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 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.
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.
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 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.
The Daiquiri cocktail is considered one of the six basic drinks, and while it originated in Cuba, it subsequently became very popular in the U.S., where it was the favorite drink of personalities like President John F. Kennedy and American writer Ernest Hemingway, who even had a variation of the drink named after him