House Cocktails

Creations of friends and strangers

Pear and Blueberry Martini

The Pear and Blueberry Martini is a thick, even viscous Neo-Martini.  It is based on vanilla vodka, adding that peculiar vanilla sweetness to its fruity flavours.  This has to be carefully balanced to prevent it from dominating the drink. For a time I worked...

Strawberry and Lychee Martini

The Strawberry and Lychee Martini is a beautiful Neo-Martini.  Though sweet and fruity it is a little heavier and richer than other Neo-Martinis.  The gin base and addition of Sloe gin gives it an extra something.  While many Neo-Martinis are popular,...

Thai Spice Martini

The Thai Spice Martini is hot.  As the name suggests, it is a Neo-Martini flavoured primarily with the kind of spicy ingredients you might expect to find in a Thai curry.  Chilies, ginger and lemongrass, as well as lychees.  As such I would only...

The Vaultini

The Vaultini was the signature cocktail of The Vaults - a Cambridge cocktail bar I worked in early in my career.  Hence the name.  Vaults' Martini.  Vaultini.  It existed long before I got there and as such I have no idea who first created it,...

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...

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,...

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...

Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is the Martini Variant that takes the classic olive garnish of the Dry Martini and goes all in with it.  For those who enjoy the olive taste of their Martini, it is a winner.  And my own Very Dirty Martini even better.  However, for those, like...

Basil Grande

The Basil Grande is a very interesting Neo-Martini which is well on its way to becoming a modern classic.  It matches the fruitiness of strawberries with the unique herbal aroma of fresh basil.  And the sweetness of liqueurs with the dryness of cranberry juice....

Apple and Raspberry Martini

The Apple and Raspberry Martini is an excellent example of a Neo-Martini.  It is light and fruity, combining a pair of interesting fruit flavours.  Yet it is not a long drink and is deceptively potent.  It doesn't taste as though it contains the two shots of alcohol...

Appletini and Apple Martinis

The Appletini or Apple Martini seems a simple concept.  A Martini-style drink flavoured primarily with apple.  Yet it is surprisingly hard to pin down.  A little research may turn up multiple different recipes, often at odds with one another.  You'll also sometimes...

Lose Your Cherry Sour

The Lose Your Cherry Sour is an interesting drink for a number of different reasons.  First and foremost because it's a very good Sour which is easy to make.  Second, because it introduces an element of dryness not present in any classic Sour.  This extra layer of...