Despite the name, the cocktail is reportedly created by a Belgian bartender who included “Russia” in the name as the cocktail primarily is based on vodka, which of course is associated with Russia. First the Black Russian, which exclusively consists of coffee liqueur and coffee, was created in 1949. Eventually he added cream and hence the White Russian was born.
The Cocktail was popular in the 60’s but the popularity decreased until in 1998 where the film classic “The Big Lebowski” was released. The main character drank throughout the film 9 White Russians, and this inspired the fans of the film to also drink them in abundance. The popularity of the drink increased and today it is one of the most popular cocktails.
3 cl Vodka
3 cl coffee liquor
This cocktail was originally created in Italy by Gaspare Campari in the 1860’s. Even though we know it with soda today, it was originally made without. He called it the “Milano-Torino” as a tribute to the places from which the ingredients originated: Campari from Milan and Vermouth from Turin. Over time soda was added and hence it became the bubbly version we know today. It was popular among expatriate Americans and thus got known as “Americano”.
Also, this is the very first drink ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale, the first book of the Ian Fleming series, and several times throughout later books.
3 cl Campari
3 cl Vermouth
Slice of orange for decoration
Moscow Mule was born in the beginning of the 1940’s and there are different stories about how it was created.
One of the stories tells about a bartender who allegedly needed to clear his stock, and this resulted in the base of the cocktail we know today. Another story tells how an importer of Smirnoff and a ginger beer producer had the idea of mixing their products.
No matter what the truth of the origin of this cocktail is, it was a god idea.
6 cl vodka
There are several claims about the origin of the Espresso Martini. One of the stories, which recur often, is that in the late 80’s Dick Bradsell invented the drink as a young woman asked for something that “will wake me up, then fuck me up”. Bradsell served drinks next to the coffee machine, so since both coffee grounds and aroma filled the air around him, it was also on his mind. At the time people mainly drank vodka, so the obvious choice was to mix this with the coffee. And so, the Espresso Martini was born.
3 cl coffee liquor
Coffee beans for decoration
A widespread story about the origin of the cocktail is that it was created in Florence in 1919. The story is that Pascal Olivier Count de Negroni asked the bartender if he could make his favourite drink, Americano, stronger by replacing the soda with gin. To highlight the fact that it was a new drink, the bartender also replaced the classic lemon garnish of the Americano with orange peel twist, which still is the classic garnish for a Negroni.
3 cl gin
3 cl vermouth
3 cl campari
Dark and Stormy
Dark and Stormy is a classic cocktail from around 1860 in Hamilton, Bermuda. The two Gosling brothers produced their Gosling Black Seal Rum in Bermuda, and ginger beer was also produced here. Hence, it was obvious that these would end up in the same glass and thus be the start of this classic drink.
5 cl Goslings rom
Bramble is a British drink invented in the mid 80’s by Dick Bradsell, who worked as a bartender in Fred’s Club in Soho, London. He wanted to create a British cocktail and especially his memories of picking blackberries on the Isle of Wight became a big inspiration. So he mixed the classic British spirit, gin, with lemon juice and sugar sirup, and topped the drink with blackberry liqueur (also known as crème de mûre) with those memories in mind.
4 cl gin
crème de mûre
When talking about classic cocktails, you cannot avoid Old Fashioned. Today it is probably mostly known as Don Drapers favourite cocktail in the tv-series Mad Men. Despite its simplicity and few ingredients, it is still popular amongst bar and restaurant guests.
6 cl Bourbon
Orange peel for decoration