There are many national days of the year devoted to alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Can’t make up your mind which one to celebrate? Why not raise a glass to all of them on National Cocktail Day – March 24?
It’s always interesting to celebrate a national day that focuses on alcohol. I seem to learn new things about entertaining beverages that I never knew before. Check out National Beer Day, celebrated on April 7, National Cosmopolitan Day, May 7 and National Mimosa Day, May 16, for two more fun national drink days.
What is a cocktail?
A cocktail is a drink made of alcohol which consists of a single spirit or several of them combined into one glass. It is normally mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, cream, or other liquid mixers and often garnished with pieces of fruit or vegetables.
Some cocktails focus heavily on the alcohol content and others feature the mixers as the main attraction.
When it cocktail hour?
We often hear about “Happy Hour” but the term cocktail hour is also used by managers of hotels and restaurants. It is a way to attract customers to the establishment before people generally start drinking.
The hours of cocktail hour (and happy hour) are between 4 and 6 pm. Many official events, such as weddings are preceded by a cocktail hour, so the time could vary then.
Cocktail hour is a time to socialize and enjoy cocktails and appetizers.
Fun Facts about Cocktails
Do you love the taste of a fancy cocktail? If so, you might be interested in some of these fun facts.
- The first mention of the word “cocktail” was in 1978 in a British newspaper. The word was hypenated “cock-tail” and referred to a ginger drink.
- Cocktail umbrellas were first introduced in 1932.
- Each cocktail umbrella contains a tiny scroll with a fortune on it under the collar.
- Ernest Hemingway invented a cocktail which he called “Death in the Afternoon.”
- Winston Churchill once said “the gin and tonic have saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”
- New Orleans is rumored to be the birthplace of America’s very first cocktail – the Sazerac.
- Cocktails are thought to be an American invention in the 1800s, but they were likely inspired by British punch bowls – big bowls of spirits mixed with fruit juice, spices and other flavors. These were consumed in punch houses in the 18th century.
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How to celebrate National Cocktail Day
The obvious comes to mind, of course, but there are lots of ways to celebrate National Cocktail Day.
- Watch the Movie Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise. He plays an ambitious New York bartender who moves to Jamaica to find true love.
- Try a festive cocktail served in fruit, such as a hollowed out pineapple for a new experience.
- Host a cocktail party and ask your friends to bring the mixings and a recipe for their favorite cocktail.
- Read Tequila Mockingbird to discover how to make cocktails with a literary twist.
- Treat yourself to a Bartender’s Mixology Tool Set. You’ll be making cocktails like a pro for your next party!
- Try to learn how to make one new cocktail that you’ve enjoyed when dining out, so that you can make it at home.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NationalCocktailDay.
- If celebrating with a cocktail, please be sure to drink responsibly.
Cocktail Recipes for National Cocktail Day (or any day!)
Of course the best way to celebrate National Cocktail Day is to treat yourself to one. Check out these cocktail recipes for some inspiration.
Floridora – Refreshing Raspberry and Lime Cocktail
This Floridora Cocktail combines the flavors of raspberry liqueur and lime juice with ginger ale for a refreshing drink that will remind you of the tropics.
Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade – Not your usual Recipe
Refreshing and tart, this drink uses watermelon cubes, raspberries and fresh lemons and is easy and quick to make. To serve it as an adult drink, simply add a little rum, vodka or gin.
Dragon Fruit Margaritas – Cinco de Mayo cocktail from a Cactus!
Do you love margaritas? Switch it up a bit by using dragon fruit to flavor the drink.
Moscow Mule Cocktail – Spicy Kick with a Citrus Finish
The terms buck, or mule are used to refer to historic drinks that contain ginger beer, or ginger ale, along with a citrus juice and some kind of spirit. In the case of the Moscow mule, the spirit is vodka.
There are close to 2000 National Days every year. The Month of March, alone, has over 300 of them. Be sure to check out the list of National Days in March to see what we are celebrating this month.
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