Angel Face (IBA)
Rich apricot and apple with a backbone of botanical gin. Balanced rather than dry or sweet.
This drink looks better when stirred but the original 1930 recipe is shaken and we think it tastes better for it - that is unless you add some water to increase the dilution of the stirred recipe.
This is a fantastic, tangy cocktail and dangerously easy to drink - too many of these and you really will be flying.
John Collins (IBA)
#27 in Top 100
A refreshing balance of sour lemon and sugar, laced with gin and lengthened with soda.
Planter's Punch (IBA)
#75 in Top 100
Invented in the late 19th century by the founder of Myers's rum, Fred L. Myers. The recipe on the back of each bottle is known as the 'Old Plantation formula' and uses classic rum punch proportions of 1 sour (lime), 2 sweet (sugar), 3 strong (rum) and 4 weak (water). Rather than this or the American formula ( 1 sour, 2 sweet, 3 weak, and 4 strong), I've followed David A. Embury's recommendation of 1 sweet, 2 sour, 3 strong and 4 weak.
#48 in Top 100
The temperature at which this drink is served and the freshness of the orange juice are crucial to its success, but it's perhaps better made into a Harvey Wallbanger.
The use of mandarine (tangerine) instead of orange makes the Puccini slightly sharper than a simple mimosa.
Strawberries seem to complement prosecco even better than white peaches so perhaps order this in preference to a Bellini.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tequila Sunrise (IBA)
#60 in Top 100
Well-balanced tequila and zesty citrus with a sweet treat at the bottom.
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.