Cocktails & mixed drinks
Drink trends predicted
2019 was the year of gin, Porn Star Martinis, Espresso Martinis and overpriced soft drinks masquerading as spirits, but what trends will emerge or grow
Bartenders' guide to foraging: Herb bennet
The roots of herb bennet have a warm aroma of clove, a tropical spice often associated with Christmas – they're ideal for flavouring wintry liqueurs,
The 12 cocktails of Christmas Day
Christmas Day is a day like no other. As much a test of food and drink endurance as it is a day of celebration with friends and family.
Deliciously silky, the Snowball cocktail was huge in the 1970s and is now enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. This champagne enhanced recipe is by yours
Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song)
Adapted from a recipe created by Alex Kratena, London, England. Alex's original recipe calls for Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal.
Dunkel & Stürmig
Created by Dirk Hany at Bar am Wasser, Zurich, Switzerland.
Cocktails are indulgent treats so it's fitting to garnish one treat with another. And whether they be candy, sweeties, confectionery, chews or chocolate
Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Ian Burrell, London, England.
Adapted from a 2015 recipe created by Aisha Sharpe, New York City, USA. For non-USA readers, a Tootsie Roll is chocolate-flavoured caramel candy that's
Adapted from a recipe created by Phil Ward at Mayahuel, New York City, USA.
Grapefruit Drop Crusta
Created in October 2019 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Clocktower, Rye, Sussex, England.
Tears of Jungle Bird
Adapted from a recipe by David Hans at Three X Co. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. David's original recipe calls for 10ml Giffard Caribbean Pineapple liqueur and
Bartenders' guide to foraging: Flowering quince
Not many know that the hard, yellow fruits of the flowering quince, a popular garden shrub, make a fragrant ingredient. This edible ornamental brings an
Black Corn & Oil
Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Uwe Christiansen at Heart of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany.
Created by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Clocktower, Rye, East Sussex, England.
Clockwork Orange No.2
Adapted from a recipe created by Taylor Hall at Tandem Bar, Newtown, Sydney, Australia. Taylor was inspired to create this dessert cocktail after eating
Old Cuban Highball
Adapted from a 2017 recipe discovered at Boilerman Bar, Hamburg, Germany.
Tom & Jerry cocktail
Once a wintertime staple served in taverns and saloons across America, the Tom & Jerry cocktail/punch was relegated to obscurity until recent years when
Bon Vivant's Martini
Adapted from a recipe created in 2018 by Tim Sipos in Austria. This cocktail was the winning Elit Art of Martini 2018 Global Final in Bilbao, Spain.
Recipe created in 2019 by Helder Fortes Silva, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Helder's original recipe uses homemade mint-lime cordial and black pepper tincture.