Drink Lore

Drink Lore is a accumulation of facts, traditions, and beliefs about names of drinks, bar terms, and their origins. Many drinks names and ingredients were made up from real life experiences and situations. All liquors, (Gin, Vodka, Cognac, Rum and Tequila), were just liquors on shelves until people started making up drinks with different ingredients . Some mixed drinks were made with the prefect mixtures that people loved to drink. the ingredients were remembered if the drink was delicious and it was often given a name by the look, taste, experience, or a feeling a person might have from that drink. Drink lore is about remembering where that first cocktail was made and why.


Patron was the saint of bartenders, all drunkards and all reformed drunkards.


In 1572, usage of the word was first recorded. Instead of tavern, the word bar was used by Shakespeare. The names origin came from bars that were pulled down over the serving counter at closing time.


Made popular because of war- time pilots, but was originated way before that time period.


Was named by its inventor, Colonel Joe Rickey, from Washington, D.C.


The daiquiri was invented when two engineers from Bethlehem Steel who lived in Santiago, Cuba found themselves in the middle of a malaria epidemic in 1915. When they boiled their water, they put a little rum into the drink as a disinfectant. It lack flavor, so they added some lime and a bit of sugar.


Colonel James E. Pepper, a distiller of bourbon whiskey mixed the first Old Fashioned at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. The bartender put a sugar cube in a shot glass with a dash of bitters. He then added a splash of soda water, stirred it, and it became well-known as muddling. MARTINI

To celebrate Repeal, FDR mixed the first legal cocktail for the cameras, he made the Martini, which is America’s cultural heritage drink.


There are two theory that it comes from the Manhattan Indians in 1890, who first mixed whiskey sweet vermouth and bitters. The other theory is that it was named for the Manhattan Club in 1880, instead of the Manhattan Island.


Sours became popular in the 1850s, but the Whiskey Sours dates begin in 1891.


Its name comes from Robert Macgregor, who was known as Scotland’s Robin Hood and had legendary red hair. A Scottish name for a man with red hair is Roy.


One theory is that Sir T.O. Gimlettle,, a naval officer, made the drink because he thought drinking straight gin impaired his naval officers’ abilities to perform their work ,so he diluted the gin with lime juice. Another theory, is that a Admiral Edward Vernon made the gimlet first, from his scurvy-preventing rum and lime juice combination.


The Side Car was invented in Paris during WWI, and consisted of seven to eight ingredients. It was named for motorcycle sidecar in which its inventor was transported to and from bistros and café.


This Punch is credited by two people, a 19th century Jamaican planter’s wife who ‘s ingredients were one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak as an antidote to the island’s heat. Also, Tom Collins a fabled bartending at the Planter’s Hotel in St. Louis who was credited with the creation of the drink.


This drink is named after the design of railroad stations. Before traffic signals, the position of a ball on a pole would indicate whether the trains would stop or go. If the train was coming and didn’t need to stop the ball would stay high, hence, Highball. So when station employees saw the ball was high the would go across the street to the local bar.


This bartender named Harvey wanted to sell his customers a new drunk instead of screwdrivers. They wanted the drink to hind that they were out drinking. Harvey started adding Galliano into drinks and the customers were so drunk they slammed themselves into walls as they tried to leave .


The Manager of the Gibson Girls had business meetings, he ordered a non-alcoholic drink ( unbeknownst to his competitors) to stay on top of the situation. The three pearl onions were differentiated his drink from others..

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