Both of these versions could be representative of the cocktail, and serve to show the journey that this drink has undergone. From a select blend of spirits, sugar, water and bitters to mind-boggling combinations of ingredients including chilli and apple sours. Today the choice of cocktails is endless but like many things, the classic cocktails remain solid favourites.
Here are 7 classic cocktails you should try:
Main ingredients: White Rum, Sugar, Lime juice
Main ingredients: Tequila, Orange liqueur, lime juice, salt to garnish
Main Ingredients: Vermouth, Gin, green olive to garnish
Main ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, vermouth, aromatic bitters, to garnish – maraschino cherry and orange rind
Main ingredients: mint leaves, white rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, crushed ice, soda water
Main ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, mint leaves, crushed ice, aromatic bitters, sugar syrup
Main ingredients: lime juice, sugar, cachaça, crushed ice
Now to try out the classic cocktails! Friday is the perfect evening to head to a city bar and try out some classy cocktails. As you do so, feel the stress of the week melt away as you admire the presentation and flavour of these drinks.
Here are some great places to get a good cocktail:
Oyo Cocktail Bar at the V&A Hotel – great views of the V&A Waterfront and the mountain. What more could you ask for?
Banana Jam – a Cuban themed venue with a geat outdoorsy vibe. There’s a brazier outside and the trees are lit up with fairy lights. Happy Hour is 5-6pm.
The Office – a trendy Greenside bar and restaurant
Salvatore – a Portuguese restaurant with a funky, vibrant cocktail lounge and drinks designed by Just Shakin’ Mixology Consultants. Wednesday is ladies’ night.
Café Vacca Matta – based at the Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, the terrace bar is a great place to sample some cocktails and take in the sea views.
Fusion Café – This vibey spot on the Berea is a fun place to hang out, especially outside on the patio. Half-price cocktails on Tuesdays.