Cocktails & Dreams

cocktails and dreams

I recently had a cocktail. Wow say you. But wait, it was a big occasion. I haven’t had a cocktail since 2003 – when I was sick all the way home from San Francisco (on a plane, in the plane loo, yes the one with the blue stuff under the flappy thing and suction) after a night out being Carrie Bradshaw and drinking quite a few too many Cosmopolitans. So you see, to overcome a phobia of twenty years deserves some recognition.

Bonnie : I’ve been thinking about you all day.
Brian : Really? A plane ride home will cure that.

(I should add that I’m going to pepper this post with quotes from the 80’s film Cocktail even though Tom Cruise gives me the heebie-jeebies).

New York Tart

It was on the menu as a dessert cocktail, and as a greedy git that was already full from my starter and main, I still wanted a little sweet treat. And oh wow, this was the best!

I’ve no other info than this screen shot of the menu so you’re on your own from here. If you crack it and make something delicious, please let us know.


It’s only fair that I include a recipe for a Cosmopolitan, after all, this was the drink that caused my phobia.

Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Not too sweet or too tart, this cosmopolitan cocktail recipe is perfect to serve one or many.

When you add the orange peel, peel it over the drink. This way, any oils that spray out from the orange, fall into the drink. Rubbing the edges of the glass doesn’t hurt either.

2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) cranberry juice cocktail, see notes
1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
One 2-inch orange peel/twist

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. (We like the extra bite of extra lime juice, so we use 1/2 an ounce in our cosmopolitan cocktails. However, use what is best for your taste). Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with orange peel/twist. For an extra burst of flavor, peel the orange twist over the filled cocktail glass. This way, the orange oils spray into the glass.

night before / flight home

The Best Gin & Tonic in the World

Now that’s a big claim isn’t it? STK London had it on their menu, and so thought I, if its the best in the world… and it was.

I’m not even a fan of a G&T really, but it has become my go to when I’m too fat for wine!

50ml citrus-heavy gin (Hortus Summer Gin, Sipsmith)
100ml full-flavoured tonic (Fever-Tree aromatic tonic, or Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic)
To garnish: A wedge of grapefruit and a few drops Angostura bitters over plenty of ice

Fill a large glass with ice, add 50ml citrus-heavy gin and top with 100ml full-flavoured tonic. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and a few drops of Angostura bitters.

Brian : Days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, your life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours.

Old Fashioned

This is my husband’s favourite, probably because on our night in San Fran (at the top) he had two of these and some water and a lovely flight home, only waking long enough to laugh at me!

Click here for more nasty drinking experiences that make me weep, others mirthful.

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Garnish: orange peel

Add the sugar and bitters to a rocks glass, then add the water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.

Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine.

Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.

I am the last barman poet / I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make / Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake / The sex on the beach / The schnapps made from peach / The velvet hammer / The Alabama slammer. / I make things with juice and froth / The pink squirrel / The three-toed sloth. / I make drinks so sweet and snazzy / The iced tea / The kamakazi / The orgasm / The death spasm / The Singapore sling / The dingaling. / America you’ve just been devoted to every flavor I got / But if you want to got loaded / Why don’t you just order a shot? / Bar is open.

Brian (aka Tom Cruise) in Cocktail

The Ultimate Negroni

1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. vermouth rosso

  • Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  • Stir well with cracked ice.
  • Strain into a glass over cubed ice.
  • Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

And last but not least…

The Pornstar Martini

The Pornstar Martini is a real modern classic and probably one of the most successful cocktails to have been invented in the 21st century. It’s a cocktail that, since its creation in 2002, has found worldwide appreciation. The legendary bartender Douglas Ankrah invented this vodka cocktail behind the bar at The Townhouse Bar in Knightsbridge, London. He allegedly initially named the cocktail the ‘Maverick Martini’, after a dingy club in Cape Town, South Africa. The cocktail quickly gained popularity under the more catchy name of ‘Pornstar Martini’, which alludes to the passion fruit in the drink.

  • 4 passionfruit
  • 100 ml vanilla vodka
  • 50 ml Passoa
  • 50 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 90 ml Prosecco , served on the side
  • 1 passion fruit, sliced, to garnish
  1. Put two martini glasses into the freezer or fill them with ice and set them aside. Cut four passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds into a sieve set over a small bowl. Press down on the seeds with the back of a spoon to extract the juice.
  2. Add the passion fruit juice, vanilla vodka, Passoa and lime juice to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker up about halfway with ice, put on the lid and shake for at least 30 seconds to ensure a proper mix.
  4. If your shaker doesn’t have a built-in strainer, put a coiled strainer over the top of your shaker and strain into the chilled martini glasses (don’t forget to dump the ice out of the glasses first!) Garnish with a piece of fresh passion fruit.
  5. Pour a measure of prosecco into two shot glasses and serve alongside the Pornstar Martini.

Bonnie : Please, I don’t want to end it this way.
Brian : Jesus, everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.

Screenshot from Six Cambridge’s menu



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