This is a fantastic, tangy cocktail and dangerously easy to drink - too many of these and you really will be flying.
Dry Martini (IBA)
Readers of Embury will know he had a bone dry palate and Martinis made to his specification are just that, and with the correct dilution, fabulous.
#16 in Top 100
The Manhattan is complex, challenging and moreish. Best of all, it's available in a style to suit every palate.
Equal parts old tom gin and vermouth flavoured with the merest hint of maraschino, absinthe and orange bitters.
#5 in Top 100
The Cosmopolitan was originally made with citrus vodka but this recipe works just as well with unflavoured vodka, and when a good quality cranberry juice is used, we prefer the simplicity of unflavoured vodka in this cocktail.
Flying Grasshopper (Difford's)
A Grasshopper with a splash of vodka, this creamy after dinner cocktail is all the better for that vodka.
We also like, indeed are undecided if we prefer, this simpler but more alcoholic and calorific recipe: 1 vodka, ¾ green crème de menthe, ¾ white crème de menthe and 1 single cream.
Whichever recipe, this after-dinner cocktail is minty fresh with indulgent chocolate - reminiscent of a choc mint ice-cream.
Hemingway Special (IBA)
A true Hemingway Special should be served without the addition of sugar. However, Hemingway had a hardened palate and more delicate drinkers may prefer adding some simple syrup.
This cocktail was created by the by Canon Kir, Mayor of Dijon, France (1946-1968). At his receptions he served an aperitif made with the locally produced crème de cassis and Bourgogne Aligoté white wine. The concoction eventually became known as Kir aperitif.
Dirty Martini (IBA)
#2 in Top 100
This drink varies from delicious to disgusting, depending on the liquid in your jar of olives. Oil will provide a revolting emulsion: make sure that your olives are packed in brine.
Espresso Martini (IBA)
#22 in Top 100
Forget the 'Vodka Red Bull', this is the cocktail connoisseur's way of combining caffeine and vodka.
French Martini (IBA)
#21 in Top 100
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.