World Cocktail Day
When is World Cocktail Day?
- Celebrated May 13th, annually.
Why is World Cocktail Day celebrated on May 13th?
World Cocktail Day is celebrated on May 13 for two reasons:
- May 13th marks the end of World Cocktail Week (May 6—13).
- The definition for the word cocktail was published this week back in 1806, appearing in The Balance and Columbian Repository.
What is a Cocktail?
“Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” – The Balance and Columbian Repository
How to Celebrate:
Everyone has their own taste in cocktails, but we would like to share to of our favorites, which are in heavy rotation at our home bar:
The Manhattan is our default cocktail of choice and Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey is one of our long-term favorite base ingredients for the drink. For the vermouth, we like a 50/50 mix of Camparo Antica Formula and Punt e Mes and place the blame squarely at the feet of Allen Katz of New York Distilling Company for mentioning his recipe for a “Deathbed Manhattan”.
Recipe and image courtesy of Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey.
- 2 parts Hudson Manhattan Rye
- ¾ parts sweet vermouth
- 1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
- Orange peel
- Cocktail cherry
Add liquid ingredients to a mixing glass and stir until well-chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Peel or cut a twist of orange peel and express oils from the twist onto the surface of the drink and discard. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.
Simple to make yet complex and rewarding, especially on a crisp cool autumn day or deep into winter months. At home, we normally add a few heretical dashes of Angostura bitters, based on Dave Stolte’s Rusty Nail video from the Small Screen Network.
Recipe and image courtesy of Drambuie.
Stir over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lemon or orange peel.
Today is World Cocktail Day. Difford’s Guide.
World Cocktail Day. Party Excuses. Retrieved 13 May 2106.
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