Blog Archive: Tag: classic-cocktails

History of the B52

A well-made B52 shot is certainly a work of art. Made up of a beautifully layered mix of Baileys’, triple sec and coffee liqueur, this is a shot that takes patience and precision in order to achieve perfection. It might seem like quite a modern style of shot, particularly when considering the ingredients used, but… read the full article…

The History of the Pina Colada

“If you like Pina Colada, and getting caught in the rain.” This classic cocktail has a reputation that proceeds itself, synonymous with beach holidays, tacky tourist resorts and that cheesy song! It might not be considered the most elegant of cocktails, but when the sun is shining and the music is on, it is certainly… read the full article…

The History of the Rob Roy

An irresistible combination of vermouth, Scotch whiskey and bitters, this smooth, tasty cocktail is very similar to a Manhattan. The main difference is that the whiskey of choice in a Rob Roy is always Scotch. Unlike many other classic cocktail recipes, the history of the Rob Roy is pretty well-known, with few others contesting the… read the full article…

The History of the Sex on the Beach Cocktail

Ask any professional bartender for a Sex on the Beach cocktail and you will likely be met with a slightly disdainful look – it is hardly a drink for the more discerning of cocktail enthusiasts. However, you are unlikely to come across a more refreshing and relaxed beverage. In this cold February weather, this is… read the full article…

The History of the Rusty Nail

This potent blend of scotch whisky and Drambuie was a favourite of the Rat Pack back in the 1960s, giving them the dutch courage they needed for their outrageous exploits whilst ensuring they kept their air of suaveness and sophistication. The strength of the cocktail only added to their cool façade, proving that they had… read the full article…

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…