The Big Bang of Cocktails

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A cocktail is an alcohol based concoction of different ingredients thrown together. The cocktails that we drink today were just random concoctions before they became famous. Here’s an overview of the fortunate moments when your favourite cocktails were first poured.

Bellini

A classic aperitif, Bellini is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar. Its natural ingredients are grown in the Venetian countryside. Bellini was first created by Giuseppe Cipriani in his bar – Harry’s Bar – when he was mixing up some fruits and wine. The characteristic sunset shade of the resultant drink was similar to that of a toga in a painting by Giovanni Bellini. Created in the summer of 1948, the name Bellini takes inspiration from this painting.

Moscow Mule

A vodka drink with a deliciously refreshing ginger kick beer, Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug. Invented in 1940, it is a good entry level drink with a spirit which isn’t very overwhelming. The extreme unpopularity of vodka and ginger beer and the inability of a manufacturer of solid copper mugs to sell them, led to the creation of the Moscow Mule — a vodka and ginger beer cocktail served in copper mugs.

Whiskey Sour

The simple Whiskey Sour is a nourishing drink. It has been around for a long time now. Back in the 1700s, the British Navy used to add lime juice to rum to prevent scurvy among sailors. The sailors took this concept to shore and eventually the basics of the sour cocktail were refined. The key to a great Whiskey Sour is to use fresh lemon juice.

Negroni

Traditionally served as an Aperitif, Negroni is easy to make. In 1901, Count Camillo Negroni entered Bar Cosoni in Florence and requested the bartender to jazz up the Americano (Campari, vermouth and soda water), by adding a jigger of gin. Topped with an orange peel garnish, the Negroni was born and named after its inventor.

Long Island Iced Tea

 

The Long Island Iced Tea, popularly known as LIIT is a six liquor cocktail. Invented in Long Island in 1972, it is typically made from vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin and a splash of coca-cola. The mix gives the drink the amber hue of tea which explains the ‘Tea’ in its name. Over-pouring the liquors may make it too strong and put the taste off balance. Strike a balance between the potency and the taste, otherwise it’s just too much booze.

Manhattan

Manhattan is a classic cocktail that suits all palates. One can easily adapt it to their personal taste. It is an ideal drink for any occasion.  Manhattan has been around for over a hundred years, with many different versions being passed down. There are various stories about the creation of Manhattan. All date back to 1880s and to the Manhattan Club in New York. The club still claims the ownership of the recipe.

Sangria

A fruity and fancy cocktail — Sangria is the traditional red wine punch popular across Europe. Sangria hails from Spain and derives its name from the Spanish word ‘sangre’ meaning bloody. Cut citrus fruit was added to inferior wine to improve the taste. Spaniards started to add spices, sugar, brandy and cinnamon to this improved wine and that’s how the Sangria was invented.  As stated under the European law, only bottled Sangria from Spain or Portugal can be labelled ‘Sangria’.

 

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