There is always time for one more cocktail! The art of mixology is an intriguing one and cocktails are creative concoctions that always promises a good time!
Every cocktail you love has a little story about its origin. Have you ever wondered what story your favourite cocktail has to tell you? Here’s a sneak peek at the most popular ones from around the world. Is your favourite one among them?
Sangrias are probably one of the most popular cocktails, particularly at every ladies night. But do you know the origin of this lovely drink? Sangria originates from Spain. With the booming wine industry and wine culture in Spain, and the contamination of water in several regions, there was a need for alternative beverages. The mighty sangria was born by mixing red wine, sugar, and spices to create a powerful punch. Sangre meaning blood and refers to its bright red colour.
No word describes the culture of the big apple better than the word, Cosmopolitan. New York City saw the rise of this cocktail during the ’80s and ’90s. From being featured in several cult movies to being described as a ladies drink, the cosmopolitan has gained popularity over time like no other. Featured in mostly every cocktail menu, the drink is made by blending vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice. Extremely delicious, the cosmopolitan is a treat of its own! Is it yours too?
Staying true to its name the lovely Singapore Sling is native to the beautiful Asian country – Singapore. The origin of this drink dates back to the early ’90s when a bartender Ngiam Tong Boon working in the Raffles Hotel Singapore crafted this delicious concoction. Served shaken or stirred, Singapore Sling stars one of the most popular liquor, gin. It uses ingredients such as gin, Cointreau, cherry liqueur, grenadine, pineapple juice and lime juice as its headers, it is intensely refreshing. It is garnished with pineapple slices and a cherry on top. Try it today, if you haven’t already.
Who doesn’t love a tall glass, nay, a whole pitcher of margarita? We sure do. While the person who invented this iconic drink remains a mystery, it is a known fact that it has its origins in Mexico. With so many different origin stories, it is hard to pinpoint one. Being Mexico’s signature cocktail, it has its own national day in Mexico! Concocted with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, Margaritas are served in style with salt lining the glass’s rim. Today, the margarita has adopted many forms; some are served with ice, while frozen margaritas are totally in too.
Invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in Venice is the lovely and elegant Bellini. With its origins in the famous Harry’s bar, the Bellini became a popular drink worldwide in no time. Being in IBA official cocktail, it was initially a seasonal drink. Made with Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) and peach puree, this tall drink is often served in champagne glasses. Its elegant glassy pink colour looks absolutely regal and straight out of a fairy tale. With its name derived from the artist Giovanni Bellini, this drink is now a popular pick among cocktail connoisseurs across the world.
Cuba is not only known for its aromatic cigars, but it is popular for its refreshing mojitos, as well. Originating in Havana, among the African slaves who toiled away in sugarcane fields, Mojito was created as a means to make rum tastier. Using lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar syrup to add flavour to the cheap rum in this area, Mojito was a drink for the masses. Being Ernest Hemingway’s most favourite cocktail, the mojito as we know it today occupies a special place in the hearts of all the cocktail enthusiasts around us.
Brazilians sure know how to creatively use their alcohol with beauties such as caipirinha. Being the country’s national drink, it is very similar to the mojito but has a twist of its own. Using cachaca, which is sugarcane rum, as its headliner, along with sugar and lime, caipirinha’s have gained popularity over the years to the extent to which it is found in almost all cocktail menus. With various derivations of this classic, fresh fruit flavours such as pineapple, grape, kiwi, and mango are added to create the same drink with a fruity twist. Needless to say, it’s totally worth its hype.
From groundbreaking to humble beginnings, every drink has a story to tell, a beautiful origin tale to go with the complex art of mixology. Do you know more cocktail origin stories? If yes, share it with us right away. We would love to hear from you!