The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

2017 was unquestionably the year of the Negroni; it was hard to walk past a bar in London last summer and not see it listed as one of the cocktails on offer. Invented, as the story goes, for Count Negroni in 1919 when he asked the barman to make him a stronger version of his…

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Just as brunch has seen a comeback with restaurants offering bottomless brunches of a Saturday across the city, the Bloody Mary has been annoying a new vogue. First created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1921 the original is a large glass filled with a thin tomato juice, a good shot of vodka…

The Vesper

The Vesper

Is there a stronger martini than the Vesper? Well only a Vesper made by Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes – a frozen martini glass filled to the brim with No.3 gin and Potocki vodka straight from the freezer with a dash of their own vermouth and a large orange peel – beautiful, and deadly. Created by…

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

It maybe a simple cocktail, but the Moscow Mule’s ability to refresh, thanks to the zing of the ginger, is only comparable to that of an Aperol Spritz or Pimms. Simple and quick to make all you need to serve it is plenty of ice, mint and a copper tankard, or why not give it…

The Margarita

The Margarita

By the standards of many of the classic cocktails the Margarita is a baby. The first known published recipe for it is found in the December 1953 Esquire magazine though the drink can find its roots earlier in other tequila drinks. Whether you go with Triple Sec or Cointreau is a personal taste. You can…

Mint Juleps on the 4th

Mint Juleps on the 4th

For an American, July 4th is an auspicious day. Celebrations in the U.S. ranges vastly, from Mississippi Miller-Light fuelled hick-fests in aboveground pools, to Nantucket lobster grills with bottles of Chandon (from California, of course) tackily adorned with the stars and stripes accompanied by tastefully crafted Bourbon cocktails (more on this shortly). I have now…