”Virginia P.I. Cadet Band.” Circa 1920, the men of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg.
A cocktail that’s been around since the 1980s, although it was with Carrie and co. in Sex and the City that this one really found fame.
Ingredients: 1.5 parts Vodka, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part Cranberry Juice, Dash of Lime Juice
Jazz it up – garnish with a flamed orange for added citrus kick.
Another one that makes us feel like we should be on holiday. Preferably being waited on by a gorgeous Mexican sigh.
Ingredients: 3 parts Tequila, 6 parts Orange Juice, 1 part Grenadine (don’t stir – let it sink to the bottom!)
Jazz it up – for a Tequila Sunset use Blackberry Brandy instead of Grenadine.
First created in 1823 by James Pimm in London, this drink is pretty much a British institution.
Ingredients: 1 part Pimm’s, 2 parts Lemonade, Sliced Apple, Lemon, Orange and Cucumber
Jazz it up – for some extra fizz mix with Sparkling White Wine instead of Lemonade.
A long cocktail just made for lazing round on the poolside. Or at least imagining that you are…
Ingredients: 1 part Vodka, 3 parts Cranberry Juice, 1 part Grapefruit Juice
Jazz it up – use Pineapple Juice instead of Grapefruit to make a Hawaiian Sea Breeze.
Basically a Sex on the Beach, minus the orange juice. A good one to make in bulk at parties because pretty much everyone likes it.
Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 1 part peach schnapps, 4 parts cranberry juice, Ice
Jazz it up – add a slice of peach to complete the look.
A Gin-heavy cocktail that’s not for the faint-hearted. Favoured by Winston Churchill and described by E.B. White as ‘the elixir of quietude’ (does that just mean it makes you pass out?)
Ingredients: 5 parts Gin, 1 part Vermouth
Jazz it up – garnish the old-school way with a single olive.
A bit of a love or hate cocktail – some people enjoy the refreshing zing, others find it way too sour. If you fall into the latter category you can always add sugar to sweeten it up.
Ingredients: 7 parts Tequila, 4 parts Cointreau or Triple Sec, 3 parts Lime Juice
Jazz it up – rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in salt for a true Margarita experience.
Originally from Italy, this cocktail gained its name because its colour resembled a toga-wearing figure in a painting by Giovanni Bellini. Just in case anyone cared…
Ingredients: 1 part Peach Schnapps, 1 part sparkling white wine
Jazz it up – add Grenadine for a stronger splash of colour.
Coffee liquor and vodka help this drink pack a powerful punch. Perfect as an after dinner cocktail (for anyone that refined).
Ingredients: 2 parts Vodka, 1 part Kahlua, Ice
Jazz it up – top up with Cola if you find it a bit intense!
A Cuban drink that was apparently a favourite with the author Ernest Hemingway. The name means literally ‘something wet’.
Ingredients: 1 part Rum, 0.5 parts Lime Cordial, 3 parts Soda Water, A wedge of fresh lime, Ice
Jazz it up – add Apple Liquor as well as Rum to make an Apple Mojito.