Bellini Cocktail – Make Guiseppe Cipriani Classic Peach Cocktail

Bellini
Bellini

What Is The History Of The Bellini?

The Bellini was invented during World War 2 in Venice, Italy, by Guiseppe Cipriani. The Bellini is named after Giovanni Bellini, a famous Venetian Renaissance painter with well-known work in Venice, where the cocktail was invented.

What Is The Difference Between The Mimosa And The Bellini?

The Mimosa was invented in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, by Frank Meier. Even though the Bellini was created 15 years after the mimosa, it is unclear if the Mimosa inspired this Italian cocktail. They are very similar cocktails, but the peach juice and orange juice give each cocktail very different flavors. A Mimosa is more acidic and fresh tasting with a drier, thinner body, while the Bellini is sweeter with a slightly thicker nectar taste and fuller body mouth feel. This is not a fair comparison, but I would liken it to comparing a white to red wine. White is like the Mimosa, and red is like the Bellini.

The Bellini is a beautiful sparkling wine cocktail and perfect for brunch. Unlike the mimosa, though, I feel the Bellini also works well for an evening cocktail. It’s thicker, more nectar-like taste and mouthfeel lends itself well to a nice before or after-dinner drink. If you have only had a Bellini for brunch, try making one in the evening and see how versatile this cocktail can be.

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Bellini Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Bellini.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Peach Juice

  • 4 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

Notes


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Kir Royale – Make This Delicious Currant Liqueur Cocktail

Kir Royale
Kir Royale

The fancy version of the Kir (same cocktail but use a dry white wine instead of champagne), the Kir Royale is a beautiful and fruity champagne cocktail. I recommend using as dry of champagne as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet champagne, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

The Kir is named after the Catholic priest Félix Kir, a Nazi resistance fighter in the Dijon region during WWII. Félix Kir is credited with helping around 5,000 POWs escape during the war. After the war ended, he was elected mayor of Dijon, where he stayed for 23 years till his death in 1968.

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Kir Royale

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

251

kcal
ABV

12%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Kir Royale.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Black Currant Liqueur

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

Notes


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Screwdriver Cocktail – Make This Refreshing Orange Juice Cocktail

Screwdriver Cocktail
Screwdriver Cocktail

The Screw Driver tastes like rotten orange juice to me, but don’t take my word for it. Other people like this drink, so make it and form your own opinion. One story I have read goes that laborers long ago used to use screwdrivers to stir their morning drink (because who doesn’t want an adult beverage some mornings?, but I have not been able to validate this as true or false.

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Screwdriver Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

303

kcal
ABV

11%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Screwdriver.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • 5 oz Orange Juice

Directions

  • Simply combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.

Notes


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Mexican Coffee – Make This Amazing Tequila Coffee Cocktail

Mexican Coffee Cocktail
Mexican Coffee Cocktail

I’m going to say something that might piss off many people, but this is way better than an Irish coffee. Don’t get me wrong, the original Irish coffee is excellent, but the flavors and spices in this make it a winner. Replacing the Irish whiskey with tequila makes this taste quite a bit different.

NOTE: I have simple syrup listed here, but use piloncillo if you want to make this right. Piloncillo is a Mexican unrefined cone block of sugar with a ton of flavor. (As an aside, brown sugar is close but not the same. Brown sugar is regular old white sugar with molasses added back in.) Piloncillo is natural, unrefined, delicious brown sugar, and it costs almost nothing. If there isn’t a Mexican market where you live, I’m sure you can order it online. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, and you have just made a coffee that no coffee house can match. Unless they also make Mexican coffee. Then yes, in those cases, they can match it.

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Mexican Coffee

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

314

kcal
ABV

9%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Mexican Coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Piloncillo Syrup

  • 2 oz Mezcal

  • 5 oz Coffee

  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in warm glass except the heavy cream.
  • Add heavy cream to shaker and shake for around 1 minute to thicken into whipped cream.
  • Float cream on top.

Notes


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White Russian – Make This Wonderful Coffee Liqueur Cocktail

White Russian
White Russian

This drink is a bit too sweet for me, but I make them and drink them anyway because I want to feel as cool as the Dude. The Big Lebowski is a cult classic, and therefore this drink will always have a cult following. This drink is just the boozier version of a Kahlua and Cream.

Another variation is the Black Russian, which is just coffee liqueur and vodka. These drinks started showing up in the late 40s early 50s, but it wasn’t until the film The Big Lebowski that the White Russian gained popularity.

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White Russian

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

398

kcal
ABV

22%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic White Russian.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur

  • 1.5 oz Vodka

  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the Vodka and Coffee Liqueur in the glass and give it a few turns to chill and mix.
  • Top the cocktail with heavy cream or for a nicer presentation, shake the heavy cream in a shaker for a minute to lightly whip it before topping the cocktail.

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Aperol Spritz – Make This Delicious Refreshing Venetian Cocktail

Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

History Of The Spritz.

The Spritz originated in the Veneto region of Italy in the mid-19th century. After the Napoleonic Wars (1803 to 1815), the Veneto region was annexed by the Austrian Empire, which it stayed with till it joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. During the annexation, Austrian soldiers occupied the region and found the local wine too alcohol for their liking. The soldiers would add a splash of water to bring the ABV down to levels more similar to beer. Wine served this way was referred to as a spritz, the german word for a splash. Eventually, wines would be spritzed with soda water and even Prosecco. The spritz cocktail structure is always:

  • 2 oz (60 mLs) wine or apperitif
  • 1 oz (30 mLs) soda water
  • 3 oz (90 mls) prosecco

As you can see, there can be many different kinds of spritz cocktails. Any wine or aperitif can be used as the base. When ordering in English, the base is mentioned before the word spritz. A spritz with Aperol is an Aperol Spritz, or one with Cynar is Cynar Spritz, Campari Spritz, Pinot Grigio Spritz, Chardonnay Spritz, etc. If ordering in Italy, reverse it and say the base after the word spritz.

What Does The Aperol Spritz Taste Like?

The Aperol Spritz is a wonderfully refreshing and flavorful drink. The mild herbal and medicinal flavors of the Aperol blend wonderfully with the prosecco, and the soda water cuts the strength just enough not to make the drink feel boozy.

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Aperol Spritz

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

267

kcal
ABV

8%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Spritz.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aperol

  • 1 oz Soda Water

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass with ice.

Notes


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Alexander (Brandy) | Make A Fantastic Chocolate Cocktail

Brandy Alexander
Brandy Alexander

What Is The History Of The Alexander and Brandy Alexander.

The first printed recipe for the Alexander is from the 1917 book “Recipes For Mixed Drinks” by Hugo Ensslin. This first Alexander is gin-based, and this is backed by the Alexander recipe in the Old Waldorf-Astoria, which also uses gin as the Alexander’s base.

The earliest printed recipes for the Brandy Alexander come from both “The Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock and “Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails” by Harry McElhone. When the Alexander cocktail made its way over to Europe, it began to be mixed with brandy. Both books refer to it only as “Alexander” and not specifically a Brandy Alexander. Interestingly the Savoy list both the older gin-based Alexander as an Alexander #1 and the brandy-based one as an Alexander #2. Harry’s ABC book only lists the brandy recipe and does not have the gin version. I noticed this with all the European cocktail books I looked through from the 1930s. They all had both a gin version and a brandy version and referred to them as Alexander. The gin-based one often being called Alexander #1, and the brandy-based one is called Alexander #2.

The first American book I could find to include an Alexander with brandy is the 1951 book “Bottoms Up” by Ted Saucier. He lists them as an Alexander (Gin) and an Alexander (Brandy). By the 1970s, the gin-based Alexander goes back to just being called an Alexander, and the Brandy one gains its more common current name of a Brandy Alexander. I first saw this naming convention used in the 1972 Trader Vic’s Cocktail Guide.

Personally, I like the Bottoms Up naming convention for The Alexander cocktail and its variations. It’s clear and descriptive and easily allows for additional variations.

Should I use Dark, White, or Clear Creme De Cacao?

None of the Alexander cocktail recipes specify precisely what kind of creme de cacao/chocolate liqueur to use, and honestly, they all taste the same. The dark, white, clear, or lightly aged color depends mainly on the base spirit used and if dyes were added. That being said, the white and dark brown chocolate-colored liqueurs are not naturally that color. Pigments are added to achieve that look. Clear ones were probably also manufactured using a super processed cocoa extract which is then added to sweetened vodka. Naturally, colored creme de cacaos are either a light pale brown or looks like a normal aged spirit like cognac. This depends on if the base spirit is an un-aged distillers alcohol/vodka or an aged spirit. You can easily see this at home by making your own creme de cacao. Add cocoa nibs to high-proof grain alcohol, let it soak for a few days, filter it, and combine it with vanilla extract, sugar, and water until you get a desirable flavor. The color will be a nice light pale brown from the soaked cocoa nibs.

Again the color is artificial unless it’s one of the two mentioned above and is not a result of the flavor extracting process, so get one you like. Ultimately all creme de cacaos are the same product, and the look and color are purely visual. Do you want a dark brown Alexander or a white one? They will taste practically the same so find a brand you like and go with it.

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Alexander (Brandy)

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

375

kcal
ABV

13%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Brandy Alexander cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

  • 1 oz Chocolate Liqueur

  • 1 oz Brandy

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

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Calvados Cocktail | Make This Wonderful 1930s Orange Cocktail

Calvados Cocktail
Calvados Cocktail

A Short History Of The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel In London.

In 1893, The American Bar at the Savoy hotel started serving American-style cocktails in London to the British upper class. The American Bar has always been a high-end bar but what set it on the map was when Harry Craddock became its head bartender in the 1920s. Harry Craddock was a British-born bartender who immigrated to the United States, eventually becoming a US citizen and head bartender of several high-end hotel bars. Still, Harry found himself out of work with the start of prohibition in 1920. He then immigrated back to England and became head bartender of the Savoy Hotel’s Bar. Harry transformed The American Bar from a high-end bar to one of the seminal cocktail bars of the 20th century. As the American prohibition was ending, the hotel realized it should record all of its most famous recipes and the innovations Harry brought to the bar. A year later, they published the Savoy Cocktail Book. Printed in 1934, the Savoy Cocktail Book documents the bar’s best recipes from the 1890s to the 1930s and stands as the pillar of prohibition-era European cocktail innovation. If Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders Guide is the best cocktail book the 1800s gave us, then The Savoy Cocktail Book is the best cocktail book of the first half of the 1900s. I don’t think I will ever be able to drink there, though. A cocktail cost around $250 there, and they have one that’s almost $1000, and I’m not the Amazon guy, so good thing we have their recipe book.

This Specific Recipe And What It Taste Like.

So this is a modified recipe from the original one in the Savoy Cocktail guide. The original recipe is 4 oz brandy, 4 oz orange juice, 2 oz orange liqueur, and 2 oz orange bitters, which sounds awful. This makes me think it must be either a typo or they were using very different ingredients. But I don’t think they used other ingredients for just this one cocktail. I think what they meant to write was two dashes instead of 2 oz of orange bitters. So I modified it to the size of a single cocktail by cutting each ingredient in half and imaging they meant two dashes, not 2 oz. At those proportions, this is a fantastic cocktail. It tastes like a perfect screwdriver with the presentation of a mimosa.

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Calvados Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British
Servings

1

servings
Calories

297

kcal
ABV

24%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make an amazing calvados cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 dashes Orange Bitters

  • 2 oz Orange Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz Apple Brandy

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

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Kir – Make The Delicious Wine Cocktail From Dijon, France

Kir Cocktail
Kir Cocktail

The Kir is named after the Catholic priest Félix Kir, a Nazi resistance fighter in the Dijon region during WWII. Félix Kir is credited with helping around 5,000 POWs escape during the war. After the war ended, he was elected mayor of Dijon, where he stayed for 23 years till his death in 1968.

Felix combined the two regional beverages of Creme de Cassis and a dry, acidic white wine made from the Aligoté grape to create the Kir. I think the proportions I have provided are spot on, but the goal of adding the Creme de Cassis is to take the dry acid edge off the wine. You’re looking to make white wine with a mild currant flavor and not a sweet cocktail. I recommend using as dry of wine as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet wine, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

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Kir Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

134

kcal
ABV

12%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the classic Kir.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Black Currant Liqueur

  • 3 oz White Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

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Bloody Maria – Make A Tasty Tequila Variation Of A Bloody Mary

Bloody Maria Cocktail
Bloody Maria Cocktail

This is the tequila variation of the Bloody Mary, and I will apologize in advance for this, but I’m not the biggest fan of Bloody Marys. I only like the ones I make. Therefore I am keeping this strictly historical. I have no idea what the origin of this specific cocktail is, nor was I able to find anything solidly historic in books or online.

The story of the original Bloody Mary goes that it was invented in the 1920s by Fernand Petiot, a French bartender working at The New York Bar in Paris, France. The bar was later renamed Harry’s New York Bar after Harry MacElhone bought it. Fernand came up with the cocktail as a hair of the dog drink to cure hangovers, and the popular myth states it was none other than the famous drunk Ernest Hemingway who first ordered it. While that is likely not true, it’s still fun to imagine.

After prohibition ended, Fernand Petiot immigrated to New York in the 1930s and served his signature cocktail at The King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel. The Bloody Mary was still just tomato juice and vodka in France, but upper-class New Yorkers were not impressed and found the drink too two-dimensional and tomato-y. He was asked to spice it up a bit. English being his second language, he took it quite literally. He added hot sauce, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. The hot and spiced-up remake was a hit. The very fancy St. Regis Hotel found Bloody Mary’s name to be too vulgar for its wealthier/stuffier guest and tried to change the name to The Red Snapper, but it was too late. The cocktail had expanded beyond its walls, and the public continued to call it the Bloody Mary. The Bloody Maria is a Mexican variation of that drink. In this, you are substituting vodka for tequila and Tabasco for a Mexican hot sauce. So spice it up and go wild.

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Bloody Maria

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

183

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make an amazing Bloody Maria.

Ingredients

  • To taste Horse Radish

  • To taste Salt

  • To taste Black Pepper

  • To taste Worcestershire sauce

  • To taste Hot Sauce

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 5 oz

  • Tomato Juice
  • 2 oz Silver Tequila

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass filled with ice.

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