Do you know what liquors are sung to them as they get older? How many bubbles are in a champagne bottle? What were the first cocktail shakers like? If you do not know the answers, continue reading!
Let’s go back in time. The ancient Romans used to put a piece of toast in the wine to ensure its good condition. They also put toast in the wines of their peers, and that’s where the English phrase “to toast” comes from, that is, to toast.
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- Sing for liquors
Singing in the shower is a good start to the day, but what do you think about singing to your drinks? (OK, sometimes it happens when you’ve had too many drinks …). Well, Hudson Bourbon puts dubstep music into his barrels and Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur puts Mozart into his barrels.
- Shake a penguin
Nothing to do with animal cruelty, we talk about shaking a cocktail in a boat in the form of a penguin. The first shakers were shaped like a penguin! One of the strangest facts about cocktails.
- Madgaritas madness
How many Margaritas could you drink in an hour? Let’s say 2 or 3 at the most, but did you know that 185,000 Margaritas are drunk every hour in the United States, which makes it the most popular cocktail in the country?
- The man behind the tiki
Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt is commonly acknowledged as the founder of tiki bars and cocktails, including the Zombie. In 1933, he opened a small bar in Hollywood, Don the Beachcomber’s. The bar reflected the influence of Ernest’s travels through the South Pacific and was decorated with objects from those places. The bar was a success from the start, not only among locals, but also among famous people like Charlie Chaplin. Over time, Ernest decided to legally change his name to “Donn Beach”, demonstrating his love for his bar and everything “tiki”.
- Data on cocktails that come up as foam
It is estimated that there are 49,000,000 bubbles in each bottle of champagne. Each bottle has triple the pressure of a car tire, so be careful with your eyes when you open these bottles.
5 curiosities about the cocktail preparation that will become you in the king of the night
The cocktail is a drink with or without alcohol, hot or cold, long or short, dry, semi-dry or sweet, aperitive, digestive or between meals resulting from combining in harmony of flavour, colour and aroma two or more components.
The cocktail bar was born in the pharmacies or pharmacies that made “mixers of everything” in pursuit of a cure or relief of pain. For example, the ancient “agua vitae” or “water of life” that, later, derived in the word aguardiente. This was more a medicinal remedy than a pleasure for the palate.
The cocktails made sense in full Dry Law in the United States, in 1920, when people made their distillates and had to give a different touch to cover the shortcomings or defects in processing. Many are also those who attribute their development to bartender Jerry Thomas, who in 1862 wrote a book with which he gave birth to modern cocktails and explained the art of mixing alcoholic drinks with different fruit juices.
Types of mixology
The classic cocktail bar is the pillar on which the current cocktail bar is held. Its golden age goes from the beginning of the 20th century to the 2nd World War. At this moment the first barman instruments begin to emerge. Measures, customs and service protocols are established that are still preserved in our days. Examples of classic cocktails: Dry Martini, Manhattan.
Modern cocktail bar
It arises at the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s. The high alcohol content is maintained but the juices are introduced as a result of the Caribbean influence. New alcoholic bases are also incorporated, such as rum or vodka, which, thanks to their neutrality, provide great flexibility when creating new recipes.
Exotic juices are abandoned and a more refined and clean type of cocktail is positioned. No new flavours are sought but a higher quality and better elaboration.
It was born in the late 80’s in line with the trend of molecular gastronomy, it is a restructuring of all kinds of products to offer different textures, aromas and flavours.
There is a shift from cooking techniques to mixology, resulting in edible cocktails made with gelling agents, thickeners or liquid nitrogen.
A legendary cocktail that will make you the king of the night
Did you know that he was born in the 80s but his popularity boom is due to the movie Cocktail?
To enter this world, you will need:
- A mixing glass
- A mixing spoon
- A jigger or meter
- A muddler or colander
- A shaker. The shaker can be American, or two-piece, or European, three.
- A blender
As there is no theory without practice, then a recipe with which to conquer your family and be the soul of parties: “the mojito my way”.
This cocktail was born in Ley Seca, when you wanted to drink alcohol had to leave the country to destinations such as Cuba. Many used to drink a cocktail similar to mojito but made with Bourbon, a distilled drink from the family of whiskeys. Lacking these distillates in the Caribbean, they were replaced by white rum.
Ingredients to make a ‘Mojito my way’:
- White rum
- Dry Triple *
- Sour mix
- Sugar syrup
* Triple dry is a colourless liquor of 40º alcohol made from the distillation of orange peels.
** Brown sugar (peppermint with brown sugar crushed in a chopper with a touch of toasted rum, which is allowed to marinate one day)
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