Flying Grasshopper (Difford's)
A Grasshopper with a splash of vodka, this creamy after dinner cocktail is all the better for that vodka.
We also like, indeed are undecided if we prefer, this simpler but more alcoholic and calorific recipe: 1 vodka, ¾ green crème de menthe, ¾ white crème de menthe and 1 single cream.
Whichever recipe, this after-dinner cocktail is minty fresh with indulgent chocolate - reminiscent of a choc mint ice-cream.
Hemingway Special (IBA)
A true Hemingway Special should be served without the addition of sugar. However, Hemingway had a hardened palate and more delicate drinkers may prefer adding some simple syrup.
This cocktail was created by the by Canon Kir, Mayor of Dijon, France (1946-1968). At his receptions he served an aperitif made with the locally produced crème de cassis and Bourgogne Aligoté white wine. The concoction eventually became known as Kir aperitif.
Kir Royal (IBA)
#41 in Top 100
Champagne replaces Bourgogne Aligoté white wine in this 'Royal' rendition of Mayor Canon Kir's classic aperitif. Easy to make, easy to drink.
The Alexander that we have here is made with cognac. We found this through the International Bartenders Association (IBA) and it is really the most basic Alexander recipe we could find. This Alexander is actually a variation of the Alexander that was invented in the 1930s that was made with gin. This Alexander with cognac and Creme de Cacao really has a nice deep spicy chocolate flavour and the cream creates a wonderfully silky profile.
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For the perfect salt rim, liquidize sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt. Rimming only half the glass with salt gives the drinker the option of enjoying the cocktail with or without salt.
Great when made with freshly squeezed orange juice, this cocktail is very similar to the Buck's Fizz, which tends to have a higher proportion of Champagne. Also see the Grand Mimosa, basically the same drink charged with orange liqueur.
Grand Mimosa (Difford's)
As the name suggests, the orange of Grand Marnier heavily influences this drink. Basically a Mimosa or a Buck's Fizz (orange juice and champagne) with added oomph.
Buck's Fizz (Difford's)
#37 in Top 100
A very simple cocktail, but when made with freshly squeezed oranges straight from the refrigerator this is a great brunch drink.
Dirty Martini (IBA)
#2 in Top 100
This drink varies from delicious to disgusting, depending on the liquid in your jar of olives. Oil will provide a revolting emulsion: make sure that your olives are packed in brine.
Espresso Martini (IBA)
#22 in Top 100
Forget the 'Vodka Red Bull', this is the cocktail connoisseur's way of combining caffeine and vodka.
French Martini (IBA)
#21 in Top 100
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.
Pisco Sour (IBA)
#36 in Top 100
Traditionally this drink is blended with crushed ice. Be sure to drink it quickly while it's still cold.
Vesper Dry Martini (Difford's)
Many bartenders advocate that a Martini should be stirred and not shaken, some citing the ridiculous argument that shaking will “bruise the gin.” If you like your Martinis shaken then avoid the possible look of distaste from your server and order a Vesper. This particular Dry Martini is always shaken, an action that aerates the drink, and makes it colder and more dilute than simply stirring. It also gives the drink a slightly clouded appearance and can leave small shards of ice on the surface of the drink - easily prevented by the use of a fine strainer when pouring.
Yellow Bird (IBA)
A sweet and sour cocktail with four different fruits, rum and a splash of Galliano.
Dopo Cena (Difford's)
Under the white head lies a dessert cocktail with aromatic cherry and marzipan flavours.