While researching the Bulldog cocktail for this article I came across three very different recipes, so we’ll talk about them all. Lets start with what I was looking for, the Bulldog.

Bulldog Cocktail #1 – Mr Boston

  • 1½oz (45ml) Marie Brizard Jollie Cherry (Cherry Brandy)
  • ¾oz (22.5ml) Gin
  • ½oz (15ml) Fresh Lime Juice

Shake the ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

This drink is found in the Mr Boston Official Bartenders Guide 2012 edition, and has a history going back to the 1935 guide.

Bulldog Cocktail 1

Bulldog Cocktail #2 – The Savoy

Listed as the Bull-Dog Cocktail, this was the only source I could find for this recipe.

  • Juice of One Orange (approx 1½ – 2oz, 45-60ml)
  • 2oz (60ml) Gin
  • Fill the balance with Ginger Ale

Serve over 2 or 3 lumps of ice in a large tumbler with a straw.

Interestingly Gin & Ginger is a combination that’s becoming popular once again. This is not only driven by the trend for gin, but the improvement in the quality of mixers. Also, many people who didn’t drink gin in the past are discovering they actually dislike tonic, not gin!

Bulldog Cocktail 2

Bulldog Cocktail #3 – Difford’s Guide

  • 1oz (30ml) Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum
  • 1oz (30ml) Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 3oz (90ml) Half & Half (Cream and Milk mix)
  • Top with Cola

Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain over ice in a collins glass, top with cola. I knew the recipe from my Fridays days as the Colorado Bulldog which uses Vodka in place of Rum. There’s also a Colorado MoFo variation which uses Tequila instead. All taste far better than you’d expect, with the Tequila variation probably the best of the bunch. It has notes of caramel on top of what is essentially a coke float. Somehow, the unappealing sounding combination of cream and cola works well!

Bulldog Cocktail 3

Over to you

If you’re asked for a Bulldog – which version would you have made before you read this? Do you have a new favourite or are there more recipes we’ve not included?

3 Bulldog Cocktails


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