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A combination of bourbon and cherry brandy is the perfect mix. It packs a hefty punch and is a pretty cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.View recipe
This mocktail is a great summer drink that has a lovely purple hue. Sweet and fruity, it’s sure to be a hit with the children too.View recipe
A Mint Julep is a Bourbon based cocktail that also contains sugar syrup, crushed ice, and of course, fresh mint. It is thought that the Mint Julep originated in the southern United States, during the eighteenth century.
Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in a Mint Julep, especially if you come from Kentucky. However, there are plenty of recipes that just call for the use of mint leaves, not specifically spearmint.View recipe
The Vesper is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail and was invented and named by Ian Fleming in the 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale. It originally contained gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet, which is no longer produced.View recipe
The Aviation Cocktail was created in the early twentieth century by Hugo Ensslin, who was head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York.
Using Crème de Violette gives the cocktail a very distinctive blue hue and delicate violet floral notes.View recipe
A simple cocktail made with London Dry Gin, lime juice and fizzy water – the Gin Rickey is refreshing and quick to rustle up.View recipe
This Rhubarb and Custard cocktail is a party favourite and sure to wow your guests. Made with Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin and creamy advocaat, it’s a summer winner.View recipe
A simple cocktail made with white wine, Campari and a good wedge of lemon. It’s important to use the correct wine; a dry, light and crisp Italian white wine is what you need.View recipe
A sparkling Gin Fizz is the perfect cocktail for when you are entertaining. Mix gin with a handful of ingredients to create a refreshing drink that is the epitome of summer.
Believed to date back to the late 1880s, the Gin Fizz has certainly stood the test of time and is still today the cocktail of choice for many.View recipe
Traditionally drunk at Christmas time, the Snowball was particularly popular in the 1970s, but made a comeback in 2012 after Nigella Lawson admitted to being partial to one.
A Snowball is a mixture of Advocaat and lemonade and as with so many cocktails, there are a variety of differing recipes. The addition of gin is a warming surprise and really adds to the flavour. Buying a shop bought commercial version of Advocaat is fine, making it yourself really isn’t necessary.View recipe
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An unlikely mix of ingredients that actually work. Absinthe and grenadine combined with gin and Calvados; a delightfully potent cocktail that is very moreish.
This is a variation on the traditional Black Russian Cocktail and has the addition of cola
The Godfather is a duo mixed drink made of amaretto and Scotch whisky. It is traditionally served over ice in an old-fashioned glass.
The origins of the Godfather are not entirely clear but Disaronno, an Italian amaretto liqueur producer claim that the cocktail, which appeared sometime in the 1970s, was a favourite of Marlon Brando, who played Vito Corleone in The Godfather movies.