Alcoholic Cocktails: Lessons

25 ways to brighten up your party! Don’t taste them all at once, or the party might have an unexpected ending!
Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

The fizz, a type of beverage based on soda water and citrus juices, was first mentioned in 1887. Since then many variations of fizzes have been invented. But it is the Gin Fizz cocktail which was and still remains the most popular among them. This light refreshing mix with a sweet and sour taste is easy to prepare and delightful to drink.

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Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze

Even a light breath of wind can relieve you on hot days. The Sea Breeze is a refreshing fruity cocktail: a mix of vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice. You can prepare it for your summer open-air party.

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Martini

Martini

While waiting for a ferry to the town of Martinez, guests of a beach hotel in San Francisco sipped a drink made of Italian sweet vermouth, gin and cherry liqueur. Much time has passed, and the recipe for the Martini cocktail has undergone many changes, but all of its variations have a distinctive sweet dry taste.

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Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic

Before the Gin & Tonic found its balanced bittersweet taste, it had to develop for many years. It was English soldiers of the nineteenth century who first mixed gin with tonic. They just wanted to soften the bitterness of tonic, which was used as a malaria remedy. Gradually, the taste of the drink changed due to experiments with the proportions of gin and tonic. And now we can easily drink this cocktail, which is both healthy and refreshing.

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Whiskey & Cola

Whiskey & Cola

During the U.S. tour of the Beatles, the band’s manager Brian Epstein always waited for the musicians after concerts with glasses full of «Whiskey & Cola». Thanks to the popular quartet, passion for the cocktail swept bars and night clubs. Fifty years have passed, but «Whiskey & Cola» is still a favorite cocktail at young people’s parties.

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Bourbon & Cola

Bourbon & Cola

Bourbon & Cola is a 100% American drink. Bourbon, an American corn whiskey, is known for its strong smell and sweet taste. But cola softens its edge and its taste becomes lighter. Bourbon & Cola gained popularity as one of the best cocktails for men.

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Godfather

Godfather

The Godfather cocktail can be your godfather in learning the art of cocktails. There is nothing difficult here, only two ingredients: Scotch whisky and Amaretto liqueur, mixed in a 1:1 ratio. Because of its simple preparation and a pleasing sweetish taste, the Godfather cocktail is a good everyday drink.

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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre cocktail was created in a Havana club in 1900 and named in honor of the struggle for Cuban independence from Spain. But real fame came to the cocktail twenty years later during the U.S. Prohibition of alcohol. The Cuba Libre was a suitable drink for smuggling; rum’s flavor and odor can’t be detected because of the addition of cola.

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Americano

Americano

Despite its name, the Americano is a classic Italian cocktail, invented by Gaspare Campari in 1860. The cocktail became really famous, however, only in the 1920’s. This drink made of sweet vermouth and Campari bitter was very popular among American tourists. The cocktail relieved them from both the Italian heat and the U.S. Prohibition of alcohol. When bartenders saw another «Americano» heading toward a bar, they already knew what drink to prepare.

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

It was during a cold winter night in 1943 when Joe Sheridan, a chef of the Airport Restaurant in the little Irish town of Foynes, added a bit of coffee to whiskey. Passengers, frozen after a long flight, were thankful to the chef for such a warm welcome. And one asked, «Did you use Brazilian coffee?». «No,» jokingly answered Joe, «that was Irish coffee».

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Rum, like wine, becomes better with age. Trader Vic certainly knew that when, on a hot day in 1944, he mixed old rum, lime, orgeat syrup and orange Curacao liqueur. The name for new cocktail appeared on its own. «Mai Tai!» cried Vic’s friends in Tahitian after they tasted the cocktail for the first time. The name hasn’t changed since. «Mai Tai!» or «Out of this world!».

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Black Russian

Black Russian

Once upon a time, a Brussels bartender, Gustave Tops, went to hunt in a Russian forest. And fortunately he met a bear there. Why that was fortunate? Because after his return, Tops, inspired by the black giant, created his famous cocktail — the Black Russian. He just mixed vodka with coffee liqueur. That’s how the legend of the first coffee cocktail goes.

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White Russian

White Russian

The White Russian was invented in the 60’s and became an icon after the release of «The Big Lebowski». This is a cocktail that’s easy to drink. Its taste is soft and sweet thanks to cream and coffee liqueur. But it’s also strong because of vodka. So, the White Russian is a good drink for both after-dinner rests and all-night parties.

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Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

A relaxing ambience, never-ending joy and a Tequila Sunrise in the morning. That’s why rich and famous Americans of the 1920’s rushed to the Mexican resort Agua Caliente. This bright orange cocktail made of tequila and grenadine syrup served as an effective hangover remedy and «opened» guests’ eyes after all-night parties.

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Screwdriver

Screwdriver

In the 40’s, US oil rig workers contrived to drink vodka during breaks by just covering it up with orange juice. They had to mix it fast before the boss appeared, and they did it with...a screwdriver. This simple and budget-friendly cocktail has become very popular, especially among young people.

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Bacardi

Bacardi

The Bacardi family took an active part in the Cuban struggle for independence against Spain. They gained such great respect in the cocktail world that a special Bacardi cocktail appeared. The cocktail was even approved by law; in 1936, the New York Supreme Court ruled: the Bacardi cocktail must have Bacardi rum.

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Margarita

Margarita

This cocktail is so popular that its fans celebrate Margarita Day on February 22. We recommend it to those who love tequila, but would like to lighten it a bit. As the Margarita proves, tequila tastes great with citrus. Orange liqueur Cointreau adds sweetness, and lime juice gives freshness.

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Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail, and experienced a comeback after the release of «Sex and the City». This is a sweet and fresh vodka-based cocktail. But thanks to orange syrup and lemon juice, the strong taste of vodka is canceled out. the fruity Cosmopolitan is a best choice for modern women.

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary was invented in Paris in the legendary «Harry’s New York Bar». That was right after the First World War. So, the Bloody Mary helped to prevent a postwar hangover, first in France, and then in the rest of the world. The secret of this hangover remedy is hidden in ordinary tomato juice and vodka.

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Mojito

Mojito

The first version of this cocktail appeared in 1586 on the boat of English pirates, who pillaged Cuban coasts. Once, after an unsuccessful raid, Richard Drake, a boat doctor, prepared a mix of aguardiente (a forerunner of rum), mint, lime and sugar to cheer the crew up. Since then, the Mojito has been known as a perfect refreshing drink (not only among pirates!).

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Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

If, in 1920, there had been no prohibition of alcohol in the U.S., lots of cocktails wouldn’t have been invented. One example is Long Island Iced Tea. The strong mix of vodka, gin, white rum and tequila resembled tea in color. The cocktail was a real godsend to alcohol lovers.

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Daiquiri

Daiquiri

Cubans know best when it comes to refreshing cocktails, and they made no mistake in creating the Daiquiri. They struck a good balance between the sweetness of rum and the tartness of lime. The Daiquiri was a favorite cocktail of Hemingway and J. F. Kennedy.

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Negroni

Negroni

The Negroni is a strong drink for men, named after its inventor, Italian count Camillo Negroni. It is a mix of dry gin, Campari bitter and sweet vermouth. Good as an aperitif, especially before meat dishes.

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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon cocktail is an offspring of the 60’s: brash like those times. It reveals its nature to everyone who is not afraid of sinking into the bright blue deep toward the tart sweet and sour taste.

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Pina Colada

Pina Colada

Every nation somehow contributes to world heritage, and the Puerto Rican people haven’t stood aside. Through the Pina Colada cocktail, they’ve shared a part of their tropical paradise with the rest of the world. It offers the best of what they have: rum, coconut syrup and pineapple juice.

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