Cocktails don’t date back thousands of years like wine or beer. A newspaper in New York first used the word in the early 1800s to describe “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters, vulgarly called a bittered sling.” But today’s cocktail creations are much more sophisticated than that, and probably tastier. You probably know the classic Mai Tais, Manhattans, Margaritas, martinis…and so on, but here are five contemporary cocktail recipes you can use to convince your friends that you are a cocktail connoisseur with the knowledge of obscure creations, instead of an amateur.
As you may have guessed, this drink was created by the Drunken Moogle, a site for gaming and geeky alcoholic drinks. Put some ice in a highball glass, add 99 Bananas and coconut rum, then pour in Banana Colada Fuze and root beer, stir and enjoy. Alternatively, mix in banana-infused Monkey Shoulder whiskyits with Nardini Rabarbaro rhubarb liqueur, and serve with a cinnamon stick.
Like many cocktails, its sum is greater than the individual parts. Refreshing but not overly sweet, you make it with Plantation Three Stars Rum, Massenez peach liqueur, sake and sakura syrup, combined with a spritz of lemon and whipped egg white.
Little Red Dot
The Wall Street Journal Magazine recently named Singapore a “go-to destination for cocktails,” and the Little Red Dot is an award-winning Singapore classic. It’s a mix of Tanqueray No. Ten gin, lychee liqueur, Indian rosewater, crushed raspberries, and grapefruit juice. Creator Akihiro Eguchi says it represents Singapore’s heritage and diversity in one drink: Lychee for China, gin for Britain, rosewater and raspberries for Little India and Western-style groceries. It’s simple, beautiful, but packed with flavours. Get it at the Jigger and Pony bar.
The Moscow Mule is a cocktail classic with lime, vodka, and ginger beer. This is a more refined version with Hendrick’s Gin, Poire Williams liqueur and lime with a shot of abinsthe bitters. Fever Tree elderflower tonic adds a refreshing spritz, making it a great pre-dinner drink.
Corpse Reviver #101
Interesting, people in the 1930s thought a cocktail would be great hangover cure for the people who stumble into a bar in the morning. The Corpse Reviver comes in many incarnations. This particular version combines Babicka vodka, elderflower liqueur, jasmine sweet vermouth, and lemon, all served with absinthe jelly.