Tuesday, May 29, 2007


When we want to experiment with spirits, the word cocktail makes us delighted. Origin of this fancy word is not clear, but there are a number of legends associated with it. the most common story is that of a widow of an American revolutionary officer in the war of American independence BETSY FLANAGAN who stole neighbour's chicken and decorated the glasses in the bar with cockstail feathers and thus it is called "coquetel". The very first book on cocktails was written by Jerry Thomsan in 1860, who invented Martinez or dry martini and tom and jerry.

Basically we have 4 ingredients in any cocktail:-

Base: It is the fundamental ingredient. The base is usually spirit-gin, rum, vodka.

Modifier: The modifying agent smoothens the biting sharpness of liquor and add character to the flavour. The modifier should not predominate the liquor flavour e.g. the vermouth is a modifier in martini cocktail.

Flavouring Agent: They include cordials, liqueurs, and fruit syrups.

Colouring Agent: These are liqueurs which impart colour to the drink e.g. blue curcao, cassis, blue bols and creme de menthe etc.

besides these basic ingredients we have

Mixer is non-alcoholic part of cocktail like fruit juices, aerated waters.

Garnish is the part which increases the eye appeal. These include twist of lemon skin, any fruit, orange skin twist etc.

I'm giving you people a very well known gin based cocktail recipie


45 ml. Gin

22 ml. yellow chartreuse

several dashes orange bitter

Method- Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker or blender. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

dear friends i will keep adding more cocktail recipie in the coming posts!!

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silver fox said...

i have been looking for the recipie for an old 50s cocktail i had some time ago in madrid. its called an "alaska strong", does anyone know what goes into it?

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