And the history lesson continues..

How did you go in week 1? Week 2 of our 31 Cocktails in 31 Days kicks off with the 1860s Americano.

Week two.  August 8th – 14th



It was not until American Prohibition that this drink became known as ‘Americano’ due to its popularity with expats looking for a drink. Originally the drink was known as ‘Milano Torino’ as Campari came from Milan and Sweet Vermouth from Turin.
Stretched tall with soda water, this drink is a perfectly bitter aperitif option and the precursor to the Negroni.


Champagne Cocktail

“From every point of view, other than cost, this cocktail is a decidedly inferior drink, and no champagne lover would ever commit the sacrilege of polluting a real vintage champagne by dunking even plain sugar, much less bitters in it”. David Embury
Come in this evening and find out how wrong Mr Embury was.



One of the first American cocktails on this list to feature, at the time, the newly available Italian Vermouth. This is essentially a Rye Whisky Cocktail that has been flavoured with a fortified and spiced red wine. A world class banger of a drink and without a doubt one of the finest ‘classics’, for the Whisky drinker, to have ever been assembled.



A drink that is simplicity in itself, although incredibly difficult to execute properly.

In 1867, the British Merchant Shipping Act made it mandatory for all sailors to receive a daily ration of citrus juice to combat scurvy. The sailors eventually became affectionately referred to as ‘Limeys’. Eventually, a lime juice cordial was produced and with classic Navy ingenuity, it was decided that the best way to consume the new citrus based tonic was to mix it with equal parts Gin. Genius..


Robert Burns

Named at the Old Waldorf Hotel to honour the owner of a local cigar store, this drink is now firmly attached to the famousScottish bard, Bobby Burns.
Our version features J and B rare Scotch with Sweet Vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters and a gentle touch of D.O.M. Benedictine.



Created by Jennings S. Cox, an American mining engineer working in Santiago, Cuba. Utilising the very popular local rum made by the Bacardi distillery. Whether he ran out of Gin or just tried to replicate a drink sampled at one of the bars in the area, this drink is one of the most famous ‘Sours’ in the world for good reason.


Old Fashioned

Your choice of spirit with the addition of sugar and bitters. Stirred down and served over ice. The name comes from the fact that this was a very ‘Old Fashioned’ way of drinking a spirit (see ‘Cocktail’ 1806) and favoured by Cornell James E. Pepper, a distiller that did not like the taste of his own product straight up.


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Stay tuned for Week 3!