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The Pink Lady is a classic girlie and feminine gin-based cocktail with a long history. Its pink colour is down to the grenadine and it typically has egg white added, giving it a frothy texture.
The exact origins of the Pink Lady are not fully known but some say it was inspired by the interior architect and prominent society figure Elsie de Wolfe 1865-1950. There are many differing recipes to be found – here is one.View recipe
The Long Island Iced Tea was named for its visual resemblance to a non-alcoholic Iced tea. However, it couldn’t be more different in taste and alcoholic content, containing an array of beverages; typically made with vodka, light rum, tequila, triple sec and gin. Having the same hue as its namesake is the only similarity!
This cocktail has a much higher alcohol concentration than most long drinks due to the relatively small amount of mixer used and the combination of several alcoholic beverages.View recipe
Created by Salvatore Calabrese, this is a great way to start the day – with a mixture of gin, marmalade and orange. Try this beautiful combination and kick start a birthday, anniversary or special occasion.View recipe
At the start of the 20th Century, the Singapore Sling became the ladies’ cocktail of choice. This elegant, vibrant-pink drink with a fruity taste and a summer vibe was originally created by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The Singapore Sling is one of those wonderful drinks that most people have heard of, but perhaps many have never actually tried.
One of the key ingredients is Benedictine and whilst not overly predominate, it gives the drink its unique flavour.View recipe
The Tom Collins is one of the most iconic gin cocktails and combines tartness from the lemon juice, sweetness from the sugar syrup and bubbles due to the soda water. It’s a long drink, perfect on warm summer evenings.View recipe
A Southside cocktail is also known as a mojito, gin-style.View recipe
This cocktail contains 4 different spirits and an unusual ingredient, almond syrup. The Fog Cutter cocktail gained renewed popularity in the 1990s when Tiki food, décor and cocktails made a comeback. They say if you are feeling a bit foggy headed, this cocktail should certainly cut through it!View recipe
The gimlet cocktail is typically made of 2 parts gin, 1 part lime juice and some sodaView recipe
Gin Martini is a quick and easy cocktail to make, with Dry Gin and Dry VermouthView recipe
A Negroni cocktail is made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari and is garnished with orange peel. It is thought it originates in Florence, Italy.View recipe
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A Dirty Martini is a twist on the classic martini cocktail that has long been a favourite of aristocrats, 1920s flappers and the well-known British spy. While there are several variations on the traditional drink, the Dirty Martini is probably one on the better ones.
A Blue Hawaiian is a cocktail made from white rum, pineapple juice, Curaçao and coconut cream. The name comes from the blue colour, given to the drink by Curaçao, an orange flavoured liqueur. Transport yourself to sunnier climes with this fruity cocktail full of tropical flavours
A Bellini cocktail is a combination of Prosecco and peach puree that originates in Venice, Italy. It is thought that the Bellini was first created sometime between 1934 and 1948 by a Giuseppe Cipriani, who was the founder of Harry′s Bar in Venice. The drink got its name from the unique pink colour that is said to have reminded him of the toga worn by a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini.
An official IBA cocktail, the Bellini is a popular drink served around the world and was originally made using pureed white peaches. The pink hue was obtained by adding a small amount of raspberry or cherry juice. Today various recipes exist for a Bellini, including those that replace pureed peaches with peach nectar or peach schnapps – especially when the fresh peach is out of season.