Paloma, meaning “dove” in Spanish, is easily one of Mexico’s most loved cocktails. Made with Tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, club soda, sugar, and fresh lime juice. Sour and Sweet, somewhat bitter yet so fresh, it has it all! Little is known about the origination of the drink but it is said that it is named after La Paloma ("The Dove"), the mainstream society melody made in the mid-1860s.
Named after the French 75 Millimeter field gun which was a symbol of hope because of its gunfire capacity for the French side during WW-I, this drink is also known as 75 Cocktail or Soixante Quinze (Seventy Five in French). It is made with Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Sparkling Wine/Champagne. In the words of British writer Alec Wagh, French-75 is “the most powerful drink in the world.” Most conventionally served in a champagne flute, or take it back to the old times, a Collins glass.
This might not work as a flu deterrent like the name suggests- but who said all excuses had to be legitimate? Originally created by a bartender in New York, this drink is made with Scotch, honey-ginger syrup and lemon juice. When you add scotch with citrus and sweet, aromatic flavors you get a liquid hit (haha, get it?! record hit..liquid hit.. Ok, nvm). Try with other spirits for your tastings (i.e. tequila, gin or rum).
A drink to revive you from a hangover! Created with Cognac, apple Brandy, Sweet Vermouth, and stirred with ice. This interesting drink has another popular variation, Corpse Reviver No 2 curated with Gin, absinthe, orange liqueur and Lillet wine. Try this when you feel like being in touch with the other side!
Try it on a spring day to match with the color of the sky. This savory drink was among the “Bartender handshakes” and once a sensation among the elite. Originally made with Gin, Crème de Violette, Maraschino liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. Due to the rarity of Creme de Violette you might not be able to request this drink at just any bar, however, if it is available it is a must-try! Crème de Violett is what gives the drink it’s signature blue purple hue. This drink is also featured in books like Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), The Craft of the Cocktail (2002), and Straight Up or On The Rocks (1993 and was reissued in 2001).
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This classic drink has been celebrated for over 100 years with its origin in 2019 coming from Florence, Italy. Legend has it that in 1919, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to strengthen his much-loved drink, The Americano, so the bartender replaced soda with Gin and the rest is history. The recipe begins with top shelf Gin mixed with Vermouth Rosso, Campari, and garnished with an orange peel. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that can become your staple drink for many celebrations to come!
A member of the younger generation of cocktails, this drink emerges from the 90’s era of cocktail making. It is created by mixing Vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa), and simple syrup to taste. Some serve it with a pinch of salt or garnish with a few espresso beans to help balance the flavor. It is said the signature three coffee beans represent wealth, health, and happiness. Its frothy appearance distinguishes itself from other cocktails making for a memorable first date!
Next time when you visit a bar or restaurant ditch your old favorites and dive into one of these must-trys! Never know when you might find a new favorite cocktail.
Happy Celebrations :)