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May 18, 2015 |  1463 Views
Classic Cocktails Every Woman Should Know
By Cocktail Culture Staff





The finest Daisy of them all is the Margarita. Often consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, it is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. Its history is controversial with many taking claims of its origin. Tequila expert and Milagro Brand Ambassador JP De Loera recommends the most basic, light and freshest of margarita recipes for the ladies. He explains, “This balanced cocktail is summer heaven in hand. The new classic calls for Milagro Silver Tequila, Agave Nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice – nothing else. Call your friends, grab sunscreen, and share a Margarita punch bowl in your patio!”










It seems that liquor history buffs are in agreement about the origin of the Black Russian, a cocktail of vodka and coffee liqueur, which first appeared in 1949 in Brussels. “It is simple yet delicious classic for the ladies because it gives an immediate sense of indulgence while still being light and without cloying sweetness. Perfect to enjoy guilt free after a nice meal, in place of a dessert or the more popular and richer sister – the White Russian,” says Shem Blum, New York’s Reyka ambassador.










Several theories exist behind the origin of the sweet Pina Colada, but the most plausible and written record is the introduction in 1954 (the same year as the invention of the cream of coconut) at the Caribe Hotel in Puerto Rico by Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. “This drink is perfect for summer sipping for the ladies. It is a beach vacation in a glass,” says Paul Monahan, brand ambassador for Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. “Rum, made from sugar cane, is in many classic cocktails since its existence nearly 400 years ago. Although a few other places lay claim to their own varieties, the Caribbean is generally accepted as the heart of the rum world, which is where Sailor Jerry is and always will be distilled.&rdquo








Monahan also recommends the additional two classic rum cocktails:















The first appearance of this “medicinal” cocktail dates back to the 1700’s. Recipes vary, but the four key ingredients of a Hot Toddy – a spirit, a sweetener (such as honey or brown sugar), fresh lemon, and a warm base (coffee, tea, apple cider or water) – were believed to help remedy sore throats and colds. Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Mossie Power offers a simple and flavorful recipe, “that sings with beauty, courage and optimism of the Irish using triple-blend, triple-distilled true Irish whiskey.”










The gimlet received worldwide popularity after being published in Raymond Chandler’s novel, The Long Goodbye, in 1953. The base of a gimlet is basically gin and lime juice, so the spirit-forward cocktail relies heavily on a premium, flavorful gin. “The simplicity is peculiarly fascinating, especially when paired with an exotic gin like Hendrick’s which really brings out the botanical ingredients like cucumber and rose petals. The cocktail is sophisticated and alluring,” says Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador Kris Von Dopek.









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