Shake, Strain & Stir Amazing Cocktails

Cocktails are back in vogue in the bars, restaurants and suburban homes of the British Isles. Gin and tonic, rum and coke, whisky and water all may do the job, but in their dull predictability they're being pushed aside in favour of the effervescent colour of the cocktail, with its alluring mix of sophistication, exoticism, and sheer tastiness.

The Classic Martini

The origin of the Martini as with most of the cocktails has many stories to tell. Some believe the Martini cocktail is a descendant of the Martinez, a cocktail made from 1 measure Old Tom gin, 2 measures sweet vermouth, 2 dashes maraschino cherry liquid, 1 dash bitters and a …

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The Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx cocktail was invented around 1900 in Philadelphia. The bartender came up with the name after visiting the Bronx Zoo, several days previously. It has been suggested that the cocktail’s popularity was due to Joseph Sormari, he was a Bronx restaurateur who discovered the cocktail in 1905 in the …

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Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail is referred to worldwide as the ‘Classic Champagne Cocktail’, with its simplicity but elegance and class. It first originated in 1899, from the winner of a New York cocktail competition. The Champagne Cocktail made its first public appearance in Jerry Thomas’s How to Mix Drinks, this book …

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Drinks Glassware

Cocktail Glass Also known as a Martini glass the cocktail glass has a triangle-bowl design with a long stem, when viewed face on it has a Y-shape. The shape of the glass helps keep the ingredients from separating whilst the stem keeps the drink cool. This glass is ideal for …

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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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Margarita Cocktail

The most common tequila-based cocktail you will probably find will be the margarita. On the subject of who invented the margarita and when, like any creation – there is more than one story. There are many tales, here are just two: One story tells of Daniel Negrete creating the cocktail …

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Flaming Lamborghini

The Flaming Lamborghini is renowned for hitting the spot. Each ingredient is carefully selected to serve its job; the Blue Curacao sweetens the drink, the Baileys cools the throat and the Kahlua and Sambuca just…well…do the job! The Recipe This recipe serves 1 1 measure of Kahlua 1 measure of …

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Tequila Slammer

A Tequila Slammer is categorised as a cocktail served in a shooter glass. The drink, as you can imagine gets its name from the way it is consumed. People will probably admit a Tequila Slammer is consumed for the sensation as opposed to the actual taste. The Recipe This recipe …

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