Short and Serious Cocktails

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Japanese Slipper

The Japanese Slipper is a modern classic of limited yet enduring popularity.  Based upon the bright green Japanese melon liqueur Midori, it certainly stands out.  Just slightly tangy yet with a sweetness to it, it is a good way to make use of Midori. It consists...

Sloe Gin Martinis

A few years back I worked in a Martini Bar in London.  It specialized in any cocktail related to the word "Martini".  From top notch Dry Martinis, to serious Martini Variants, through the lighter and more fruity Neo-Martinis, and even to a number of sweeter, dessert...

Corpse Reviver #2

The Corpse Reviver # 2 is an old but excellent Martini Variant which has enjoyed something of a...revival in recent years.  Potent, but not alcoholically overwhelming.  Tangy, but not Sour.  And with a lot of depth of flavour and character.  It is to my mind a...

Aviation

The Aviation is a classic cocktail created during the first couple of decades of the 20th century.  It consists of gin, lemon juice, Maraschino and Crème de Violette.  This makes for a delicate, slightly dry yet impressively floral cocktail which is a personal...

Breakfast Martinis

The Breakfast Martini is a modern classic Martini Variant created by the great Salvatore Calabrese in 1996.  It is effectively a White Lady enhanced by the addition of marmalade.  Giving it a tangy, almost Sweet and Sour aspect.  It has spawned numerous variants since...

Million Dollar Cocktail

The Million Dollar Cocktail is another classic cocktail from the first golden age of bartending.  Like the legendary Singapore Sling, it too is reputed to have been created by the great Hainanese-Chinese bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon.  This likely occurred during the...

Bronx

The Bronx is an early Martini Variant.  So early, in fact, that it may actually predate the Martini itself.  Or at the very least, it was created during that time period where the Martini was slowly evolving from the Martinez to the final version of the Dry Martini...

Fukushima Martini

The Fukushima Martini is a drink I created for my good friend Li Yan in 2011 to suit her tastes.  She loves Dirty Martinis and hot chilies.  So I came up with this for her – the dirtiest, spiciest Martini you’d ever want to see.  I used to let her select the chili she...

Gimlet

The Gimlet is a peculiar cocktail, with an odd history and backstory.  It consists solely of Gin and lime cordial.  As such it sort of fits in as a Martini variant, but this is admittedly stretching the definition quite a bit.  Nevertheless, the sheer fact that it is...

Brandy Crusta

The Brandy Crusta is an extremely important classic cocktail.  For it is an early evolutionary stage of the cocktail.  It was one of the first ever cocktails to move away from the classic cocktail formula, which we now call Old Fashioned.  And one of the first to...

Americano

The Americano is a venerable classic cocktail from the middle of the 19th century.  It consists of Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water (club soda to my American readers).  As such it is often thought of as a lighter version of a Negroni.  But in truth it is the now...

Mint Julep

Following on from our recent in depth look at mint, we're now going to examine the other great cocktail which uses it - the Mint Julep.  As a Brit I realize that I am walking into a minefield by trying to cover the Mint Julep.  It is practically an institution in some...