The History of the Cocktail


The History of the Cocktail

Friday the 13th – unlucky for some, but not for Riddles! That’s because today is World Cocktail Day. We love everything from the classics to our own contemporary creations, so it’s no surprise how excited we are for World Cocktail Day this Friday the 13th.

On the 13th May 1806, the word ‘cocktail’ was defined as ‘a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters’. Cocktails have since been developed by bartenders all over the world with new innovations every day.

Riddles signature drink and Don Draper’s cocktail of choice, The Old Fashioned, was given its name in the 1880s. This classic cocktail is the perfect mix of liquor, sugar, bitters and orange peel.

The Martini became popular in bartending guides of the 1880’s, though is probably more well-known for being James Bond’s drink of choice. The perfect balance of gin, or vodka, with vermouth is a classic that never goes out of style. Though we would recommend it stirred, not shaken… sorry 007!

Henry C. Ramos invented the Ramos Gin Fizz in 1888 and is one of New Orleans most famous cocktails. The original way of shaking this creamy and irresistibly tasty cocktail took 12 minutes and 20 bartenders at a time were employed to shake the drink in Ramos’ bar. This New Orleans delight is currently on our specials board.

On 16th January 1919 prohibition was declared in the United States, prohibiting the production, sale and transportation of alcohol. During this period cocktails were preferred as they disguised the taste of alcohol, making them easier to drink quickly if the establishment were to be raided.

One hundred years on from the Old Fashioned, the 1980s brought new cocktail innovations such as the popular Espresso Martini and the Bramble. These well-known modern classics are creations of the late Dick Bradsell who revolutionised the modern cocktail world.

Frank Sinatra famously said ‘I feel sorry for people that don’t drink because when they wake up in the morning that’s the best they’re going to feel for the rest of the day.’

Our May Cocktail of the Month is one of our Scott’s creations. The Six Million Dollar Cocktail combines scotch, Picon, maraschino, orange and angostura bitters over flamed absinthe.

If you’re in Altrincham this World Cocktail Day, pop into Riddles for classic and modern cocktails aplenty.

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