Pimm’s anyone?

Cocktail makingNothing says summer like a glass of Pimm’s, it always reminds me of Wimbledon, The Chelsea Flower Show, weddings and happy times with friends.
So as it is definitely a fun drink, it needed to be made with the help of a friend.

For each glass
ice cubes
1 measure of Pimm’s No1
1 measure of gin
2 measures of lemonade
2 measures of ginger ale
cucumber slices,blueberries, strawberries and orange wheels to garnish.Cocktail garnishFill a highball glass with ice cubes (we used these vintage beer glasses as our highball didn’t look the part). Add each ingredient one by one then decorate with cucumber, strawberries orange and blueberries.

This is the first time I have added a measure of gin, it tasted good but did make it a lot stronger. Pimm’s is a dangerously refreshing drink so for a lighter (but still alcoholic) option leave out the gin.Pimms cocktailPimmsCocktails in the gardenProceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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Mojito time


For one cocktail
1 shot of white rum
1/2 measure of sugar syrup
6 mint leaves
1 lime
crushed ice
soda water to top up

The famous Cuban cocktail, a Mojito is made by first “muddling” the mint and lime. This bruising releases the essential oil from the mint and juice from the lime.

If you looked very closely, I rolled the lime, which helps to get the maximum juice. I then sliced the end off, cut a thick slice, which I then quartered.  I added the lime and small mint leaves to the glass. Using the end of a metal grater I ‘muddled’ away.
When I was all muddled, then I added the crushed ice, rum and sugar syrup which i gently mixed together. A top up of soda water and a touch more ice and cheers


Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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Sling me a gin


This week it is time for a Singapore Sling or Gin Sling. When researching cocktails it seems, as usual, there are many recipes for a gin based sling, so I used my copy of the The Savoy Cocktail Book for mine.
The Master of the Cocktail, Harry Craddock, doesn’t include the Grenadine and Benedictine that more modern recipes do. I feel less is more.

The juice of  1/4 lemon
1/4 of dry gin
1/2 of cherry brandy
soda water to top up and  ice cube

1 measure = 2oz
1/2 is a generous 1 oz
1/4 is a generous 1/2 oz

Add lemon, gin and cherry brandy to the cocktail shaker.
Shake well and strain into a highball glass.
Top up with soda and add 1 lump of ice.IMG_4392

After tasting, my husband  felt that more gin was required, probably a bit too much soda too. So less, was in fact less and more was in fact required.

Recipe taken from Cocktails The Present from the Past, which includes a reprint of the original Savoy Cocktail Book published in 1930.

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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This rum based cocktail, named after the Cuban town Daiquiri, created by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who was working there in 1900. Rumoured to have run out of gin, he used rum with sugar and lime to create a new drink for his guests.
It still remained unfashionable as a drink until 1940s thought of as only a drink for sailors. At this time, whiskey and vodka were rationed, new trading and travel with Caribbean and Cuba, meant rum became readily available and it’s popularity changed.   It became the favourite drink of the writer Ernest Hemingway and US president John F Kennedy, so clearly must give it a whirl then (please note interest in the Lost Generation in my first cocktail post).

Ice cubes
3 measures of white rum
1 measure of lime juice
2 teaspoons of caster sugar
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Half fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Add rum, lime juice and sugar.
Shake well and strain into a well chilled cocktail glass.
Decorate with slice of lime.

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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Making a Bloody Mary

Obviously we always are drink aware and never suffer the after effects of a heavy night. But just incase, in the back of my favourite retro cocktail book, Booze, there are some tips if feeling a bit rough.

1. Drink a coke out of the bottle as fast as possible.

2.  Recipe for a Prairie Oyster
1 jigger Brandy
2 or 3 dashes Vinegar
2 or 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 dash Tabasco
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
Mix everything except egg yolk. Float yolk whole. Drink without flinching!!

3. Place a cube of sugar in a saucer & pour half a measure of Brandy over it. Ignite the brandy (please be careful if you do try this at home, fire etc) let it flame until it goes out. Drink the remaining liquid and eat the rest of the sugar as hot as possible.

 I have NOT tried the above suggestions and apart from the Coke really never will. The book was written in the 60’s when health and safety didn’t exist

So as we may need a “hair of the dog” at some point, this weeks cocktail is a Bloody Mary, or minus the vodka, a Virgin Mary. The morning after the night before drink, that was created at the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920’s by Pete Petoit.

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Bloody Mary

1 parts vodka
Dash of lemon juice
Worcestershire & Tabasco Sauce
Tomato juice to top up
Ice cubes
Salt & pepper
Celery sticks to decorate

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Place ice cubes into a highball glass, with the vodka & lemon juice.
Add Worcestershire sauce to taste & top up with tomato juice.
Splash of Tabasco sauce & season with salt & pepper.
Stir then decorate with celery stalks.

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Images from  Booze illustration by John Astrop and Eric Hill.

I have used this amazing 1960’s cocktail book called Booze, with it’s brilliant psychedelic design and illustration as the inspiration for my cocktail post.
Booze – by June Dutton and Edith Vanocur, illustrated by John Astrop and Eric Hill (Determined Productions Inc., 1967).

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

Harvey’s Wallbanging

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The 1960’s Harvey Wallbanger cocktail, a modern day classic, has quite story behind it. It seems to be named after a Californian surfer who drank so many he literally banged and bounced off the walls. Maybe the orange juice made the drink seem less intoxicating so clearly don’t do a Harvey and drink responsibly.

1 measure vodka
3 measures fresh orange juice
1-2 teaspoons Galliano
orange wheels to decorate
6 ice cubes
Put half the ice cubes into the cocktail shaker, add vodka and orange juice. Shake until frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Add remaining ice cubes to a highball glass and strain contents of the cocktail shaker. Float the Galliano on top.
Decorate with orange wheels and straws.

While researching this cocktail, I came across  this youtube clip, which tells a slightly different tale.

harvey wallbanger

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs and avoid walls. Drink aware etc.

Recipe and information from The Classic Cocktail Bible

I’m just an old fashioned girl

As usual, I looked through my cocktail books comparing
various recipes for an Old Fashioned cocktail before making
this week’s cocktail. Sugar cubes or syrup, orange bitters
or angostura, optional splash of soda etc, so I settled on
this one.
The ingredients in this 19th century drink, which I found
a tad strong to be honest, are muddled together.
My husband, however had no complaints!


Old Fashioned
2 parts Bourbon
1 teaspoon of sugar syrup
4 dashes of bitters
ice cubes and orange peel

Pour bourbon into a short glass, add some ice cubes.
Pour bitters and sugar over the ice.
Decorate with an orange rind twist.



Books featured in the post include my vintage cocktail book
‘Booze’ and my lovely new cocktail book ‘Cocktails The Present
from the Past’.

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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Knocked back in one, this shot glass cocktail seems to have
been created in the disco party 1970’s. Maybe not quite as
stylish as the cocktails of the twenties and thirties, but
I thought we would try it out.

Kamikaze the Japanese word meaning divine or spirit wind
was given to their special attack pilots in the World War II,
so a cocktail with this name although it tastes quite tame
probably should carry a warning.

cocktail making

Half a measure of vodka
Half a measure of Triple Sec
Half a measure of lime juice
Ice cubes cracked.

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Put the cracked ice into a cocktail shaker.
Add all of the ingredients & shake until a frost forms on the
outside of the cocktail shaker.
Strain into shot glasses.

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Recipe was taken from The Classic Cocktail Bible

Proceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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