Cocktail Family

Topics: Cocktail, Piña colada, Gin Pages: 7 (1898 words) Published: June 27, 2013
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction……………………………………………………………………3 1.0 Sours……………………..……………………………………..……………..4 2.0 Old-Fashioneds…………………………………………………………..…...5 3.0 Highballs…………………...…………………………………………………….6 4.0 Manhattans……………………………………………………………………….7 5.0 Sangarees……………………………………………….…..…….……8 6.0 Margaritas…………………………………………..……………………..9 7.0 Coladas……………………..………………………………………10 8.0 Fizzes………………………………………………………………………11 9.0 Cobblers………………………………………………………………………12 10.0 Daiquiris…………………………………………………………………13

Introduction

Cocktail is an alcoholic drink which was originally a mixture of spirits, sugar, water and bitters. Now, it is simply a mixture of drinks which contains three or more ingredients with at least one, must be a spirit.

There are as many stories behind the origin of the name cocktail as there are behind the creation of the first Margarita or the Martini. A popular story behind the cocktail name refers to a rooster's tail (or cock tail) being used as a Colonial drink garnish. There are no formal references in written recipes to such a garnish.

Although there are hundreds and hundreds of different cocktails, many of them may be grouped together in 'families', based on a common recipe. For example, although traditional Manhattans are based on whiskey, other members of the Manhattan family may contain Southern Comfort, Brandy or rum in its place.

1. Sours

A sour is a traditional family of mixed drinks. It belong to one of the old families of original cocktail and are described by "The Professor" Jerry Thomas in his 1862 book, How to Mix Drinks. Since that time the Sour's basic recipe has been built on to develop many of today's most popular cocktails.

The Sour is not only the name of a cocktail it is also a whole category of cocktails. The base liquor used in a Sour can be any of the 8 staples: bourbon, brandy, gin, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka, or whiskey. So the drink is called Bourbon Sour, Brandy Sour, Gin Sour, and Whiskey Sour. The cocktail family called Sours contains a mixture of base liquor, large amount of lemon or lime juice, and very little sweetening agent. Some examples of the sweetening agents include simple syrup, grenadine, or pineapple juice.

The drink is usually served in rocks glass filled with broken ice, along with a twist or spiral of lemon. A little soda water may also be added. Variations include whisky fruit Sours, which include whisky and a fruit flavoured liqueur such as Midori. Besides that, it also served in a goblet shaped glass called a sour glass, but an old-fashioned glass will do in a pinch.

2.
Old-Fashioneds

The Old fashioned is a type of cocktail made by muddling dissolved sugar with bitter then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind. Besides that, it is also a short, spirit-based drink added to an ice-filled glass containing a sugar cube soaked in bitters.

Traditionally, the first use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been, anachronistically, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honour of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

Whilst a classic Old Fashioned is made using bourbon, the cocktail may also be made using vodka, tequila, gin, whiskey or Brandy. It is traditionally served in a short, round, 240-350ml tumbler-like glass, which is called an Old Fashioned glass, names after the drink.

3.
Highballs

Highball is the name for a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Originally, the most common highball was made with Scotch whisky and carbonated water, which is today called a "Scotch and Soda".

The Highball cocktail was invented in 1895...
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