BarChick didn’t get the best grades in school but give her the right topic and she’ll get her head down like the best of students. She set off to find out exactly where and when her favourite cocktails were invented, and she was not left disappointed. Touring round London both day and night she uncovered the mysteries and secrets of all the concoctions that are responsible for her skirt being tucked into her pants at 4am on a Sunday morning…and to whom the genius of creation was owed…
Ideal for the more pervy drinkers…it certainly makes your intentions clear, and like the drinker, in most cases it is not so hot to look at, the combination of brandy, orange, grenadine and a token egg yolk paves the way for a murky and sickly yellow brown appearance enough to flip any stomach. Invented in the 20s at the American Bar in The Savoy Hotel (ask for Nathan).
Invented by Bond, James Bond. Gordon’s, vodka and kina Lillet…this drink is as hot as the novel’s leading lady….Vesper Lynd…and is equally as raunchy with its ice cool look. Straight up, no ice. This gem was speedily replaced by Bond’s famous vodka martini and those three words…shaken not stirred. Drink it at Dukes, where it was created.
THE HANKY PANKY
Ada Coleman (American Bar, 1925) is the lady behind this naughty concoction…invented for actor Charles Hawtrey who wanted a drink with “a bit of punch in it”…upon draining it he claimed; “by Jove! That is the real Hanky-Panky” and hey presto the name stuck…although who knows, maybe the combination of the dry gin and Italian Vermouth meant they just got down ‘n dirty…
This morbid concoction was invented in 1861 by the barman of London’s Brooks’s Club to mark the death of Prince Albert, wanting to keep the bar booming whilst showing respect he mixed Guinness and champagne to produce a pint of hearty black venom…which even today keeps the crowds at Twickenham roaring.
PHARMACEUTICAL STIMULANT (THE EXPRESSO MARTINI)
Dick Bradsell, the man responsible for shaking up London’s cocktail scene invented this in the 80s in Fred’s Bar, Soho, when a well-known model stalked into the bar demanding a drink that would ‘wake me up, then f**k me up.’ The outcome: Absolut vodka shaken with Illy espresso and coffee liqueur, served on the rocks. (p.s. Dick is now hiding down at El Camion so go get yourself one…or two.)
THE WHITE LADY
Harry MacElhone and Harry Craddock are fighting over this lady…and 80 years on we still don’t know who can lay claim to her. In Ciro’s Club, MacElhone’s recipe originally used crème de menthe which he later replaced with gin, but the same concoction also appeared years later in Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book…apparently Laurel & Hardy’s favourite drink.
This gem allowed boozers in London’s famous Buck’s Club to get on it a little (or a lot) earlier than is wise….the addition of orange juice to champagne (plus an additional secret ingredient) provided the perfect start to any day. A great way to disguise bad or ruin good champagne. BarChick’s kind of pick me up in the morning
The origin of this drink is blurry…like its effects…as it is largely unknown if someone lent their name to this concoction of gin, lemon and lime juice and soda water. There was a headwaiter called John Collins at a London hotel in the early 19th century but doubtless this is pushing things a bit. That said, how many times does it take for someone to announce they are looking for Tom Collins in a bar before a barman lends the name to a drink…’oh not quite the Tom Collins you were looking for?’