Cocktail Recipes – a small selection

Cocktail recipes
An A to Z of some of the best and most enduring cocktails of all time.


Or Apple Martini or (originally) the Adam’s Apple Martini – is meant to be a twist on the original dry martini. Vodka is used instead of gin (usually) with an apple liqueur or apple schnapps but sometimes just apple juice or cider. Finish with a little lemon juice and a slice of apple.

Bees Knees

A prohibition era classic among cocktail recipes – a concoction of illegal bath-tub gin mixed with enough lemon and honey to make it tasty.

Black Russian

5 parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur. In the UK the favoured liqueur is Benedictine but Kahlua is more correct and Tia Maria has also been used. Traditionally it’s just served on ice but many people like to dilute with a coke.

Bloody Mary

A vodka and tomato juice – usually with salt, cayenne and some Worcester sauce. Probably one of the most well-known cocktail recipes of all time.


A mixture of rum, vodka, tequila and gin finished with orange liqueur, lemon and orange juice – finished with a slice of orange or orange peel.


Dissolve sugar into lime juice – add rum and ice and shake well. Garnish with a wedge of lime.


A mix of Bourbon, rum, and brandy with raw eggs, aged in the fridge.

Harvey Wallbanger

A 1970s favourite made of 1 part Vodka shaken with 4 parts orange juice then poured on ice with 2 teaspoons of Galliano poured on top.

High Ball

A whisky and soda served in a tall glass. No doubt there are many variations but that’s all it basically is.

Jack Rose

Shake 1 1/2 oz. of Apple brandy, half a lemon and a teaspoon of grenadine with cracked ice.

Ramos Gin Fizz

One of the more complicated cocktail recipes – a gin based cocktail with lemon and lime juice, syrup, orange flower water, cream, an egg white, and (sometimes) vanilla. It must be shaken very well without ice, and then again with it.

The Last Word in cocktail recipes!

This Prohibition classic calls for equal measures of gin, fresh-squeezed lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and green chartreuse.

Long Island Iced Tea

Rum, vodka, tequila, gin and triple usually mixed with lemon juice and cola.

Mai Tai

A favourite of the 1940s – a mixture of rum, curacao and lime juice.


Pour rye whisky, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a container filled with ice and stir vigorously. Pour into a chilled glass containing a maraschino cherry. The Rob Roy cocktail is a variant that uses Scotch.


Equal parts tequila, Triple Sec (or any orange curacao such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier if preferred), and lime juice. Served with salt (on the rim).

Martini (dry)

Pour small amount of dry vermouth (eg martini bianco) and plenty of gin onto ice and stir vigorously (never shake – unless you’re you know who) – add an olive and a straw.

Mint Julep

Rub a tall glass or julep cup with gently bruised leaves of mint. Add sugar dissolved in water (or syrup), then crushed ice and bourbon and stir. Garnish with another sprig of mint.


Famously (notoriously) loved by Ernest Hemingway. 1-1/2 oz. white rum is added to 3 oz. champagne. Add the juice of a lime with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar dissolved in it and 6 fresh mint leaves.

Moscow Mule

The true Moscow Mule is a blend of vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime and served in a copper cup. Imitations include Mexican style mules made with tequila, Irish mules made with whiskey, and Yankee mules with bourbon.


Equal parts gin, campari and dry vermouth stirred with cracked ice. Then diluted with soda and garnished with lemon peel.

Pina Coladapina

A simple mix of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice.

Prairie Oyster

A cocktail that continues the traditional role of cocktail recipes as hangover cures, with raw egg, vodka, and seasonings.


1 part vodka to 4 parts orange juice served with slices of orange.

Sex on the Beach

Shake vodka, peach schnapps and lemon juice with cracked ice. Pour into a tall glass and top up with cranberry and orange juices. Garnish with an orange wedge. Mango juice is often used too.


Shake brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice and ice for about 10 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass with sugar stuck to the rim with lemon juice. Garnish with lemon or orange.

Singapore Sling

Equal parts gin, cherry brandy and Benedictine with a dash of bitters and Cointreau and finished off with pineapple, grenadine and lime juice.

Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe gin, rum, lemon and Cointreau are shaken until frothy, then a little ginger ale can be added.


Simply Advocaat and lemonade with a cherry for those in a hurry, but the correct formula is 3 parts gin to one each of anisette and cream – shaken with cracked ice.

Tequila Sunrise

Mix the tequila and orange juice first, then pour in the grenadine gently so that it mostly sinks to the bottom (chilling it helps).

Vieux Carré

This New Orleans classic is a blend of rye, cognac, Benedictine, and vermouth, with Peychaud’s and Angostura.

Whiskey Sour

Bourbon or rye whiskey, are mixed with lemon juice and sugar with soda to taste.

White Russian

Only the white Russian can contend with the Tequila Sunrise to be the king of hippy cocktails. In the The Big Lebowski the Dude drinks at least nine of these. The recipe is two parts vodka, one part kahlua, and one part cream (or full cream milk). Benedictine is sometimes preferred in the UK.