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How to Make a London Calling Cocktail

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 13, 2020 • 1 min read

A relative newcomer to the cocktail canon, the London Calling cocktail—a citrusy, sherry-forward riff on a gin sour—makes for a zesty, complex aperitif.



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What Is a London Calling?

The London Calling is a gin-based cocktail made with equal parts dry sherry, sugar syrup, and lemon juice. The recipe then doubles down on citrus notes with orange bitters and a grapefruit peel. Bartender Chris Jepson invented the fruity cocktail at Milk & Honey, a London cocktail bar, in 2002.

London Calling Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 1 ½ ounce dry gin
  • ½ ounce Fino sherry
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Grapefruit twist, for garnish
  1. Combine gin, sherry, simple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker over ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupette or Martini glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

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