How to Make a Vodka Martini

You’d think it should be very simple: a martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth; a vodka martini is a cocktail made with vodka and vermouth. But do you shake or stir your cocktail? Does it matter? And can a real martini be made with anything except gin …

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Sex on the Beach & Screaming Orgasm

Banned! In 2004 a company in Derbyshire was banned from giving their drinks products suggestive names. Their argument that they were simply using the names of cocktails already in existence was thrown out. The report doesn’t say whether they invited the judge to enjoy sex on the beach or to …

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Screwdriver

‘I’d rather swallow a screwdriver!’ That’s – allegedly – how the classic cocktail of vodka and orange juice was greeted when a bartender asked a customer for his opinion of the latest drink that he had created. Another theory is that it got its name from the habit of oil-rig …

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Moscow Mule

Every decade has its spin doctors. Jack Morgan ran a bar in Hollywood in the 1940s. Alongside it, he was struggling to make a success of his Cock’n’Bull ginger beer franchise. Enter the Spin Doctor, John Martin. Between them they invented the Moscow Mule, which mixed Smirnoff vodka with ginger …

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Harvey Wallbanger

Mixologist Donato ‘Duke’ Antone was said to have invented the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail in Los Angeles in the 1950s along with his other creations the Rusty Nail, the Flaming Caesar and The Godfather . The name supposedly comes from a humorous story about a Californian surfer called Harvey. He apparently …

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The History of Vodka

Vodka is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks sold, consumed and drunk worldwide. However, as with most creations vodka’s history varies somewhat. The two leading countries claiming to be the mother of vodka are Poland and Russia, although some also claim that Sweden created the ever popular liquor. The …

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Cosmopolitan

Casually referred to as a Cosmo, the Cosmopolitan is typically served in a cocktail glass, therefore, you may often see it categorised as a martini. The Cosmopolitan has regained popularity recently thanks to the girls in the “Sex and the City”, who were frequently seen supping a Cosmo. Stereotypically, a …

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White Russian

As with the Black Russian the White Russian is a classic that has been around since the Cold War era. The White Russian has been named not because it is a traditional Russian drink but due to the fact that the drink contains vodka. Rather it is a pun on …

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Black Russian

The Black Russian is a classic that has been around since the Cold War era. It has been suggested that this cocktail was created by the barman Gustave Tops. Apparently he served it to his friends who worked at the Hotel Metroploe in Bruxelles in 1950. Furthermore, it has also …

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Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary was invented in 1920, the American bartender, Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the cocktail of equal parts vodka and tomato juice at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. On returning to America in 1934, Petiot started working at the King Cole Bar, St. Regis where he …

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