Oh Gosh!

May 7th, 2007

I thought I had better explain exactly why I named this site “Oh Gosh!”, and at the same time give myself an excuse to make one of my favourite summer cocktails…

Oh Gosh cocktail with Cointreau and Havana Club bottles in background

The “Oh Gosh!” is a little-known cocktail created by Tony Conigliaro at the now defunt Isola bar in Knightsbridge, London. According to Difford’s Guide to Cocktails, the drink was christened so after the customer that ordered the drink exclaimed “Oh gosh!” upon taking his first sip. The recipe, which is a slight variation on the Daiquiri, is as follows…

Oh Gosh!

This makes a wonderful citrus drink. It’s also quite a light drink, meaning many of my friends who find most cocktails too strong for their tastes will happily drink one of these. I’ve never actually seen it on a cocktail menu anywhere, but thankfully ordering a Daiquiri with a shot of Cointreau pretty much gets you there.

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9 responses to “Oh Gosh!”

  1. Oh Gosh! says:

    [...] Thank you for inspiration, Jay Hepburn, a cocktail enthusiast from England! [...]

  2. cocktailnerd » Blog Archive » Last night’s dogbite: Oh Gosh! - A blog of most things cocktail and alcohol related says:

    [...] doesn’t count as inspired fascination, I’m not sure what does. Jay recounts in his post how the Oh Gosh! was developed by Tony Conigliaro in a bar in Knightsbridge, London1 and also [...]

  3. Ivana Ivana says:

    Do you shake it with mineral water? Or you add it afterward? It`s not a good idea to shake co2 products!? hmmm

    great drink btw. (by the looks of it) I will definitely give it a try!

  4. Jay Jay says:

    Ivana – Heh, this confusion comes up a lot with Americans. Here in the UK mineral water is simply bottled water – no carbonation, no fizz, just plain old water. I agree shaking with a fizzy water would be a recipe for disaster!

    It was in the original recipe I got from Difford’s Guide, but these days I omit the extra water as it seems unnecessary to me.

  5. Ivana Ivana says:

    Very nice drink! I`ve tried both variations, and yes, extra water seems unnecessary. I`ll save the watered down version for some of my friends who are new to drinking cocktails.

    One more question :)

    About simple syrup you make. What sugar to water ratio do you use? 1:1 or 2:1. Cuz that can make quite a difference, and I`m into using your site for further cocktail inspiration, so I`d like to know :) thanks in advance.

  6. Jay Jay says:

    I usually make mine 2:1 – I find it keeps better at that ratio aside from anything.

  7. Joe Riley Joe Riley says:

    Nice drink! Except for the Cointreau and the water, it sounds a little bit like a Ti Punch, which is Martinique’s great gift to the cocktail world.

  8. Andy Andy says:

    Just wondering mate, when you say shots, as in 1/4 shot etc etc, you do mean ounces? 1 shot=1 ounce=4 count when free pouring? and by light rum you mean a white rum? bacardi etc, not a lighter dark rum? probably a stupid question haha but I’m new to the world of cocktails. I have been working in a leeds city centre cocktail bar for about 5 months now. i’m loving it :) Just to be sure coz this sounds nice!

  9. Max Max says:

    Jay, a wonderful, very delicious, easy and refreshing drink. Kudos to Tony Conigliaro, the drink really deserves its name!

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