Let’s celebrate World Cocktail Day with these recipes
What is World Cocktail Day and why do we celebrate this day?
This day celebrates the occasion when this term was coined for the drink that, tipically, contains more than 3 ingredients. This practice of mixing different alcohols exists since 1600. However, it was not until a century later that the popularity of this type of mixed drink grew. Thanks to the emergence of sweet drinks or syrups to become powerful citrus blends. Today, we mix alcohols, liquors, spirits, mixers, sodas. And even fruits and vegetables in our cocktails to make them delicious works of art.
The term was defined by Harry Crosswell. On May 13, 1806, Crosswell, the editor of a specialized publication, gave an accurate definition of what a cocktail was. And the answer prompted a world day of these preparations.
Crosswell defined “a stimulating liquor composed of a distillate of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” Crosswell also ushered in an era of cocktail making by his term and the use of ingredients.
Classic Cocktail Recipes
This “simple but perfect” cocktail could be an adaptation of the Daisy in the 1930s. However, its name began to gain popularity due to the television program “Sex and the City”. It seems that the oblivion of the neighborhood show also the popularity of “Cosmo”.
1 1/2 oz Citrus vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1 pinch of cranberry juice
Garnish: Lime wheel
Preparation: Add all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
This citrus cocktail is made with Drambuie and Scotch. It was included in Difford’s 2013 Top 100 Cocktail Shakers Guide, but now pays true homage to its name “Rusty”, translation of rusty in English.
2 ounces of blended Scotch whisky
1/2 oz Drambuie liqueur
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Preparation: Combine the ingredients in a glass with stones, add a large ice cube and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The lover of a goddess Aphrodite in Greek mythology is also the name of a cocktail served in a Martini glass. It was in 1887 when this cocktail was first introduced after the success of a Broadway musical of the same name.
1 1/2 ounces of fine sherry
1 1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth
Garnish: orange peel
Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until cooled. Pour into a shot glass, and garnish with an orange peel.
Fashion always comes back in style; cocktails are no exception. This purple gin cocktail originated in the 20th century and all experienced bartenders crave it.
2 ounces of gin
1/2 ounce of maraschino liquor
1/2 ounce of violet cream or yvette cream
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Garnish: cherry brandy
Preparation: Add all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry brandy.
After its renaissance period in the 1990s, Brooklyn has begun to experience another era that has left it in oblivion. Now most consumers prefer a Mojito instead. This drink is made with whiskey, dry vermouth and maraschino liquor.
1 1/2 oz Whisky
1 1/2 oz Dry vermouth
33/100 oz Amer Picon
33/100 oz Maraschino liqueur
Garnish: Maraschino cherry
Preparation: Add all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Strain into a cold coupe. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Known to be the martini’s cousin. This is a drink based on gin, dry vermouth and yellow Chartreuse. It includes a French herbal and orange concentrated liqueur. Alaska is one of the drinks that have experienced an increase in preference in the last year, especially in the United States.
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Bitter Orange
Garnish: Lemon peel
Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until cooled. Strain into a cooled coupe glass, squeeze the oil from a lemon peel over the drink, and garnish with that lemon peel.
Don’t Drink and Drive. Enjoy responsibly.
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