May 6th marks the 204th anniversary of the first published use of the word “cocktail.”
It was described by the Hudson County, NY daily newspaper, The Balance and Columbian Repository, as a “stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind… an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.”
Even though it doesn’t explain why “cocktail,” (maybe the “stout and bold” part?), I could not have said it any better myself.
In the past 200+ years, the cocktail has come a long way from those simple first few ingredients — to the infused spirits, flavored syrups, muddled fruit and herb, creatively garnished concoctions we have today. And to honor this great day in imbibing history, Three-O Vodka has created a few new takes on some classic cocktails, using their flavored vodkas.
So get a bunch of friends together, pour a few of these drinks into chilled glasses, put on your party hats, and sing a sririt-fueled Happy Birthday to the cocktail. (You’ll feel less silly in the hats about 4 or 5 drinks in.)
White Russian Martini
1 oz. Three-O Triple Shot Espresso
1 oz. white chocolate liqueur
2 oz. Milk or cream
Mix with ice and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with espresso beans.
1 1/2 oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge
2 oz. Three-O Tomato Vodka
Top with Bloody Mary mix
Add a few dashes of hot sauce and sliced jalapeños
Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with speared peppers