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The Blenheim cocktail


The Blenheim cocktail was created in connection with the 90th birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, thanks to the creativity and inspiration of Joe Gilmore, from the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel.

Joe Gilmore was one of the oldest barmen at this bar; he started in this business as an apprentice at the American Bar in 1940, then was appointed as head bartender in 1955 until his retirement in 1976. This period of time as a bartender was enough to invent different cocktails to entertain special guests including Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth and Richard Nixon. He even created a cocktail to celebrate the first walk on the moon.

The Blenheim cocktail has 40% alcohol content, is served in highball glasses, but also in cocktail glasses and its main ingredients are vodka and orange juice. Its citrus and delicious flavor give it reputation among both men and women, who mostly enjoy it in hot summer seasons.

Blenheim cocktail ingredients

Blenheim cocktail preparation

  1. Step 1: Place the ingredients described above in a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Step 2: Shake vigorously and proceed to pour the contents of the shaker.
  3. Step 3: Pour the result into a highball glass or cocktail glass.

Some people prepare the Blenheim cocktail with brandy; the recipe is as follows:


  • 2 parts yellow chartreuse
  • 1 part Lillet
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part Dubonnet
  • 3 parts brandy


Place the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, serve in a cocktail glass and start enjoying.

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The Vesper Cocktail


The Vesper Cocktail is known for its appearance in the 1953 film 007 Casino Royale. Its bitter taste is native to Britain and its main ingredient is gin, vodka and Lillet, also called Lillet Blanc.

The appeal and elegance of this cocktail may be due to its crystal-like appearance and the curly lemon peel decorating the cocktail glass. This differs from the classic martini cocktail not only by the lemon peel decoration replacing the olive, but by the presence of both gin and vodka and the replacement of vermouth by Lillet or Kina Lillet.
The Kina Lillet is difficult to get in some stores, so some replace it with a dry vermouth and to mitigate the difference in taste some add a touch of bitter.

Kina Lillet is now known as Lillet and pronounced ?Lee-lai?. This is an appetizer of French origin, made from liquor, fruits and herbs. It is produced since late XIX century.

Lillet blanc is made from white wine and is drier than Lillet Rouge, made from red wine. It’s aged in oak barrels for about 12 months as the wines of Bordeaux, and its bitter taste is due to Kina (bark of Cinchona tree). Its reminiscences of orange, pine and mint make it worth the delight of many, leaving a long mouthfeel.

In 1980, Lillet modified its recipe to soften the bitter taste. Unlike vermouth, Lillet uses the same spices for its red and white versions, only varying the type of wine.

Vesper Cocktail ingredients

  • 60 ml Gin
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 7.5 ml Lillet
  • A twist of lemon

Vesper Cocktail Elaboration:

  1. Mix in a shaker 60 ml gin, 15 ml vodka and 7.5 ml Lillet.
  2. Serve in a cocktail glass decorated with curly lemon peel.

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The “Agua de Valencia”


This striking orange colored cocktail made with cava or champagne was created in Spain in 1959 by Constante Gil. The Basque tourists often ordered the best cava available, calling it ?Agua de Bilbao? (Bilbao water) and in reaction to this, Gil decided to serve his own cocktail called Agua de Valencia (Valencia water).

The ?Agua de Valencia? is served both at home with friends and in bars, and comes usually in a jar, ideal for sharing.


  • ½ liter of orange juice
  • ½ liter of cava or champagne
  • 60ml of Gin
  • 60ml of Vodka
  • Sugar
  • Oranges


  1. Step 1: In a jar with a capacity of a little over a liter proceed to pour ½ liter of orange juice, and the additional oranges.
  2. Step 2: Now add 60 ml of gin and 60ml of vodka
  3. Step 3: Now add to the mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and mix with a long-handled spoon until completely dissolved.
  4. Step 4: Finally add the ½ liter of champagne or cava and mix gently to avoid losing its fantastic bubbles.

You can add some ice to the jar to preserve freshness and decorate with a slice of orange, to make it more enticing to the eyes of your guests.

As with any cocktail, the recommended quantities are an initial guide that will allow you to play around to find your ideal point. Some daring people add some Cointreau to their preparation: it’s a matter of testing and evaluating according to your taste.

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