The cocktail was originally devised in 1922 for the film of the same name, starring Rudolph Valentino as a hard-drinking matador (supposedly one of his favourite roles). It can be found in cocktail books of the 20’s and 30’s, but then largely falls from the scene until this century, when it starts to appear again on the more discerning cocktail lists. This was where we found it (Milk & Honey London to be precise), whilst chewing the fat over our own cocktail bar. We met there repeatedly, and drank many variations of this cocktail whilst doing so. Whether it helped progress or not, it seemed to be an appropriate choice when it came to names…


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