Long and Serious Cocktails

Cocktails to be taken seriously yet served tall

The Mule Family

The concept of a cocktail "family" is pretty arbitrary.  In some cases it represents a clear link between cocktails.  For example, a Watermelon Collins is simply a (Tom) Collins with the addition of watermelon.  In other cases the link is more tenuous.  As you'll...

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is an interesting drink well suited to this blog.  It's not particularly difficult to make.  But learning how it came to be is to open your mind to the history of cocktails.  How and why they came to be invented and popularized.  As such, it is a...

Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy is a classic rum based cocktail popular across the world.  It is served long yet is still considered to be a serious cocktail.  Unlike some other tall, sweet offerings which are a little harder to take seriously.  Yes, I'm looking at you, Sex on...

Cuba Libre

Ah...the Cuba Libre.  Undoubtedly one of the simplest "cocktails" to be awarded the name.  It's a rum and coke...with lime.  Although some people argue either that the addition of lime is optional, or not authentic but actually a later addition.  Either way, it's a...

Americano

The Americano is a venerable classic cocktail from the middle of the 19th century.  It consists of Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water (club soda to my American readers).  As such it is often thought of as a lighter version of a Negroni.  But in truth it is the now...

Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze is considered by many to be a classic.  Served tall and consisting simply of vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juices it is technically a highball.  A nice, refreshing summery drink which doesn't taste too alcoholic. To my mind it's nothing special.  And...

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a true icon of the cocktail world.  One of the most famous and most popular of cocktails.  It is also a peculiar outlier, and all the more interesting because of it. It is the greatest of all hangover cures.  Because it excels at this function.  It...

Taste Profile: Long and Serious

The world of cocktails is a confusing one.  There are no clear cut rules regarding either cocktail naming conventions nor their grouping into related "families".  But in the interests of clarity, many models for attempting to simplify and explain the situation have...

Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is a truly classic cocktail.  It is served long, and should be taken seriously.  Despite the fact that it contains no actual tea.  It is likely one of the top ten cocktails in the world for popularity and sales.  And has been for decades....

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is a true classic of the cocktail world.  This tall, reddish-pink tropical drink has captured the world's imagination for over a century.  And it has proved enduring popular with both male and female drinkers.  It looks like it should be just a...

Mojito

Mojito It is has often been claimed that the Dry Martini is the world's most popular cocktail.  Perhaps this was true in the past.  I'd even accept that it was the most popular cocktail of the 20th century.  But I believe that now the Mojito holds the crown.  In my...

Tom Collins: Patriarch of the Collins Family

Tom Collins The Tom Collins is one of those classic cocktails which often leaves people confused by its simplicity.  It is the quintessential example of the light yet refreshing cocktail.  The type to be slowly enjoyed on a lazy summer afternoon. The Tom Collins has a...