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Gershwin`s Bar Cocktail Menu


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.




Bubbles & More Bubbles

The Champagne Cocktail
Sugar cube, Angostura bitters topped with bubbles and lemon twist.

French 75
Gin, sugar and lemon juice topped off with bubbles.

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

Old Cuban
Champagne, bacardi, lime juice, sugar, ginger and mint.

∼ £10.00 each

The Classics

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

Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry, lime juice and orange twist

Orange and Passionfruit Margarita

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

Espresso martini

Vodka, kahlua, sugar syrup - and not forgetting the shot of espresso

Whiskey Sour
Bourbon, egg white, lemon juice, sugar syrup, angostura bitters

∼ £8.00 each

Chocolate Martini

Baileys, Kahlua, vodka and Amaretto Disaronno

South Coast Cooler

Archers, Malibu, Vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice

∼ £10.00 each

Gershwin`s Select

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

Bittersweet symphony
Amaretto, tequila gold, mount gay rum, apple, blue bols, pineapple and passion fruit juices

Apple passion
Blue curacao, passion fruit, black vodka, apple juice Jelly baby
Vodka, blue curacao, malibu, pineapple juice, grenadine

Purple rain
Vodka, blue curacao, lemon juice, lemonade

∼ £8.00 each

Eaves Cleaver
Citron Vodka, blackcurrant, fresh raspberries and blackberries, ginger ale

∼ £10.00 each


Alcohol - free cocktails


Virgin mojito

Brown sugar, fresh mint, fresh lime juice - topped with your choice of soda, ginger ale or lemonade

Passionate poseur

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


Just J !
Orange, pineapple and cranberry juices with fresh lime and sugar syrup


∼ £5.00 each