Are you a restaurateur, a bartender or a waiter? Show some cultural notion on what you serve is a great way to make a good impression in front of a customer and to give a more professional image to your restaurant.
Don’t you feel like reading a dusty history manual or shaking a thousand google pages and want to have the answer ready that impresses your listener?
In the article you will find a brief historical overview of the 5 most sold cocktails in the world in 2018.
It was born at the end of the 19th century as a whiskey cocktail served in the old way, that is with a lump in the glass, two drops of Angostura, a thread of soda to melt it and the addition of ice. It takes its name from the glasses in which it is served, called “old fashioned” for the note. In 1931 he appeared for the first time in a recipe book at the Waldorf-Astoria, a famous luxury hotel in New York, with a strong racist connotation. Just to make you understand the caliber of the place, I inform you that it has hosted people like Nikola Tesla and Marilyn Monroe. And when the Titanic sank, the investigation into the tragedy took place just inside its walls.
We can say that the famous cocktail owes its diffusion above all thanks to the importance of the hotel. To date, according to the charts, it is the most popular cocktail in the world.
We can be proud of that, as it is an Italian cocktail of Florentine origin. One day, around the 1920s, the traveler and polyglot Conte Camillo Negroni got tired of the usual American who ordered daily for an aperitif, so he asked the barman of the Caffè Casoni in Florence to replace gin and seltzer, also in honor of the last trips he had made to London. Thus was born the drink of the “real men”, destined to end up in the discharges of the youth discos.
It has a mysterious origin. Some trace it back to the old British seafaring practice of preparing drinks that could be kept on long ship journeys. To support this hypothesis, the fact that the drink is mentioned in the famous “The Bartender’s Guide: How to Mix Drinks” by Jerry Thomas, published in 1862, contributes to this hypothesis. Another accredited theory attributes its birth to the English Mister Eliott Stubb, who in 1870 he opened a bar in Iquique, a Chilean village. There he began to experiment, obtaining a mixture of whiskey and limon de pica, from which the modern after-dinner was elaborated.
Cubano, Hemingway’s favorite. According to historians in 1898 near Santiago de Cuba, there was a small village called Daiquiri, where one day a young, very thirsty sailor landed, who, in a hurry to drink something, entered a shed that offered the glass, but refused to drink a smooth Rum, so he asked to have it stretched with some lemon juice and corrected it with sugar.
According to another legend, in the early twentieth century an Italian mining engineer, Giacomo Pagliuchi, visited the iron mine at Daiquiri. At the end of the day he was invited to drink by his American colleague, who only had rum, sugar and lime in his house: he invented a new cocktail!
According to a popular theory, the cocktail was invented at the Manhattan Club of New York in the early 1870s by Ian Marshall, who had been commissioned to prepare a banquet, organized by Winston Churchill’s mother, in honor of Samuel Tilden, presidential candidate . The success of the banquet made the drink very popular.
In reality, the Manhattan Cocktail can be considered an evolution of Whiskey and Gin Cocktail, to which some creative barmen tried to add vermouth, a step that some consider essential for blends.
The history lesson is over, I wish you a good drink! 🙂