Back on March 24th, It was National Cocktail Day. We had just started our “stay@home” order for N.C. so we were clearly not in the mood for a proper cocktail celebration. Today, we are into Phase 1 of a 3 step plan towards whatever the “new normal” is. Now is a good time to celebrate how far we have come and toast to making it to the next level. Happy World Cocktail Day. I feel so “global”!
The word “cocktail” was reportedly coined on this day in 1806 when a New York newspaper, The Balance and Columbian Repository published a story of where the term came from. Quoting the Oxford English Dictionary, “cocktail” was used to describe a horse’s tail that, like a rooster or cock, would stick up and not hang down. That term came to be used to describe a racehorse that was of “mixed” lineage and not a thoroughbred. “Cocktail” inferred a horse was mixed and that’s about all it took for adult beverages to be referred to with that new moniker. It’s no small coincidence, that May 13th is also the birthday of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, favorite watering hole of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Oh my, yet another reason to raise a cocktail. Below are two of mine with recipes. Why not post some of your favorite today on the K104.7 Facebook page? Happy World Cocktail Day.
Recipe for Jack’s “Porn Star Dirty Martini”
In a cocktail shaker over ice, add 2 ounces of your favorite vodka, 1 ounce of olive juice, just say the word “vermouth” near the glass. Shake 125 times, strain over ice into a martini glass out of the freezer and add 3 bleu cheese stuffed olives. Amount of “dirt” can be adjusted by adding some more olive juice. It needs to be “dirty” enough that you need a shower after drinking. Enjoy Responsibly!
Recipe for Jack’s “Blue Drink”
These blue drinks can have many names and I call it just a blue drink because it can change based on how you fix it. I’ve give you two variations and you can add your own. OPTION 1: Basically a kamikaze with Blue Curacao instead of triple sec. Add 2 ounces of your vodka of choice, 1 ounce Blue Curacao, lime juice (fresh is best) but bottled lime juice works. Control the tartness as desired. Same shaker over ice, strain and enjoy. Some call this a Blue Motorcycle, I call this a “Windex Martini”. OPTION 2: Equal parts, vodka, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice. Shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass out of the freezer. Some call this a Blue Hawaiian. Enjoy responsibly! (Blue Hawaiian pictured) Windex Martini is clear blue.