Cocktails - Upstairs @ The Oxford
-In cocktail terms, the Espresso Martini has a relatively short history with the drink believed to have been first created in the early eighties by London bartender Dick Bradsel. According to Dick, a famous model entered the Soho Brasserie where he was working, and asked him to create a drink that would “wake me up”.
-The most widely reported version of this drink's origin is that it was invented at Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919. Legend tells that Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, bartender Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin...
-By 1850, the Sazerac Cocktail, made with French brandy and Peychaud's Bitters, was immensely popular, and became the first "branded" cocktail. In 1873, the recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey, and a dash of absinthe was added.
Marmalade Chase Vodka
- There’s plenty of history behind the classic Collins, that blend of lemon juice, sugar and soda water that more than likely dates back to 1850s New York. Similar in character to the gin punches that preceded it at London clubs such as The Garrick in the early 19th century, it was first jotted down as a recipe by the renowned Jerry Thomas in 1876 as the‘Tom Collins’. Then the drink became many different Collins, depending on the base spirit
-In the United States, the name "Dark 'N Stormy" is a trademark of Gosling Brothers Ltd of Bermuda.This means that in the US, legally to be called a Dark 'N Stormy the drink must be made with Gosling Black Seal rum and ginger beer. Gosling Brother's recipe was invented in Bermuda just after World War I. The drink is promoted in the sailing and Sail racing community. Gosling's sponsors the Newport to Bermuda Race.
-The Mint Julep has largely been associated with Kentucky—both its bourbon and its derby since 1938 when it became the official drink of Louisville’s famed Churchill Downs.
-Tommy's Margarita was invented by Tequila legend Julio Bermejo at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, California. The key difference between this recipe and its predecessors is the use of Agave Nectar instead of orange liqueur
-When the books were turned into movies, the series gained popularity, as did martinis. The famousmartini that James Bond ordered is a dry martini, also known as "The Vesper," which is often confused with a dirty martini. Traditionally, a dirty martini is made with olives and Olive Brine.
Bulleit / Woodford Reserve
Brown sugar cube
- The first use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky.
-Aperol Spritz became popular in the 1950s, inspired by the Venetian mix of white wine and soda. The drink incorporates the Italian aperitif Aperol, which originated in Padua, Italy, in 1919 as a light liqueur alternative. In 2003 the Aperol brand was acquired by Gruppo Campari
Kamm & Sons
-Brittain’s take on the classic Italian aperitif
St. Germaine’s Spritz
St Germaine Elderflower
- St-Germain Spritz is Based on St Germain Liqueur (Eldeflower Liquier) was launched in 2007 by Coopers Spirit Co, a company founded 2006 and head-quartered in New York. Its now owned by Bacardi Ltd.
"The impact of a 'signature' cocktail is in its uniqueness and its 'point of difference' from the norm." - Cheryl Heisler, founder of Chicago-based Mixed metaPours.
We couldn't agree more, ask at the bar for our Signatures of the week...