A proper cocktail—that is to say, one mixed with care and skill and served in the true spirit of hospitality—is one of the greatest luxuries. But, have you ever wondered how some of these iconic drinks got their start?
While it would take a bartender school to teach you about the history of all the classic American cocktails, here is a quick look at two of the most famous:
- The Manhattan – Of all the vermouth-inspired cocktails that were created during the 19th century (when vermouth was first introduced in the United States), the first to enjoy widespread popularity was the Manhattan. But, while everyone agrees that this cocktail is a New York native, there is no consensus as to who should be credited with its invention. We do know one thing for certain, however: The combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and bitters is what makes the Manhattan one of the more sophisticated and balanced cocktails ever made.
- The Martini – Seeing that whiskey and vermouth proved to be a successful combination, it didn’t take long after the Manhattan was created for bartenders to begin experimenting with other combinations, specifically brandy and gin. But, while the brandy-vermouth cocktail never amounted to much, the combination of gin and vermouth fostered the birth of one of the most popular cocktails ever created: the Martini. In fact, the Martini would gain popularity not just in the United States, but around the world. Thanks to the revival of the cocktail culture, bartenders today are creating some truly stunning variations of the classic Martini that include fruits, chocolate, and infused spirits.
If you’d like to learn how to make these and other classic cocktails, then be sure to contact your local Professional Bartending Schools of America location. With 34 state-licensed bartending schools nationwide, Professional Bartending Schools of America is one of the largest and most well-respected bartending schools in the country. To find the location nearest you, contact us online or dial (513) 542-3500.