LESSER KNOWN, YET COMMON COCKTAILS TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE, ORDER, AND ENJOY
It's pretty cool that in the United States, there are more than a million restaurant locations that employ approximately 14.7 million people. In these restaurants, whether you're looking for a cheap cheeseburger or a downtown sports bar to watch the game, cocktails will always be an encouraged option.
The cool part about the bar side of the food and beverage industry is that classic cocktails transcend distance and geographical locations. Where food menus might be drastically different from place to place, bartenders will know how to make a contingency of cocktails wherever you go.
Chances are, you know a few yourself, so we'll cover some lesser known ones. Let's look at some you should know by heart that you can take anywhere a cocktail is served, plus, be able to make them at home.
THE LAST WORD
We'll begin with the boldest in spirits. This gin-based cocktail is as refreshing as it is potent. Equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice, shaken and strained into a martini glass, The Last Word packs a deceptive punch. The Titans, gin and Green Chartreuse, both boast strong flavor and high alcohol percentages. Called The Last Word, if not sipped with respect it could swiftly end your evening.
Still a spirit-forward beverage, the Toronto plays with the juxtaposition of sweet and bitter. Using only a little simple syrup to offset rye whiskey and the intensely bitter Italian liqueur Fernet Branca, the Toronto is like nothing your taste buds have experienced. Rye, Fernet Branca, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters, this gently stirred cocktail deserves a place in your cocktail lexicon.
Perhaps the oldest of these cocktails, the Daiquiri is often misconstrued as the fruity, colorful variations seen on poorly concocted drink menus ad nauseam. The classic Daiquiri is deliciously simple. Combining rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, this easy recipe has been referred to as the perfect test cocktail for bartenders. Three ingredients can be troubling to properly balance, but a recommended starting point until you find your preferred taste is: more rum, less lime, and even less simple syrup.
If you're looking for the best restaurant around, you'll usually find an excellent bar attached. The dynamic duo of food and cocktails is what makes the best restaurants truly outshine the competition. With an appetite and little cocktail knowledge, when you step up to the bar you'll feel right at home.