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.
Raspberry Cider Fizz - ?8.00
Fresh raspberries, vodka, honey, lemon juice, cider
Summer Berry Mojito - ?8.00
Rum, mint, lime and fresh summer berries
Oliver’s Twist - ?8.00
Rum, Chambord, lime and a dash of soda
Bitter Summer - ?9.00
Gin, Campari, grapefruit, passionfruit and fresh mint
Pornstar Martini - ?9.50
Vodka, Passoa, vanilla, passionfruit and apple juice
Bourbon Renewal - ?9.50
Bourbon, lemon juice, cassis, a dash of bitters
Mango Margarita - ?9.50
Tequila, Cointreau, mango and lime juice
French Martini - ?10.00
Vodka, Chambord, pineapple juice
Espresso Martini?- ?10.50
Vodka, Kahlua and a shot of espresso
Long Island Iced Tea?- ?11.00
Vodka, rum, gin, tequila, citrus and a dash of cola
MOCKTAILS (WITHOUT ALCOHOL)
Innocent Passion (Mocktail)?- ?5.50
Orange, passionfruit and lime juice with grenadine
Strawberry Virgin Mojito (Mocktail)?- ?5.50
Fresh strawberry, mint and lime with lemonade