It’s May 13, and that can only mean one thing: it’s World Cocktail Day! All around the world, bars, restaurants and cocktail lovers unite to celebrate their passion for that alcoholic ambrosia beloved by so many.[related_articles]8470,49227[/related_articles]
The date has a storied significance; it commemorates the first ever published definition of a cocktail; on May 13, 1806, a New York tabloid published an article which defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”.
Of course, there’s only one way to celebrate World Cocktail Day – by indulging in one or two yourself.
Here’s five of our best-loved cocktails to serve as inspiration for the special day.
One of the greatest and most stylish cocktails still popular today, the negroni is a simple yet delicious cocktail which, in its original form, is a simple mix of gin, red vermouth and Campari, served with a lemon peel over ice. Simple, sophisticated, classic.[related_articles]40610,55280[/related_articles]
#2 Whiskey Sour
Sweet, sour and delectable, though the basic whiskey sour is a simple mixture of lemon juice, sugar, and usually an egg white, this is one of the fresher, more drinkable cocktails that’d suit even those who aren’t usually whiskey fans.
#3 Espresso Martini
A nightclub favourite, the sweet, super-caffeinated espresso martini is the perfect pick-me-up during a long, late night out. With base ingredients vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur and ice, this drink is a devil in disguise: sweet yet wild.[related_articles]53917[/related_articles]
#4 Bloody Mary
The ultimate morning cocktail, bloody Mary’s are one of the world’s most loved cocktails, perfect for any time of the day or night. Bloody Mary’s often feel like a meal in a drink, with nutritious tomato juice and celery, often embellished with pickled vegetables, tomatoes, olives, as well as more indulgent toppings like bacon and beef jerky.
This classic tequila cocktail is synonymous with all things Mexican; the brightly-coloured combination of lemon, lime, sugar, triple sec and tequila in a salt-rimmed glass is the definition of a breezy cocktail; just the smell of one can evoke those holiday vibes.
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