The Crazy World of Cocktail Names!

Cocktail Blog

Welcome to the bizarre world of cocktail names…

Death in the Afternoon

Apparently, if you really want to, you can drink death. Or maybe it just makes you feel like death? Death in the Afternoon is absinthe mixed with a tiny amount of champagne. We’re not entirely sure if this drink is limited to the afternoon or not though, sorry.

Satan’s Whiskers

We don’t know either, honestly. What we can tell you though is that it’s a big ol’ mash up of gin, Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice and orange bitters.

Hanky Panky

This one sounds about as awkward to order as Sex on the Beach. But if you can get past that it sounds like you’re in for a treat. Made of gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet-Branca and garnished with a cute little orange twist we think the Hanky Panky cocktail sounds pretty good. If you like the sound of it we’ve found you a little instructional video so you can make your own!


Word on the street is that this drink is so named because it makes you feel like one – a zombie, that is. The Zombie is equal parts white rum, golden rum, dark rum, apricot brandy, pineapple juice and papaya juice with a dash of grenadine (or other syrup if desired). Yikes. How brave are you feeling?

Flaming Giraffe

The Flaming Giraffe is so named because it is set on fire before being consumed – not because somebody got really angry at a giraffe as we originally thought. This fiery cocktail is made using Kahlúa, butterscotch schnapps and 151 proof rum.

Pink Squirrel

We want to know who on earth is coming up with these names. No really, who? The Pink Squirrel consists of Creme de Noyaux, white Creme de Cacao and light cream.


If you’ve tried any of these tweet us at @whyteandbrown – we’d love to hear all about it. You never know, some of these may feature on our next drinks menu!  CHEERS.

Cocktails: A History

CocktailsLong thought to originate in America it now looks as if cocktails were in our very own London first!

Cocktails are a mixed drink containing one or more alcoholic spirits or wine with other ingredients such as fruits, vegetables or cream.

For a long time now the world has believed it owed the wonder that is delicious cocktails to America due to the earliest mention of the word ‘cocktail’ being found in a 1806 New York newspaper. The word has since been discovered in various other publications with the earliest mention now being in on 20th March 1798 in London’s The Morning Post and Gazetteer. Naturally where cocktails originated is still very much up for debate – but for now we’re content with the knowledge that London got in there early on!

By 1869 the first British cocktail recipe book came out, it was called William Terrington’s Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks. The first recipe of the book was for a Gin Cocktail made with ginger syrup, a little water, aromatic bitters and either brandy or gin.

London really jumped on the cocktail wagon around the beginning of the first 20th century and, let’s be honest, we haven’t really looked back since – you can’t go wrong with a cocktail!

Here at Whyte & Brown we have a great selection of cocktails including a beautiful Tropical Martini, reviving Espresso Martini and refreshing White Wine Spirtz. You can find our full list of cocktails and other drinks here.