How To Mix Cocktails Black Cab Style!

It’s no secret that we love to mix cocktails with coffee. But, it’s not just the espresso martini lovers and coffee fans that we cater for. Here we look at how to make some classic cocktails. Click the following links to go to your tipple of choice, or read the whole article to become a cocktail pro!

You can shake these drinks for yourself at home, or even better come and join us for a sip at our cocktail bars in Bromley and Battersea.

Bromley Cocktails
Dark & Stormy and Cosmopolitan, as seen from behind the bar in Bromley

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Some say the cosmopolitan, or cosmo, originated in the 80’s at a bar known as The Strand in Miami. It is also claimed that the cosmopolitan cocktail has been with us since the ’70s. It certainly has that 1980s neon look to us!

So what goes in a cosmo?

Crushed lemon & lime

These ratios will give you a well-balanced cosmopolitan but we encourage you to experiment. Of course, making more than one and adjusting to taste won’t be a disaster! 

  • 1 ½ parts vodka 
  • ½ part Cointreau liqueur
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • ¼ part lemon & lime juice.

Shake the ingredients over ice with enthusiasm! Pour into pre-chilled cocktail glass and add a twist of orange peel to serve. Bliss.

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

The favourite drink of Bermuda, could it be that all those who go missing in the triangle are just hiding at the bar?

Born when British naval rum met sailor’s home-brewed ginger beer. Gosling Brothers Ltd., the famous makers of black seal rum, trademarked the recipe in 1991.

Deliciously refreshing and, evidently, great against seasickness (don’t hold us to that!). This is a simple one to make. 

What goes in a Dark & Stormy?

Ginger Beer

Dark Rum

Lime Wedge


Fill a tall glass with ice add 150 ml of ginger beer and top it with 45 ml of Dark Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge. Oooo-aaaaarrrgh me hearties!

Espresso Martini Recipe

We could never write an article about cocktails without mention of our signature drink: The Espresso Martini.

As the story goes, a famous model walked into a London bar and asked bartender, Dick Bradsel, to mix a drink that would ‘wake me up & f*ck me up’!

And this, my friends, I can declare (from personal experience) does exactly that! In equal measure.

What goes in an Espresso Martini?




Sugar Syrup

Coffee Beans

Allow us to guide you through this step-by-step in detail so you can get this exactly right:

Step 1:

Much like you might pre-warm a cafetiere and mug before making coffee, a great first step with this (& most cocktails) is to add some ice to the glass at the beginning. This way it will have time to chill thoroughly, keeping your final drink nice and cool for longer.

Step 2:

Fill a Boston glass with ice. Pour over 30 ml espresso shot, 30 ml of vodka, and a 30 ml shot of Kahlua. Using equal measures will result in a balanced drink, but of course which you can adjust to taste by adding more or less of the Kahlua for sweetness.

Step 3:

Place the Boston tin over the glass and giving it a confident tap to make sure it’s secure. Then shake vigorously for a few seconds to froth up the crema. When you’re done double strain the liquid through both a Hawthorn and a conical strainer into a Martini glass. This will remove any fine shards of ice.

Step 4:

Garnish the drink with 3 coffee beans. Let it sit for a short moment for the crema to form. It should separate into two layers, much like a pint of Guinness. Enjoy thoroughly!

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