Gin

Pink Lady

The Pink Lady cocktail is a classic gin-based cocktail that dates back to early the 1900s, but the exact origin is cloudy. The name of the cocktail itself is sometimes said to be taken from the 1911 Broadway musical by Ivan Caryll of the same name, or named in the honor of its star Hazel Dawn who was known as …

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Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is a gin-based sling cocktail from, you guessed it, Singapore. The Singapore sling has been documented as early as 1930 as a recipe in the Savoy Cocktail Book but believed to be developed sometime before 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, who was working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling – a sling was originally a North …

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Hanky Panky

The Hanky-Panky was the brainchild of Ada Coleman who began as a bartender at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. She is known for making cocktails for the likes of Mark Twain, the Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey. Coleman created the Hanky-Panky initially for Hawtrey. He was a Victorian and Edwardian actor who mentored Noël Coward. …

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Gin-Gin Mule

The Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail was invented by Amanda Schuster in 2000 for her NYC bar Pegu Club as a gateway gin drink for vodka lovers. Thinking about the mojito and the Moscow mule, Saunders played with a combination of the two. “I really loved what was happening in that mixing glass, so I started to take …

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The Bronx

The Bronx is a cocktail that has been essentially deemed the “Perfect Martini” but with orange juice added to it. It was ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934” behind the Martini (#1) and the Manhattan (#2). There are two stories that credit the drink to a specific bartender that originated the drink. One …

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Bijou

This cocktail was invented by Harry Johnson, “the father of professional bartending”, who called it bijou because it combined the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald. The bijou was popular for several decades. Unlike the Manhattan and the martini, however, the bijou disappeared after Prohibition. It was rediscovered by “the King of Cocktails” Dale DeGroff in …

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Churchill Martini

Winston Churchill was a great man in terms of drinking attributes, cigar-smoking panache, and sheer wit. His drink of choice was a gin martini, but the story goes, he preferred his martini without the vermouth but rather than absent completely, still in the room with the ability to glance at the bottle. He is quoted saying “Glance …

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Earthquake

Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book puts an English spin on “The Earthquake Cocktail” with a recipe that specifies Gin, Whisky, and Absinthe. The cocktail’s name is derived from the notion that “if an earthquake was to happen while drinking this cocktail, then it doesn’t matter.” INGREDIENTS 3/4 oz Absinthe 1 oz Gin 1 oz Bourbon PREPARATION …

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Alabama Slammer

An Alabama Slammer is a cocktail made with amaretto, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, and orange juice. It is served in a Collins glass. It is also sometimes known as a Southern Slammer. It is claimed to have been made famous by quarterback Brett Favre; however, this drink was popular with college crowds as early as the 1980s, when it was served as a shaker shot …

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Clover Club

The Clover Club Cocktail is a cocktail consisting of gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and an egg white. The Clover Club Cocktail is a drink that pre-dates Prohibition in the United States and is named for the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name. The pre-Prohibition classic is one of Philadelphia’s biggest contributions to cocktail history. The Clover Club itself dates to 1896, as …

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