Cocktails

An alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients—at least one of the ingredients must be a spirit, one sweet/sugary and one sour/bitter. Cocktails were originally a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters

The word cocktail first appeared in English in March 20, 1798. The first American use came five years later in 1803:

Drank a glass of cocktail—excellent for the head…Call’d at the Doct’s. found Burnham—he looked very wise—drank another glass of cocktail.

The original cocktail seems to have been very similar to what we today call an Old Fashioned (spirits, sugar, water, and bitters). Today there exists hundreds, if not thousands, of cocktails. I’m going to be making and imbibing one every week.  Fifty-two weeks of cocktails. Well, a little bit more than that…

Year One

1 – Moscow Mule
2 – Peach Julep
3 – Seabreeze
4 – Dark and Stormy
5 – Gin and Tonic
6 – Mimosa
7 – Bellini
8 – Shandy
9 – Mai Tai
10 – Pumpkin Patch
11 – Gimlet
12 – Maiden’s Prayer
13 – Martini
14 – Red Apple & Bourbon Fizz
15 – Un Boheme
16 – Southern Godfather
17 – Elderfashioned
18 – Winter Bourbon Smash
19 – Margarita
20 – Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
21 – Washington’s Mule
22 – Elderflower Margarita
23 – Jersey Girl
24 – Gin and Sin
25 – Planter’s Punch
26 – Mint Julep
27 – Gin Hound
28 – Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita
29 – Kentucky Buck
30 – Lucien Gaudin
31 – French 75
32 – Bloody Mary
33 – Bourbon Sweet Tea
34 – Peach, Ginger, and Bourbon Frozen Cocktail
35 – Stone Fence
36 – Black Adder
37 – Little Word
38 – Pimm’s Cup
39 – Simple Whiskey Sour
40 – Blue Mule
41 – Honeydew Margarita
42 – Apple Thyme
43 – Bourbon Apple Cider
44 – Cranapple Cider Cocktail
45 – White Linen
46 – Cranberry Mimosa
47 – São Paulo Mule
48 – Bee’s Knees
49 – Americano
50 – Jack Rose
51 – Scofflaw
52 – Whiskey Sour

Year Two – Bonus Cocktails!

1 – Anna’s Banana
2 – The Presbyterian
3 – Le Fizz
4 – Tequila Sunrise
5 – Black Russian
6 – Mudslide
7 – Margarita Fizz
8 – Cuba Libre
9 – Cherry Elderflower Fizz
10 – Trouble in Paradise
11 – Heavenly Orgasm
12 – Penicillin
13 – The Godfather
14 – Negroni
15 – Caipirinha
16 – Sidecar
17- Horse’s Neck
18 – Aviation
19 – Grapefruit Garibaldi
20 – White Lady
21 – Manhattan
22 – Bronx
23 – Brooklyn
24 – Queens
25 – Staten Island
26 – Garibaldi
27 – Jockey Club
28 – Daiquiri
29 – Cranberry Shrub
30 – Cosmopolitan
31 – Boulevardier
32 – The Last Word

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