Most cocktail aficionados might recognize that formula from drinks such as the Old Fashioned and Sazerac.
Some geeks out there might even be aware that before the invention of bitters, cocktails were known as “slings,” which comes from the German word “schlingen,” meaning to swallow quickly.
The first time the word “cocktail” is recorded as being used in the U.S. was on April 28, 1803 in a publication called The Farmers’ Cabinet and in the UK there is a reference to the “cock-tail” even earlier in The Morning Post and Gazetteer in London, England on March 20, 1798.
Could the cocktail be an English invention? The Punch was, after all.
Not that any of this really matters, anyway, because the word cocktail has been misused for many years now.
It is used as a header for the entire category of mixed alcoholic drinks, whether they are highballs, punches, fizzes or sours.
∼ £12.00 each
The Cham Cham
Chambord and Champagne ...topped with fresh raspberries of couse ... a pairing made in Heaven!
Bacardi, brown sugar, fresh mint, lime juice topped with soda or lemonade
Orange and Passionfruit Margarita
Passion fruit, Tequila, Cointreau, orange and fresh lime juices
Vodka, Kahlua, sugar syrup and espresso shot
Baileys, Kahlua, vodka and Amaretto Disaronno
South Coast Cooler
Archers, Malibu, Vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice
Chambord, Mount Gay rum, blue bols, fresh raspberries & mint
MOCKTAIL (without alcohol)
∼ £5.00 each
Fresh orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup and grenadine