Cocktail is a drink prepared by mixing various ingredients. Have you noticed the tail of a cock (rooster)? The cock tail has various colored feathered. Likewise cocktail drink contains various ingredients. Cocktail is a mixed drink, and the key ingredient is always alcohol. So, basically cocktail is an alcoholic drink made by mixing another drink with alcohol. If you mix orange juice with whiskey, it becomes a cocktail drink.
Some of the popular spirits used in cocktails are vodka, rum, champagne, Gin, Cognac, Tequila etc.
Vodka is unaged (not subjected to an aging process) colourless alcoholic drink originally from Russia. Vodka is best when it is chilled and taken with orange juice.
Rum is a type of alcohol derived from the distillation of fermented molasses. Molasses is thick dark syrup produced during sugar refining. Rum is best when taken with hot water and honey.
Champagne is a type of wine originally produced in the Champagne district of France.
Gin is a strong alcohol flavored with juniper berries. Gin tastes best when sipped with lemon wedges inside.
Cognac is a type of brandy originally from the Cognac district of France.
Mexican liquor Tequila is distilled from fermented juices of an agave plant.
You can make cocktails from all of these alcoholic drinks, however, vodka based cocktails are more popular. Some of the popular cocktail drinks are made from vodka. In fact vodka is one of the key drink in many cocktail drinks.
If you love the taste of vodka, you may perhaps love cocktails made from vodka. Here are few vodka cocktail recipes.
# 1 New Leaf
- Vodka: 2 oz
- Club soda: 1 oz
- Sugar syrup: 1 oz
- Lime wedges: 4
- Mint leaves: 6 (torn in half)
- Squeeze lime wedges and mix it with mint leaves, and sugar syrup
- Add vodka, and top with soda
- Shake the mixture
- Serve in a chilled glass or on the rocks
#2 Adam’s Apple
- Vodka: 1 and 1/4 oz.
- Apple Juice: 4 oz
Method: Top vodka with apple juice
Procedure: With ice build
Use Collins glass and long straw
#3 Alabama Slammer
- Vodka: 1/3 oz
- Grenadine: 1/2 oz
- Orange juice: 3 oz
- Amaretto: 3/4 oz
Procedure: With ice working mixer
Use Collin glass and long straw
Disclaimer: This article does not promote alcohol. Author’s intention is just to share some cocktail recipes. It is strictly advised that the recipes are for adults only and children and underaged people should not try these drinks. Minor should try mocktails (non alcoholic cocktail drinks) instead.
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