Black Jim



Then trust me there’s nothing like drinking

So pleasant on this side of the grave

It keeps the unhappy from thinking

And makes e’en the valiant more brave

The chap who wrote that obviously knew what he was talking about. Makes even more sense when the subject is – cocktails. I’m assuming of course that you are a civilised lot and don’t think of cocktails as silly stuff, silly women drink.

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The Martini

You mean business. And mean to get it. Iced to the point of pleasurable anesthesia. Olives soaking in the silvery spirit. Let’s get on with it.

Glass: Martini


50ml gin/vodka

10ml Extra dry vermouth

Garnish: green olives/stuffed olives/a cube of cheese
1. Pack Martini glass with ice. Remove the ice just before drink is ready.
2. Fill ¾ shaker with ice cubes.

3. Pour in gin/vodka and vermouth.

4. Stir (preferably) or shake (if you insist) and strain into the chilled glass.

5. Spear an olive or three onto a cocktail stick and dunk into drink.

6. Drink.

7. Bliss.


Rusty Nail

This one’s big. On flavour and on the booze.
Chased with a pint of beer it’s a miracle worker!

Glass: Old fashioned/large whisky tumbler


30ml Scotch
30ml Drambuie

Garnish: slice or peel of orange, rolled cinnamon stick

1. Fill glass with ice.
2.Pour in all ingredients and stir.
3. Drown the orange and stick the cinnamon in.
4. Guzzle.


Black Scotsman

You’ve never met one? This one’s hot. A real cool ice-breaker.

Glass: Old fashioned/large whisky tumbler

30ml Scotch
30ml Kahlua
splash of Cola or soda

Garnish: 3 polo rings/mint leaves

1. Fill glass with ice.
2. Pour in the alcohol and stir.
3. Splash in the cola or soda.
4. String the polo on a cocktail stick and sit across the rim.
5. Put your feet up and chill.



Mint Julep

A Virginian persuaded his Kentucky friend to make a julep of his Bourbon. Some months later, the Kentuckian’s butler was found grieving at his graveside explaining, ‘ a gemmum from Virginny done showed Massa how to eat grass in his whiskey, and Massa done ate himself to death!’

Glass: Large Old Fashioned


60ml Bourbon whiskey
15ml sugar syrup/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
12-15 mint leaves
Garnish: more mint leaves, slice of orange

1. Half fill glass with crushed ice.
2. Tear the mint leaves and muddle with ice and sugar.
3. Top glass with more crushed ice.
4. Pour in the bourbon, stir and add more ice if there’s room.
5. Sit the mint and orange slice.
6. Pass out.




Contemplative – is how I think of it. Strange word that, for a drink. You know the feeling. Sitting by yourself at the bar or gazing into the night on the balcony. Chewing, ruminating. Taking deep, thoughtful swigs.

Glass: Old Fashioned


45ml Bourbon

15ml sweet vermouth

2 drops Angostura Bitters (optional)

Garnish: 2 cherries/orange slice

1. Fill glass with ice.
2. Pour in all ingredients and stir.
3. Throw in the orange/cherries.
4. Ignore the fruit if you like and get serious.
5. Aah.

Now go get ‘em!