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Christmas Cocktail & Mocktails Ideas

Blend, shake, stir and infuse your favourite ingredients into creating the perfect cocktail, where there is no right or wrong, you are only limited by your imagination. Yes, it’s that time of year again and this article is a follow on from the previous article” Christmas Table Setting Ideas”.

The History of Cocktails

The definition of cocktail appeared in the May 13, 1806, edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a publication in Hudson, New York, in which an answer was provided to the question:

“A Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters— it is vulgarly called ‘Bittered Sling’, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.

It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.”(11)

The origins of the cocktail are a little unclear, as there is evidence of blending drinks back in the eighteenth century in London and around the same time in the United States. However, essentially the Americans embraced the cocktail culture shortly after the second World War and one would think of the cocktail is quintessentially an  American concoction.

A cocktail is a drink that has two or more alcohol bases mixed, shaken or stirred with a non-alcohol base. This must not be confused with a mixed drink, which basically consists of one alcohol base and one non-alcoholic base poured over ice.

For the novice bar tender the idea of creating elaborate drinks can be a little daunting, however, if you follow the basic principles of cocktail making below you will be well on your cocktail creating way.

Taken from: Cocktails – Module Two of The Stewardess Bible

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