The Kir cocktail is a mixed drink with origins in France, the area of Burgundy to be precise, because it is generally made with white wine from the region and creme de cassis, which is another Burgundy-based aperitif.
The original Margarita cocktail is made using seven parts tequila, four parts Cointreau or some other orange liqueur, and three parts lime juice, but if you want something special you can add pureed fruits like melon or kiwi, or replace the Cointreau with Grand Marnier or blue curaçao and make blue margaritas.
Although the origins of the Manhattan cocktail are uncertain, the original recipe still exists and it contains the following ingredients: 50 ml of whiskey, 20 ml of sweet vermouth, Dash Angostura bitters which are stirred over ice, then poured into a chilled cocktail glass and decorated with one Maraschino cherry.
The Mojito cocktail has been very popular since its birth, perhaps due to its rather low content of alcohol, but also thanks to the great combination of sugar, mint and lime juice, which hide the harshness of the white rum and make this highball the perfect choice for hot summer days.
The Zombie cocktail is one of the few drinks with a rather steady origin and a known inventor, but this inventor was so keen in maintaining his recipe secret and exclusive that he changed it every few years, thus making it impossible for us to know today which the original recipe was.
The Sidecar cocktail would be a great addition to any elegant party, but even to an outdoor or girls’ party, because it has a very classy and optimistic look in its cocktail glass with sugared rims and the wonderful orange color given by the triple sec and the lemon or orange rinds that garnish it.
The Martini cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but perhaps it would have never gained such recognition if it hadn’t been for the Prohibition era in America, which facilitated the illegal smuggling of quality gin when whiskey or scotch – more popular drinks – were hard to come by.
We know very little about the actual origins of the delicious Jack Rose cocktail, and the main disputes target its name origin; the most likely explanation is that the name comes from the actual ingredients, which are applejack brandy and the red-colored grenadine.
The Sazerac cocktail is considered the oldest American cocktail because we have very specific facts about its creation, which began in 1850 when a businessman by the name of Sewell T. Taylor first started importing the original cognac used in the recipe, the Sazerac de Forge et Fils.
The Cuba Libre cocktail is still one of the most popular mixed drinks in the world, even though it is over 100 years old; while its first inventor isn’t known, the original recipe is, because it only contains three basic ingredients: white rum, coca cola and lime juice in certain parts of the world.