Best cocktails? Which ones, from hundreds of thousands, are the best? Stirred, shaken, neat, on the rocks, straight up, with a kick, or dirty. No matter how you order them, everyone (save for maybe some Mormons and recovering alcoholics) loves a good cocktail. They have inspired world leaders, famous artists and poets, the title for a cheesy 1988 Tom Cruise film, socialite parties, a genre of above-the-knee dresses, business executives and bartenders’ creativity. The cocktail has infused itself into our popular, historical and literary culture, often becoming as iconic as the famous men and women who drank them.
Can you imagine Churchill without a Martini in hand or a book by Hemmingway that didn’t describe copious cocktail variations? But, have you ever wondered where and when your favorite 5 o’clock drink came from? Was a Manhattan truly invented in Manhattan? Where do Mojitos really come from? Who was Tom Collins anyway? Is a Mai Tai really Hawaiian? From the classic Martini to the lesser known Singapore Sling, here is a list of 8 best cocktails and the often-controversial stories behind them that we tell our guests at GetBartender.com!
Read away and the next time you are downing your drink at your favorite watering hole or politely sipping your drink at a fancy cocktail party, you can impress your friends with your knowledge of where that delightful (or not so delightful) mixture of alcohols really originated.