I remember how thrilling and exotic they appeared to children when I was growing up, which is why the 'Shirley Temple' was invented so that children could have a 'cocktail' too.
A lot of the traditional American cocktails got stuck somehow by the early 1970's and were decreed totally uncool by the new generations. Others, like the margarita or the piña colada, came into the replace the whiskey sour, the Manhattan or the Old Fashioned.
And now those are rather uncool as well, except perhaps in Cancun or on Caribbean cruises where nobody can see you.
What kinds of cocktails are people drinking these days?
Ha ~ remember "hi balls"? That's what cocktails were called when I was a kid.
Hm. In the 70s & 80s people still drank whiskey sours and gin & tonic or scotch & soda or rum and coke, bloody marys, bourbon or VO and water, CC & Coke, but also tequila sunrises, Long Island iced tea, and daquiris.
INSTRUCTIONS: Place five basil leaves in a mixing glass. Squeeze the lime into the glass. Press down on the leaves with a muddler and twist 4 to 5 times. Fill glass three-quarters of the way with ice cubes. Add the simple syrup and vodka or gin. Give the glass a good shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Float a piece of the muddled basil on the top as a garnish.
2 cups granulated sugar, preferably cane such as C&H
INSTRUCTIONS: Boil the water. Add the sugar, reduce heat and stir until completely dissolved. When the mixture turns a pale straw color, turn off heat. Let cool, then pour into a bottle or jar and refrigerate.
Vodka martini, a sniff of vermouth , double olives please. As to what everyone is drinking, well a mojhito with 10 Cane Rum, is very popular now. However, I have read in Food and Wine and other mags that some of the "older" drinks, such as sidecar, whisky sour, etc are coming back. Champagne always, we do Bellinis in the summer.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Here are a few pics from a recent visit to a quite unique cocktail/ liquor bar in a suburb of Bournemouth , Dorset " The Library" Thoroughly good time enjoyed by all ...hic. Tables need to be booked and the experience starts with entering through a locked door off the connected restaurant " The Larderhouse"