The “Sex on the Beach” cocktail is one of the most notorious cocktails in the world not only because of its name, but also because it is associated with spring break and the wild fun students have on this long vacation in the United States especially.
The Gimlet cocktail is such a versatile mixed drink because it featured in numerous bartender recipe books, and each author came up with their own version, or with the version they considered to be tastiest; in fact, some people even replace the gin with vodka.
The Rickey cocktail has one of the most interesting stories behind; it was created by a happenstance collaboration between a bartender and his regular customer, Colonel Joe Rickey, who enjoyed starting his mornings with a mixture of bourbon and sparkling water.
The Pink Gin cocktail is another one of the cocktails the British created abroad, while on their colonial missions; this time however, we have a mixed drink inspired by South American flavors, namely the Venezuelan Angostura bitters, here a dark red gentian variation.
The French 75 cocktail was created in France, Paris in 1915, at the New York Bar; the creator was bartender and owner Harry MacElhone, famous for having invented other cocktail as well, such as Bloody Mary or the Side Car.
The Pegu Club cocktail is a mixed drink invented in Rangoon, Burma, in the 1920, while the country was part of the British colonies; thus, it was invented at a bar mostly frequented by British officers and officials and other foreigners, which is what made it popular in the rest of the world as well.
The more popular version of the Hurricane cocktail originated in the French Quarter of New Orleans, when bar owner Pat O’Brien needed a solution to sell of the less popular rum that he was forced to purchase from local distributor in order to get popular alcoholic drinks like whiskey and scotch.
The Last Word is one of the most representative Prohibition-era cocktails, because it is based on gin, which was one of the types of alcohol most easily found; this is because it was easy to cook at home, in the bathtub, a habit many people took to at that time.
Sour cocktails are very interesting and refreshing because they all use in common lime or lemon juice in order to remove some of the harshness of the alcohols used in them; speaking of alcohol, the most common types used for sours are whiskey, bourbon, gin and brandy.