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Gershwin`s Bar CocktailS


Most cocktail aficionados might recognize that formula from drinks such as the Old Fashioned and Sazerac. Some geeks out there might even be aware that before the invention of bitters, cocktails were known as “slings,” which comes from the German word “schlingen,” meaning to swallow quickly.

The first time the word “cocktail” is recorded as being used in the U.S. was on April 28, 1803 in a publication called The Farmers’ Cabinet and in the UK there is a reference to the “cock-tail” even earlier in The Morning Post and Gazetteer in London, England on March 20, 1798.

Could the cocktail be an English invention? The Punch was, after all.

Not that any of this really matters, anyway, because the word cocktail has been misused for many years now.

It is used as a header for the entire category of mixed alcoholic drinks, whether they are highballs, punches, fizzes or sours.


∼ £12.00 each

The Cham Cham
Chambord and Champagne ...topped with fresh raspberries of couse ... a pairing made in Heaven!

Bacardi, brown sugar, fresh mint, lime juice topped with soda or lemonade

Orange and Passionfruit Margarita

Passion fruit, Tequila, Cointreau, orange and fresh lime juices

Espresso Martini

Vodka, Kahlua, sugar syrup and espresso shot

Chocolate Martini
Baileys, Kahlua, vodka and Amaretto Disaronno

South Coast Cooler

Archers, Malibu, Vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice

Oliver`s Twist
Chambord, Mount Gay rum, blue bols, fresh raspberries & mint

MOCKTAIL (without alcohol)

∼ £5.00 each

Passionate poseur

Fresh orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup and grenadine