13 Fantastic Recipes for World Cocktail Day

2016

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Happy World Cocktail Day, the only bar holiday that rivals World Bartender Day in importance. Besides the obvious – delicious cocktails – do you know why we celebrate World Cocktail Day? It’s because today, way back in 1806, The Oxford Dictionary defined and published one of the most magical words in our lexicon: cocktail.

“Cocktail (noun): An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream,” read the entry on May 13, 1806.

The definition has remained, just like our love for the subject of today’s incredible holiday. To celebrate World Cocktail Day properly, consider drink specials, creating signature cocktails, and any other ideas you can think of to honor the spirited concoctions that mean so much to us all.

Cheers!

Old Fashioned - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

You simply can’t go wrong with Old Fashioned, whether you prefer yours with bourbon, rye, gin or even rum.

Manhattan - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

The Manhattan is a classic that’s (almost) impossible to screw up.

Hudson Whiskey White Manhattan - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

Try something different with this white Manhattan.

Paddy in Chicago - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

The Paddy in Chicago is the Gaelic riff on the classic Old Fashioned.

Dia del Amor - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

Show your love for tequila and St-Germain with the Dia del Amor.

Smoke and Fire Margarita - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

The Smoke and Fire Margarita calls for silver tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes Chili liqueur.

Cascadian Caipbeerinha - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

The Caipirinha is so delicious it’s the national cocktail of Brazil. Try this take on a classic that features a float of IPA.

Sailor Jerry Throw Shade - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

This beertail, the Sailor Jerry Throw Shade, is made with rum and amber lager.

Apple Cider Shandy - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

You can split the Apple Cider Shandy into small pitchers for easy serving and playful presentation.

Sparkling Sangria - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

Sparkling Sangria is also perfect for serving in pitchers.

Sip My Country Ale - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

Sip My Country Ale is a refreshing combination of vodka and ginger ale.

Golden Bellini - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

The Golden Bellini is a smooth cocktail made with Cognac, schnapps and Champagne.

Royal Street Fizz - World Cocktail Day 2016 cocktail recipes

Champagne is the star in the Royal Street Fizz.