Classic Cocktails

The best history has to offer

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...

Midori Sour

Midori Sour The Midori Sour is a stand out cocktail.  And I mean that literally.  It's vibrant green hue is unlike any other.  It truly stands out, and catches every eye.  Since the first bite is with the eye, this gives the Midori Sour a great...

Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is another tall, classic vodka based cocktail.  It consists solely of vodka, orange juice and Galliano - a vanilla flavoured liqueur with an iconic bottle design.  As such some people like to classify it as being a variant on a...

Screwdriver

The Screwdriver is one of the simplest cocktails known.  Just vodka and orange juice.  Nothing more.  But in terms of impact on the cocktail world, the Screwdriver punched well above its weight.  Not only did it spawn a large number of variants,...

The Mule Family

The concept of a cocktail "family" is pretty arbitrary.  In some cases it represents a clear link between cocktails.  For example, a Watermelon Collins is simply a (Tom) Collins with the addition of watermelon.  In other cases the link is more...

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is an interesting drink well suited to this blog.  It's not particularly difficult to make.  But learning how it came to be is to open your mind to the history of cocktails.  How and why they came to be invented and...

Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy is a classic rum based cocktail popular across the world.  It is served long yet is still considered to be a serious cocktail.  Unlike some other tall, sweet offerings which are a little harder to take seriously.  Yes, I'm...

Cuba Libre

Ah...the Cuba Libre.  Undoubtedly one of the simplest "cocktails" to be awarded the name.  It's a rum and coke...with lime.  Although some people argue either that the addition of lime is optional, or not authentic but actually a later...

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,...

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...

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...

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...