The World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails and marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on May 13 in 1806. The New York tabloid The Balance and Columbian Repository defined a cocktail as a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.
Raising a toast to the exciting world of cocktails, we have curated a list of great cocktails that you can make at home and celebrate today!
The Tom Yum Cocktail
The most iconic dish in Thailand need not be confined to a bowl. The signature drink at Banyan Tree Samui’s Froggy Sea Breeze Beach Bar, the Tom Yum Cocktail is a lip-smacking concoction.
Vodka (60 ml);
lime juice (40 ml);
sugar syrup (20 ml);
lime wedges (6 pieces);
brown sugar (15 mg);
and the key ingredient – 100g of lemongrass.
Simply mash and stir until juicy and then pour on ice. Banyan Tree’s chief mixologist Khun Berm recommends garnishing with it a red chilli.
Empon-Empon, on the menu of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, is suggested by the F&B team as a healthy and delicious alternative to a daily cup of jo.
Sliced ginger – 200 gram,
Turmeric- 200 gram
Slice turmeric – 200 gram
Cinnamon sticks – 2 pieces
Lemongrass stalks – 2
Still water – 300 ml
Brown sugar or palm sugar to taste
Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, let it cool and then enjoy the drink.
Charlie Chaplin Cocktail
Charlie Chaplin was famous for wobbling things and the same would likely be true if he were to down one of the Charlie Chaplin Cocktails at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. This cane-shaker has:
Gin – ¾ shot (sloe gin recommended)
Apricot brandy or liqueur – ¾ shot
Fresh lime juice – 3/4 shot
Coldwater or ice – 1/4 shot
Shake well, strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with fresh apricot or fresh lime peel.
Sweet and Sour: “Almond Passion” Cocktail
The new Melia Koh Samui team recommends “Almond Passion”.
Amaretto – 60ml,
Jim Beam – 30ml,
lime juice – 30ml,
fresh ginger, sliced – 30g,
sugar syrup – 30ml and
ginger ale – 30ml,
sliced almond as garnish.
Mix the Amaretto, Jim Beam, lime juice, fresh ginger and sugar syrup together and shake well with ice before pouring the concoction into a glass, topping it up with ginger ale and top it up with sliced almonds. A side of salted peanuts is optional.
Organic Soothing Swing
Any golfer will tell you that the highlight of an outing is often a post-round dissection where the finer points of play, both, good and bad can be discussed over a few libations. One of the swishest clubhouses in Asia, the 67 clubhouse bar at Laguna Golf Lang Co shares a custom-designed cocktail concocted specifically with golfers in mind.
Rum – 60ml,
pineapple juice – 120ml,
orange juice – 30ml and
coconut milk – 30ml
Shake it all up and strain it into a glass filled with crushed ice.