Bars offer a wide selection of different cocktails and the barmen do not change the recipes for decades because it remains popular no matter how long ago the drink was created.
Today about 60 classic cocktails exist in the world but we since we can’t describe each of them, we selected the best 7 cocktails you must drink before you die.
There are a lot of legends about the cocktails’ origin but we would like to start our article with the most romantic one.
History of A Cocktail?
According to the story, in 1770 one bartender in New York lost his dear rooster. The owner declared that person who would find the rooster could marry his daughter. After a while, one officer found the animal but without its tail. The bartender had nothing to do but tell everybody about the wedding. As a result his daughter was so nervous so she started mixing different liquors which people quickly started to called “cocktail”.
Mojito is a drink based on white rum and mint leaves. It became popular in the US in the 1980s. Traditionally, Mojito contains 5 ingredients – rum, sugar, lime, soda and mint. Its combination of sweet and fresh citrus with mint which probably was added to rum to hide the strength of the drink made this cocktail the most popular cocktail in the summer period. In some Havana hotels, barmen add also Angostura. In a virgin Mojito, the white rum is changed with water and cane sugar.
The Blue Hawaii lovers are noted for their remark-ability and individuality much like the cocktail itself. First of all, it can be explained by its unimaginable unique color – blue, as you can see below but what is extraordinary here is that the bright drink was not created in Hawaii but in the opposite direction of the world – in Zanzi Bar Nightclub (London). As a rule, this cocktail is served with lots of umbrellas and straws. To prepare this drink you need to mix Bacardi rum, pineapple, lime juices, sugar and ice, then shake it well and garnish with a pineapple slice (or some cherries).
Blue Hawaii Cocktail
The Cosmopolitan cocktail is truly the most popular drink all over the world. In one of the versions, this cocktail was specially created with Absolut Citron Vodka to support the brand. There is information that its creator was a barwomen, Cheryl Cook from South Beach, Florida. Despite the fact that Cosmopolitan cocktail had been already popular in LGBT bars at the end of the 1970s, she declared about its creation in 1985. She was amazed by the number of people who used to order this cocktail for showing off with the martini glass in their hands.
This realization brought her an idea of creating a tasty and a beautiful drink which every person would love. Then, Toby Cecchini from Manhattan changed the recipe a bit using Cointreau and lime juice instead of Triple Sec. This very recipe was approved by the International Bartenders Association. Cosmopolitan is usually served in the Martini glass, you need to mix vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime. Bartenders also use lemon and lime for decoration.
The Good Ol’ Pina Colada
Pina Colada is a very sweet Caribbean cocktail. The name can be translated as “strained pineapple”. Some time ago, the fresh pineapple juice was called like that, later, people added rum and sugar to it. Finally, in the middle of the previous century in one Puerto Rican bar the latest version of Pina Colada was born. It conquered the hearts of millions of people and became the official drink of Puerto Rico. The main ingredients are rum, coconut liqueur and pineapple juice. Mix everything in a blender, add ice and strain into a glass. You can garnish it with whipped cream and some fruits.
Currently, there is a whole group of cocktails named Daiquiri, even though there was only one original recipe. At the beginning of 20th century in the place called Daiquiri (west of Cuba), one engineer wanted to drink something, but a friend of his had nothing except rum, sugar, and ice. They mixed the drink in a shaker and called it Daiquiri. To try it you need to pour rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a blender, add ice cubes and shake everything well.
B-52 is a layered shot of three liquors. Yes!
With the right way of preparation, coffee liqueur (for instance, Kahlua), Baileys and Marie Brizard Grand Orange are not mixed and they create three noticeable layers. There are several theories about this cocktail’s origin.
But the most convincing one is the following.
The drink was created in Alice Bar in Malibu and was called after the bomber “Boeing B-52 Stratofortress”. If you take a look at the professionally made B-52 shot you may have an association with a nuclear fusion.
Furthermore, “Boeing B 52 Stratofortress” was initially designed for transportation of such bombs. You need to pour the liquors in such way so that they won’t be mixed. To do it, pour a coffee liquor first. Then, using a spoon, pour Baileys slowly and very carefully on the top of the previous layer and add Kahlua in the same way.
The Renowned ‘Bloody Mary’
This legendary cocktail is surrounded by many mysteries and myths. Bloody Mary lovers were famous people like Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald. The drink got a global recognition in New-York when in St.Regis Hotel one barman Fernand Petiot decided to experiment with it and added Tabasco sauce to it.
On December 01, New York was proclaimed as the Bloody Mary day. Initially, this drink was very simple containing only vodka and tomato juice. 15 years later, people started adding some herbs and spices too. To make it yourself, pour all liquors – tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, add Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper and ice, mix everything and strain into a highball.
Bloody Mary Cocktail
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