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Porn Star Martini

Adapted from a drink created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge, London. Douglas also founded London's LAB bar which is also

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Amaretto Sour

A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.

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Espresso Martini

Created by the legendary Dick Bradsell in 1983, you can read the full story behind this popular cocktail, much of it in Dick's own words, on our Espresso

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Fresa Batida

The Batida is a traditional Brazilian style of drink and 'Fresa' means strawberry in Portuguese, the official language of Brazil.

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French Martini

The story behind the French Martini.

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Blueberry Caipirinha

For information on the history and other variations of the Caipirinha, please see our Caipirinha cocktail page.

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Apple Daiquiri

Formula by yours truly (Simon Difford) in 2004.

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Snowball

Thought to have originated in Britain in the late 1940s or early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the 1970s.

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Gin Tonica

Something of a Spanish phenomenon, where the G&T (which in England has been traditionally served in a tall slim Collins glass) tends to be served in a

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Baby Guinness

Looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout.

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Bull Shot

More information on the history and variations of the Bloody Mary can be found on our Bloody Mary cocktail page.

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Bramble

Created in the mid-80s by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club, Soho, London, England. In 2001 and again in 2015, Dick wrote about how he came to create this

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Dirty Martini Cocktail

Some attribute the creation of this drink to Roosevelt: the 32nd President was a keen home bartender, although his cocktails were reportedly horrendous

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Dunkel & Stürmig

Created by Dirk Hany at Bar am Wasser, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Negroni Cocktail

The history and other recipes for the Negroni cocktail can be found on our Negroni cocktail page.

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A.B.C. Shot

A stripy shooter with almond, whiskey, cream and cognac.

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Mujer Negra

Adapted from a recipe created in 2019 by Ian Burrell, London, England.

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Gin & Tonic

The precise origin of the G&T is lost in the mists of time. Gin (or at least a grain-based juniper spirit) was drunk for medicinal reasons from the 1600s

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John Collins

For the full story behind the origins of the Collins and its many variations see our Collins page.

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Cinderella

Long, fresh and fruity.

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Aperol Spritz

Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other recipes for, the Spritz family of cocktails.

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Kir Royale Cocktail

A sparkling version of the Kir Aperitif which is thought to have first been mixed in 1904 at Café George in Dijon, France. It is named after Canon Félix

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White Lady Cocktail

See our White Lady cocktail page for the history of this drink.

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Grapefruit Drop Crusta

Created in October 2019 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Clocktower, Rye, Sussex, England.

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Gin Basil Smash

Created in the summer of 2008 by Jörg Meyer at Le Lion • Bar de Paris, Hamburg, Germany and originally named Gin Pesto. Jörg blogged about his new

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Strawberry Smoothie (Alcoholic)

Created in 2011 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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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

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Screaming Orgasm

One of the best-known cocktails from the 1980s.

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Carajillo

A cocktail promoted by Licor 43 Liqueur and added to Difford's Guide in 2019.

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Good Cork

Adapted from a recipe created by Phil Ward at Mayahuel, New York City, USA.

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Dirty Banana

A popular cocktail in Jamaica.

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Pineapple Smoothie

Fluffy in every sense of the word.

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Cadáver Reviver

Created in February 2017 by yours truly (Simon Difford) at the Cabinet Room, London, England.

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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.

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Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

This infamous drink reached the height of its popularity in the early 1980s. Of the many stories surrounding its origin, perhaps the most credible attributes

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Black Russian

Thought to have been created circa 1949 by Gustav Tops, a hotel bartender in Brussels. Set against the start of the Cold War, the drink is said to have

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Lemonade Spritz

Adapted from a popular drink on the menu of Jamie's Italian restaurant and bar chain. Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other

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Bandera

A popular and classic way of serving tequila in Mexico. Bandera is Spanish for flag and the Bandera de México is or course green, white and red, hence

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Penicillin cocktail

Adapted from a 2005 recipe by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA. Sam's original recipe (below) calls for ¾ oz honey-ginger syrup in place of

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Margarita (straight-up)

For the perfect salt rim, liquidise sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt.

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Banana Caipirinha

For information on the history and other variations of the Caipirinha, please see our Caipirinha cocktail page.

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November Seabreeze

A superbly refreshing fruity drink, whatever the time of year.

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Tootsie Roll

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

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Cheeky Vimto

So named as this cocktail's flavour resembles the soft drink of the same name. The Cheeky Vimto emerged in Britain in the early-Noughties but became famous

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Limoncello Spritz

Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other recipes for, the Spritz family of cocktails.

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Gin Berry

Adapted from a drink created in 2004 by Chris Lacey, UK.

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Piscola

A popular long drink in its native Chile.

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Mexican Mule

A detailed history of the Moscow Mule cocktail, of which this drink is a variant, can be found on our page.