Cocktails are widely popular in almost all countries or cultures. A cocktail can be described as the mixture of drinks; usually one is alcohol, along with other ingredients such as fruit juice, flavored syrup, or cream. Cocktails recipe varies widely across the globe. Thus, there are different kinds of cocktails based on its ingredients. Here are some interesting and fun facts about cocktails for every cocktail fan:
History of cocktails!The exact origin or the history of cocktail is unclear. However, the word “cocktail” has been mentioned as a beverage in The Farmers Cabinet, 1803 in the United States. Moreover, the first formal definition of cocktail drink was given in The Balance and Columbian Repository, in 1806. Professor Jerry Thomas shared the first ever cocktail recipe in 1862; in first publication of a bartenders’ guide. It was entitled “How to Mix Drinks – The Bon Vivant’s Companion”. Over the course of time, cocktails evolved and gained popularity. The term “cocktail party” was coined by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri in 1917. Today, cocktails are served in almost every restaurant and are popular among people. In addition, the traditional recipe of cocktails is now changed and diversified.
Top 12 amazing and interesting facts about cocktails you shouldn’t miss!Here are some interesting facts about cocktails!
1. International Bartenders Association (IBA) has an “official” list of cocktails!Though cocktails are of many kinds, but the International Bartenders Association (IBA) has an official record of all cocktails. As per their guidelines, there are three types of cocktails:
- Unforgettable – for instance Gin Fizz, Sidecar and Negroni
- Contemporary Classics – it includes including Cosmopolitan and Black Russian
- New Era Drinks - it includes Espresso Martini, Dark ‘N’ Stormy and vesper
2. Cocktails were popularized in America by illegal bars or Speakeasies!During the prohibition of alcohol sale in America, the illegal bars popped up in country. These illegal bars were also known as “speakeasies”. There is an interesting story behind this term. These illegal bars had female bartenders who would quite down loud, noisy customers so as not to be caught. For using the words “speak easy, boy, speak easy”, the term “speakeasies” became popular. Interesting! On the other hand, cocktails became popular as it was the easiest way to disguise the alcohol. Therefore, the bartenders would mix alcoholic beverage with different drinks.
3. This is why there is specific cocktail glass!The cocktail is served in specific stemmed glass with inverted cone bowl. People often confuse cocktail glass with martini glass. The later one is the subtype. It has v-shaped bowl, longer stem and rounded base. The cocktail glasses have thicker bottom. This prevents the mix-up of non-liquid ingredients before the addition of liquids.
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4. The Black Velvet cocktail was made to mourn the death of Prince Albert!In 1861, a bartender created the Black Velvet cocktail that contains a layer of Guinness and sparkling wine. It was his unique way to pay homage to the deceased Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.
5. Atomic cocktail was introduced in 1945, less than an hour after atomic bombing on Hiroshima!As crazy as it sounds, the atomic cocktail was a real, radium-based, alcoholic beverage. On 6th August, 1945, less than an hour after the bombing on Hiroshima, the he nattily- dressed barmen of the Washington Press Club made this alcoholic drink that they named “atomic cocktail”. It was served in missile shaped bottles. Of course, the prolonged consumption of this drink had adverse effects.
6. Fun facts about cocktails – their unique names and story behind!Core is the primary flavor of any cocktail. Proper balance enhances the core with sweetness, acidity and then seasoning. There are six basic cocktails; Old Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whiskey Highball, and Flip. Furthermore, there is a long list of cocktails and some of these have quite interesting story behind the name or how they were made. Here are some of these: The word “cocktail” was coined by horse dealers in 1700s. In order to cock a horse’s tail and make it appear more spirited for the show, the dealer would give it a ginger suppository. Therefore, adding spices like ginger or pepper to alcoholic beverages also got this name “cocktail”. Cocktail shakers were invented in the late 1860s. Moreover, the drink manuals were specified that some drinks be shaken; some should be mixed in cocktail glass and one should use a fork to stir the drink instead of a spoon.
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