Do you want to impress your friends with the latest trends in
Surprisingly, bartenders around the world are actually going
back to the basics for inspiration and techniques.
The first written reference of a cocktail is dated from 1806. It
was defined as a mixed drink with alcohol, water, sugar and
bitters. The popularity of cocktails exploded during the
Prohibition period all over the world. So, let's go back to a time
where cocktails called for the best ingredients, freshly squeezed
juices and the intoxicating aroma of herbs and spices!
This Italian aperitif concoction is popular in the Mediterranean
Riviera. According to popular belief, the Negroni was invented for
the Count Camillo Negroni at CaffÃ¨ Casoni in Florence when the
Count asked for gin instead of soda water in the Americano. Like
many bitters, Campari is rising in popularity.
The Americano was originally called a Milano-Torino. It was
renamed when it became popular with American tourists that flew to
Italy during the Prohibition era.
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz gin
Build as a short drink over ice and garnish with an orange
If you want to impress your guests, flame a thick orange zest
just after squeezing it over the drink. Drop the burnt orange into
Classic Champagne Cocktail
In order to cater to the discriminating drinkers at jet set
parties, numerous champagne cocktails were invented. The oldest,
the classic champagne cocktail, was first introduced at the 1899
New York Drink Competition. This cocktail was popular amongst
Hollywood movie stars during the 40s and 50s.
Champagne Cocktail Recipe
1 white sugar cube
2 to 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
3/4 to 1 oz Brandy
Drop the sugar in a flute, drizzle the bitters on the sugar,
cover with Brandy and top with Champagne.
Always remember with all Champagne cocktails to pour the
Champagne last to avoid a bubbly overflow.
The Mojito was born in 1940 in Cuba. After a first wave in
1980s, the demand for the Mojito really took off after it
resurfaced a decade ago in the nightlife of London, England.
Classic Mojito Recipe
10 mint leaves + 1 mint sprig for garnish
2 tbsp of superfine sugar
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 3/4 oz of white Rum
Drop the leaves, sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice in a
hi-ball glass, release and mix the flavors by lightly crushing the
ingredients with the muddler, fill the glass with ice, pour the
Rum, top up with soda water and garnish with a small mint sprig.
Get another Mojito recipe.
Black Russian and White Russian
Digestifs lost their lust but they serve a purpose in fine
entertaining. They were invented by a Belgian barman in 1949 for a
US ambassador with a reference to the Cold War.
Classic Black Russian Recipe
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz Tia Maria
Optional: Cocktail cherry
Shake the vodka and Tia Maria in a shaker with ice. Pour the
liquid (strain) into an old-fashioned or a glass filled with
Quick Method: Build the drink in an old-fashioned glass filled
with ice (vodka first) and stir.
To make a White Russian, slowly pour about 3/4 of an ounce of
milk on the back of a spoon so that the milk floats over the Black
Russian. For a lactose-free version, check out the Wicked White
Over the years, the margarita was mistreated through cheap
tequila and packaged mixes. People are now going back to the
original made with freshly squeezed lime juice.
1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila, gold or silver
3/4 oz Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pour the liquids in a shaker with lots of ice. Shake and strain
into a salt rimmed margarita glass, with or without crushed ice.
You can also serve it on the rocks.
If you crave for a sweeter margarita, try this recipe.
A few tips on preparing a classic cocktail:
A perfect cocktail balances the sweet and sour elements.
Sugar dissolves less in alcohol, so the superfine variety works
better. Homemade simple syrup is the most efficient sweetener for
"To build a drink" means that you pour the ingredients directly
into the glass over ice.
Do not pour ice from the shaker into the glass, unless