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…

Infusing Vodka

Infusing Vodka

When we talk about flavoured vodka, what comes to mind? Skittles? Smirnoff Lime? That curiously fluorescent bottle of something that you picked up from an off-licence on your way to a house party when you were nineteen? You know, the one that tasted like lemon-scented bleach and made the wallpaper curl. I think we can…

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…

Porn Star Martini

Porn Star Martini

“Two Porn Star Martini please.” And with that she walked off followed by her husband to a table further along the terrace and the three of us set about laughing in delight. You see this was the last thing any of us expected to hear as we sat on the bar terrace of the Hotel…

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

I first came across these cherries in my Manhattan at The Savoy Hotel’s legendary American Bar. The cherry was a revelation, I hate the sweetness of those bright red Maraschino Cherries used in most cocktails, so not having one in my Manhattan was a relief. As I bit into the cherry my mouth was flooded…