Classic cocktails like cars have a long history and many stories spun around them. Well, drinkers like to hear and tell stories during their indulgence, so here are some clues that can entertain your guests to keep the mood high during your cocktail party.
This rum-based cocktail is named after the beach near Santiago de Cuba and was invented by a miner during the early 1900s. Originally, this cocktail was made by filling a glass with crushed ice, a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled, and lemon juice. Finally, two or three ounces of white rum was poured over this mixture. The mixture was then stirred well with a long-handled spoon. The earlier versions of the cocktail were served in a tall glass filled with chiseled ice. However, today, the mixture is mixed with a shaker and then poured into a chilled coupe glass. It is to be noted that this cocktail was one of the favorites of John F Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway.
A brandy-based cocktail containing gin, lime juice, grenadine, and apple juice was first popularized by Ernest Hemingway in his classic, The Sun Also Rises, which was written in 1926. This is one of the six basic cocktails featured in David Embury’s “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” and references date this cocktail to the early 1900s. This is prepared by pouring two ounces of applejack, one ounce of lemon juice, half an ounce of grenadine, and 3 ounces of brandy into a shaker. The well-shaken mix is then poured into a coupe glass and garnished with a slice of lemon.
There are many stories woven around the origin of the name eggnog. Popularly considered a North-American Christmas time drink, this classic cocktail traces its roots back to England and Europe. The word “nog” also means “strong ale” in Scottish terms and alternatively, it also means a wooden mug used to drink alcohol. It is believed that the eggnog was one of George Washington’s favorite cocktails and he had a personal recipe of four alcohols (rum, rye, sherry, and whiskey). The main ingredients being raw eggs, milk, sugar, whipped cream, cinnamon, and alcohol. The usage of this cocktail was for remedy, but today it can be served either chill or warm. To prepare the Christmas version of the eggnog, have the egg yolks and whites separated in two different bowls. Beat the yolks while adding half a cup of sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add an ounce of bourbon, rum, and cream and continue whipping until the cream foams. Then add a third of the egg white into the mixture and whip again until it forms a thick foam. Serve cold and topped with grated nutmeg.
An Italian classic made of equal amounts of gin, Rosso Vermouth, and Campari and garnished with orange. Even though the origin of this cocktail is unknown, it is reported to have been first invented in Caffe Roberto Cavalli in Florence (Italy) around 1919. One story goes that Count Camillo Negroni asked the then bartender Fosco Scarselli to add gin instead of soda water in his favorite cocktail Americano. The bartender improvised the cocktail with an orange garnish instead of the traditional lemon garnish on the Americano. This preparation became such an instant hit that the Negroni family created the Negroni Distillerie to mass-produce a ready-made version of this cocktail. This cocktail was popularized by Orson Welles while working in Rome. Today, after a hundred years, the Negroni is a favorite among drinkers and bartenders. It is prepared by mixing one ounce of gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth in a mixing glass. Then the mixture is poured into a glass with ice cubes and garnished with orange peel.