This classic drink is not only cozy and comforting on a cold winter’s night but also refreshingly light and easy to prepare.
The act of ‘wassailing’ dates back to pre-Christian times in England when apple farmers would gather mid-winter in their orchards to pour cider on the trees and shout ‘waes hael’, meaning, ‘good health’, to ward off evil spirits and ensure a healthy crop in the spring. Over the course of centuries, wassailing turned into Christmas revelry with a toast for good cheer and health.
The origins of Amaro date back to Medieval Times when monks in Italy mixed different botanicals with wine or neutral spirits to create bitter concoctions for medicinal purposes.
The Radler Beer was created In the 1920’s when a German tavern owner suddenly realized that he didn’t have enough beer on tap to quench the thirst of a large group of parched cyclists who had entered his bar after cycling through the Bavarian countryside. He quickly found a solution by adding sparkling lemonade to the beer and dubbed the drink the Radler, meaning ‘cyclist’ in German.
The recipe for this traditional cocktail first appeared in 1862 when it was included in Jerry Thomas’s The Bartender’s Guide. However, it had been in existence for decades prior to its publishing as it had been popular with sailors who drank a form of the concoction to prevent the onset of scurvy.
This classic piña colada is slightly more sophisticated in taste than your average frozen pineapple cocktail. The combination of ingredients plus a more complex rum lends to a less sweet and more authentic flavor.
This refreshing summer cocktail contains Pineau des Charentes, an aperitif from Western France, which is a blend of the region’s grape juice and cognac brandy, aged for 12 months in oak.
Punch became popular in the 17th century after being discovered by sailors in the British East India Company who imbibed the concoction of varying ingredients during their lengthy sea voyages. The Jamaican Rum Punch cocktail gained notoriety when Jamaican rum was used in place of other alcohol in punch.
This is a refreshing spring cocktail with just a hint of sweetness from the seasonal berries.
The Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail that dates back as far as the 1500’s. Legend has it that Sir Francis Drake created the drink when he combined rum, sugar, limes and mint to help his men who were suffering from scurvy.