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This magazine exists to defend the principles of Western civilisation. Now the question arises: can this concept be expressed in liquid form? We invite you to help us find out the answer.

What ingredients should go into a "Civilisation cocktail"? On June 17, we are holding the first Standpoint Salon at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar near our offices in Marylebone, central London. Three distinguished writers plus Conservative MP Jesse Norman and our Editor, Daniel Johnson, will discuss "Conservatism from Burke to Boris" over dinner. Rashly, we have promised to supply a Civilisation cocktail to get proceedings off to a flying start, but as yet its contents are as mysterious as the next Conservative election manifesto. Which is where you come in. What ingredients should it contain?

The best combination suggested by a reader (within reason) will be served at the Salon and will win two tickets to the dinner, worth £100. Please email your suggestions to

Peter Smith
April 26th, 2013
11:04 AM
To encompass civilisation and its defence, one must think in general terms: not shapes or ideas, but in colours, recognisable to all. In my estimation, three colours stand out above all as symbols of civilisation (and thus the basis of a good cocktail): blue, white, and red. In their most obvious forms, as national flags, the colours represent a spectrum of civil values: Anglo-Saxon freedom and the rule of law, French patriotism and equality, Dutch chilaxin’ and easy living. And that’s just within Europe: the Stars and Stripes have stood proud since the American Civil War, and post-Communist Russia tore down the hammer-and-sickle in favour of this triad of colours as the new Federation banner. Even within our own Union Flag, the colours stand for Scotland, Wales and England: sea, blood and God. I suggest, then, a foundation of blue Curacao to give a base and kick to the drink (its close relative, triple sec, is found in the Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea and Cosmopolitan, and it is a speakeasy staple). Serve the Curacao straight to the glass, until it is about half full. Next add to a shaker an ample amount of fresh sloe gin for the red, or a shot of cassis in a suitable mixer in the alternative. Then add to the shaker a white rum, some crushed ice, and an egg white. Shake, and pour on the Curacao. Serve without garnish.

Frank Upton
April 18th, 2013
10:04 AM
Hollands gin, advocaat, and the juice from a jar of cockles. No ice.

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