5 x Cocktails from Around the World

World Cocktails


2.95 from 224 votes
The Manhattan was created around 1880 at the New York City’s Manhattan Club. The recipe still gets served as it did back almost 150 years ago. Traditionally it is created with a rye whiskey which exhibits spicier notes but bourbon whiskey is also a common choice.
Some great variants include the Black Manhattan and the Rob Roy.
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Manhattan Cocktail Recipe


Venetian Spritz Recipe
3.73 from 37 votes
The Spritz originates back to the 1800s. The Austrians felt the Italian wine was too strong so they served it with a splash of sparkling water.
The Spritz then evolved into the Venetian Spritz, incorporating the bitter component - bitter liqueurs including Select, Aperol, Campari or Cynar. The Venetian Spritz has transformed over the years and is now commonly made using a sparkling white (Prosecco) and is garnished with an orange slice.
There are a number of recipes calling for a skewered olive too but this is mostly rejected by the Italian community and bartenders.
The Select Spritz was apparently the original bitter of choice for the Venetian Spritz until closer to the 1950s. Campari bought Aperol in the early 2000s and heavily marketed the Aperol Spritz as it’s Signature Cocktail - cementing it as the bitter liqueur of choice for the Venetian Spritz.
Traditionally the spritz was most likely served in a tumbler but a large wine glass is the drinking vessel of choice these days.
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Venetian Select Spritz

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Whiskey Highball
5 from 4 votes
The Whiskey Highball is an incredibly simple 2-ingredient cocktail (or mixed drink?) - whiskey and club soda. It was born back in the early 1900s and can showcase your favourite whiskey in a refreshing way.
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Whiskey Hiball Recipe


Bloody Caesar
4.17 from 6 votes
The Bloody Caesar has several creators but it was Walter Chell that named it the Bloody Caesar in 1969 and popularised it. Since then it has become the national drink of Canada.
Preceding this there was an almost identical drink called the Smirnoff Smiler (1953) and the Clam Digger (1968).
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Bloody Caesar Recipe


Fernet con Coca
4.36 from 14 votes
Fernet con Coca is a simple highball consisting of Fernet Branca (an Italian amaro) and Coca Cola.
The Fernet Branca team noticed that their sales were significantly higher in Argentina in the 1980s due to a younger generation of drinkers that were consuming Fernet and Coke. They created an extremely successful marketing campaign and in no time Argentina became the highest consumers of Fernet Branca in the world. In fact, Argentinians drink 75% of the world's Fernet Branca and Argentina is also home to the only Fernet Branca distillery outside of Italy (to keep up with demand!).
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Fernet and Coke

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