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COCKTAILS JUNE 30, 2023

Exploring the World of Fancy Drinks: Sips of Enchantment

Ready for a sip into luxury? Let's embark on a journey around the globe, through every cocktail glass, from the iconic Vesper Martini to the creamy White Russian.

 

We'll explore their rich histories, the optimal times to enjoy them, their effects, and the ingredients that make them so delectable.

 

So, grab your shaker, raise your glass, and prepare to be transported to a realm where imagination knows no bounds.

 

Let's celebrate the art of crafting fancy drinks, where simplicity meets uniqueness, and every sip tells a story. Cheers to the extraordinary and the unforgettable!

 

1. Vesper Martini: Shaken, Not Stirred

The Vesper Martini is a cocktail that needs no introduction. Made iconic by none other than James Bond in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel "Casino Royale," this drink is also known as the 'Bond Martini.'

 

The British secret agent famously instructs his Martini to be "shaken, not stirred." Here are the components of this classic spy cocktail:

 

  • Gin: Gives the cocktail its distinct botanical base. Bond specifically requested Gordon's in the book!

  • Vodka: Adds a potent kick. Bond's choice? A fictional grain vodka.

  • Lillet Blanc: A French aperitif wine that offers a touch of bitterness and aromatic complexity.

 

Fun Fact: The cocktail is named 'Vesper' after Bond's love interest in the novel, Vesper Lynd.

 

cocktails in different flavors

 

2. Whiskey Sour: A Balanced Classic

Stepping into the world of classic cocktails, the Whiskey Sour stands tall with its harmonious blend of sweet and sour. The origin of this cocktail dates back to the 19th century when sailors used to drink it to prevent scurvy. Let's look at its key ingredients:

 

  • Whiskey: The hero ingredient, providing depth and warmth.

  • Lemon Juice: Balances the whiskey with its tangy brightness.

  • Sugar: Softens the acidity of the lemon and enhances the whiskey's sweetness.

 

Did you know? The Whiskey Sour has its celebration day; mark your calendar for August 25th!

 

3. French Martini: A Sweet Parisian Kiss

The French Martini is not technically a Martini but just as chic. This cocktail was born during the 1980s in New York City amidst the revival of craft cocktails. It's best enjoyed on romantic occasions, thanks to its sweet flavors:

 

  • Vodka: The alcohol base, preferably high-quality for a smooth drink.

  • Pineapple Juice: Brings a tropical sweetness.

  • Chambord Liqueur: A French black raspberry liqueur that adds a rich fruitiness.

 

An interesting fact: The French Martini is known for its signature frothy top, which comes from vigorously shaken pineapple juice.

 

fancy drinks with grapes

 

4. Briar 75: A Floral Cannabis Sparkler

The Briar 75 is a delightful twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, infused with cannabis and floral notes. It combines the elegance of bubbly with the subtle hints of cannabis. To create this floral sparkler, you'll need:

 

  • Cannabis-Infused Gin:Adds a unique herbal element.

  • Elderflower Liqueur:Provides a delicate floral sweetness.

  • Lemon Juice:Offers a citrusy tartness.

  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine: Adds enthusiasm and elegance.

 

Fun Fact: The name "Briar 75" is a playful play on words, combining "Briar" (a type of flowering shrub) with the classic cocktail name.

 

5. Pisco Sour: Peru's Zesty Marvel

The Pisco Sour is a famous cocktail from Peru, where it's also a national drink! Its roots are traced back to the early 20th century, brought to life by an American bartender in Lima.

 

This frothy drink is enjoyed on sunny afternoons or as an aperitif. Here are its vital components:

 

  • Pisco: A grape brandy from Peru forms the potent base.

  • Lime Juice: Offers a tangy contrast to the Pisco.

  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the mix and balances the lime.

  • Egg White:Creates a frothy top when shaken, a signature of this drink.

  • Bitters: Just a few drops for an aromatic garnish.

 

Did you know? Peru celebrates 'Pisco Sour Day' on the first Saturday of February!

 

6. Gin Fizz: Frothy Charm

Gin Fizz, a member of the Fizz family of cocktails, originates in the United States, specifically in New Orleans.

 

Dating back to the mid-19th century, it's a delightful cocktail, famous for its frothy cap and refreshing nature. Its lovely ensemble includes:

 

  • Gin:The spirit foundation provides a botanical flavor profile.

  • Lemon Juice: Injects a sharp citrus note.

  • Sugar: Softens the tartness of the lemon.

  • Carbonated Water: Gives this drink its characteristic fizz.

  • Egg White: Optional, but adds a silky foam to the top when shaken well.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know that there is a variation of this drink called the "Ramos Gin Fizz" that includes heavy cream and orange flower water?

 

fancy drink with grapes and lemon

 

7. Moscow Mule: A Copper Classic

The Moscow Mule, despite its name, is not Russian but was born in Manhattan in the 1940s. Its creation was the result of an ingenious marketing strategy to promote vodka during a time when it was relatively unknown in the United States.

 

Traditionally served in a copper mug, this refreshing cocktail is a staple at summer parties and is composed of:

 

  • Vodka: Forms the base, imparting a smooth, clean taste.

  • Spicy Ginger Beer: Adds a punchy spice and fizz.

  • Lime Juice: Lends a fresh, citrusy tang.

 

Interesting Fact: The Moscow Mule played a significant role in making vodka popular in America.

 

8. Myrcene Negroni: A Cannabis-Infused Twist on a Classic

The Myrcene Negroni takes the classic Negroni and adds a cannabis-infused twist. Myrcene, a terpene found in cannabis, is known for its earthy, herbal aroma. This variation of the cocktail incorporates cannabis-infused spirits or bitters, creating a unique flavor experience. The ingredients include:

 

  • Cannabis-Infused Gin or Bitters: Infuses the cocktail with cannabis flavors.

  • Campari: Lends a bitter, herbal complexity.

  • Sweet Vermouth: Balances the bitterness with its sweet, aromatic profile.

  • Orange Peel: Adds a citrusy twist.

 

Did you know? Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis and is also found in other plants, such as hops and mangoes.

 

cannabis cocktails

 

9. Classic Mai Tai: A Tropical Delight

The Classic Mai Tai whisks you to a tropical paradise with just one sip. Invented by Trader Vic in California in the 1940s, this Polynesian-style cocktail is a beach vacation in a glass. Get ready to be stranded on a flavor island with:

 

  • Rum: A rich, dark rum serves as the robust backbone.

  • Lime Juice: Injects a dose of tropical tartness.

  • Orange Curaçao: An orange liqueur that adds a sweet citrusy layer.

  • Orgeat Syrup: A sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose or orange flower water.

 

Fun Fact: 'Mai Tai' means 'the best' in Tahitian!

 

10. Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned: Timeless Sophistication

The Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned is among the oldest and most revered cocktails. Dating back to the early 19th century, it was first concocted in Louisville, Kentucky. Perfect for a relaxed evening, its exquisite composition involves:

 

  • Rye Whiskey: Offers a spicy, robust base.

  • Sugar Cube: Provides a touch of sweetness.

  • Angostura Bitters: Imparts a complex layer of flavors.

  • Twist of Citrus: A lemon or orange peel brightens up the drink.

 

Did you know? The Old Fashioned is so influential that it has an entire week dedicated to it during the first week of June!

 

11. Casino Royale Cocktail: A Literary Concoction

Much like the Vesper, the Casino Royale Cocktail takes its inspiration from the world of James Bond. While not as famous as the Vesper, this cocktail from the book "Casino Royale" is equally sophisticated and intriguing. It's an exciting mix of:

 

  • Gin: A juniper-based spirit that adds complexity.

  • Lemon Juice: Lends a bright, citrusy edge.

  • Maraschino Liqueur: Brings a sweet cherry flavor.

  • Egg Yolk: Not common in cocktails, it gives this rich, creamy texture.

 

Fun Fact: The Casino Royale is a rare cocktail that uses egg yolk instead of egg white!

 

cocktails with grapes

 

12. Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail: Dessert in a Glass

The Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail is a creative concoction that tastes surprisingly like the actual dessert. Although its origin is unknown, its popularity has grown due to its delightful taste and unique concept. Perfect for a dessert course or a sweet celebration, it comprises:

 

  • Limoncello: A lemon liqueur that gives the cocktail a zesty kick.

  • Vanilla Vodka: Adds a sweet, smooth, and creamy touch.

  • Lemon Juice: Enhances the tart, citrus flavor profile.

  • Touch of Cream: Emulates the pie's creamy topping.

 

Did you know? You can garnish this cocktail with a dollop of whipped cream, meringue, and biscuit crumbs to elevate the dessert-like experience!

 

13. Blue Curacao Long Drink: Tropical Blue Waves

Blue Curacao Long Drink is a visually appealing cocktail known for its vibrant blue color, primarily from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. This drink is perfect for pool parties or any festive event where a touch of color would boost the mood. The cocktail consists of the following:

 

  • Blue Curaçao: Gives the drink its distinctive color and a subtle orange flavor.

  • Vodka: Serves as a clean, smooth base.

  • Lemon-lime Soda: Adds carbonation and a zesty sweetness.

 

Fun Fact: Despite its vibrant blue color, Blue Curaçao tastes like orange due to being made from the dried peels of the Laraha citrus fruit.

 

14. Trenchtown Breeze: A Refreshing Cannabis Rum Delight

The Trenchtown Breeze is a refreshing cocktail combining cannabis-infused rum, tropical fruits, and a touch of spice.

 

Inspired by the vibrant Caribbean, this drink is perfect for beach parties or relaxing evenings. To mix up a Trenchtown Breeze, gather:

 

  • Cannabis-Infused Rum: Adds a cannabis twist to the tropical flavors.

  • Pineapple Juice: Provides a sweet, low base.

  • Cranberry Juice: Adds a tangy twist and a beautiful color.

  • Lime Juice: Offers a citrusy freshness.

  • Dash of Angostura Bitters: Adds depth and complexity.

  • Optional: A sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon for a touch of spice.

 

Fun Fact: Trenchtown is a neighborhood in Kingston, Jamaica, known for its rich cultural history and association with reggae music.

 

cocktails with different flavors

 

15. Non-Alcoholic Tropical Fizz: The Teetotaler's Delight

For those who prefer to avoid alcohol, the Non-Alcoholic Tropical Fizz is a refreshing alternative. A mocktail that will transport you straight to a tropical island, its origins are unclear, but its appeal is universal. The ingredients include:

 

  • Pineapple Juice: For a sweet, tropical twist.

  • Coconut Water: Adds a subtle nutty flavor and hydrating properties.

  • Lime: A squeeze brightens the drink.

  • Soda Water: Brings the fizzy finish.

 

Interesting Fact: You can garnish this drink with a pineapple wedge or a cherry for a festive touch!

 

16. Alcoholic Raspberry Collins: A Fruity Makeover

A delightful variation of the Tom Collins, the Alcoholic Raspberry Collins brings a fruity twist to a classic.

 

Although its origins are recent compared to its traditional counterpart, its popularity has multiplied among cocktail enthusiasts. Perfect for a sunny afternoon, this cocktail contains:

 

  • Gin: Lends a herbaceous note.

  • Raspberry Syrup: Injects a sweet and tangy fruitiness.

  • Lemon Juice: Offers a refreshing tartness.

  • Club Soda: For that essential fizzy finish.

 

Did you know? The Raspberry Collins can also be garnished with fresh raspberries or a slice of lemon for an extra touch of elegance!

 

 

17. Triple Sec Sunrise: Dawn in a Glass

The Triple Sec Sunrise is a cocktail that guarantees to brighten your day. Despite its name, it's a variant of the famous Tequila Sunrise, swapping out the tequila for triple sec. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise in your glass with the following:

 

  • Triple Sec: An orange-flavored liqueur providing a sweet and citrusy kick.

  • Orange Juice: Lends a fresh, fruity brightness.

  • Splash of Grenadine: Settles at the bottom to create a sunrise effect.

 

Fun Fact: The Triple Sec Sunrise gets its name from the stunning visual effect of grenadine, which gives the illusion of a sunrise in the glass!

 

cocktails with limes and grapes

 

18. Classic Vodka Martini: The Epitome of Elegance

The Classic Vodka Martini is arguably the most iconic cocktail, symbolizing sophistication and refinement.

 

Although it's hard to trace the exact origin, the Martini, in all its variations, has been enjoyed since the late 19th century. Perfect for a classy evening, the Classic Vodka Martini includes:

 

  • Vodka: Providing a clean, smooth base.

  • Dry Vermouth: Lends a subtle herbaceous flavor.

  • Garnish: Typically with olives or a lemon twist.

 

Did you know? The classic phrase, "shaken, not stirred," from James Bond refers to his preference for a Vodka Martini!

 

19. Simple Syrup Mojito: The Cuban Classic

A Simple Syrup Mojito is the epitome of a refreshing cocktail. Originally from Cuba, this cocktail has become a worldwide favorite, especially in hot weather. An ideal blend of sweet, citrus, and mint flavors, the Mojito consists of:

 

  • White Rum: Gives the cocktail its distinctive, spirited backbone.

  • Fresh Mint: Adds a refreshing, aromatic note.

  • Lime Juice: Offers a citrusy tang.

  • Simple Syrup: Provides a sweet balance.

  • Club Soda: For a refreshing fizz.

 

Fun Fact: Mojitos was a favorite drink of renowned author Ernest Hemingway during his time in Cuba!

 

20. High Seas Navy Strength Gin: Smooth Sailing with a Cannabis Kick

High Seas Navy Strength Gin takes the bold flavors of navy strength gin and infuses them with cannabis. With a higher alcohol content and potent botanicals, this gin creates a robust and aromatic base for various cannabis cocktails.

 

Explore its unique flavor profile when mixing your favorite gin-based cocktails. This drink consist:

 

  • Navy Strength Gin

  • Citrus spice

  • Cannabis infusion

 

Fun Fact: Navy Strength Gin derived its name from the 18th-century practice of storing gin aboard British Navy ships, which required a high alcohol content of 57% ABV (or 100 proof) to ensure the gunpowder would still ignite if it accidentally came into contact with the gin.

 

cocktails with cannabis

 

21. The Myrcene Hemp Gin: A Cannabis Twist on Classic Gin

The Myrcene Hemp Gin is a gin infused with hemp and cannabis-inspired botanicals, designed to bring out the unique flavors and aromas of the plant.

 

With hints of pine, herbs, and earthiness, this gin provides a distinctive base for various cannabis-infused cocktails. Experiment with classic gin-based cocktails or create your signature concoctions using this flavorful spirit.

 

  • Hemp-infused Gin

  • Sweet & Sour Thirst Quenching Citrus

  • Cannabis-inspired botanicals

 

Fun Fact: Myrcene is a terpene found in cannabis and other plants that contributes to the herbaceous and earthy aroma. It is known for its relaxing and sedative effects and is commonly found in indica strains of cannabis.

 

22. Jilungin Dreaming Hemp Gin: A taste of the Australian wetlands

Jilungin Dreaming Hemp Gin is a tribute to the country's diverse natural landscape, evoking a sense of wonder and connection to the land. Savor the traditional juniper and coriander notes entwined with finger lime, cinnamon myrtle, and a rich, nutty hemp flavor. Let the complexity of this unique blend dance on your palate, offering a delightful and satisfying drinking experience.

 

Ingredients:

  • Jilungin Dreaming Hemp Gin

  • Pomegranate and Finger Lime Shrub

  • Marionette Curacao

  • Sparkling Wine

  • Soda Water

 

Fun Fact: Pomegranates are often associated with fertility, abundance, and prosperity in various cultures around the world.

 

23. Ultraviolet: Sophisticated Twist on the Classic Aviation Cocktail

Ultravioleis a cocktail that radiates sophistication and offers a delightful balance of flavors. This posh version takes the original to new heights, showcasing the violet flavor in a captivating way. 

 

The addition of homemade champagne syrup pushes up the violet flavor while beautifully complementing the herbal essence of The Myrcene gin. The inclusion of egg white creates a velvety texture that adds a luxurious touch to this exquisite libation.

 

Ingredients:

  • The Myrcene gin

  • Homemade champagne syrup

  • Violet flavoring

  • Egg white


Fun Fact: Ultraviolet derives its name from the electromagnetic spectrum, beyond the visible light range, signifying its mysterious and enchanting nature.

 

24.Baby Pirate: Fusion of flavors takes you on a Thrilling Sensory Journey

The Baby Pirate is designed for those who crave a drink with a kick. The harmonious blend of spices creates a robust and aromatic experience that captures the adventurous spirit of the high seas.

 

This full-bodied libation perfectly expresses the characteristics of Navy Strength Hemp Gin, offering a unique combination of fresh grapefruit, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • High Seas Navy Strength Hemp Gin

  • Ginger syrup

  • Lime juice

  • Fresh Turmeric

 

Fun Fact: Navy Strength gin got its name from the historical practice of British Royal Navy sailors being able to prove that their gin was not diluted by gunpowder igniting when mixed with it.

 

hemp gin

The Bottom Line

As we conclude our journey through the captivating world of fancy drinks, we raise our glasses again in celebration. This adventure has delighted our senses, expanded our knowledge, and ignited our creativity.

 

Throughout our exploration, we have uncovered the captivating stories behind each fancy drink, unraveling their origins and discovering the secrets that make them truly extraordinary.

 

From the timeless classics that have stood the test of time to the innovative and daring concoctions that push the boundaries of mixology, we have savored a symphony of flavors and experienced the magic within each glass.

 

But our journey doesn't end here. Empowered by newfound knowledge and inspiration, we can now become our mixologists, crafting signature drinks that reflect our unique tastes and personalities. With the right ingredients, techniques, and a sprinkle of imagination, we can bring the spirit of fancy drinks into our homes, sharing the joy of these exquisite libations with friends and loved ones.

 

Moreover, we have witnessed the exciting emergence of cannabis-infused drinks in fancy cocktails. Adding cannabis elevates the experience, introducing new flavors, aromas, and potential wellness benefits.

 

Whether it's a CBD-infused Mango Margarita or a Myrcene Negroni, the fusion of cannabis with fancy drinks opens up a realm of possibilities for those seeking a unique twist on their imbibing adventures.

 

As we bid farewell to this enchanting journey, let us carry the spirit of fancy drinks with us. Embrace the artistry, elegance, and joy they bring. May our glasses always be filled with the essence of celebration, and with each sip, may we be reminded of the delightful moments life offers.

 

Cheers to the world of fancy drinks, where every concoction is a toast to creativity, inspiration, and the pleasures within our grasp.

FAQs

What is the fanciest drink?

The fanciest drink varies depending on personal taste and preference. Some popular choices include classic cocktails like the Vesper Martini or French Martini, while others may consider champagne or rare spirits as the epitome of luxury.

Why do rich people drink wine?

Wine has long been associated with luxury and sophistication. Rich people may gravitate towards wine due to its historical significance, cultural value, and the craftsmanship involved in its production. Additionally, wine is often seen as a symbol of status and can be a collector's item.

What is a rich girl drink?

The term "rich girl drink" is subjective and can vary based on individual preferences. However, some cocktails that are often associated with a luxurious and upscale image include the Cosmopolitan, Champagne Cocktail, or a well-crafted Gin Martini.

What makes alcohol a luxury?

Alcohol can be considered a luxury for several reasons. It may be due to the rarity and exclusivity of certain spirits or wines, the craftsmanship involved in their production, or the association with special occasions and celebrations. The quality, age, and brand reputation can also contribute to the perception of alcohol as a luxury item.

What is an elegant drink to order at a bar?

An elegant drink choice at a bar can vary depending on personal preference and the ambiance of the establishment. Some popular choices include a Classic Old Fashioned, a well-made Gin and Tonic, or a sophisticated glass of Champagne. Ultimately, choosing a drink that aligns with your taste and enhances your overall experience is key to finding an elegant option

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