One of the nicest and most gentle of men is Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford, who despite his aristocratic titles and ancestry has the gift of being as normal as any man. His greatest gifts however, must be his great sense of humor and his charm.  Men respect him and women adore him.  As a long-time friend of this website and our management, we’ve elected to create a special cocktail in his honor.

Lord Bradford is a man on a mission: to inform the world of the quality of British cookery and the greatness of Britain’s restaurants.  In this, he’s succeeding as more and more people around the world become aware of celebrity chefs and their spectacular restaurants thanks in no small part to his guiding hand.  Such chefs as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and others owe much to his efforts through The Master Chefs of Great Britain and The British Restaurant Association.  He’s also the first international board member to sit on the board of the US National Restaurant Association.

Owner of Porters English Restaurant and Covent Garden Grill in London’s Covent Garden since 1979, he’s one of the nation’s most successful restaurateurs.  With his wonderful Countess, Penny, he’s often seen dining out throughout Britain and the world.

We use in this delectable concoction, Penderyn, which is still not widely available in the United States or Canada, but is the first whiskey produced in Wales in over 100 years.  Similar to a fine single-malt Scotch, this whiskey has a glorious flavor that has a sweet, fruity, spicy balance.  Penderyn is not a copycat of a Scottish distillation, but is a fine single-malt in its own right and should be savored and enjoyed as such.

It is distilled in the village of Penderyn in the Cynon Valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf from which the brand takes its name.

Penderyn became the first whiskey to be manufactured in Wales for over a century when sales started in 2004, and it remains the only whiskey currently produced in the country. The Publisher toured the distillery just a day after the official opening, while en route to visit the Earl and Countess of Bradford.

Penderyn Distillery is situated in Brecon Beacons National Park – a magnificent place of natural beauty – and is considered the smallest distillery in the world.

The Earl and Countess make their official home in Shropshire, not too far from Penderyn Distillery.

The Earl of Bradford
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A delectable blend of orange and lemon flavors, tempered by vermouth, this cocktail has an astounding flavor worth of a noble title.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces Penderyn
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 3/4 ounce Italian sweet vermouth
  • lemon twist (optional)
  1. Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass or champagne saucer.
  2. Garnish with the lemon twist if you desire.
Because this is a very unfussy cocktail with just a few ingredients, I decided to use Penderyn and it tasted great. If it’s not in your budget or available near you, a blended Scotch like Famous Grouse is a good standby. For the vermouth, I recommend upgrading from Martini and Rossi if you can. This is a cocktail where specificity and quality pay dividends. Carpano Antica is unbeatable in this drink.

So remember, the next time someone spouts off nonsense about Welsh whiskey not being a cocktail-appropriate spirit, slap them in the back of the neck and tell’em “It’s good enough for The Earl of Bradford!”

If you’re in London, stop in at Porters and ask the barman to make you “The Earl of Bradford” cocktail and tell them where you found the recipe.

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