Gin And Tonic – Make This Amazing Late 1800s Style British Cocktail

This was the cocktail of the English empire. Tonic water contains quinine used to cure Malaria, so the English would distribute units of tonic water to their soldiers stationed in India and Africa to keep them from getting sick.

As all things medicine-related go, someone (likely troop members stationed in India) thought to add gin and lime juice to it to make it taste better. Thus the gin and tonic were born. This is the drink that, for better or worse, colonized the world.

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Gin And Tonic

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British
Servings

1

servings
Calories

203

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Gin and Tonic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 5 oz Tonic Water

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients except the Tonic Water in the serving glass.
  • Mix the gin and lime juice to chill it.
  • Add the Tonic Water
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Mayan Mule – Make This Delicious Tequila Variation of the Moscow Mule

Mayan Mule Cocktail
Mayan Mule Cocktail

The tequila variation of the Moscow Mule substituting tequila/mezcal for vodka. While the original has a more clean and refreshing ginger beer and lime taste, the tequila adds an excellent cactus taste to this one. If you use a smoky mezcal, you get an even stronger cactus to taste with some smoke flavor. Put a little Tajin or chilies spices on top, and you’re good to go.

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Mayan Mule

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

227

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Mayan Mule.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Mezcal

  • 5 oz Ginger Beer

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients except the Ginger Beer in the serving glass.
  • Mix the ingredients to chill.
  • Add the Ginger Beer.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Long Beach Ice Tea – Make This Refreshing Twist On A Long Island Ice Tea

Long Beach Ice Tea Cocktail
Long Beach Ice Tea Cocktail

Long Beach, CA, is the hometown of the great Snoop Dogg and this refreshing variation of the Long Island Ice Tea. Just like the original Long Island Ice Tea, this cocktail is a one-and-done drink, which is powerful. The Long Beach Ice Tea is precisely the same as the long island but replaces the coke with cranberry juice and turns it into a fruity and slightly tart cocktail. So it will still floor you, but you will be refreshed as you get smashed. As far as where and who created this cocktail, I don’t have the slightest idea. Long Beach, California, maybe…

Bob Butt created the original Long Island Ice Tea in 1972; this drink was an entry into an orange liqueur mixing contest, even though there is hardly any orange liqueur in that cocktail. I hope you enjoy this fantastic west coast variation of the Long Island.

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Long Beach Ice Tea

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

545

kcal
ABV

29%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a Long Beach Ice Tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 1.5 oz Vodka

  • 1.5 oz White Rum

  • 1.5 oz Dry Gin

  • 1.5 oz Reposado Tequila

  • 1.5 oz Cranberry Juice

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Cuba Libre – Make A Classic Cuban Rum and Coke

Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre

This is just a fancy formal name for rum and coke. There are stories of the Cuba Libre being invented around the same time coke was first created, but who knows if it’s true or not. I can see that being the case as the Cuba Libre is structurally a Rickey, and the Rickey style of cocktails was not invented till the 1880s, which is around the same time coke was invented. One thing we do know about its’ invention was that it was first mixed in Cuba.

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Cuba Libre

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Cuban
Servings

1

servings
Calories

182

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Cuba Libre.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 2 oz Gold Rum

  • 5 oz Coca-Cola

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Tom Collins – Make This Fantastic 1882 Harry Johnson Recipe

Tom Collins Cocktail
Tom Collins Cocktail

What Is The Difference Between The John Collins And Tom Collins?

While probably not invented by Harry Johnson, his 1882 Bartenders Manual is the oldest printed book I could find to mention the Collins cocktail. Many sources say it was created in 1814 at Limmer’s Old House in London, but who knows. There is no documentation of this, and all the sources that state this seem to reference each other circularly. The oldest concrete evidence of this cocktail is the Harry Johnson one. It seems both the John Collins and Tom Collins are invented around the same time, and the Bartenders Manual gives a pretty definitive recipe for both the John and Tom Collins. His John Collins recipe calls for genever (dry gin doesn’t start to get mixed into cocktails till the end of the 1800s/early 1900s), and his recipe for the Tom Collins calls for Old Tom gin. Harry Johnson’s collins recipes and names are clearly defined, but unlike Harry Johnson, Jerry Thomas’s 1887 Bartenders Guide does not follow his recipes. The Bartender’s Guide doesn’t even mention the John Collins but instead uses the name Tom Collins for every variation of the collins. It has three different recipes for the Tom Collins. A Tom Collins whiskey, a Tom Collins brandy, and a Tom Collins genever. It doesn’t mention the Tom Collins with Old Tom gin and calls the one made with genever a Tom Collins.

To further complicate this, in 1885, a British cocktail book called “The New guide for the hotel, bar, restaurant, butler, and chef” by Bacchus and Cordon Bleu has a recipe for what they call a Fred Collins. Their Fred Collins Recipe is a Whiskey Collins with orange liqueur instead of simple syrup. Their Collins section states, “I should be glad if our caterers would agree what it is to be perpetually named. One Barkeeper calls it a John Collins – another Tom Collins. Harry and Fred are all members of the same family.” They then say they prefer the Fred Collins name, thus credence to Jerry Thomas’s version of the Collins in that the name is more a style than a specific drink. Hell, there was a Harry Collins we have never seen. The Savoy Cocktail Book does the same thing and has both a Dry Gin and Whiskey Tom Collins. Although The Savoy does say that a Tom Collins made with genever is instead called a John Collins.

While The Harry Johnson uses the names as specific cocktails, the Bartenders guide and others seemed to use the collins as a cocktail structure more than a specific recipe. Similar to the Rickey, Daisy, or Fizz, the collins is used to describe a structure of 2 parts base spirit, 1 part citrus, 1 part sweetener, and 4 or 5 parts carbonated beverage. Harry Johnson influence has been permanent and the collins is ultimately both. It is both a specific cocktail like Harry Johnson pushed and a cocktail archetype like others believed. looking at its influence as an archetype there are many popular cocktails which are structurally a collins that you would not think of as a Collins. The Adios Motherfucker, Mojito, French 75, Paloma, etc, are all just fun variation on the Collins form.

The Brief But Memorable History Of The Tom Collins.

The Tom Collins is enjoying a bit of a renaissance since Old Tom Gin is starting to become more regularly found in liquor stores again. Even though it was only around for a few decades and some major cocktail books back in the day left it out. Harry Craddock, Jerry Thomas (posthumously), George Kappeler, and a few others write about it, but major works like the Old Waldorf Astoria and Savoy make no mention of any Tom or John Collins. The oldest literary reference I could find to it was the 1882 Bartenders Manual which is the earliest reference to either the Tom or John Collins. I’ve read many articles saying the John Collins came first and the Tom was a variation, but I can’t find one without the other. Wikipedia says the oldest reference to a collins cocktail is in the 1869 Steward and Barkeeper’s Manual by Jesse Haney & company. Still, I looked over that whole book and never found the recipe they reference. Granted, I don’t have all the vintage cocktail books ever written, but I probably have a couple hundred more than any reasonable person, and the furthest back I can find the collins is by Harry Johnson.

Sadly this Old Tom cocktail was only on people’s radars for maybe 30 years. Haymans stopped manufacturing Old Tom in the 1930s, I think, and by the 1910s, most works refer to any collins cocktail as a Tom Collins and say you can use any base spirit with the drink. This harkens back to the Jerry Thomas book that called a collins made with whiskey a Tom Collins whiskey, or one made with brandy, a Tom Collins Brandy. This shows that the Tom/John Collins lived on as a cocktail structure more than a specific recipe. The name Tom Collins was being used even though no one was saying it needed to be mixed with Old Tom Gin.

Since Haymans started manufacturing Old Tom again in 2007, the classic spirit is becoming very popular now. The Tom Collins has become all the rage (It is a delicious drink, so it’s understandable), but back in the day, outside of Harry Johnson and a couple of others, It was kind of just a name to refer to a type of cocktail. In the late 1800s, a guy would maybe walk into a bar and ask for a Tom Collins, and the bartender would ask what spirit he wanted, and the guy could say whiskey, and the bartender would know what he meant. Obviously, I was not of drinking age or even alive during the late 19th century to verify this last statement. It is simply my interpolation based on how publications and literature used the name and the recipes they provided at different points in time.

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Tom Collins

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

363

kcal
ABV

8%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Tom Collins.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Old Tom Gin

  • 5 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass filled with ice. Lastly add the soda water.

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Dark N’ Stormy – Make This Amazing Gosling Cocktail From Bermuda

Dark N' Stormy
Dark N’ Stormy

My HR department has advised me to say that you can only make a Dark N’ Stormy with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. There are other good black rums out there, so I say find the one you like, but oddly enough, I do find it tastes just a tad bit better with both Goslings rum and ginger beer. I do mean that.

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Dark N’ Stormy

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Caribbean
Servings

1

servings
Calories

197

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Dark N’ Stormy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Gosling Black Seal Rum (Black Rum)

  • 5 oz Ginger Beer

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Moscow Mule – Make The Original 1941 Cock’n Bull Recipe

Moscow Mule Cocktail
Moscow Mule Cocktail

Invented in 1941 at the Cock’n Bull pub in Los Angeles, this drink single-handedly saved vodka sales. The story goes that three down and out-of-luck individuals, Sophie Berezinski, John Martin, and Jack Morgan, came together and created this drink.

Sophie Berezinski owned a bunch of copper mugs no one wanted, John Martin was a distributor for Schmirnoff, a flavorless spirit no one wished to, and Jack Morgan was the Cock’n Bull bar owner with a ginger beer no one wanted. They combined their unwanted products, and the rest is history.

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Moscow Mule

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

215

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Moscow Mule.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • 5 oz Ginger Beer

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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Cape Cod Cocktail – Make Ocean Spray’s Original Vodka Cranberry

Cape Cod Cocktail
Cape Cod Cocktail

This drink was invented in the 1940s to market children’s juice to adults. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice was founded in the 1930s and successfully marketed its’ drink to children, but it was not popular with adults. What better way to sell to adults than to add booze because aside from getting a UTI, not many adults drink cranberry juice.

The drink was called the Red Devil until the 1960s, when the name changed to Cape Cod. The cranberry growers in Cape Cod had considerable pull within the company because most of the cranberry crops for Ocean Spray came from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The growers successfully forced Ocean Spray to change the name Red Devil to Cape Cod officially. Nowadays, everyone just calls this a Vodka-Cran, but I think the official name is prettier.

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Cape Cod

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Servings

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Calories

215

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Cape Cod cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • 5 oz Cranberry Juice

Directions

  • Add ice to serving glass.
  • Pour Ingredients over the ice and into serving Glass.
  • Give the drink a few turns to chill and mix.

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Americano Cocktail – Classic 1860s Gaspare Campari Recipe

Americano Cocktail
Americano Cocktail

The History Of The Americano.

The Americano cocktail was invented around the mid-1860s in Milan, Italy, by Gaspare Campari. Gaspare ran around Italy trying to sell his bitter aperitif until he met his wife and settled down in Milan. Settling down in Milan, he opened up Gaspare’s Bar, where he sold his aperitif, which he also named after himself, and began mixing up the house cocktail called the Milano-Torino. Milano because that is where he produced Campari and Torino because that is the town that produced Italian sweet vermouth. As time went on, the drink became a huge hit and the drink of choice for many traveling Americans. By the early 1900s, the Milano-Torino became better known as an Americano. It is considered the predecessor to the Negroni since the Negroni was invented as a strong Americano. The difference between the Americano and its more famous younger brother, the Negroni, is the Negroni Swaps the 120ml (4 oz) of soda water for 30 mls (1 oz) of gin. This changes the cocktail from a refreshing and light highball to a boozy and more bitter lowball cocktail.

What Are Some Variations Of The Americano?

Variations of the Americano include The Negroni, The Boulevardier, The Man About Town, and the Patricia. These cocktails have a similar flavor profile to the americano but are very different in style. They are all short, strong drinks, while the Americano is tall, light, and refreshing. There is nothing quite like the americano, but these four are the most similar.

What Does the Americano Taste Like?

The Americano taste is refreshing since the soda water helps cut the bitter and herbal Aperitifs. The flavor is still very medicinal and not for everyone. If you like medicinal or herbal tastes, you may like this, but if you are someone who sticks to rum and cokes, adioses, or mules, then this may not be for you. If you are curious about trying Campari, this would be the drink to start with.

The Most Important Ingredient.

The essential ingredient in this is the sweet vermouth. There is only one Campari, and soda water is all the same, but the sweet vermouth you use will make a big difference. There are no terrible sweet vermouths, and the cheaper stuff works fine, but there are a few amazing ones. I usually buy smaller 375ml bottles of sweet vermouth because it is wine-based, and like all wines, it doesn’t go well after a while. It has a slightly longer shelf life than regular red wine but not much more. When I buy the larger 750ml bottles, I find half of it spoiled before I finish using them. So instead of spending $7 for a large normal bottle of sweet vermouth that you will end up wasting half off, pay $13 for a fantastic bottle of sweet vermouth that’s half the size, but you will finish. Once you start using excellent sweet vermouth, you will never want to use anything else. It makes a very noticeable difference for not that much more money.

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Americano

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

162

kcal
ABV

8%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic 1860s Americano. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Campari

  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 4 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in your serving glass with ice.
  • Stir and combine those ingredients and chill the glass.
  • Gently add the soda water to maintain its carbonation.
  • Garnish with an orange slice.

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7 & 7 – Make This Classic 1970s Gin Recipe

7 and 7 Cocktail
7 and 7 Cocktail

So this one is specifically named for the use of Seagrams 7 and 7 Up, but any blended Canadian whiskey will work well here. The 7 & 7 was a popular highball back in the 70s. It’s pretty simple but is a lovely light and refreshing cocktail. I give it a thumbs up.

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7 & 7

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

210

kcal
ABV

11%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic 7 & 7 cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Canadian Whisky

  • 6 oz Seven Up

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.

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