Champagne Cocktail (IBA)
#67 in Top 100
Perhaps somewhat over-hyped, but this classic cocktail remains as popular as ever. Starts bone dry and becomes slightly sweeter as you reach the dissolving cube at the bottom, depending on how briskly you drink of course.
French 75 (IBA)
#33 in Top 100
Fresh, clean, sophisticated – dangerously quaffable.
The use of powdered sugar instead of sugar syrup adds an attractive sherbet note to this cocktail. However, the drink also works well with sugar syrup – use ¼oz/7.5ml sugar syrup in place of the 1½ spoons of powdered sugar.
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.
Harvey Wallbanger (IBA)
Like the Screwdriver, the Harvey Wallbanger has sadly waned in popularity, probably due to it being served with packaged orange juice. When made with freshly squeezed orange juice and Galliano L'Autentico (rather than Galliano Vanilla) this cocktail is worthy of a renaissance.
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.
Long Island Iced Tea (IBA)
#17 in Top 100
A cooling, combination of four different white spirits, triple sec, lemon and lime, crowned with a splash of cola.
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.
#11 in Top 100
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.
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.
Moscow Mule (IBA)
#24 in Top 100
A long drink, vodka-based drink with spice provided by ginger beer.
Sea Breeze (IBA)
#53 in Top 100
Few bartenders bother to shake this simple drink, instead they "build" by simply pouring ingredients into ice-filled glass and then briefly stirring to mix.
A layered version of the Seabreeze emerged and became popular in London during the 1990s.
Dark and Stormy (IBA)
#12 in Top 100
This deliciously spicy drink is part of the Mule family - but is distinctive due to the strong flavor of the rum.
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.