Classic Cocktails to Trick You into Believing It's Summer Again
Get a Jump on 2019
Winter is all about spending time with friends and family, and, of course, complaining about how wretched the weather is. It may seem counterintuitive, but these frigid, icy evenings are the perfect time to grab a glass and treat yourself to a summer cocktail. Packed full of big summer flavors, these classic recipes are guaranteed to hit the spot and transport you six months into the future.
Let's Get Started
From the complexity of the Singapore Sling to the simplicity of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, these are some of our absolute favorites to enjoy the whole year round.
The Singapore Sling is a gin-based cocktail from Singapore. This long drink was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. A tasty combination of gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The Zombie is a cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums. It first appeared in late 1934, invented by Donn Beach of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant. It was popularized soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Legend has it that Donn Beach originally concocted the Zombie to help a hungover customer get through a business meeting. The customer returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip. Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcohol content. Don the Beachcomber restaurants limit their customers to two Zombies apiece.
The Mai Tai is a cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, Orgeat syrup, and lime juice, associated with Polynesian-style settings. “Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good;” but the drink is spelled as two words, sometimes hyphenated or capitalized. The Trader Vic’s story of its invention is that Trader Victor J. Bergeron created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends, Carrie Guild, tasted it and cried out: “Maita’i roa ae!” (literally “very good!”)—hence the name.
The Aviation was created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, in the early twentieth century. The first published recipe for the drink appeared in Ensslin's 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Ensslin's recipe called for El Bart gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette, a violet liqueur which gives the cocktail a pale purple color.
The Tom Collins is a Collins cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. First memorialized in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, “the father of American mixology,” this gin and sparkling lemonade drink is typically served in a Collins glass over ice. In 1874, people in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the United States would start a conversation with, “have you seen Tom Collins?” After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener to others, and that Tom Collins was just around the corner in a local bar, or somewhere else near. The conversation about the nonexistent Tom Collins was a proven hoax of exposure. In The Great Tom Collins hoax of 1874, as it became known, the speaker would encourage the listener to act foolishly by reacting to patent nonsense that the hoaxer deliberately presents as reality. In particular, the speaker desired the listener to become agitated at the idea of someone talking about them to others such that the listener would rush off to find the purportedly nearby Tom Collins.
Traditionally, a mojito consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, soda water, and mint. Its combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the rum, and has made the mojito a most popular summer drink. The Mojito has routinely been presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway. It has also often been said that Ernest Hemingway made the bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous when he became one of its regulars and wrote “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita” on a wall of the bar.
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
The Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a highball cocktail made with Black Seal Rum (the “dark”) and ginger beer (the “stormy”) served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime. Gosling Brothers claims that the drink was invented in Bermuda just after World War I. This simple cocktail is crisp and refreshing, which you can't beat.
Stop by any of our six locations, and our knowledgeable staff with help to stock up on these essentials to get you through the long winter nights. Cheers!