If you want to organize a classy party with exquisite food and all the qualities of hospitality, you can serve the Negroni cocktail as an aperitif that is both tasty and easy to make as long as you add one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari; you garnish with a wedge of orange and the drink is ready.
The highball cocktail refers to a family of mixed drinks that have an alcohol base spirit and a larger part of non-alcoholic mixer; a good example is the Cuba Libre which is made using one part rum and three parts Cola, or the Scotch and Soda where whiskey is simply mixed with carbonated water.
There are no records of who might have created the Bijou cocktail, but we do know it was very popular during the 19th century before the apparition of vodka martinis, and that it was first mentioned in writing in Harry Johnson’s “New and Improved Bartender Manual”.
The Corpse Reviver cocktail is in fact a family of cocktails prepared with the intention to cure hangovers; these cocktails are not related by ingredients or preparation, but only through name and purpose, and the countless recipes come from countless anonymous bartenders.
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.