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.

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned was said to have originated at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1880s and invented by a bartender there. However, the popularity was due to a member of the club who happened to be a bourbon distiller; Colonel James Pepper transported the drink to the …

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Black Velvet

A Black Velvet is made using a stout beer more often than not Guinness and a sparkling white wine, often champagne. The origin of this cocktail comes from Brooks Club in London. In 1861 as people mourned the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s Prince Consort, this fine cocktail was …

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A Zombie Cocktail Recipe

Donn Beach, formerly known as Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gannt created the Zombie cocktail in the mid 1930s. He made it in his restaurant for a friend before his flight to San Francisco, whereby he was served three. The name of the cocktail came about as when Beach’s friend returned from his …

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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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Bellini, the Peach Cocktail

In 1948, Giuseppi Ciprianti created the Bellini in Harry’s Bar in Venice. He was inspired by the 15th century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini; it was the pink glow in one of Bellini’s paintings that was the inspiration for this famous cocktail. Marinating fresh peaches in wine is an old long …

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Ramos Gin Fizz

A Ramos Gin Fizz also known as a New Orleans Fizz dates back to 1888 when it was created by Henry C. Ramos in his bar New Orleans. Before prohibition this drink proved to be very popular, so much so that the Ramos brothers hired “shaker boys” to produce these …

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Brandy Alexander

The Brandy Alexander is a creamy brandy based cocktail, extremely popular during the early 20th century and is ideal to serve as an after dinner cocktail. The Recipe This recipe serves 1 2 measure brandy 1 measure crème de cacao (dark and white) 1 measure double cream Garnish: grated nutmeg …

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Mai Tai

The Mai tai was invented in 1944 by Victor Bergeron, also known as Trader Vic. He blended Jamaican rum, lime juice, a few dashes of orange curacao syrup, fresh orgeat and rock candy to create this cocktail. It is believed that the drink was served to some friends who remarked …

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Manhattan Cocktail

It has been suggested that the Manhattan originated at the Manhattan Club in New York in the early 1870s. Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother, hosted a banquet in honour of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden, and it was at this successful event that the cocktail became popular. People then requested …

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Pina Colada

The history of the Pina Colada is unclear, however, some have stated that in it was in 1957 that a San Juan bartender created this mixture of unique flavours of Puerto Rico. In contrast however, others have suggested that the man responsible for the Pina Colada was not in fact …

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