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.
The Black Velvet cocktail was invented by a bartender working at the Brook’s Club in London in 1861, to commemorate and mourn the death of Prince Albert, who was Queen Victoria’s Prince Consort, beloved by everyone.
For wild and dynamic parties the B-52 cocktail is perfect, and especially its flaming variation; moreover, this drink is fun to prepare because it has to end up in different-colored layers in the end, with the coffee liqueur at the bottom, the Irish cream on top and the Cointreau at the surface.