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A Whisky Mac, or to use its full name, a Whisky Macdonald, is a cocktail made with whisky and ginger wine. The whisky is traditional expected to be a Scotch whisky, and usually a blended type. The recipes vary from those that have equal parts of both ingredient to those that use a ratio of 3 to 2 of whisky to ginger wine.
The Whisky Mac is also known as "The Golfers′ Favourite" as apparently golfers drank them to ward off the cold after a chilly round of golf.View recipe
A Manhattan cocktail is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. Typically, rye is the traditional whiskey of choice in a Manhattan but some mixologists prefer using Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey or Tennessee whiskey. Generally, the cocktail is stirred then strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a twist of orange zest or Maraschino cherry.
It is thought that the Manhattan cocktail originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s. However as there are prior references to various similar cocktail recipes called "Manhattan" in the 1860s, the exact history is uncertain.View recipe
This is a gin-based cocktail that brings together just two ingredients – gin and Pernod. An odd combination some might think, but it actually works. Use whatever gin you prefer, Opihr and Pernod is a great combination.View recipe
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
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 flavoursView 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
The Planter′s Punch cocktail is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail with dark rum, juices, grenadine, sugar syrup, and Angostura bitters. It is said that the cocktail originated at the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. The recipe for a Planter′s Punch was listed in the September 1878 issue of the London magazine Fun, and today many variations of this early recipe exist.View recipe
This classic cocktail is great to serve at a summer party using fresh mint, white rum, sugar, lime and soda water. You can have a play around with the quantities, to suit your individual taste.View recipe
The Pina Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 and was first introduced in 1954 to customers in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Ramon Perez. The Pina Colada even featured in a hit song by Rupert Homes in 1979.
It’s a sweet cocktail that is made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice and is served either blended or shaken with ice. A tropical cocktail that is a guilty secret pleasure maybe?View recipe
The Hurricane is an iconic tropical cocktail that is once tried, never forgotten. It is easy to make, using rum and fruit juices. It is thought the cocktail originated in 1939 during the World′s Fair in New York City and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in.View recipe
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This classic cocktail is great to serve at a summer party using fresh mint, white rum, sugar, lime and soda water. You can have a play around with the quantities, to suit your individual taste.
Sex on the Beach is a cocktail that contains vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice. Generally considered a summer cocktail, it is a popular holiday drink and an International Bartenders Official Cocktail.
There are several stories about the cocktail’s origins, one being that it was first created in Florida in the spring of 1987 at the same time peach schnapps hit the scenes
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.