How Some Well-Known Cocktails Got Their Names

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How Some Well-Known Cocktails Got Their Names

How Some Well-Known Cocktails Got Their Names

Martini

Martini

Named in 1886, either after Italian vermouth company Martini and Rossi or after the Martinez cocktail.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Invented in 1983, it was orginally christened the Vodka Espresso but later changed in the ’90s to suit the fashions of the time.

Margarita

Margarita

A spanish nickname, either for film actress Marjorie King or for wealthy Texan socialite Margaret Sames.

Mojito

Mojito

An 1946 borrowing from Cuban Spanish mojo, meaning “sauce”. That’s from the verb mojar, “to moisten”.

Pina Colada

Pina Colada

Means “strained pineapple” in Spanish. Traces to the Latin roots pinea (“pineapple”) and colare ("to strain").

Sidecar

Sidecar

The word was previously used to refer to shot glasses that bartenders poured their excess liquor into.

White Russian

White Russian

Nammed after Russia because of vodka being associated with the country. TheWhite part refers to the use of cream.

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Named after either QueenMary I of England or a waitress who worked in a bar called the Bucket of Blood.

Negroni

Negroni

Invented in 1919 when an Italian count named Camillo Negroni asked for a stronger version of the Americano.

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