The Rabo de Galo is a delicious stirred drink formula in Brazil. Translated as cocktail, is popularly enjoyed as a 50/50 mixture of cachaça and either vermouth or, in São Paulo, Cynar. The history of the Rabo de Galo dates back to the 1950s with the inauguration of the Cinzano factory in São Paulo. It is also known as Traçado, the Portuguese word for mixed, or in some places everything you have in the bar.
A Negroni is an Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an aperitivo. Outside of Italy, an orange peel is often used in place of an orange slice. While the drink's origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was first invented in Florence by the dauntless Italian Count Camillo Negroni in the early 20th century.
The Martinez is a classic cocktail that is widely regarded as the direct precursor to the Martini. It serves as the basis for many modern cocktails, and several different versions of the original exist. The true origin of the Martinez cocktail is unclear. Two early stories attribute the making of a cocktail named the Martinez to bartender Jerry Thomas at the Occidental Hotel.
The Americano is a soft introduction to the unique and bitter taste of Campari. It is a fascinating drink with a long and rich history, and it was the first cocktail noted in the James Bond novels. This is an iconic and entertaining aperitif that you can enjoy before any meal. The Americano is James Bond's first drink order in "Casino Royale", the 1953 book by Ian Fleming that kicked off the series, and the cocktail again makes an impression in later novels. The Americano was first served in the 1860s at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan, Italy. The drink, which highlights Campari and sweet vermouth in equal parts topped with sparkling water, is an effortless take on the Milano-Torino, which contained Campari and sweet vermouth, sans water. It’s thought that the name originated from its popularity among American tourists. The name was affixed after the Prohibition era, when Americans absconded to Europe in droves, thirsty for good drinks. The Americano is an IBA official cocktail composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and for the sparkling version, club soda and garnished with a slice of lemon. The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. The Americano is also thought to be the precursor to the Negroni. As the story goes, the Negroni was invented in Florence by the Italian Count Camillo Negroni in the early 20th century, when he asked a barkeep to tweak his Americano by replacing the soda water with gin.
Cooperstown Cocktail is a refreshment cocktail made with gin, equal parts of dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth. It is shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass with a sprig of mint added. Some variations have orange bitters and mint leaves added. The cocktail was invented at the Waldorf bar before Prohibition and was named in honor of Craig Wadsworth.
The Perfect Brandy Manhattan is a variation of the classic Manhattan cocktail, made with brandy instead of whiskey and using equal parts sweet and dry vermouth. Add in a dash or two of Angostura bitters, for an excellent, classic cocktail. This type of brandy is popular in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Comparing the flavor profiles of bourbon and brandy needs a little bit of expertise. The fermented wines when making brandy create a huge impact on the flavor as the grapes and fruits can vary. Bourbons tend to be sweeter due to the residual sugar during fermentation.
The Blackthorn is a sloe gin-based cocktail that emerged in the early 20th century. The blackthorn is the name for Prunus spinosa, the plant whose fruit is called sloes. Those fruits are infused in gin to create sloe gin, from where the cocktail name. The name Blackthorn was assigned to many cocktails, all of which are using sloe gin as their base. The cocktail is tasty and intriguing, with sweet, savory, and spicy hints of cloves and cinnamon.
The Vieux Carré is an IBA official cocktail made with rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth liqueur, Bénédictine, and Peychaud's bitters. The cocktail is a slightly sweet, spiced, and warming drink with herbal, citrus, and smoky notes. The recipe was first stirred to life during the 1930s by Walter Bergeron, a bartender at New Orleans Carousel Bar.