CocktailsIt’s Cocktail Time!

King of Cocktails Dale DeGroff shares exclusive cocktail recipes.

Cocktails are fun, fashionable and sophisticated. Last year on-trade analyst CGA Strategy reported a 10.8% uplift in cocktail sales since 2012, and 43% of under 35’s say they have bought a cocktail in the last week, compared to 36% a year ago. 

We share exclusive recipes with you from Dale DeGroff, King of Cocktails, doyen of the world of American cocktails. (And coming soon we have special recipes from the Savoy’s Head Bartender, Chris Moore.) 


Negroni Sbagliato

The special product in this recipe is the St Germain Elderflower liqueur. This marvellous product is so mixable it has become a staple in bars everywhere, it is hard to find a spirit companion that doesn’t like this pleasing floral banquet of flavour. 


  • 45ml Campari 
  • 45ml Italian Sweet Vermouth 
  • 60ml Prosecco sparkling wine 
  • Orange zest garnish 


Pour the Campari and the sweet vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a goblet 3/4 filled with ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice expressing the oil over the top of the drink. 


La Vida Buena

Del Maguey Chichicapa is an idiosyncratic agave spirit and one of the village mescals crafted in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, and bottled by Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Spirits. Inspired by the Manhattan and created by New York Bartender Leo DeGroff. 


  • 45ml Vida Del Maguey Single Village 100 percent Espadin Mezcal 
  • 22ml Carpano Antica Italian Sweet Vermouth 
  • 22ml Aperol Italian bitter orange liqueur 
  • 2 dashes Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters


Stir ingredients with ice until chilled. Strain over a large hand cut ice cube into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange zest expressing oil over the top of the drink. 

Read more about the world’s greatest premium spirits, what’s new, and where to buy them via the pages of the new issue of Matthew Fort’s Drink Hamper magazine. Featuring special cocktail recipes from the Savoy, fine wine expertise from Selfridges, and a feast of fine food recipes from Matthew Fort. 


See more: Dale DeGroff’s Gin Cocktails

Dale DeGroff’s Vodka Cocktails

Dale DeGroff’s Tequila Cocktails