The Blenheim cocktail

by Marta Burgués

The Blenheim cocktail was created in connection with the 90th birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, thanks to the creativity and inspiration of Joe Gilmore, from the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel.

Joe Gilmore was one of the oldest barmen at this bar; he started in this business as an apprentice at the American Bar in 1940, then was appointed as head bartender in 1955 until his retirement in 1976. This period of time as a bartender was enough to invent different cocktails to entertain special guests including Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth and Richard Nixon. He even created a cocktail to celebrate the first walk on the moon.

The Blenheim cocktail has 40% alcohol content, is served in highball glasses, but also in cocktail glasses and its main ingredients are vodka and orange juice. Its citrus and delicious flavor give it reputation among both men and women, who mostly enjoy it in hot summer seasons.

Blenheim cocktail ingredients

Blenheim cocktail preparation

  1. Step 1: Place the ingredients described above in a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Step 2: Shake vigorously and proceed to pour the contents of the shaker.
  3. Step 3: Pour the result into a highball glass or cocktail glass.

Some people prepare the Blenheim cocktail with brandy; the recipe is as follows:


  • 2 parts yellow chartreuse
  • 1 part Lillet
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part Dubonnet
  • 3 parts brandy


Place the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, serve in a cocktail glass and start enjoying.

Today we recommend the drinks needed to prepare the original Blenheim cocktail:

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