Rum and Coke, or the Cuba libre, is a highball cocktail consisting of cola, rum, and in many recipes lime juice on ice. The cocktail originated in the early 20th century in Cuba, after the country won independence in the Spanish–American War. It subsequently became popular across Cuba, the United States, and other countries. Its simple recipe and inexpensive, ubiquitous ingredients have made it one of the world's most-popular alcoholic drinks.
The gimlet is a cocktail made with gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. The modern tastes are less sweet and typically use for up to four parts gin to one part of lime juice and simple syrup. The name of the cocktail is unclear. It may be named after the tool for digging small holes or after the surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette, who is said to have first added lime cordial to gin to help fight the ravages of scurvy on long trips.
An Incredible Hulk is a vivid green-colored cocktail made in equal parts of the fruit liqueur Hpnotiq and Hennessy brand cognac poured over ice. It is called after the green comic book superhero, the Hulk. The drink was created during a Hpnotiq launch event in New York City. A Hpnotiq worker saw many women but few men drinking his company's liquor because of the blue color. Victor Alvarez, a bartender at the restaurant, mixed Hennessy with Hpnotiq to cut the fruity flavor, resulting in a green drink that quickly became a hit.
The Canchanchara is made with Cuban aguardiente, honey, and fresh lime juice. The cocktail is said to be the oldest known cocktail in Cuba, dating back to (or before) the Ten Years War in the late 19th century when Cuban guerrillas, known as mambises, began the fight against Spain for independence.
A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauces, garlic, herbs, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lime juice and celery salt. Its origins aren’t exactly clear, but the likely backstory points to the mid-1930s and Fernand “Pete” Petiot, a bartender at King Cole Bar at the St. Regis hotel in New York City.
A caipirinha is a traditional Brazilian cocktail that is made with a mix of muddled limes, sugar, crushed ice, and cachaca. Cachaca, pronounced cachaza, is a popular Brazilian sugar cane liquor, similar to rum and aguardiente. The drink is prepared by mixing the fruit and the sugar together, then adding the liquor. This can be made in a single large glass to be shared among people, or in a larger jar, from which it is served in individual glasses.
A Dark ’n’ Stormy is a highball cocktail made with dark rum and ginger beer served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime. Lime juice and simple syrup are also frequently added. Gosling Brothers claims that the drink was invented in Bermuda just after World War I and has been a registered trademark of Gosling Brothers Ltd of Bermuda since 1991.
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. Some say the cocktail was invented in 1948 in Acapulco, Mexico, when a Dallas socialite combined blanco tequila with Cointreau and lime juice for her guests.