The definition of a cocktail appeared in print for the first time on May 13, 1806, which is why May 13th is designated as World Cocktail Day. Harry Croswell, editor of former Hudson, NY newspaper The Balance and Columbian Repository, described it as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.”
Today, a cocktail refers to a drink made with two or more ingredients, at least one of which contains alcohol. That opens up a lot of possibilities. The only cocktail I ever invented, or just named after myself, needs only three ingredients. I call it a “Felipe.”
- 2 shots Don Q Cristal Rum (or whichever rum you prefer)
- 1 fresh lime
- Ice cubes
Place two or three ice cubes in a short cocktail glass, such as a rocks or old-fashioned glass. Pour rum over the ice. Squeeze the juice from at least half of the lime into the glass. You can also coat the rim of the glass with lime. A little sweet, a little tart, “Felipe” is a cool and refreshing friend for the warm days and nights ahead. Click here to watch me make one.