Many social situations allow for drinking, and your choices for assisting the good cheer of a celebration, a party, or a typical Monday evening are wide and varied. However, not everyone enjoys the bubbles of beer, the dryness of wine, or the way the room spins after a few shots, so what can you do?
Thankfully, some genius invented the cocktail, giving you thousands of options for mixing alcoholic spirits with just about any other liquid known to man. No doubt, there are likely hundreds of cocktails that could be included in such a list, as our creativity knows no bounds when it comes to alcohol.
The Cocktail of International Spies: The Martini
The Martini may be 007’s favorite, ordered “shaken, not stirred,” but it’s probably also one of the most beloved cocktails in America as well. Some of the drink’s attraction certainly has to do with the funky little glass that looks like an inverted pyramid. The Martini glass makes every drink look sophisticated and hip; making the Martini fun to drink.
There is also an array of Martini recipes, making for one of the most versatile drinks available. The International Bartender’s Association uses at least five different Martinis in competition and recognizes many different varieties as official drink mixes. While a traditional Martini is made with gin and vermouth and garnished with green olives or lemon peel oil, there is also the Vodka Martini, the actual drink that 007 instructed to be shaken, not stirred.
You can have your Martini dry, sweet, dirty, or straight up. There are so many variations that it is akin to all the ice cream flavors beyond vanilla, but with alcohol. There is the Apple Martini, the Chocolate Martini, the French Martini with raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice, the Espresso Martini, and the Lemon Drop Martini, just to name a few.
The King of Cocktails: The Manhattan
One of the six drinks included in the renowned book “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks,” written by David A. Embry, according to the Indie Travel Website BootsnAll, the Manhattan is also served in a conically-shaped glass that can’t be ignored. While the Manhattan’s exact origins are claimed by a number of different stories, they all agree that this favorite cocktail was created in the borough of the Big Apple that gave the drink its name.
Generally bright red due to the addition of maraschino cherries, the Manhattan is known as a strong drink with a masculine edge thanks to copious amounts of whiskey. The Manhattan also includes sweet vermouth and bitters, and it’s traditional to serve it chilled before dinner.
The Healthy Cocktail: Bloody Mary
A Bloody Mary is a mix of vodka, vegetable or tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. It is served spicy with Tabasco sauce or mild without, and with a bouquet of celery and lemon. There are so many vitamins and antioxidants in a Bloody Mary that you can skip salad if you have two before dinner!
The beneficial properties of the drink are so potent that a Bloody Mary is also well-known as a good cure for a hangover. For those who swear by the hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-you remedy for a hangover, a Bloody Mary is the go-to drink.
The You-Wish Cocktail: Sex on the Beach
Not only is it a cocktail, it’s also a come-on. Bar body language during the mating ritual is a subtle thing, but Sex on the Beach removes any ambiguity and gets right to the point. Offering to buy a Sex on the Beach for another patron or accepting the proffered drink speaks volumes.
Made of vodka, peach liqueur, cranberry juice, and orange juice, and garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry, it has a tantalizing orange and pink color and an interesting fade as the vodka floats above the denser juices.
Sex on the Beach is proof that sex sells, and a slew of other hanky-panky-named drinks have flooded the drink world because of this, such as Between the Sheets, the Slippery Nipple, and the Screaming Orgasm.
The Cocktail-in-Disguise: The Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea utilizes no fewer than five different types of alcohol, but it actually looks like an innocuous glass of iced tea. It can allow any cocktail lover to enjoy a really potent drink without judgmental looks from surrounding teetotalers. It just looks like you are drinking glass after refreshing glass of iced tea, though the slurring of words and the profusions of “I love you!” may be a tip-off.
The International Bartenders Association makes the Long Island Iced Tea with tequila, vodka, white rum, triple sec, and gin. Non-alcoholic ingredients include syrup, lemon juice, and a dash of cola. Served in a tall glass on the rocks, the drink is really quite indistinguishable from a glass of iced tea, though it has not a drop of iced tea in it! It is quite a strong cocktail, leading to many late-afternoon naps after one or two Long Island Iced Teas with lunch.
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