Cocktails are an art form, demonstrating imagination and providing a means of honoring life. This blog post focuses on five exceptional cocktails, such as the renowned Espresso Martini, which every person should have a go at drinking at least once. Oh, and did we mention that you can consume handcrafted versions of ALL these cocktails at MB Speakeasy in Old Town Spring? We buried the lead.
The Classic Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a traditional alcoholic drink that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It is made by combining bitters, water, and sugar in a shaker, followed by adding whiskey, bourbon, or rye with the peel of a citrus fruit for flavor. It is customary to pour the beverage into a stubby tumbler with one large piece of ice.
At MB Speakeasy we construct our own proprietary simple syrup that really sets our Old Fashioned apart from others. We like to add a maraschino cherry soaked in marasca cherry syrup cherry as well. You can learn more about the MB Speakeasy Old Fashioned here.
The Old Fashioned is an ideal start to the arena of mixed drinks. It is effortless to construct and has a strong, intense taste that is just right for a relaxing evening of imbibing. The juxtaposition of the sugary taste and the counterbalance of the strong whiskey generates a drink that is ideal for those just starting out in alcoholic beverages.
The Margarita is a highly favored beverage consisting of tequila, lime juice, and either Cointreau or Triple Sec. The beverage is usually presented in a frosted goblet edged with salt. At MB Speakeasy we use fresh lime AND lemon juice to tone down how tart the limes by themselves are. Freshly squeezed daily, of course.
The Margarita provides a delightful refreshment ideal for a blistering summer afternoon. The tartness of the lime juice pairs harmoniously with the sugary tequila and orange liqueur, bringing about a satisfying amalgamation of flavor. This beverage is extremely adaptable for personal preferences, with some preferring it stirred with ice cubes and others enjoying it stirred with a frozen blend.
The Aviation Cocktail
The Aviation cocktail is a classic cocktail that was first introduced in the early 20th century. It is a sophisticated and elegant drink that is both tart and sweet and has a beautiful pale periwinkle hue. The cocktail is made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice, and is often garnished with a cherry.
The cocktail was first created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York City, in the early 1900s. Ensslin included the recipe for the Aviation cocktail in his 1916 cocktail book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, and it quickly became a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.
The Aviation cocktail fell out of favor during Prohibition, as the crème de violette used in the recipe was difficult to obtain. However, the cocktail experienced a revival in the early 2000s, with bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts rediscovering the classic recipe.
Today, the Aviation cocktail is a staple of cocktail menus at bars and restaurants around the world. Its delicate balance of flavors and beautiful presentation make it a popular choice for both casual drinkers and serious cocktail enthusiasts alike. If you’re a fan of gin and looking to try a classic cocktail, the Aviation is definitely worth a try.
The Espresso Martini, invented in the 1980s by renowned bartender Dick Bradsell, is an up-to-date favorite created with vodka, coffee liqueur, and freshly brewed espresso. Usually, the beverage is served cold in a martini glass with a coffee bean as adornment.
The Espresso Martini is an ideal beverage for coffee aficionados. It’s like a caffeine rush in liquid form with the richness of the coffee liqueur mellowed out by the sugary notes from the vodka and cream. The newly made espresso contributes a hint of tartness that offsets the sugariness of the other components, forming a perfectly balanced drink.
The Classic Daiquiri
The Daiquiri is a beloved alcoholic drink to many. Creating this beverage involves combining rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. The beverage is typically presented in a cooled martini glass garnished with a lime wedge. Allegedly, this classic (up NOT frozen) cocktail was a favorite of Ernest Hemmingway, a well-known prodigious lush, LOL.
The Daiquiri offers an ideal refreshment for a warm summer day. The sharpness from the lime juice complements the sugar from the rum and simple syrup to make a delectable cocktail with a balanced taste. It is a modifiable beverage that can be altered to an individual’s preference.
To sum things up, celebrating life with a cocktail is an enjoyable experience and these five choices are a great beginning. The Old Fashioned, Margarita, Aviation, Espresso Martini, and Daiquiri are all classic favorites among many people. These five cocktails possess enduring popularity and are appreciated for their scrumptious taste and range of applications. Whether you are an amateur or a skilled mixologist, these five beverages should be experimented with. Why not swing by MB Speakeasy this week and let us make one for you? We have live music at MB Speakeasy nightly and handcrafted beverages made to order you are sure to have a great time!
MB Speakeasy is at 419 Gentry in Old Town Spring.