4 Classic Cocktails You Must Try
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At Long Wongs, our specialty is making the best buffalo wings in Phoenix. But we also enjoy the art of crafting a great cocktail. Most of today’s modern cocktails have their origins in the clever mixology of the 19th and 20th centuries. And if you’ve never heard of some of these, they’re certainly worth a try. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new signature drink!
Origin: There’s no doubt this drink is delicious, but as to its origins…that’s a little muddled. Some spin the tale that an American army captain who liked riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle invented this mixed drink in the 1920s in Paris. The more believable story, however, comes from the leftover liquor that bartenders would pour into shot glasses called—you guessed it, sidecars.
Ingredients: Cognac, Lemon juice, and Triple sec or Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Dry Curaçao), shaken over ice and served in a cocktail glass with a sugared rim.
Origin: Cocktails in early 20th century tended to consist of a few simple ingredients, and the Gimlet is no exception. In his book, The Gentleman’s Companion – an Exotic Drinking Book (1939), Charles H. Baker says this about the Gimlet: “The main thing in its flavour is that, unlike most cocktails, it is not “warming” in hot weather, and in fact is a good cooler. It is simple, without fancy fizzings, and is one to experiment with until the precise amount of lime cordial is found, to taste.”
Ingredients: Gin or Vodka, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup, served straight or on the rocks in a cocktail glass with a lime garnish.
3. French 75
Origin: Next Sunday brunch, instead of a mimosa, try this delightful Champagne cocktail. One origin story of this classy concoction suggests that it was named after a 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and Americans in the first World War. The drink’s first recorded appearance in a book called The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930) popularized it across America.
Ingredients: Champagne, Lemon juice, Gin, and Simple Syrup, served in a champagne glass.
Origin: If you enjoy an Old Fashioned, you may just enjoy this unique mixture of bitters and Cognac. Tracing its beginnings back to New Orleans in the mid-1800s, this drink is believed to have started as a healing tonic. Much like today’s tinctures, a pharmacy owner by the name of Antoine Amédée Peychaud would prescribe this elixir to his customers to treat what was ailing them.
Ingredients: Absinthe, Sugar Cube, Rye Whiskey or Cognac, and Peychaud’s Bitters, served straight in an Old Fashioned glass with a lemon peel.
So, next time you’re hankering for the best buffalo wings in Phoenix, come satisfy your craving at Long Wongs AZ Famous Wings and quench your thirst with one of these classic cocktails. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!