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Today I am going to take you on a tiny tour through the world of cocktails. And believe me, when I say tiny, I actually mean it. (Come on, you can’t expect me to go on and on about the hundreds of cocktails mixed all over the world!) So be prepared to have your senses set-a-flutter by drinks that look neat and flirty but pack great punches!
Cocktails are alcoholic drinks made with distilled beverages (gin, vodka, tequila, whisky… you get the idea) mixed with a variety of ingredients that give you a distinct kick unlike the knockout effect plain dry spirits have. Usually considered to be feminine drinks, cocktails are drinks with an attitude.
A martini is a dry cocktail made of gin or vodka with little or no vermouth. It is the classic of classics and is served shaken, not stirred. Garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon peel in a sexy martini glass, this drink is sometimes said to be “the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet”. Some famous martinis are:-
Cosmopolitan- Made famous by its appearance in HBO’s Sex and the City, a Cosmopolitan is a light, fruity cocktail prepared by mixing vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice.
Apple Martini- Also called Appletini, is another vodka based green cocktail mixed with apple puree or apple schnapps. Some variations also use calvados.
Chocolate Martini- A dessert cocktail, this drink is perfect for those with a palate that favors the euphoria generating substance we all call chocolate. Basically it is a cocktail made from chocolate liqueur, Amaretto and vodka.
Vesper- Also called the James Bond martini, this gin based cocktail became famous since the world’s favorite MI6 spy instructed the bartender how to prepare one in Casino Royale. Don’t remember? Here are the lines:
Bond: Dry Martini
Bartender: Oui, monsieur.
Bond: Wait… three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.
2. Tall Drinks
Tall cocktails are tall glasses of liquor with a lot of flavor. Generally served over a lot of ice, these highballs are perfect for those who like to savor their drinks slowly over dinner. Some world famous tall drinks are:
Bloody Mary- Nothing is better in the morning than this brunch cocktail of vodka mixed with spicy tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce.
Gin and Tonic- A pleasant afternoon drink, this cocktail is made from gin with a slight citrusy flavor and tonic water.
Long Island Ice Tea- One of the most famous classic cocktails, this drink is an artful concoction of shots of five white spirits namely, gin, tequila, light rum, vodka and triple sec, filled with cola. Definitely packing a mean punch.
Screwdriver- A refreshing summer drink, this highball is perfect for those looking for a good dose of vitamin C along with the veritable high.
Everyone likes shots; they are tiny and mean. These infamous shooters are cocktails of two or more spirits that come in any color and flavor. Served in shot glasses, these are bartender specialties that vary from bartender to bartender even if they share the same name, which usually is vulgar for shock value. Some famous shooters are: Jell-O Shots, Liquid Cocaine, Orgasm, Alabama Slammer, Redheaded Slut… well you get the idea.
I can go on and mention a few more types of cocktails but that would make this post too big for my taste. So I will serve you the rest on another day. But before I leave enjoy this video on How to make Rainbow Shots:-
Do share your favorite cocktail tales *giggles* in the comments section below or tell me about the wildest concoction *hick* you have ever tried out. I love to hear from you.
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