Category: Cointreau

Lord Suffolk Cocktail

Top of the list of my New Year’s Eve libations this year was a cheeky little  cocktail called the Lord Suffolk. 

Lord Suffolk CocktailFeatured in the classic Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930, the Lord Suffolk is a gin based cocktail and believe me, it is deeelicious!!!! It’s so good! 

On top of the gin you have herby notes from vermouth, citrus from Cointreau and a nutty flavour from Maraschino liqueur. 

This will however knock you flat if you have more than one though so go easy!

I’ve included a cautionary tale via some dating tips from the 1930’s  to guide you in the correct etiquette of dealing with the Lord Suffolk so why not make yourself one, sit back, sip up an enjoy!

First Impressions

Him:  Is that a nip I see before me?  Mummy warned me about loose non-brassièred women like you. Must.  Avert.  Eyes.   OMG, you’ve also got cankles!

Her: Calm down, that’s just my wrinkled stockings. 

Pre – Date Chit Chat

Her:  I wish I could just tug my girdle around a little bit.  I feel it’s making me sit awkwardly.  Good thing I have a jawful of Stay Calm Chewing gum or I’d be ready to bury an axe in your boring AF head.

Him:  If you snap your gum at me one more time, I’m going to strangle you with my pristine white handkerchief.  And BTW you sit like a truck driver with elephantiasis of the testicles. It’s making me weirdly horny.

Out and About

Him:  Mummy gave me that hankie.  She washed and ironed it specially for me, and now it’s RUINED, you harlot!

Her: If only this was the 21st century where the object I am holding would be a mobile phone and not a compact.  I could

a) send a selfie to my bestie asking her if she thinks I should have worn a brassière tonight and,

b) ask her to call me  to say she’s had a girdle tugging emergency and needs me to come immediately.

One Lord Suffolk Later

Lord Suffolk Cocktail2Her:  This is the best drink I’ve ever had.  Let’s go dance one of those new fangled jitterbugs!

Him:  You know, you’re not so bad after all.  Waiter, another round of these delightful Lord Suffolk cocktails!

The Dance Floor

Her: You put the boom-boom into my heart, You send my soul sky high when your lovin’ starts
Jitterbug into my brain, Goes a bang-bang-bang ’til my feet do the same.  (RIP George Michael!)

Him:  STFU!  How do you expect me to concentrate on perfecting my moves like Jagger when your incessant idiotic ramblings prevent me from hearing the beat?  And whose hat is that?

Two Lord Suffolk’s Later

Her: I love you Lord Suffolk, you’re my best friend.

Him: I hate you.  And whose fucking hat is that?

Three Lord Suffolk’s Later

Her: Zzzzzzzz

Him: Dear Mummy, you were right, all women are drunken sluts…

Random Double Breasted Suit Wearing Stranger: My hat!  Mamma  Mia!! What has she done to my hat? 

Lord Suffolk Cocktail
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  1. 5/8 Gin - I used Beefeater
  2. 1/8 Italian Dry Vermouth*
  3. 1/8 Cointreau
  4. 1/8 Luxardo Maraschino
  5. Lemon Peel to garnish
  1. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with a strip of lemon peel.
  1. *The original recipe used sweet vermouth. I tried with both sweet and dry and preferred the dry. Use your preference.
Adapted from The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930 by Harry Craddock
Adapted from The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930 by Harry Craddock
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Have a great week and whatever you do, keep your dignity.  And don’t tug your girdle.
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History Happy Hour 1983 – The Kiwi

This week in History Happy Hour we are celebrating my home town and the running of the Melbourne Cup with this delicious Kiwi Cocktail.

kiwi cocktail 1First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is the richest “two-mile” handicap race in the world, and one of the richest turf races.  It is, in Australia, the race that stops a nation. 

It is run on the first Tuesday in November each year and here in Melbourne, we get a day off from work for the Cup.  A sneaky Tuesday off work?  Now that’s worth celebrating!

kiwi cocktail 2

The Kiwi Cocktail also specifically celebrates the 1983 winner of the cup, Kiwi.  Why are we celebrating 1983?  Well…you try finding a cocktail called Archer (first winner) or Protectionist (last year’s winner).  And if you do, send them my way!

And kiwi fruit are super delicious.  And very healthy.  So, you get a teeny bit of detoxing even as you are toxing.  And that can’t be a bad thing. 

Don’t let the pretty green colour of the Kiwi Cocktail fool you either.  With 75ml of  booze in it, The Kiwi has a kick like a prize-winning stallion!  So drink it responsibly…remember the Cup is a race for stayers not sprinters!

PSA over,  this is delicious and perfect for a lovely Spring afternoon as long as you take it easy!

History Happy Hour 1983 – The Kiwi

History Happy Hour  1983 – The Kiwi


  • 15ml Cointreau
  • 45ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Sugar Syrup
  • 1 Kiwi fruit
  • 30ml Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 30ml Light Rum
  • Ice


  • Blend all ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel on the glass and serve.

Happy drinking and good luck if you have a flutter!

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History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

  For many a month I’ve been thinking about how to bring you some of the delights of  “International Mixed Drinks” as featured in this post.  I’ve also been wanting to do something more interactive, that allows others to join in if they wish.

Because, lets face it.  Sometimes we all need a reason to have a libation (or two).

Inkahluarable1So, without any further ado, welcome to History Happy Hour!

Every couple of weeks, I will find a reason to celebrate a piece of history and we can all drink to it! 

Kicking things off we have the Inkahúarable celebrating Jamaica. 

Reasons to celebrate Jamaica this week? 

  • Last week Marlon James became the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize with his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based in part on an assassination attempt on Bob Marley.
  • Today, 19 October is National Heroes Day in Jamaica. 

So why not pop some Bob Marley on the ipod, raise a toast to Marlon James and the seven National Heroes of Jamaica and join me in sipping an Inkahlúarable.  And don’t worry about a thing.  Because every little thing’s gonna be alright!

Inkahluarable2NOTE: The book of International Mixed Drinks claims that terminal illness can be temporarily postponed with this drink. 

I think that is highly unlikely so don’t go off your meds if you drink one of these. 

Totally irresponsible claims from the book of IMD aside, this is a damn fine cocktail.  Who knew orange and coffee went together so well!!!  Inkahluarable3

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable


  • 10ml Kahlúa
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • 10ml Grand Marnier


  • Pour the Kahlua into the glass.
  • Slowly pour in the Cointreau over the back of a spoon.
  • Repeat with the Grand Marnier.
  • Enjoy!

But wait, there’s more!

You Can Be A Part of History Happy Hour!

  • Do you live in a country? (Yes you do.)
  • Does that country have any celebratory days? / Historically significant days / weird fun facts? (Of course it does)
  • Want to make a cocktail to celebrate the above? (You betcha)

Either make your cocktail, # historyhappyhour and drop me a line in the comments.  Or guest post it on here. 

Or, stumped for a cocktail?  Let me know where you are from and I will do my best to send you an appropriate recipe.  (Not all countries are represented in the International Book of Mixed Drinks).  Again, you can post it on your own blog, or guest post your cocktail on here.

Have a recipe celebrating a particular place / piece of history and can’t be bothered making it?  Send it through.  Just give me plenty of time before your special day so I can buy supplies if needed.

Happy (Responsible) Drinking!

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