Drinks that may have fallen out of favor are experiencing a rebirth at cocktail parties and other occasions.
At the forefront of this drink revitalization is the elegant Italian liqueur Fernet-Branca. Created in 1845 from 27 herbs and spices, this beverage is an aromatic spirit that settles the stomach and refreshes the palate, and has long been used as a and#8220;digestivo.and#8221; What many do not realize is that, when mixed with other beverages or even enjoyed neat, Fernet-Branca creates a number of popular cocktails. For example, the best kept secret of bartenders on the West Coast of the U.S. is the and#8220;Italian Sidecar,and#8221; the hottest trend right now in San Francisco. The recipe is simple: a shot of Fernet-Branca followed by a ginger ale chaser.
There are other classic drink recipes you can serve at your party or gatherings. Here are a few that are the perfect complement to food and fun.
Daiquiris are a Cuban-based family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum and lime juice. While the variations are many dependent upon added ingredients, drink aficionados credit the and#8220;Daiquiri Floridita,and#8221; as the most famous version. In fact, the frozen daiquiris common in the southern half of the country aren't considered true daiquiris to purists.
Festivities that are awash in Latin culture have gained popularity in recent years as lively events perfect for social occasions. In addition to spicy, savory menu items, sangria and#8212; a wine- and fruit-infused drink synonymous with Spain and festive events, is often served.
Liqueurs are versatile in the way that they can oftentimes be enjoyed on their own or enhance other beverages when mixed. They are also appropriate at a wide variety of occasions, from informal get-togethers to dessert or cocktail parties.