Ramos Gin Fizz (IBA)
#54 in Top 100
One of the great classic cocktails. The perfect balance of sweet and sour is enhanced by the incredibly smooth, almost fluffy mouthfeel.
The use of mandarine (tangerine) instead of orange makes the Puccini slightly sharper than a simple mimosa.
Strawberries seem to complement prosecco even better than white peaches so perhaps order this in preference to a Bellini.
Black Russian (IBA)
#31 in Top 100
This popular cocktail is often served topped with cola, when it becomes a Colorado Bulldog.
Champagne Cocktail (IBA)
#67 in Top 100
Perhaps somewhat over-hyped, but this classic cocktail remains as popular as ever. Starts bone dry and becomes slightly sweeter as you reach the dissolving cube at the bottom, depending on how briskly you drink of course.
Cuba Libre (IBA)
#13 in Top 100
Basically a rum and coke with a squeeze of lime, but Cuba Libre has much more of a ring about it. And it is much more of a drink, the squeeze of lime adds layers of complexity, balancing the sweetness of the cola.
French 75 (IBA)
#33 in Top 100
Fresh, clean, sophisticated – dangerously quaffable.
The use of powdered sugar instead of sugar syrup adds an attractive sherbet note to this cocktail. However, the drink also works well with sugar syrup – use ¼oz/7.5ml sugar syrup in place of the 1½ spoons of powdered sugar.
French Connection (IBA)
#49 in Top 100
The apricot and almond notes in amaretto combine perfectly with cognac in this simple drink.
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.
Harvey Wallbanger (IBA)
Like the Screwdriver, the Harvey Wallbanger has sadly waned in popularity, probably due to it being served with packaged orange juice. When made with freshly squeezed orange juice and Galliano L'Autentico (rather than Galliano Vanilla) this cocktail is worthy of a renaissance.
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.
Kir Royal (IBA)
#41 in Top 100
Champagne replaces Bourgogne Aligoté white wine in this 'Royal' rendition of Mayor Canon Kir's classic aperitif. Easy to make, easy to drink.
Long Island Iced Tea (IBA)
#17 in Top 100
A cooling, combination of four different white spirits, triple sec, lemon and lime, crowned with a splash of cola.
#11 in Top 100
For the perfect salt rim, liquidize sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt. Rimming only half the glass with salt gives the drinker the option of enjoying the cocktail with or without salt.