OK ladies; let’s get down to drinking business! Nights at bars and nighclubs always tend to have something to do with beautiful cocktails. Those colourful, sweet, fruity and often creamy beverages that we sip on for hours really do make a great night out. We sip and sip and it isn’t until we stand to head to the dance floor that we realize just how much alcohol was in our glasses. Cocktails have certainly developed over time. Traditionally, these nice blends were a real treat to cover up the bad tastes of badly made beverages throughout the bars and clubs of the 1920’s. The period of prohibition saw the banning of cocktails because they were seen as drinks with intoxicating liquors. However, comercialisation of the popular mixers started in the 1960’s when books and films made specific references to martinis. Since then, cocktails have taken on a life of their own with all kinds of explicit names, and interesting combinations of fruit, vegetables, alcohol and spices. I’m the first to the bar when cocktails are on offer. I love tasting all kinds of new and strange blends, but there are a few which are truly amazing.
Here are my top five favorites drinks for women:
In the 1870’s, Iain Marshall mixed a drink at the Manhattan Club in New York City for a dinner hosted by Winston Churchill’s mother. The success of the dinner gave the drink a place in the hearts of New Yorkers where people would go to bars and nightclubs asking staff to make the Manhattan Club drink. Many authors have written about the cocktail including William Schmidt in his 2007, The Flowing Bowl. Unlike other famous cocktails, the original recipe has remained untouched and is still made from Rye, Vermouth and Angostura Bitters with a garnish of Maraschino cherry.
4. Pina Colada
The life of the Pina Colada is confusing. The origin and who actually created this baby has been argued for years. Consistent tails say that the Pina Colada [Spanish for strained pineapple], was discovered by Roberto Cofresi. This Puerto Rican pirate used the cocktail to boost morale among his sailers in the 1800’s. The drink was originally made with coconut, pineapple and White Rum however, as South America’s culinary skills developed; coconut cream was used adding a smooth, milky texture to this bar and nightclub favourite.
3. Singapore Sling
While working at the Raffle Hotel in Singapore, Ngiam Tong Boon created a masterpiece. He poured Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Cherry Brandy, Cointrueau, Dom Benedictine and Grenadine and the Singapore Sling was born. Throughout history, bars and nightclubs everywhere have sold the famous drink and the hotel where the drink started its life has become somewhat of an icon. The original recipe can still be found in the hotel bar. Bar staff still serve Singapore Slings in the same way [tall], but it’s not mixed in the traditional method. Today they are premixed and dispensed using an automatic dispenser to combine the alcohol and the pineapple together more evenly and faster.
2. The Bellini
This gem was created by a Venetian named Giuseppe Cipriani between the years of 1934 and 1948. Cipriani was the founder of a popular bar in Venice and developed the drink made from Sparkling Wine [usually Prosecco], and Peach Juice to be sold in his venue. He dubbed the now famous cocktail the Bellini because of its pink colour – a prominent shade found in a painting by artist, Giovanni Bellini.
The eternal girly cocktail made famous through Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan was born in 1985. Bartender, Cheryl Cook created the cocktail because she found it strange that people in bars and nightclubs would order martinis just to be seen holding the stylish glasses. She wanted to create a drink which was visually appealing, simple to drink and served martini style. Historic recipes by Cook read that the drink needed Absolut Vodka, Citron, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice. However, in 1987, the drink got a facelift by New York bartender, Toby Cecchini who introduced Cointreau and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Article by: Nastasia Campanella http://www.barsandnightclubs.com.au