How to Make an Essex Cocktail

Updated April 17, 2017

An Essex cocktail is a bold, intensely flavoured drink that fans of strong cocktails should really enjoy. The Essex combines four alcoholic ingredients without any mixers, so make sure you don't over-pour when making this drink for party or dinner guests. The Essex cocktail makes a wonderful drink after dinner, and it pairs very well with dark fruit, vanilla and chocolate desserts. This recipe makes one Essex cocktail, served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice.

Add the lemon vodka, vodka, peppermint liqueur and blackberry schnapps to the cocktail shaker.

Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.

Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish the finished cocktail with a freshly sliced lemon wheel and serve right away.


For a sweeter cocktail, add one-half teaspoon grenadine syrup right before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Crushed ice
  • 29.6ml. lemon vodka
  • 29.6ml. vodka
  • 29.6ml. peppermint liqueur
  • 29.6ml. blackberry schnapps
  • Chilled cocktail glass
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish
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About the Author

Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."