The Tom and Jerry cocktail is a Christmas beverage inspired by the classical rum and brandy eggnog, and it was invented by a British journalist by the name of Pierce Egan in the 1820s; the cocktail however, has nothing to do with the famous cartoon characters, but was named after two characters from Egan’s book.
The Death in the Afternoon cocktail has one of the most interesting origins, as it was invented by the renowned American writer Ernest Hemingway for a cocktail book that featured innovative recipes from numerous other famous authors as well.
The Fizz Cocktail has been a very popular mixed drink ever since its invention in the late 1800s; part of its popularity was added by the fact that one could prepare numerous variations on the drink by adding various ingredients like sparkling wine, eggs, or orange flower water.
Cachaça is the national traditional drink in Brazil, and it was named official beverage some years ago; it is prepared by fermenting juice from sugar cane, and the method has been practiced since the 16th century when the Portuguese brought the first sugar cane from Madeira Island.
The Irish Car Bomb cocktail does exactly what it’s name says, because the combination of Irish stout beer with Irish cream and Irish whiskey is a potent mixture which can knock out those who aren’t used to drinking such powerful stuff.
The Aviation cocktail was invented by a head bartender, Hugo Ensslin and, while it has nothing to do with actual aviation, its name might stem from the effects it has on the drinker; what makes this mixed drink so special is the addition of the rare and special creme de violette.
The Long Island Iced Tea cocktail is a very popular mixed drink ideal for warm summer afternoons because it contains lots of ice and is refreshing; however, one must be careful with consumption because it contains a high volume of alcohol, much more so than other highballs.
In all its simplicity, the Stinger cocktail enjoyed a lot of popularity, especially during the 1940s and 1950s, when it also featured in a lot of movies of the time, proving that it was not only fashionable, but tasty as well, in all its variations.
The name of the Mai Tai cocktail means “very good” in Tahitian and the basic recipe calls for ingredients like white rum, dark rum, orange curaçao, Orgeat syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice; all the ingredients are mixed in a shaker with ice, except the dark rum, which is added lastly in the glass.
If you want to know how to prepare an Old-Fashion cocktail, it’s best to have a muddler, which is a very useful tool for crushing the sugar in the bitters before adding the ice and the bourbon whiskey that complete this classic recipe; the right glass is also essential, but generally any large glass will do.