It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails!

Why am I writing this blog? Simple. We are offering you 2-4-1 cocktails all day, every day, but you want to know what you’re getting.

Let’s break it down one by one, starting with Cosmopolitan. The most recognised creation of the Cosmopolitan is attributed to Toby Cecchini, 1987. A blend of citrus Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh lime and Cranberry Juice shaken and strained into a martini glass for the perfect party tipple. Gaining popularity in the 1990’s due to its frequent appearance on New York City’s ‘sex and the city’. After this, the blend quickly became synonymous with working women during the blossoming cocktail revolution.

Up next we have Iced Tea. Commonly known as the Long Island Iced Tea, (LIIT) renamed the Fratelli Iced Tea by us for, well, obvious reasons. Love it or hate it, LIIT is recognised globally as an belligerent drink due to the 5 different spirits it includes. Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila and Triple Sec. The five spirits undoubtedly found across any standard bar mixed with enough sweetener and coca cola to wash it down without too much of a scowl. It’s popularity derives from the Coca Cola taste overpowering the spirits so effortlessly, that the drink goes down gracefully and somewhat dangerously. To summarise, if you haven’t had one, you most definitely need to change that. Now. Preferably with us.

Now for the real stuff, the Old Fashioned, the OG, the Whiskey King, the Gentleman’s drink. A sharp combination of Whiskey, Bitters and sugar, this cocktail began in Louisville, Kentucky. James Pepper took the drink with him to the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC where it’s popularity exploded in a way nobody could have anticipated. Don Draper, the namesake of ‘Mad Men’ really led the recognition of the Old Fashioned era when it became the staple drink of the tv series. With the ability to switch from sweet to sour with one ingredient, Old Fashioned will go down in history as the indispensable mix in any bartenders guide to mixology.

The Daiquiri, served frozen by Fratelli. One of the very few cocktails not developed in the USA, this ‘Holy Trinity’ cocktail often leans towards a Caribbean flavour due to its base of rum. Accredited to an engineer stationed in Cuba, the Daiquiri found its way to Havana where the recipe was modified into the drink we are familiar with today. The Daiquiri reputation truly exploded during the Prohibition when tourists were flying across to Cuba to drink alcohol and leave behind the troubles they were facing.  Made simply of Rum, Lime juice and the chosen flavoured syrup, the Daiquiri is undoubtedly an established cocktail of many centuries to come.

‘Strawberry Daiquiri’

Aperol Spritz. Simple, effective, seamless. Heavily developed in Northern Italy, it wasn’t until early 2000’s when Aperol had a serious advertising push that the Spritz became a go-to drink. It’s summer colour meant it was synonymous with social media and recognisable almost anywhere. A simple, yet delightful mix of Aperol and Prosecco, finished with a splash of soda, the Aperol Spritz is arguably a statement of the 21st Century Bartenders guide.

‘Pornstar Martini’

Ah, we have reached the ultimate cocktail. The definitive, the alpha, the Superior, the Pornstar Martini. Only invented in 1999, this cocktail is relatively new but certainly packs a punch. A sweet blend of Passoa, Vanilla Vodka, passionfruit juice, lime and sugar syrup, traditionally served with a chilled shot of Prosecco. Named the Pornstar to try and convey the drink as provocative, confident, sexy and fun, the cocktail has often been faced with complaints of normalising pornography and often goes by passionfruit martini to side step this matter. Garnished with half a passionfruit, this cocktail positively photographs well.

Now, we would silly to reveal all our secrets in one hit wouldn’t we? So we will call it a day here for this cocktail masterclass, but stay tuned, as we will conclude this class with another blog in the very near future.

‘Civilisation begins with distillation’ – William Faulkner