. Heavier in style and with distinctive bitter chocolate and light spice.

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Black Russian

This popular cocktail is simple but tasty. Try with just a splash of cola (rather than also with the cream that makes a Colorado Bulldog).

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Blackthorn Irish

The original equal parts whiskey and dry vermouth recipe is way too dry, so in time for Saint Patrick's Day 2016, we experimented and concluded that splitting

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Blazer/Blue Blazer

The showy way to make a simple hot whisky punch.

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Blinker

Back in the 1940s, David Embury wrote of this drink, One of a few cocktails using grapefruit juice. Not particularly good but not too bad.

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Blood & Sand

The equal parts (scotch, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and orange juice) formula from the 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book is the accepted classic Blood &

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Bloody Mary (Difford's)

A Bloody Mary Cocktail with a hint of bell pepper freshness and a touch of sherry.

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Bobby Burns

This recipe combines elements from the world most respected writers of vintage recipes – the base formula comes from Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail

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Boston Sour

Bourbon whiskey soured with lemon juice and smoothed by egg white.

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Boulevardier

Basically a Negroni with bourbon replacing gin. A combo which Negroni lovers should try.

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Bradford (5:1)

More approachable than a stirred Dry Martini and downright soft compared to a Naked Martini.

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Bramble

One of the best and most popular drinks to come out of the 1980s.

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Brandy Alexander

This after-dinner classic is rich, creamy and subtly chocolaty.

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Brandy Crusta

This old classic zings with fresh lemon and is beautifully balanced by the cognac base.

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Brandy Daisy

Yellow Chartreuse notes show through strongly in this short refreshing drink, with cognac providing the base flavour and lemon juice contributing freshening

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Brandy Milk Punch

This traditional New Orleans hangover cure beats your bog-standard vanilla milkshake.

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Breakfast Martini

The success or failure of this tangy drink is partly reliant on the quality of marmalade used. For ease of use, choose fine cut or even no peel/shredless

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Bronx

A fairly dry, complex cocktail. Generous sweet vermouth and orange juice make the Bronx less bitter and fruitier than many of its era, but still challenging

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Brooklyn

Perhaps my favourite of the many renditions of the Brooklyn cocktail due to being bone dry, yet made approachable by faint sweet maraschino notes and bittersweet

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Brown Derby

Some folk make this cocktail with honey syrup rather than maple syrup and honey does indeed make for a tasty cocktail. However, a Brown Derby is better

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Buck's Fizz

A very simple cocktail, but when made with freshly squeezed oranges straight from the refrigerator this is a great brunch drink. (Be sure to fine strain

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