Happy World Cocktail Day, the only bar holiday that rivals World Bartender Day in importance. Besides the obvious – delicious cocktails – do you know why we celebrate World Cocktail Day? It’s because today, way back in 1806, The Oxford Dictionary defined and published one of the most magical words in our lexicon: cocktail.
“Cocktail (noun): An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream,” read the entry on May 13, 1806.
The definition has remained, just like our love for the subject of today’s incredible holiday. To celebrate World Cocktail Day properly, consider drink specials, creating signature cocktails, and any other ideas you can think of to honor the spirited concoctions that mean so much to us all.
You simply can’t go wrong with Old Fashioned, whether you prefer yours with bourbon, rye, gin or even rum.
The Manhattan is a classic that’s (almost) impossible to screw up.
Try something different with this white Manhattan.
The Paddy in Chicago is the Gaelic riff on the classic Old Fashioned.
Show your love for tequila and St-Germain with the Dia del Amor.
The Smoke and Fire Margarita calls for silver tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes Chili liqueur.
The Caipirinha is so delicious it’s the national cocktail of Brazil. Try this take on a classic that features a float of IPA.
This beertail, the Sailor Jerry Throw Shade, is made with rum and amber lager.
You can split the Apple Cider Shandy into small pitchers for easy serving and playful presentation.
Sparkling Sangria is also perfect for serving in pitchers.
Sip My Country Ale is a refreshing combination of vodka and ginger ale.
The Golden Bellini is a smooth cocktail made with Cognac, schnapps and Champagne.
Champagne is the star in the Royal Street Fizz.