Category: Cocktails

Cocktail: Singapore Sling

singapore slingCocktail: Singapore Sling

A very sophisticated cocktail and yet a very easy to make and to follow the recipe.

Enjoy a Singapore Sling during the Christmas season but please bear in mind that alcohol and driving are not compatible.

Be safe out there.

Singapore Sling recipe:

25ml Gin

50 ml cherry brandy

1/2 lime, juiced

1-2 drops of Angostura bitters (optional)

ice cubes

cocktail cherries to garnish

150ml soda water, chilled


Mix together the gin, cherry brandy, lime juice, and Angostura bitters.  (By the way, the use of Angostura is optional, you do not have to add it but it would add a kick to your cocktail.)

Pour into cocktail glasses.  Add the ice cubes.

Garnish with a cocktail cherry each.

Finish off by topping the glasses with chilled soda water.

Cin cin!

helpful tips Always serve cocktails immediately.  Remember the ingredients will separate if the cocktail is left to stand.



Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

Bloody Mary, photo by JMorton


Bloody Mary is a special favourite. I do like tomato juice with a bit of a spiritual kick of vodka, Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce. I would drink this slowly with a stick of celery to swirl this blood-red concoction round and round.

Did you know?

Bloody Mary was named after Mary Tudor (1516-1558), daughter of Henry VIII with Katherine of Aragon.

Mary was the last Catholic Monarch.  During her reign, she tried to restore Catholicism as the official state religion.  She was intolerant of any form of criticism what she burned hundreds at the stake and hanged many Prostestants.

Her tyranny earned her the  sobriquet as ‘Bloody Mary’

Anyways, here is the recipe.


 Bloody MaryIngredients

  • 2 ice cubes
  • vodka, double shot
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 150ml/5fl oz tomato juice
  • pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
 Method of preparation:

  • Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka.
  • Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.
  • Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.


Elderflower rubbarb ripple


Elderflower rubbarb ripple

– Elderflower liqueur 35cl
– Rhubarb vodka 50cl
– Mount Bluff sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 75cl

– To make this elegant elderflower & rhubarb ripple cocktail, add 1 measure of elderflower liqueur and 1 measure of rhubarb vodka to a cocktail shaker.
– Add a few cubes of ice to the shaker and then shake.
– Strain into a champagne coupe glass and top up the glass with 3 measures of Mount Bluff. There is enough to make 9 cocktails with this recipe!

James Bond Licensed to Drink!

Our favourite secret agent James Bond is famed for being steady, suave and ever ready with the ladies. However a study by some medical doctors in England have trawled through the super spy’s 14 novels, collated the amount of alcohol he is shown to have drunk in each book. The statistics they arrived at are staggering (Like Bond would be).

They found he drunk one and a half bottles of wine most days and consumed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days that is 92 units per week,
about five vodka martinis a day which so four times the recommended intake for adult men in the UK. Bond would be more shaking and slurred voice  than shaken not stirred as he preferred his vodka martinis 😉

Bond would be more lethal with a gun to himself and bystanders than with his target, also his performance with women would more impotent than potent.

Instead of having his Aston Martin car registered with the A.A.(Automobile Association), Bond himself would need to register with A.A. (alcoholics Anonymous) 😉

bond alcohol consumption chart

007’s proof alcohol consumption chart


Berry Martini

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
After four I’m under my host.
– Dorothy Parker

Lol, I am sure the very delicious cocktail below will not get you in a compromising position (if you don’t want to.)

As with alcohol, moderation is the key!


Berry Martini

How to make it:
• 9 oz. (250 g) mixed berries
• 1 & 1/2 tbsp. confectioners’ (icing) sugar
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 5 fl oz. (150 ml) water
• 8 fl oz. (240 ml) vodka
• 3 fl oz. (90 ml) crème de cassis
• 6 bay leaves


1. Blend the fruit in a food processor, then push it through a sieve to remove any seeds.
2. Mix the purée with the rest of the ingredients, stirring to create a smooth mixture.
3. Chill the mixture. Make a slit in each bay leaf from the edge to the center vein. Pour out the berry martinis, then adorn each glass with a single leaf before serving.

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Merry Berry (Bailey Cocktail)

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
— Cervantes


I am really partial to a bit of chocolatey Bailey for Christmas and the New Year.


Merry Berry

“The ultimate adult indulgence,” says Duffy.

How to make it:
• 1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream
• 1/2 ounce chocolate raspberry vodka (Duffy recommends Godiva)
• 1/4 ounce anisette liqueur or absinthe
• 3 fresh raspberries

1. Shake all ingredients and strain into shot glass.
2. Finish with dollop of whipped cream.

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