Champagne, Brandy, Sugar, Bitters
Charles Baudelaire drank this classic and he would have been as approving of it as we are of his sentiment: ‘One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you choose. But get drunk.’
Champagne, Gin, Lemon, Sugar
Scott Fitzgerald was partial to a French 75. After adding gin to champagne for a more bracing libation, a French-American fighter pilot remarked it was ‘like being hit by a 75mm Howitzer round’. A poetic beginning, if ever we saw one.
Death in The Gulf Stream
Champagne, Genever, Lime, Sugar, Angostura
A twist on Hemingway's contribution to So Red The Nose, or Breath In The Afternoon, a cocktail book published in 1935 consisting of author-given recipes.
Sexing The Cherry
Champagne, Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Lemon, Angostura
As well as taking the name of this cocktail from Jeanette Winterson's wonderful work, we make it with a sentiment from another of her novels, The Passion: "do it from the heart or not at all."
Dr. Nath's Fogcutter
Rum, Cognac, Gin, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple, Orgeat, Sherry
A friend of the club, writer Michael Nath's books are booze-fuelled. We can't help but feel the characters would enjoy this tipple as much as the author. "But what's the point of trying not to drink? It's so bloody aimless isn't it?"
Vodka, Triple Sec, Fresh Orange Juice
Truman Capote called the Screwdriver ‘my orange drink.’ While often mis-made and mistreated, we feel that, given a bit of love, it's the perfect afternoon tipple. Need another excuse? It's one of your five a day. ‘In this profession it's a long walk between drinks.’ – Truman Capote
Vodka, Tomatoes Juice, Lemon
Either a hangover cure or a nutritious breakfast.‘I hadn't the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself.’ – P.G. Woodhouse
Delta of Venus
Genever, Green Chartreuse, Sweet Vermouth
A seductively perfumed retake on the Bijou, the spirits represent three precious jewels- the diamond, the emerald and the ruby. ‘The potion drunk by lovers is prepared by no one but themselves. The potion is the sum of one's whole existence.’ – Anaïs Nin
Bourbon, Bitters, Sugar
Sherwood Anderson's writing influenced the likes of Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Hemingway. Of all the drinks, Anderson's favourite was the old fashioned.
Rye, Brandy, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura, Peychaud’
This drink was invented in the Hotel Monteleone frequented by Tennessee Williams. As the cold draws in, shut your eyes, sip and feel the heat of a New Orleans night overlooking the ‘old square’ as the fans turn slow and the horns blow.
Bourbon, Bitters, Maraschino Cherry
This classic bears the name of the island from which it came. Most historians agree this was first drink to combine spirits with vermouth.
Gin, Rose’s Cordial or with Fresh Grapefruit
Gimlets are scattered throughout Raymond Chandler’s thrillers. Traditionally made with Rose’s lime cordial. ‘Alcohol is like love,' he said. 'The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off.’ – Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye.
Kahlua, Espresso, Vodka
Created by Soho’s, Dick Bradshaw, in the 1980s when Kate Moss asked for a drink to "pick me up and fuck me up" The result was this gorgeous rich cocktail. We think Balzac, a habitual coffee enthusiast, would have approved.
The Last Word
Gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, Lime
Though it is a classic, there is little reference to this drink in literature, although Hanif Kureishi’s latest novel bears the same name.
Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Fernet Branca
Invented by famed female bartender of the Savoy, Ada Coleman, in the early 20th century. She employed a young Harry Craddock who in turn went on to write the Savoy Cocktail book.
Gin or Vodka, Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist or Olive
A martini should be two parts gin and one part dry vermouth as per The Savoy Cocktail Book.‘Why don’t you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini.’ – Robert Benchley
Campari, Gin, Sweet Vermouth
Tennessee Williams was no stranger to a good drink. Clearly he knew what he was talking about when he featured this one in his 1950's novella The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. Excellent before a meal, fantastic on its own and a great nightcap. Or try its bourbon cousin, the Boulevardier
Henry Miller's Touch Up
Cognac, Chartreuse, Club Cardamon Syrup, Lemon, Angostura
Miller was always asking friends for a little cash so he could squander it on an aperitif or take out a woman he'd only just met. We're sure he'd have run up a few of these on someone else's tab.
Cognac, Triple Sec, Lemon
The exact origin is still debatable, England vs. France. The Ritz in Paris claims its origin. Either way, Hemingway could often be found sipping one when he parked himself in the hotel after D-Day.
Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime
Jack Kerouac, on a jaunt to Mexico, fell in love with not only the landscape and the people but with this drink. ‘Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.’ – Jack Kerouac
Gin, Lemon, Maraschino, Creme de Violette
Scott Fitzgerald's choice spirit was gin, said to be so, due to his belief that you couldn't smell it on his breath. ‘First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bourbon, Gin or Vodka, Egg White, Lemon, Sugar
So great was Dorothy Parker's love of whiskey sours, now and then she had them for breakfast. ‘I wish I could drink like a lady, I can take one or two at the most, Three and I’m under the table, Four and I’m under the host’ – Dorothy Parker
Rum, Lime, Grapefruit, Maraschino
This notorious drink was created for the writer at El Floridita, Havana by bartender Constantino Ribalaigua. Hemingway wanted something strong without sugar. ‘I drink to make other people more interesting.’ – Ernest Hemingway
Wines and Beer
Glass £7 / Bottle £26
Picpoul de Pinet, Saint-Jean des Sources 2013
From the Languedoc region. Light and very easy to drink.
Glass £6 / Bottle £24
Costieres de Nimes, Chateau des Sources 2013
Opposite to the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape, blended with Grenache & Syrah, warm peppery finish whilst still velvety.
Cremant and Champagne
Glass £12 / Bottle £53
Vintage Cremant de Bourgogne
A rare and fascinating wine that keeps winning against branded Champagnes. Buttery and Creamy with a beautiful Golden Colour.
Gosset Grand Reserve NV
From the second oldest, or depending on terminology, the oldest House in Champagne, a rich, seriously well-made wine with an elegant and assertive finish.
Absinthe, sugar, water
‘The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things.’– Oscar Wilde
Absinthe, Camapari, Cynar, Amaro Montenegro, Bitters
Seki Lynch created this stunning drink in honour of the mirror in Soho, reputed to come from Baskerville hall. Inspired by the thought of both Holmes and Arthur Conan-Doyle indulging in the decadence of an opium den.
‘Bitter as poison and not for the faint-hearted’ – Seki Lynch
Fear and Loathing
Absinthe, Rum, Spiced Rum, Overproof Rum, Cointreau, Lime, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Club Grenadine, Club Falernum.
‘Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.’ – Hunter S. Thompson
Marquis de Sade
Absinthe, Rye, Benedictine, Cherry Heering, Peychaud's
Deliciously decadent and titalatingly transgressive, this heady mixture is nothing if not a potion for dark passions.
‘Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.’ ― Marquis de Sade
No. 3 Gin
Glenrothes Select Reserve
Gosling’s Black Seal
Wray and Nephew’s
Society Club Grenadine, Ginger Ale, Lime.
As with most drinks, the origin of the Shirley Temple is uncertain. Perhaps the reliable account is that a bartender made her this special cocktail while she dined with parents and celebs at Chasen's, a hotel in Beverly Hills, on her 10th birthday.
The perfect blend of innocence and adulthood. ‘It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.’ -Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Tomato,Tabasco, Worcester Sauce, Celery Seeds,Lemon,Sea Salt,Pepper
What more can we say? The classic without the hit. Probably your best way to recovery - though taste may stir the memory as with Proust's Madeline. Which may bring you back to old habits. We're not to blame.Bloody hell, go on then.
Egg Whites , Lemon, Sugar, Soda
An accidental creation made during the chaos of a busy night as a non-alcoholic counterpart to the classic sour.
Fresh fruit juice