The Lucky Lilly

My favorite twist on the margarita.

A recipe taken from All Star Lanes, Holborn, London.

I’m at work one night, it was early around 7pm. Abdul my bar manager was at the end of the bar talking to lady named Lilly. He stood at 5’6 animated Mancunian (from Manchester). He was trying to impress Lilly with his bar tending skills, “what’s your favorite fruit?’ he asked her. “I like Pineapples”, she replied holding his stare, I like Pineapples and tequila”. And so forth was born the “Lucky Lilly”. And because Abdul got lucky with Lilly later that night.

3 pineapple slices

10 grinds of black pepper

dash agave nectar

2 ounces Herradura Tequila Resposado

Muddle Pineapple, Agave and pepper.

Add tequila

Shake & strain into salt and pepper rimmed martini glass.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and enjoy.


Cracked Thumb

An English rose’s twist on the American classic Julep. The Cracked Thumb is one of my favourite concoctions of all time. Fun to make, refreshing and classically contemporary…I took this recipe from All Star Lanes cocktail bar in Holborn, London where I worked for a year during my ‘Landan Dayz’


2 ounces of Plymouth Gin

1/2 ounce of Elderflower presse

half a peeled lemon zest

8 mint leaves.


Take a small chilled tin

Add lemon zest, elderflower presse and mint leaves, gently muddle for a few seconds.

Take an ice-cube and crack it in hand with the back of a spoon, repeat process until tin is full.

The process on cracking the ice mimics the ice used in the classic julep dating back to 19th century America. The chipped ice dilutes the drink perfectly.

Add gin and stir in tin, bringing lemon and mint to the top of the tin and mixing the drink. Add mint and lemon garnish.

My Well Crafted Manhattan

I entered a Woodford Reserve Mixology Competition almost a year ago. Or in a layman’s terms, bourbon cocktail comp to see the most creatively inspired alterations or recreations of the classic Manhattan Cocktail.

I came 3rd out of 10. Not bad…

Thought i’d share my¬†recipe…


2oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon

1oz Luxardo Maraschino Liquor

12 fresh cherries

dash of grenadine

Orange Zest


Muddle cherries in a Boston glass. add ingredients minus orange zest. Shake and strain into Martini glass. Flame orange peel and use as garnish.