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Top 5 British Cocktail Recipes

We all know about American cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Margarita, and so on but do we really focus on cocktails from other continents?

Written by Khyati Rajvanshi | Oxford |
November 13, 2014 4:05:42 pm
A still from the movie Cocktail A still from the movie Cocktail

One thing British people are good at is drinking. Their livers are no doubt made out of steel and even after spending a year in the United Kingdom; I still fail to understand how they manage to be alive the day after drinking so much. Their love of drinking inspired me to have a look at some of the British originated cocktails. We all know about American cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Margarita, and so on but do we really focus on cocktails from other continents?

This article will help you know them, how to make them and where to get them when you are in the UK.

1. Pornstar Martini

pornstar-martini Pornstar Martini

My personal favorite! Pornstar Martini is for people like me who like to have a heavenly mix of sweet and sour cocktails. A man named Douglas Ankrah – who apparently is a legend in the bartending world, created this magical orgasmic cocktail. The fact that he founded the London Academy of Bartending basically says how much of a legend he is. Porstar Martini was at first dubbed the Maverick Martini after a shady club in Capetown, South Africa (I wonder why) but then later on renamed as the Pornstar Martini because of all the passion Ankhar would out into this drink.

And here is how you make it:

25ml Grey Goose Vodka
25ml Passoa, Passion Fruit Liqueur
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Sugar
25ml Passion Fruit Puree
Splash of pressed apple (optional)
Shot of champers

Shake and strain all the ingredients together into a martini glass and serve the champers on the side. Half of a passion fruit shell floats as the garnish.

2. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

Pimm Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

Pimm’s is the most English drink that you would ever find in the Brit world. It is a lovely drink to have during summer. The history of its origin is quite interesting – Once upon a time (about 1823), a farmer’s son named Pimm served a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs as an aid to digestion in an oyster bar owned by him in the City of London. He used to serve it in a tankard and called it the No. 1 Cup. Ever since then, Pimm’s began its large scale production in 1851 and produced about seven products. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is more known and liked by the people, which is based on gin and can be served both on ice or in cocktails.

And here’s how you can make it:

2 raspberries
-2 blackberries
-1 strawberry
-3/5 mint leaves
-1 orange Slice
-1 lime Slice
-2 cucumber Slices
-50ml Pimm’s

Put a scoop of ice into a highball and fill with the fruits. Add the Pimm’s and top with garnish with mint. . It is usually taken with English-style lemonade, which is, clear and carbonated; although Ginger ale is a common substitute for lemonade. Pimm’s can also be mixed with Champagne!

3. Macdonald Windsor SL4

Macdonald Windsor SL4 Macdonald Windsor SL4

Here we have a royal cocktail that was made to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary. It is named after the postcode of Windsor castle and the hotel. It has a royal mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, Blue Curacao and Cranberry Juice. Try it out and see how royal you feel!

Here’s how to feel royal:


Macdonald Windsor SL4 cocktail
-40ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
-20ml Blue Curacao
-40ml Cranberry Juice
-Soda Water


Shake the gin, Curacao and cranberry juice over ice. Strain into a tall, ice-filled Collins glass.

Slowly top up with soda and stir gently to mix the colour throughout. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

4. White Lady

White Lady White Lady

This unique cocktail happens to have been invented in London in 1919 by Harry MacElhone at Ciro’s Club after a mysterious lady. It also known as Delilah, Chelsea Side-car and Lillian Forever. It is unique because unlike simple gin sours, it has additional ingredients such as egg white, sugar and cream. Originally MacElhone used crème de menthe but later on replaces it with gin in Paris.

Here’s how to make this mysterious creamy sour:


Ice Cubes 3-4
– Gin 50 ml (2fl oz)
– Cointreau 25 ml (1 fl oz)
– Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon
– Egg White about ½ teaspoon
– Lemon Twist for decoration


Place the ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add the gin. Then add Cointreau, lemon juice and egg white. Shake to mix the strain into a coctial glass. Decorate it with the lemon twist.

5. Bramley Somerset Temperley Sour

Bramley Somerset Temperley Sour Bramley Somerset Temperley Sour

Let me paint you a traditional English countryside – Rustic old pubs, yummy ciders, old apple orchards and gorgeous farms everywhere. You will find all that in this one drink. This cocktail makes a delicious pre dinner drink and takes a bit longer to make compared to normal cocktails.

Here’s how to feel like you are in the English Countryside:

2 Bramley apples, peeled and roughly chopped
-3tbsp caster sugar or more depending on the apples
-4 or 8 good measures of Somerset cider brandy
-The juice of 2 lemons
-1 egg white
-Ice cubes


Put the apples into a saucepan with the sugar and a cup of water, bring to the boil and cook on a low heat for about 6-7 minutes, until the apples get soft. Then strain through a fine meshed sieve, pushing some of the apple through the sieve. The syrup should be quite sugary taste of apple, if it needs more, just dissolve some more caster sugar in the syrup.

To serve, put the cider brandy in a cocktail shaker with 8 tablespoons of the apple syrup, the lemon and the egg white, half fill it with ice cubes and shake well for a minute. Strain into glasses onto a few more ice cubes, or serve it straight into the glass with a straw.

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