Tiny Cocktails are the Best Thing Ever

When a mixed drink contains only a distilled spirit and a mixer, such as soda or fruit juice, it is a highball; many of the International Bartenders Association Official Cocktails are highballs.

1-1

A cocktail can be made by the bartender. But the cocktail also can be made by the chefJose Andres Puerta

There is a lack of clarity on the origins of cocktails. Traditionally cocktails were a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. But by the 1860s, a cocktail frequently included a liqueur. The first publication of a bartenders’ guide which included cocktail recipes was in 1862 — How to Mix Drinks; or, The Bon Vivant’s Companion, by “Professor” Jerry Thomas.

Punches, sours and slings

2-2

Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately cloudsTerry Pratchett

In addition to recipes for punches, sours, slings, cobblers, shrubs, toddies, flips, and a variety of other mixed drinks were 10 recipes for “cocktails”. A key ingredient differentiating cocktails from other drinks in this compendium was the use of bitters. Mixed drinks popular today that conform to this original meaning of “cocktail” include the Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail, the Sazerac cocktail, and the Manhattan cocktail.

Cocktail party

3-2

I don’t look like someone who leans on a mantelpiece with a cocktail in my hand, you knowCharles Bronson

The first “cocktail party” ever thrown was allegedly by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1917. Mrs. Walsh invited 50 guests to her home at noon on a Sunday. The party lasted an hour, until lunch was served at 1 pm. The site of this first cocktail party still stands. In 1924, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis bought the Walsh mansion at 4510 Lindell Boulevard, and it has served as the local archbishop’s residence ever since.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Feed

3 hours ago

House of Henry
Let's GOOOOOO!!!Denuvo @ House of Henry - Thursday 25th 8 - 12 ...
View on Facebook

9 hours ago

House of Henry
Start your weekend early. Denuvo is on the HoH stage tonight at 8pm ...
View on Facebook

11 hours ago

House of Henry
LUNCH TIME! Stop in for a bite ...
View on Facebook

13 hours ago

House of Henry
Don't forget! On Sunday nights the HoH stage turns into a PIANO BAR! Every Sunday night from 7-11 join us for Henry's Piano Bar Night With Charlie Seagar! Good times, great drink specials, better friends! ...
View on Facebook