Learn about the most icon and classic one
Stepping in Snuffbox in order to look for an excursion after a lousy day, trying a spirit neat doesn’t seem to be ideal for rejuvenating – especially to newcomers – but a cocktail is a greater kick-start and can help overcome many aversions. The Whisky Sour is an all-conquering example of this.
As so often, the exact origin of the Martini remains unclear, but the widely accepted theory is that it evolved from the name Martinez. It was former a cocktail served in the early 1860s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, which people frequented before taking an evening ferry to the nearby town of Martinez, California.
As mentioned before, Dry Martini has myriad forms, but the one and only unique Vesper in 317 cocktails in total turned up in Ian Fleming’s novels is a remarkable invention and proof of passionate love from the cold-hearted English secret agent. (Casino Royale, 1953).
Old-fashioned was born in America and became favored and the number one drink in almost 30% of the world's best bars. Drinkers and mixology enthusiasts know that the Old-Fashioned is one of the best ways to enjoy their favorite Bourbon or Rye Whiskey.
Like a ruby in glass, Negroni is reported to be first mixed in Florence, Italia in 1919 at Caffè Casoni. Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail – the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water.
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