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9 Incredible Stories Behind Some Iconic Cocktails

9 Incredible Stories Behind Some Iconic Cocktails

What ever happened to cocktails? When did a trip to the bar devolve into listening to loud, dance music and being served small amounts of alcohol in glasses of ice and syrupy mixers? There’s no exact proof when this problem began, but it can likely be tied to the idea that margaritas should be sweet and that slushee machines have a place in a bar.

Good news! All’s not lost. Here are 9 iconic cocktails and the stories behind them.

1. Long Island Iced Tea

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    Vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, sour mix, and a splash of coke; these are the ingredients that make up the Long Island Iced Tea. In spite of the fact that this combination of spirits seems like was invented as a fraternity party, drinking challenge, it was actually invented by humorously monikered bartender, Rosebud Butt.

    Interestingly enough, the cocktail was actually invented on Long Island, and it’s only been around since 1976. One of the reasons for the drink’s popularity, other than its potency, is the fact that it goes down relatively easily in spite of a serious booze to mixer ratio.

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    2. Cosmopolitan

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      When someone orders a Long Island Tea, there’s little doubt what their end goal is. The Cosmo, on the other hand, is a completely different story. This cocktail, frequently featured in Sex and The City, brings something different to the table. It’s fruity, decidedly feminine, but still quite potent. This cocktail involves vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and triple sec shaken until chilled and then strained and served with an orange twist.

      It also differs from the Long Island Iced Tea in that nobody is 100 percent sure of its origin. Was the drink born in a gay bar in Massachusetts? Did it originate in South Beach or Manhattan? Nobody really knows.

      3. Tom Collins

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        The Tom Collins is essentially the end result of a 19th century, snipe hunt for the drinking set. Pranksters would inform drinkers out on the town that a certain Tom Collins had been saying awful things about them. This would send folks, who were often drunk and looking for conflict, on a wild goose chase to find Tom Collins and straighten him out. Unfortunately for them, there was no Tom Collins.

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        Eventually, some smart bartender got the idea to create a gin based cocktail with the same name. This gave angry revelers looking for Tom Collins the opportunity to find him. It’s imaginable that for some, the drink served as a means of cooling off. For others, it likely become fueled the kind of behavior that would get someone like Tom Collins spouting off at the mouth.

        4. Kir

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          The Kir is a French appertif made of creme de cassis (liqueur made from black currants) that has been capped off with dry, white wine. The drink is named after Felix Kir who was the mayor of Dijon, France from the mid forties to the late sixties. Kir did not invent the drink, but he was such a huge fan that when he entertained he would always offer up this cocktail.

          In fact, he became so associated with this cocktail that bartenders soon began referring to the cocktail using his name. It’s not a very potent cocktail, but it is tasty and welcoming. Considering that Kir himself invented the concept of twinning, that really doesn’t come as a surprise.

          5. Moscow Mule

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            Cold Moscow Mules – Ginger Beer, lime, and Vodka on bar

            The Moscow Mule, famously served in a copper cup was not invented in Russia. It was actually developed on the Sunset Strip. Its birthplace was the Cock and Bull pub. A liquor distributor named John Martin had a supply of poorly selling vodka he wanted to get rid of. One night, he spent some time at the Cock and Bull with the owner Jack Morgan.

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            According to legend, the two came up with the idea of combining the vodka with the pub’s ginger beer. The two men tweaked the recipe until they had created the perfect Moscow Mule. The drink is traditionally served in a copper mug, and there is a bit of marketing behind that. However, the mug is also functional as it keeps the drink at an optimal temperature.

            6. Bloody Mary

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              The Bloody Mary is a mixologists favorite. After all, how many drinks give cocktail makers the opportunity to experiment with such a wide variety of flavor profiles? Infusions and additions to this vodka and tomato juice based cocktail include:

              • Horseradish
              • Liquid Smoke
              • Cucumber
              • Worcestershire Sauce
              • Celery and Celery Salt
              • Bacon
              • Smoked Salt
              • Tabasco
              • Citrus
              • Sriracha

              There are also variations that replace the traditional vodka with gin.

              The drink was most likely invented by a restaurant owner in the early 20th century. However, one of the more popular explanations claims that the drink is a dark tribute to Queen Mary and her brutal, violent efforts to re-establish Catholicism as the official religion of England. It might also be a hangover cure.

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              7. Martini

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                Holiday martini

                For many people, Martini is any combination of spirits and flavorings that has been shaken with ice, then strained into a glass that resembles an inverted pyramid with a round bottom. Those people are wrong, and they should be ashamed of themselves. A martini is a mixture of gin (lots!) and dry vermouth (little). In spite of James Bond’s famous line, it really should be stirred instead of shaken.

                Unfortunately, in spite of the controversy around the best way to make a martini, there’s no exact evidence indicating where the Martini was invented. Some people claim that it was a drink created by Italian Vermouth producers Martini And Rossi.

                8. Mojito

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                  The Mojito is made of rum, sugar, lime juice, and soda. The ingredients are simple, and there is absolutely no doubt that this is a cocktail that was invented in Cuba. In fact, that might explain its popularity in areas such as South Florida. It’s also a drink that was historically popular among sailors. Many suppose that the citrus in the mojito helped to combat scurvy. The other ingredients were probably already on board as ships moved cane sugar and rum from Caribbean islands to the mainland United States.

                  9. Screwdriver

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                    Before you could go to the liquor aisle of your local grocery store and pick from sweet, vodka flavorings ranging from bubblegum to whipped cream, one of the most popular drinks for first time drinkers was the Screwdriver. Served in a short glass, it is sweet, citrusy, and a little bit potent. Served tall, it’s a glorified glass of OJ with a little bit of a kick. One of the most popular stories behind this drink’s origin is that blue collar workers would sneak vodka into their thermoses and stir the drinks with their screwdrivers. Others say that it was invented to help popularize Smirnoff vodka.

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                    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                    Why is goal setting important?

                    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                    What you truly want and need

                    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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