Nothing says “indulgence” quite like a cocktail and, to many of us, sipping a cocktail on the beach, at a sky bar or in a chic cocktail bar epitomises relaxation and luxury. Check out some of the most iconic cocktails in the world and where to drink them. We love the evocative nature of cocktails so much that we have even hunted down the most authentic recipes, so that you can make your own little bit of heaven!
Bloody Mary – On The Plane!
Time of Birth: 1920s
Place of Birth: Harry’s New York Bar, Paris
Ok, this may be cheating a little, but a Bloody Mary on the plane is the perfect way to start your trip and get in the holiday mood. There’s a reason why so many of us enjoy the taste of a Bloody Mary at altitude: the white noise experienced on a plane inhibits our taste buds. We can’t taste sweet or salty as well – hence the desire to pour lashings of salt on our in-flight meals. However, umami, which denotes meaty flavours such as marmite, soy and – you guessed it- tomatoes is enhanced in the presence of white noise. Which is why flyers suddenly get an inexplicable desire to drink a Bloody Mary. Once you have enjoyed one on the plane, the flavour will forever be associated with the frisson of anticipation as you fly off to your dream destination.
Make Your Own:
- 30 mls vodka (the best quality you can get your hands on)
- 60 mls tomato juice
- 2-3 drops lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- A dash of cayenne pepper (to taste)
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Mix, pour over ice, and garnish with a lemon wedge, an olive and a celery stick.
Singapore Sling – Raffles, Singapore
Time of Birth: 1910-1915
Place of Birth: Raffles, Singapore
The Singapore Sling may just be the most iconic cocktail in the world and there is only one place to enjoy it in true style: Raffles’ Long Bar, where the cocktail was first created. The history of the Singapore Sling is a little fuzzy around the edges but what is undisputed is that the drink was first created by a Raffles bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon some time between 1910 and 1915. The drink was an instant hit but, at some point during the 1930s, the recipe was lost. In the 1970s, the famous cocktail was revived by Ngiam Boon’s nephew, who recreated the drink based on information from people who had mixed (and drunk!) the drink three decades earlier.
Make Your Own:
- 30mls gin (the best quality you can find)
- 15mls cherry brandy
- 120mls pineapple juice
- 15mls lime juice
- 7.5mls Cointreau
- 7.5mls Benedictine
- 10mls grenadine
- A dash of Angostura Bitters
- Shake, pour over ice, and garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.
Time of Birth: 1980s
Place of Birth: South Beach
Once you have tried one, you will be so well acquainted that you will be calling it a Cosmo! Partly thanks to Sex and the City, the cosmo oozes sexy, sassy sophistication. But way before Carrie Bradshaw hit the screens with a cosmo in hand, the cocktail was favoured by a host of other girls who like to have fun. There are many different versions of the cocktail but the cosmopolitan as we know it was created by bartender and South Beach’s Martini Queen, Cheryl Cook, who wanted to create a feminine, appealing take on the martini. The drink was an instant hit. A few years later, Toby Cecchini switched lime cordial for fresh lime, and Dale De Groff refined the drink further with a dash of orang liqueur and burnt orange peel. The best place to enjoy a cosmopolitan is the Long Island Bar, which is co-owned by none other than Toby Cecchini, whose lime juice brought the zingy moreishness and more than a little refinement to the drink.
Make Your Own
- 35mls vodka (yep – you guessed it – get the best quality you can!)
- 15mls orange liqueur
- 15mls fresh lime juice
- 45mls cranberry juice
- Mix, shake, pour over ice and garnish with a piece of orange peel – perfect!
Time of Birth: 1500s
Place of Birth: Havana
The mojito is a central part of Cuban culture and, although the cocktail is made to perfection and enjoyed around the world, you can’t beat sipping a mojito in Havana. There are numerous tales about the cocktail’s inception, with evidence of the ingredients being combined as far back as the 16th Century, when Sir Frances Drake’s crewmen returned from a visit to shore with a mixtureof rum, sugarcane juice, mint and lime. Today, the mojito comes in countless different guises of varying authenticity. If you want to make sure yours is perfect, drink it in a bar in Havana! Ernest Hemingway famously enjoyed a mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio, a traditional Cuban bar which has been serving drinks since 1942. If it’s good enough for not just Ernest, but Marlene Dietrich, Nat King Cole and Pablo Neruda, it’s good enough for us!
Make Your Own
- 30mls white rum (preferable Cuban)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 heaped teaspoons of sugar
- 2 sprigs of mint
- 60mls soda or sparkling spring water
Combine the lime and sugar, add the mint and gently muddle (crush) to release the flavour. Add ice, sparkling water and lime, stir and enjoy!