The James Bond martini: "shaken and not stirred" — it’s probably the most famous drink in all pop culture. But for much of his life, Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, didn’t drink martinis. That all changed when he fell in love with them at the Dukes Hotel bar, located on St. James Street in London, home over the centuries to some of the city’s greatest gentlemen’s clubs, wine merchants and tobacco retailers.
French 75’s are made with a standard pour of gin and topped with Champagne, so it’s a strong drink in a sparkling dress. In fact, it’s named after the French 75-mm field gun, which was commonly used in World War I. This cocktail is perfect for the holidays and other celebratory occasions.
As its name alludes, there’s nothing fancy about the Boilermaker, Still, this cocktail carries the shot-and-a-beer torch with pride. Blending Burial’s Shadowclock Pilsner with a shot of Chemists Bierband made from the beer itself creates an almost fortified beer cocktail that is worth savoring.
In the mid-2000s, Germany made a mark on the cocktail map with simple yet deliciously considered drinks, such as the Gin Basil Smash from Jörg Meyer. Try our complex and delicious twist on this modern cocktail with our Apple Eau De Vie.