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Do you know why these cocktails are called like that? The answer is surprising

Cocktails are now a more than widespread drink in our world, a must for every evening out or simply during aperitifs in company. While the origin of the word itself is much debated (cocktail is formed from the union of the English words cock and tail), very often the names of the drinks themselves leave us amazed.

For example, have you ever wondered where the word mojito comes from ? Or why Negroni, one of the world's most beloved cocktails, has a name reminiscent of an Italian surname? The stories behind these names are often very interesting, and we want to tell you about them.

So, come along and find out why these cocktails are called what they are.

Do you know why these cocktails are called like that? The answer is surprising
Cocktails are a popular drink in our world, a must for every evening out or simply during aperitifs with friends. If the origin of the word itself is already much debated (cocktail is formed from the union of the English words cock and tail), very often the names of the drinks themselves leave us amazed. For example, have you ever wondered where the word mojito comes from? Or why Negroni, one of the world's best-loved cocktails, has a name reminiscent of an Italian surname? The stories behind these names are often very interesting, and we want to tell you about them. So come with us and find out why these cocktails are called what they are called.
Negroni
Ingredients: 3 cl gin - 3 cl Campari - 3 cl red vermouth. This cocktail was named after Count Camillo Negroni. In the historic Florentine café in Via Tornabuoni, Count Negroni used to ask for a variation of the American cocktail, replacing seltzer with gin. This modified version later became known as the 'Americano alla moda del conte Negroni'.
Spritz
The spritz traditionally has three different recipes. Venetian recipe: 7.5 cl prosecco - 5 cl Select - 2.5 cl soda/seltz - one green olive. Veneto recipe (from Veneto, an Italian region): 1/3 sparkling white wine - 1/3 bitter - 1/3 sparkling water. The IBA recipe: 9 cl prosecco - 6 cl Aperol - enough soda/seltz. The name spritz comes from a German verb, Spritzen (to stretch, spray). At one time, Austrian soldiers occupying the Venetian Republic used to dilute Venetian wines with sparkling water. The spritz as a cocktail was born in the 1920s, with the addition of Aperol (and later Campari).
Mojito
Ingredients: 4.5 cl Cuban white rum - 2 cl lime juice (freshly cut) - 6 fresh mint leaves - 2 teaspoons brown sugar - Sparkling mineral water The origin of the name mojito is very controversial even today. It could derive from the word mojo, a Cuban citrus-based sauce. Or even from the Spanish word mojadito, meaning moist. Other theories would have mojito come from the word vodoo mojo, meaning an object with magical powers.
Caipirinha
Ingredients: 2 oz (6 cl) cachaça - half a lime - brown or alternatively white sugar (3 teaspoons) - crushed ice. The word derives from the Portuguese capi which means peasant. This is because the cocktail originated in the more rural areas of Brazil. Being a distillate of the sugar cane, it was considered a 'poor' drink in those days.
Bloody Mary
Ingredients: 4.5 cl vodka - 9 cl tomato juice - 1.5 cl lemon juice - 2/3 drops of Worcestershire sauce - 1 pinch of celery salt and black pepper - Tabasco. The origin of the name probably comes from Mary I of England (Mary Tudor), known as Bloody Mary because of her religious persecution and her attempt to restore Catholicism in England. Other hypotheses for the name of the drink are the silent actress Mary Pickford and the famous ghost Bloody Mary (if you repeat her name three times in front of the mirror, according to legend, this demon will appear).
Bellini
Ingredients: 10 cl prosecco - 5 cl peach pulp. The cocktail was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in Venice in his Harry's Bar. The name is an honour to the Italian painter Giovanni Bellini (called the Giambellino).
wine, beer, sparkling wine, champagne
25/06/2024
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