The following is a guest post written by Nick Stokes*
In comparison to alcoholic drinks and alcohol brands, which are usually made for profit, most cocktails were made for fun or out of boredom. This is only logical because there are no copyrights or other legal barriers when you make a cocktail. You make it for yourself and for your friends, so that you can enjoy new and interesting mixtures while you spend time together. Cocktails are usually made in public, making them that much more intriguing. Some of them were created accidentally, while others were created in order to promote a certain alcoholic beverage.
The Cuba Libre is a drink which was created in order to celebrate Cuban independence. After The Spanish-American War, this cocktail was made out of Cuban rum and American Coca-Cola. Whether it was made by a Cuban bartender or an American soldier, it still remains a mystery.
Robert Roy McGregor was a Scottish folk hero and in the 19th century there was an opera created about his life. Prior to the performance, a local New York bartender made a cocktail to honor Rob Roy. It included whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
Back in the day, coconut liquor was quite a new alcohol. A local Mexican entrepreneur tried to find a way to intrigue people and make them buy this particular alcohol. In order to raise awareness about coconut liquor, he distributed it to local bars and restaurants. Furthermore, he encouraged local bartenders to play with it and try to find a good cocktail based on this alcohol. After that, the Pina Colada was made. The mixture is based on rum, coconut liquor and pineapple juice.
It might not actually contain tea, but at least the Long Island part of the name is accurate. This spring break favorite is fairly young as cocktails go; it’s only been around for about 32 years. Rosebud Butt, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays, invented the drink in 1976, so if you ever need to find a patron saint of terrible hangovers and nights spent falling off of barstools, Rosebud may be your man.
As its name implies, the Singapore Sling was invented in Singapore. It was made by Ngiam Tong Boon who was working in Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar in Singapore. The cocktail, which is made from a mixture of gin, cherry brandy and Benedictine in equal parts with a dash of bitters and Cointreau, and finished off with pineapple and lime juice and grenadine, was modified in the middle of the 20th century by the original creator’s nephew. The newer recipe has been used since and is the base for the modern Singapore Sling. In the Raffles Hotel Museum, visitors can view the safe where Mr. Ngiam locked away all of his secret cocktail recipe books.
All these cocktails are available in many bars and lounges all over the world. Naturally, some bars make them better and juicier. One of those bars in Canada is D.W. Alexander, one of the most popular bars in Toronto and Canada.
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