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Cocktails

White Russian

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White Russian – a cocktail made from vodka, coffee liqueur and cream, served over  ice in an old-fashioned glass.

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Cosmopolitan cocktail

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Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan cocktail has been around since the early 1900s, but was made famous by the 1990s television program Sex and the City.

It’s origin is unclear, but a very similar recipe was published in 1934, in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. Read more

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

With only three ingredients, the Negroni cocktail isn’t just a classic aperitif, it’s a breeze to make!

The most widely reported account of the Negroni cocktail’s origins is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni.
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Americano Cocktail

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Americano Cocktail

The Americano Cocktail was invented by Gaspare Campari and first served in his bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of the origin of its ingredients.    Read more

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Fernand Petiot invented the Bloody Mary cocktail in 1921, when he was working in Paris’ New York Bar. The New York Bar later became Harry’s New York Bar, a frequent Paris hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American expatriates.   Read more

Grapefruit Margarita

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Grapefruit Margarita

Welcome to time!  Friday’s rolled round again and tonight’s cocktail is a Grapefruit Margarita – one of the many variations on the basic Margarita mix of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Read more

Mojito

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Mojito

Happy Friday peeps! Tonight’s cocktail is a mojito.

The mojito is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails.   Invented in the late 1500s by one of Francis Drake’s pirate associates, the original concoction was named “El Draque” after  Drake.  Its name comes from the African word “mojo“, which means “to place a little spell“. Read more

Grasshopper Cocktail

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Grasshopper

A Grasshopper is a sweet, minty after-dinner drink believed to have been invented in the 1920s by Philip Guichet, the owner of New Orleans bar Tujague, during a cocktail competition. Read more

Daiquiri

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Daiquiri

Dust off your vintage cocktail glasses people  – today’s cocktail is a classic Daiquiri.

History buffs will be interested to know that the basic recipe for a Daiquirí is similar to the grog British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s onwards.  200 years later, Daiquiris became the tipple of choice for Ernest Hemingway, who whiled away so much time drinking them he has one named after him. Read more

Get your tiki on, it’s Mai Tai time!

 

 

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Aloha peeps and Happy Friday!

Today’s cocktail takes us back to the Tiki culture of the 1940s.

Both Victor Bergeron (the founder of Trader Vic’s restaurants) and Don Beach, also known as “Don the Beachcomber” lay claim to having invented the Mai Tai.  While we don’t know who mixed the first Mai Tai, we do know the drink  originated in one or the other of their Tiki bars during the 1940s and has remained popular ever since. Read more

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