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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cocktail

Sir Francis Drake is credited with inventing the cocktail in 1586. Made with mint and rum, 'The Draque' was a precursor to the modern mojito.

The tomato juice and vodka cocktail known as Bloody Mary was named after Queen Mary I of England. 300 English Protestants were martyred during her reign, which earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary."

On October 18, 19776, a customer in a New York saloon, noticing the bar was decorated with bird tail, asked for a “cock tail”... and the rest is history.

The Manhattan cocktail is a mixture of whiskey and sweet vermouth. Popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in 1874, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of the new governor Samuel J. Tilden.

The Brandy Daisy, a cocktail of citrus juice and brandy, was the forerunner of the Margarita. One of the earliest known recipes was published in 1876 in the second edition of Jerry Thomas's The Bartenders Guide or How To Mix Drinks: The Bon-Vivants Companion. Margarita is the Spainish name for Daisy.

Sir Thomas Gimlette (1857-1943), a British navel surgeon, believed that drinking straight gin was unhealthy and impaired the efficiency of navel officers, so he began to dilute it with lime juice, creating a new cocktail – the Gimlet.

Harry MacElhone and his bar man Fernand Petiot, of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, were the creators of the Bloody Mary cocktail on April 16, 1921. The addition of tomato juice to the vodka-based seasoned mixture gave the Bloody Mary its reddish, blood-like color. The blood-red concoction got it’s name because it reminded one of his staff of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago, and a girl there named Mary.

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Death in the Afternoon, a cocktail containing absinthe and champagne, was popularized by Ernest Hemingway in a 1935 recipe book.

London celebrity haunt Movida launched the world’s most expensive Christmas cocktail in 2007 at £35,000 a pop. It included a large measure of Louis XII cognac, half a bottle of Cristal Rosé champagne, flakes of 24-carat edible gold leaf — and an 11-carat white diamond ring.

An attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive cocktail was thwarted when a customer dropped and broke the bottle of Cognac that was worth $77,000.

Source Daily Mail

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