A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink, either a combination of spirits, or one or more spirits mixed with other ingredients such as fruit juice, flavored syrup, or cream
A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink. Most commonly, cocktails are either a combination of spirits, or one or more spirits mixed with other ingredients such as fruit juice, flavored syrup, or cream. Cocktails vary widely across regions of the world, and many websites publish both original recipes and their own interpretations of older and more famous cocktails. The origins of the word cocktail have been debated. The first written mention of cocktail as a beverage appeared in The Farmers Cabinet, 1803 in the United States. The first definition of a cocktail as an alcoholic beverage appeared three years later in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) May 13, 1806. Traditionally, cocktail ingredients included spirits, sugar, water and bitters, however, this definition evolved throughout the 1800s, to include the addition of a liqueur.In 1862 Jerry Thomas published a bartenders’ guide called How to Mix Drinks; or, The Bon Vivant's Companion which included 10 cocktail recipes using bitters to differentiate from other drinks such as punches and cobblers. Cocktails continued to evolve and gain popularity throughout the 1900s, and in 1917 the term "cocktail party" was coined by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri. With wine and beer being less available during the Prohibition in the United States (1920–1933), liquor-based cocktails became more popular due to accessibility, followed by a decline in popularity during the late 1960s. The early to mid-2000s saw the rise of cocktail culture through the style of mixology which mixes traditional cocktails and other novel ingredients.In the modern world and the Information Age, cocktail recipes are widely shared online on websites. Cocktails and restaurants that serve them are frequently covered and reviewed in tourism magazines and guides. Some cocktails, such as the Mojito, Manhattan, and Martini have become both staples in most restaurants and pop culture phenomena, martinis specifically being associated with James Bond due to his phrase "shaken, not stirred".

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  1. medtran49

    Recipe Creamcicle cocktail

    Definitely an after dinner/dessert drink. You could cut the portions in half for a smaller serving, but dessert is go big or just go home for me, so... :dance: Ingredients 3 ounces vanilla or whipped cream vodka (see substitution below) 1 ounce triple sec or other orange liqueur 2 ounces...
  2. TastyReuben

    Recipe The Smokey Spicy Lemon (Cocktail)

    The Smokey Spicy Lemon (Cocktail) Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1-1/2oz vodka, tequila or rum (I used vodka) 1-1/2o. lemon juice 1oz jalapeno-honey simple syrup (recipe follows) Dried chiles for garnish Directions Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake...
  3. Cosmopolitan Cocktail My Way

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail My Way I make these for my girl friends all the time, but never tasted it - WOW! That's dangerously delicious!
  4. kaneohegirlinaz

    Recipe Cosmopolitan Cocktail My Way

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail My Way 1 serving Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Vodka ¾ oz. Ocean Spray Diet Pineapple-Cranberry Juice ¾ oz. Cointreau ¾ oz. Lime Juice ¼ oz. Simple Syrup Method: Chill a Martini glass in the freezer In a Cocktail Shaker, add about 1 cup of crushed Ice Add in all of the...
  5. TastyReuben

    Recipe Slippery When Wet Cocktail

    Slippery When Wet Cocktail Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 large or 2 small ripe strawberries, halved 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce undiluted honey 2 ounces gin 1 heaping teaspoon plain Greek yogurt GARNISH: freshly ground black pepper and a vertical slice of strawberry Directions Combine...
  6. TastyReuben

    Recipe Port Flip Cocktail

    Port Flip Cocktail Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients 1 egg white ¼ ounce simple syrup 1½ ruby Port 1 ounce brandy Directions In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients. Dry shake vigorously for a full 60 seconds and strain the mixture into a coupe. Recipe courtesy of
  7. TastyReuben

    Recipe Flower Power Cocktail

    Flower Power Cocktail Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 egg white 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup ¾ ounce pineapple juice 3 dashes aromatic bitters 1½ ounce white rum Ice Directions In a cocktail shaker, combine the egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice...
  8. TastyReuben

    Recipe New York Sour

    New York Sour Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients 1 egg white ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice ¾ ounce simple syrup 1½ ounce bourbon Ice ½ ounce red wine Directions In a cocktail shaker, combine the egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bourbon. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously for 30 to...
  9. TastyReuben

    Recipe Bee's Knees Cocktail

    BEE'S KNEES COCKTAIL Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients 1/2 oz honey syrup (see step 1) 1 oz lemon juice 2 oz gin Lemon twist, for garnish Directions To make the honey syrup: Combine equal parts honey and water (say, 2 tablespoons each if you’re only making a few cocktails) in a microwave-safe bowl...
  10. Levos66

    Recipe Ninja Foodi jacket potato with shrimp cocktail

    NINJA FOODI JACKET POTATO WITH SHRIMP COCKTAIL Serves 1 Ingredients: For The Potato: 1 Large Potato, skin on 300 ml Hot Water 10 Black Peppercorns Some Celery 1 Bay Leaf 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Paprika Garlic Powder Freshly Grounded Black Pepper Sea Salt Method: Wash well and pat dry the...
  11. Hemulen

    Recipe Turm' & 'Rants

    Turm' & 'Rants Cocktail with turmeric and black currants | Serves 4-5 | Preparation 15-20 minutes Ingredients 100 ml (~70 g) black currants (+ 12-25 whole berries for garnish) 4 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons turmeric powder Juice of one lemon (+ 4-5 lemon slices for garnish) 160-200 ml...
  12. TastyReuben

    Recipe Gin-Basil Smash

    GIN-BASIL SMASH 1 Cocktail Ingredients 10 leaves fresh basil 2 ounces simple syrup 2 ounces lemon juice 4 ounces good quality gin ice cubes Directions Combine basil leaves, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.Crush the basil till bruised with a muddler, which will release the...
  13. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe The Old Fashioned

    I searched for this drink on this forum before posting this, and I found references to being stuck in your ways, and to donuts. Allow me to share the best use of that name out of the three. Ingredients 1 large orange, ripe 1/2 tsp sugar Angostura bitters 2 ounces Four Roses Kentucky bourbon...
  14. Morning Glory

    Recipe Cafe Brulot

    Cafe Brulot was mentioned in another thread see here. I hadn't heard of it before - its a famous cocktail from New Orleans. Has anyone tried it or made it themselves? Its obviously a very theatrical recipe to make! There are step by step photos here how-make-arnauds-cafe-brulot Ingredients...
  15. F

    Recipe The Venetian Triology: The Bellini, The Rossini & The Tizziano

    My husband and I are in Venice enjoying the incredibly dazzling dynamic enchanting San Marco´s and The Grand Canal .. This evening, we had headed off to the legendary mythic bar of 1930, Harry´s Bar for a triology of cocktails .. The Bellini: 15 cl. Blonde Prosecco 5 cl. Pureed peach Italian...
  16. nutmegprincess

    Appetizers for cocktails (wedding)

    My fiancee and I will get married soon, but we are just planning a small wedding. So, we will not go with traditional reception and just have cocktails with the guests instead. I was wondering if any of you can share recipes for easy and light appetizers/sandwiches. Thanks in advance!
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