Blog Archive: Tag: classic-cocktails

The History of the White Lady

The White Lady has undergone a few transformations over the years, but she has never lost her sense of elegance and style. The most modern version includes Cointreau, lemon juice, gin, sugar syrup and an egg white, ensuring that famous cloudy white colour. So where was the first White Lady created? Who Invented the White… read the full article…

The History of the Zombie Cocktail

With Halloween fast approaching, this classic cocktail seems like an obvious choice for any spooky shenanigans you may be planning! A somewhat complicated blend of various different ingredients, including white rum, dark rum, gold rum, apricot brandy, lime juice, pineapple juice, papaya juice and grenadine, the hangover after one-too-many of these is almost certain to… read the full article…

The History of the Salty Dog

A classic cocktail that has become somewhat underappreciated in recent times, the Salty Dog is the perfect cocktail to enjoy while making the most of every last bit of summer sunshine. Incredibly easy to make and super satisfying on a hot day, the ice-cold Salty Dog is well overdue a revival. So, where did this… read the full article…

History of the Espresso Martini

Before we had even heard of Vodka Redbull, there was another alcoholic cocktail credited with keeping partygoers awake until the early hours. The Espresso Martini combines kahlua, vodka and hot espresso coffee with a generous amount of sugar syrup to create a thick, decadent cocktail that is as moreish as it is revitalizing. Just be… read the full article…

The History of The Godfather Cocktail

A cocktail without a mixer is like fish without chips; salt without vinegar; Bert without Ernie – it just doesn’t work. Unless you are the Godfather, in which case, the rules no longer apply. A wicked mix of scotch whiskey and amaretto, this classic cocktail was once extremely popular but seemed to fall out of… read the full article…

The History of the Long Island Ice Tea

Not every bartender is comfortable with serving up this classic cocktail. A potent blend of spirits topped with cola, it is not afforded the same respect as many of the other classics. Perhaps this is because of its extremely high alcohol content making it a favourite amongst the student community attempting to get as drunk… read the full article…

History of the Sazerac Cocktail

An intoxicating combination of absinthe, whiskey and bitters, with a teaspoon of sugar for good measure, the Sazerac is not a cocktail that should be gulped down quickly. The high alcohol content demands that you sip it slowly, savouring every last drop – drink too fast and you might not make it to your second!… read the full article…

The History of the Vesper Cocktail

This classic cocktail was not created by some superstar mixologist in a high-class bar, or adapted from some ancient naval recipe. In fact, the Vesper Martini is so intrinsically linked with Ian Fleming’s spy series that it is often referred to as Bond’s Vesper. The secret agent is thought to be the first person to… read the full article…

The History of the El Presidente Cocktail

National Rum Day is quite possibly one of the very best reasons to drink rum. Our classic cocktail of the month is the El Presidente cocktail, because it is my favourite way to incorporate rum into my drinks. El Presidente: A Cocktail Fit For a President It is believed that the cocktail was created in… read the full article…

The History of the Tequila Sunrise

It is very rare to find the Tequila Sunrise on the cocktail menu of any self-respecting classy establishment these days, since it has gained a rather tacky reputation, with most proud mixologists avoiding putting it on their menu. But we think this is an unfair assumption of a drink that can actually be quite tasty… read the full article…

The History of the Moscow Mule

This week, the Moscow Mule was rated the top cocktail in Michigan, according to research undertaken by Versus Reviews. Its easy to see why; who can resist that mouth-watering combination of spicy ginger beer combined with tart lime juice, over the crisp freshness of a good vodka? But who knew that this delicious concoction came… read the full article…

The History of the Mimosa Cocktail

No brunch is complete without a Mimosa or two alongside your eggs benedict and smoked salmon, and it is a great tipple to have before a wedding, but the history behind our favourite pre-midday cocktail is much disputed. Of course, there is little doubt that the Mimosa is simply a variation of the much-loved Buck’s… read the full article…