Were you at the Belle of Dayton cocktail tasting at the Dayton Celtic Festival? Here are the recipes so you can enjoy them at home!
In 2006, Flor de Caña sponsored a contest. Cuba has the Daiquiri and Mexico has the Margarita; why shouldn't Nicaragua have its own national cocktail? Of the dozens of entrants, the one that came to the top was a simple mix of rum and the juice of local guavas. The light and fresh drink was named after a bird native to the country, the Macuá.
If you are serious about the craft of bartending, at some point you have bumped into a mention of Death and Co. They published a book in 2014 that took a deep, deep dive into what makes them an elite venue to enjoy a drink. Their cocktail Night Watch jumped out at me, using black strap rum and dark sherry to invoke the mood of the Rembrandt painting it is named after.
When it was apparent that the three mile international border was being used as a staging ground for drunken revelry during Prohibition, Congress pushed the border out to twelve miles. This discouraged small boats from smuggling, but encouraged Tommy Millard to create the Twelve Mile Limit cocktail.
It was not until the invention of Coco Lopez, a commercially made sweet coconut cream, that the Pina Colada could be created. The Puerto Rican agricultural professor who created it did not know what he unleashed; it has spawned many other similar products and became part of the cocktail culture of the 1970's. #100DaysOfCocktails recognizes a classic in any form.
Not for the faint of liver, the Mississippi Punch is an amazingly smooth sipper with one hell of a kick. It is also typical of cocktails in the 19th century that were heavy on the liquor and lighter on the mixers. #100DaysOfCocktails celebrated a little on National Punch Day with a single serving powerhouse.