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AUGUST 2021 - What's In The Box?

Blushing Monarch 

  • 30ml Hepple Gin

  • 10ml Campari

  • 15ml Fresh Orange Juice

  • 15ml Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 10ml Pineapple & Passionfruit syrup

  • Small dash of vegan foamer

Shake with ice and then strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Garnish: dehydrated orange.

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The legendary inventor of the Blushing Monarch, who sadly passed away in June of this year, was a renowned barman and one of the longest serving bartenders at London’s illustrious Savoy Hotel.
Salim Khoury started his bartending career in 1960 at Beirut’s famed Le Bristol Hotel, at the tender age of just 15. Khoury later migrated to England and landed a job at the Savoy Grill on his very first attempt. After some time at the hotel, Khoury took on the role of Assistant Head Bartender under the inimitable Peter Dorelli, who then passed the coveted role of Head Bartender onto Khoury after his own retirement.

The Blushing Monarch cocktail is perhaps Khoury’s masterpiece. Created to mark Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, the ruddy-cheeked coloured cocktail showcases Khoury’s knack for simple and elegant drinks that stand the test of time. Oh and yes, Diana was known to enjoy the drink created in her honour…


  • 50ml Hepple gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml crème de mure

Shake with ice then strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Garnish: Lemon wheel.

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As inarguably one of the greatest British bartenders of all time, Mr Dick Bradsell is a bit of a hero here at Kocktail HQ. His legacy stretches far and wide but one of our favourite of his creations is at the forefront of our mind, as the summer sun brings the season’s blackberries to their prime.

Here we present one of Bradsell’s classic drinks, the Bramble. An alluring yet simple mix of Hepple Gin, fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of the tart and sweet blackcurrant elixir, Crème De Mure.  

Bradsell created the drink during his tenure at Fred’s in Soho. A fashionable private members club for the bright young things of London’s creative art, fashion and music scene. The bar was frequented by the likes of Boy George, Neneh Cherry, Siouxsie Sioux and a young Naomi Campbell but thanks to Bradsell, the cocktails remained the star of the show.

The Bramble’s reputation has only grown throughout the years. Bradsell characteristically once remarked “Hey, I invented a classic! Do I have to retire now?” after seeing the drink listed in the ‘Classics’ section of the cocktail menu at a Raymond Blanc restaurant.

Strawberry And Lychee Margarita

  • 40ml Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila
  • 25ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml strawberry and lychee syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with rose salt.

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As we hit the peak of summer, our Kocktail curator Neil Donachie has pulled a delight of a twist on the Margarita out of his bag of fine ingredients.

The Margarita’s history is somewhat lost in the sands of time but the 1930s favourite, the Tequila Daisy was almost certainly one of its predecessors. Then in 1944 a “Tequila Sidecar” was used to advertise Tequila in the US, possibly renaming the aforementioned Daisy. Skip forwards to 1953 and Esquire Magazine publishes the first mention of a truly modern Margarita. Their description of the drink is unsurprisingly, somewhat less modern - “She’s from Mexico, Senores, and her name is the Margarita Cocktail – and she is lovely to look at, exciting and provocative”.

Then if we take a big leap forward to 2021, the strawberry and lychee Margarita is created at Kocktail HQ using young and clean Pueblo Viejo Tequila, refreshing pink grapefruit juice, a dash of fresh lime juice and the big, bold and summery flavours of lychee and strawberry.

Delicious history, in a glass…

Son of a Beesting

  • 40ml Hepple gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml ginger syrup
  • 10ml honey syrup
  • 3 drops of rose water

Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Garnish with candied ginger

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The Son of a Beesting’s lineage can be thought of in two ways. Both of which are quite as delicious as you would imagine for a drink of this calibre. The cocktail is either an ever so slightly spiced version of one of the all time classic gin cocktails, the prohibition era Bees Knees or as a gin take on the whiskey and ginger based cocktail, the Penicillin.

It’s thought that the Bees Knees lemon juice and honey were originally added to the cocktail to mask the poor quality of gin available during prohibition. Fortunately for us, we are using the truly marvellous Hepple Gin in our take on the modern Son of a Beesting, so we have no such issues!

The addition of rosewater into the Son of a Beesting helps to bring out the floral notes in the honey and lifts the juniper in the Hepple gin to the forefront - making a light and floral drink with just the merest hint of warmth from our house-made ginger syrup.

The Malecon

  • 40ml Bacardi white rum
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml ruby port
  • 10ml oloroso sherry
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 1 dash of Peychauds bitters

Shake with ice and strain into martini glass.

Garnish with star anise.

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The Malecon cocktail’s roots can be traced as far back as 1915 when it was featured in the cuban cocktail guide ‘Manual Del Cantinero’ but as the years have passed, the drink has been altered and updated to suit modern tastes.

The version we present today was created by Eric Lorincz during his tenure at the Connaught Bar. Lorincz was inspired to make the drink after a walk along the Malecon, the beautiful avenue atop a sea wall in Havana, Cuba. Lorincz said "I have read that the essence of what it means to be Cuban is to accept the inevitabilities of human existence, that we are born and must die, and to make the very best of the life in between and have as good a time as possible.”

In the spirit of the Malecon and Lorincz, we recommend enjoying your drink with gusto on a warm afternoon…

William Wallace

  • 50ml blended scotch whisky
  • 10ml Carpano Classico vermouth
  • 10ml PX sherry
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Serve straight from the fridge, directly into a martini glass

Garnish: Maraschino cherry


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As one of Scotland’s most famous sons, William Wallace, the famous knight, has rarely dipped out of popular culture. From poems written by the likes of the great Robert Burns, to the famous cry of “FREEDOM” exclaimed by Mel Gibson in his wildly inaccurate 90s blockbuster - the only honour Wallace was missing was to have a world class cocktail named after him…

Fortunately, one of our favourite bartenders, Joe Schofield of Schofield’s Bar, in the stunning art deco building, Sunlight House in Manchester, stepped up with this excellent take on a Rob Roy mixed with elements of a Bobby Burns cocktail.

Schofield swapped the Benedictine out of the drink in favour of a splash of Pedro Ximenez sherry and added a few dashes of orange bitters to round the drink out.

The William Wallace is just the quality of drink you would expect from a previous winner of the coveted ‘Bartenders Bartender’ award at the World’s 50 Best Bars.

Here’s to William (and Joe!)

Port of Call

  • 40ml Calvados
  • 20ml ruby port
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml honey syrup

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Garnish with cinnamon.

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The Port of Call is a stunning cocktail created by Sam Ross of the spectacular Attaboy bar in 2016.

With almost half of the cocktail’s sum comprised of the wonderful french Eau de vie or “Water of life” that is apple Calvados - the drink has a delicious fresh taste with a richness and depth provided by the ruby port and the viscous honey syrup.

Calvados was first produced at least as far back as the 1500’s but was really taken to heart by the French in the 19th century when workers and farmers would add a splash of Calvados to their morning coffee to warm them up and steady them for the work day ahead - a tradition known as café calva.

The apple brandy was even used to make explosives during the second world war due to its high alcohol percentage. So we’d recommend caution when indulging in the delicious but potent Port of Call!

Silver Screen Trilogy

  • 40ml Buffalo Trace bourbon

  • 10ml Calvados

  • 10ml salted popcorn syrup

  • 10ml Amaro Averna

  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Simply pour into an ice filled rocks glass

Garnish: Orange wheel 

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From the classic Elvis Presley Trilogy to The Godfather Trilogy, American cultural highlights have often come in threes. Three after all, is the magic number. The Silver Screen Trilogy is our own twist on the modern classic American Trilogy cocktail by Richard Boccato and Michael McIroy previously of NYC’s Little Branch bar.

The original trilogy refers to three American ingredients, applejack brandy, rye whiskey and orange bitters. Our take on the cocktail spins the drink into the perfect cocktail to enjoy whilst sinking into a trilogy of movies - with its salted popcorn syrup and Amaro Averna, which has an interesting flavour profile not dissimilar to Coca Cola.

Lights, cameras, action!