Halloween is coming and everyone is thinking about a haunting costume.

We think it is the perfect moment to list some of our coolest Halloween cocktails for you.

Some of them look scary, others have a scary name… but hey Halloween is the moment to try something different.

So here we go…

bloody floating brain shotThe bloody floating brain shot

This shot is a combination of white chocolate syrup, banana liqueur and bailey’s.

The cool effect is created by some drops of grenadine.


Zombie cocktail recipeThe zombie cocktail

If you like an overload of rum then the zombie cocktail is something for you.

A combination of dark rum, golden rum and overproof rum.

Mixed with lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, angostura bitters and the passion fruit syrup.

hocus pocus potion cocktail recipe with strega galliano vodka and orange juiceThe hocus pocus potion

This cocktail looks quite nice don’t you think?

It’s a combination of strega, galliano, vodka, orange juice and dry ice.


bertrand s black magic recipeBertrand’s black magic cocktail

This cocktail is quite easy. It’s a combination of vodka and black sambuca.

The dark color gives it a creepy touch


alien brain hemorrhage peach liqueur blue curacao grenadine baileysThe alien brain hemorrhage

This shot looks really creepy.

It doesn’t look that appetizing but just give it a try…

It’s a combination of peach liqueur, bailey’s, blue curaçao and grenadine.

freddy krueger drinkThe Freddy Krueger shot

This shot is looking quite ordinary.

But thrust me… the combination of sambuca, vodka and jägermeister will do the job.

There are many cool variations of this shot which you can find here.

molecular brain cocktail recipeThe molecular brain

Sambuca, bailey’s and strawberry syrup will lead to this effect.

I like this shot! Cheers!

Vampires Kiss cocktailThe vampire’s kiss

Basically it’s a classy cocktail made with  vodka, dry vermouth, gin, tequila, tomato juice and a pinch of salt.


The bloody mary syringes

Prepare a normal bloody mary but instead of putting it into a nice glass put it into some syringes.

I bet your guests will like this…



When we are looking for the perfect Bloody Mary cocktail we quickly come to the conclusion that in fact it is a matter of personal taste.

Basically it is a cocktail made with vodka, tomato juice that is spiced up with Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt and lemon juice. But people are creative and many other things can be used to add an extra touch to the basic Bloody Mary. Some of the extra’s are sherry, celery salt, an egg, oysters,…

Bloody mary recipe

Bloody mary recipe

Our favorite Bloody Mary recipe combines vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, an egg, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, pepper and celery salt. Most people leave out the egg and the sherry. Also the amount of pepper or celery salt can vary a lot between persons.

Next to the numerous variations of the spicing elements, there exist also quite some Bloody Mary alternatives with a different alcoholic ingredient than vodka.


Bloody joseph

Bloody joseph

Whiskey – The Bloody Joseph

A Bloody Mary where the vodka is replaced with whiskey. Combine the whiskey, the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the tabasco, the worcestershire sauce, the black pepper, the celery salt and the horseradish sauce. Shake everything well with ice and you Bloody Joseph is ready…

Gin bloody mary cocktail recipe

Gin Bloody Mary

Gin – The Red Snapper or the Gin Bloody Mary

A Bloody Mary based on gin. It’s quite easy: combine gin, tomato juice, lemon juice, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce and tabasco. Shake with ice and ready. Cheers!


Bloody maru

Bloody maru

Sake – The Bloody Maru

A Bloody Mary based on sake? How crazy can it get? Combine the sake, the lemon juice, the tomato juice, the tabasco, the worcestershire sauce, the celery salt and the black pepper. Shake well with ice and strain into a nice glass with ice. Salut!


Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

Tequila – The Bloody Maria

Tequila instead of vodka! . With a touch of port. Olé! Combine the tequila, the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the tabasco, the worcestershire sauce, the black pepper, the celery salt, the horseradish sauce and the port. Sounds delicious, don’t you think?


Bull shot

Bull shot

Beef bouillon – The Bull Shot

A Bloody Mary without tomato juice? Well let’s use some beef bouillon instead… Pour the vodka, the beef bouillon, the worcestershire sauce, the pepper, the salt, the lemon juice and the tabasco in a shaker with ice. Shake everything well and strain your Bull Shot into nice glass filled with ice. Cheers!

Bloody caesar

Bloody caesar

Clam juice – The Clamato or the Bloody Caesar

A Bloody Mary based on vodka and clam juice. Combine the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the tabasco, the worcestershire sauce, the black pepper, the celery salt and the horseradish sauce. Shake everything well with ice and strain into a glass with ice and a shellfish.

Red Eye

Red eye

Beer and vodka – The Red Eye

The Red Eye became famous thanks to the “Cocktail” where it was introduced as the hangover killer.Combine vodka, tomato juice, beer and an egg. Sounds strange but i must admit i really like it…

bloody shame

bloody shame

Non alcoholic – the Virgin Bull Shot, the Virgin Clamato, the virgin Mary, the Peppered Mary and the Bloody Shame


Are you looking for the most famous flaming shot recipes? Don’t search any further! We have listed the most famous flaming shot recipes for.

We don’t really know why people are so intrigued with flaming shots.  Maybe we just like the contradiction of putting something liquid on fire. Some probably like it because it is a little dangerous and naughty. In some cases it’s because the bartender likes to show off. Or maybe it’s because they call out some of our basic drifts we cannot suppress.

Anyway people like flaming shots so we have listed the most famous flaming shot recipes for you.

1. The flaming B52 shot

Flaming B52 shot

Flaming B52 shot

The flaming B52 is one of the most famous flaming shot recipes.

The flaming B52 is made with 4 ingredients: coffee liqueur, Irish cram liqueur, triple sec and dark rum.

Layer the ingredients with the rum on top.

Triple sec does not burn so we use the layer of rum to ignite this flaming shot easily.

You can find the complete flaming B52 recipe here.

2. The flaming Bob Marley shot

Flaming bob marley shot

Flaming Bob Marley shot

Another classic and multi-color layered flaming shot.

For the flaming Bob Marley we use 4 ingredients: grenadine, galliano, crème de menthe and bacardi 151.

Layer all the ingredients and mix the crème de menthe and the bacardi 151 because the crème de menthe will no ignite.

You can find the complete flaming Bob Marley recipe here.

3. The flaming Dr. Pepper Shot

Flaming Dr Pepper

Flaming Dr Pepper shot

This famous flaming shot recipe is made with 3 ingredients: amaretto, rum and beer.

First put the amaretto and the rum into a shot glass.

Put it on fire and drop it in half a pint of beer.

You can find the famous flaming Dr. Pepper shot recipe here.


4. The flaming pumpkin pie shot

Flaming B52 shot

Flaming pumpkin pie shot

This popular flaming shot recipe is made with 4 ingredients: coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, cinnamon schnapps and pumpkin pie spice.

First layer all the different alcoholic ingredients with the cinnamon schnapps on top.

When you ignite the flaming pumpkin pie shot sprinkle some of the pumpkin pie spice on top of it for the special effect.

You can find the complete recipe of the flaming pumpkin pie shot here.

5. The flaming jesus shot

Flaming jesus shot

Flaming jesus shot

The flaming jesus shot is another of the most famous flaming shot recipes.

The flaming Jesus hot is made with 4 ingredients: vodka, lime juice, grenadine and a little bit of rum.

Pour the ingredients into a shot glass and put the rum on top.

Ignite but be careful!

You can find the best flaming jesus shot recipe here.

6. The flaming sambuca shot

Flaming sambuca shot

Flaming sambuca shot

The flaming sambuca is one of the most famous and easiest flaming shot recipes.

For this shot you’ll need just one ingredient: sambuca.

Put it in a shot glass and put it on fire.

Put your hand on the glass to stop the fire and don’t forget to first breath in the air under your hand.

You can find the complete flaming sambuca shot recipe here.


7. The flaming giraffe shot

Flaming giraffe shot

Flaming giraffe shot

The flaming giraffe is another of the most famous flaming shot recipes.

The flaming giraffe is made with three ingredients: coffee liqueur, butterscotch schnapps and bacardi 151.

Pour the ingredients into a shot glass with the bacardi 151 on top.

Ignite and enjoy but take care…

You can find the complete recipe for the famous flaming giraffe shot here.


8. The flaming lemon drop shot

Flaming lemon drop

Flaming lemon drop shot

This flaming lemon drop shot is another of the most famous flaming shot recipes.

The flaming lemon drop shot is made with 5 ingredients: citrus vodka, galliano, lemon, sugar and bacardi 151.

Pour the vodka and the galliano into a shot glass.

Pour the bacardi 151 on the sugar on top of the lemon slice and let it caramelize.

Lick the sugar, pour the shot and suck the lemon.

You can find the complete flaming lemon drop shot here.


We hope you ‘ll have fun with these famous flaming shot recipes. And of course take care. Things can go wrong with liquid on fire…




Why tequila sunrise is the best cocktail to opt for your next party.


When it comes to alcohol, there is no dearth of suitable combinations for every mood and occasion. Whether you want to drink a cold beer while catching up with old friends or prefer a strong Johnnie Walker after a hard day at work, your choice of alcohol can reveal a lot about who you are and what your temperament is like. Having said this, when going to a party, picking the right cocktail can help you have an excellent (and, hopefully, not messy) night.

Cocktails are hugely popular at parties for two main reasons. To begin with, it is super fun to watch the bartender prepare them. The various tricks and techniques used by bartenders to prepare cocktails are now popularly linked with trendy and fashionable parties, thus, making cocktails the preferred drink of choice. Two, there is always a cocktail for everyone. Out of the many cocktails you can choose from, the Tequila sunrise cocktail is known for its colors, resembling the gradients of a sunrise; its unique taste, and its ability to get people high and happy quickly! This is what has made this cocktail one of the most popular drinks at parties and one that people often opt for.

Listed below are some of the most common reasons why the popularity of this tequila-based cocktail is on the rise:

1. Tequila has several surprising health benefits

Excessive consumption of any alcohol can have many damaging effects on health, including injury to the liver, heart, or kidneys. On the other hand, drinking in moderation may help you to obtain some of the benefits associated with certain types of alcohol. While a glass of wine is believed to help improve blood circulation, in the case of tequila, such benefits would be in the form of better digestion, improved sleep, and the control of blood sugar, among other things. These benefits are primarily the result of a compound found in the tequila plant called agave tequilana that can aid in these aspects.

2. Tequila does not contain gluten

For many gym buffs, tequila is the alcohol of choice as it has several healthy properties, such as weight regulation and being good for the bones. While no one has proved that alcohol can help you lose or shed weight, the gluten content in certain alcohol, like beer, can do the opposite and make you gain weight. However, as tequila does not contain gluten, it does not add to weight gain the way beer does. Thus, it can help you have a pleasant time without affecting the progress you may have made on your summer body.

3. Pretty Colors

The pretty colors associated with this cocktail also makes it an eye-catching and fun beverage to drink at a party. The different shades of orange contained in the drink can help you stand out at a party. Furthermore, the colors perfectly go with the summer season and orange juice can also make it a refreshing beverage to consume.

4. An Easy Recipe

Another reason why you should serve the Tequila sunrise cocktail at a party is that it is easy to prepare. The cocktail is made out of tequila, grenadine, and orange juice. Thus, it is easy to replicate the mixture and serve it. Given below is the complete recipe for the cocktail:

•    Add approximately 2 ounces of your choice of tequila (don julio 1942) into a highball glass.

•    Next, add 4 ounces of fresh orange juice, followed by a quarter of an ounce (1/4) of grenadine to the mixture. Make sure that you do NOT stir the mixture as this will cause the different colors to merge.

•    Garnish the drink with an orange slice and a cherry.



5. Significance of the Drink

Finally, one of the most significant reasons to pick the Tequila sunrise is because of its fascinating rise to fame. The drink itself came into existence close to the 1970s and began to receive attention when Mick Jagger of the critically acclaimed classic rock band, The Rolling Stones, began to drink it. He enjoyed the drink so much that the band’s 1972 tour became known as “the cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour.” This is precisely what drew so many young adults to the drink and explains its growth in popularity.


In conclusion, while alcohol is generally bad for you, it does have some good benefits that can help the body. With respect to this, the Tequila sunrise is a drink that has remained a classic not just because of the health benefits provided by tequila, but also because of its inherent visual traits, the ease of preparing the drink, and its cultural significance. Thus, we hope that this article successfully highlights the various reasons why the Tequila sunrise is the best drink to opt for at a party.

Author’s Bio

“Jessica Smith has been writing for a few years now. She is a writer by day and reader by night. She was a very quiet child but writing always inspired her and that is why she began writing in her free time. She also loves cooking, travelling and dancing. She wants to be a successful writer as writing is her passion.”


Belly shots

Belly shots

Weekends with your friends and loved ones with alcohol and games are just the right remedies for your weeklong stress at work. Everyone wants something new, something wild and crazy to spice up their much-deserved rave parties and romantic rendezvous. Drinking games have always been known to add more adventure and glamour to such nights and are essential to take the party up a notch. One such drinking game that is now replacing the traditional beer pong and spin the bottle is the belly shot game.

Yes, you read it right. Body shots, with belly shots being the most popular among the lot is now an actual thing. Belly shots come with so many perks if done right and we are sure they’ll be the game you shall be eternally grateful for.

Belly shots

Belly shots

But before we dive into the tricks and fixes for taking a belly shot, let us learn how it is done in the first place. The beauty of the game’s makeup is that it can only be played by two people. So the first step is to choose the person who you wish to play with, after which there is not much to worry about. Then for the game, you need a dice, a piece of paper, pen and your favorite liquor. You must write down different ways for how the shot needs to be taken such as lick, suck, .etc and assign them numbers from 1 to 6. Now you are all set to play. Take turns to roll the dice. Based on the number on the dice take the belly shot as written on the paper. If you are looking forward to getting really sloshed for the night you can also write down 6 different types of alcohol on another sheet. In that case, you will have to roll a pair of dice, one for the type of alcohol and another for the way of taking the shot.

Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about playing the game below are 5 tricks you need to know right now to take a belly shot.

Pick your perfect partner

Belly shot

Belly shots

Wait. Hold on. Do not panic. We are not asking you to choose your life partner. However, we are reminding you that choosing the right person to take the belly shot with is an equally important decision. Yes, belly shots are a great way to help break the ice with someone you’ve just met. They can also be a way to brew up a romance with someone you are attracted to. So choose wisely who you really wish to play the game with. Cross check with them if they would like to play too. If both of you are completely accepting, open-minded and consenting then the belly shot challenge is sure to cast its magic upon you.

Always pick the right kind of alcohol

Belly shots

Belly shots

The key to taking a belly shot right is choosing the correct form of alcohol to enhance the experience. Good old tequila with salt has always been the most loved option. However, you can switch to other alternatives like vodka with lemon and sugar as well. The selection of booze is completely up to the two people who are involved in taking the shot. Analyze your preferences and decide what works best for you. If you are a whiskey fan blood oath bourbon can work wonders for you.

Go ahead and explore away!

Go crazy, be experimentative!

Who said Belly shots have to be regular shots? They can be whatever you want them to be. You can include jello shots, Courvoisier pudding shots, candy shots, and chocolate to jazz your night up.

When, where and how?

Fortunately or unfortunately the belly shot game comes with no real rules or regulations. So you are allowed to come up with your own variations and innovations provided it is not dangerous or extremely uncomfortable. You can choose to play it in a crowded party somewhere or right in the closed setting of your home for a more intimate vibe. You can play some enticing music to set the mood and complement your experience.

Are you a beginner or a pro?

Whether you’ve played the game before or not can be crucial in determining how you should be playing it. The beginner level goes like this. Your partner should hold a lime wedge between his/her teeth and some salt shot should be sprinkled over their belly button. Now you must drink the shot from a shot glass, then lick the salt of your partner’s belly and suck on the lemon slice in their month.

If you are someone who has already tried the game in the past and is comfortable with it then the advanced level works like this. For this version, you do not need a shot glass. This is more exciting as you’ll be drinking the alcohol right off each other’s bodies. So make your partner lie down on a flat surface like bar, bed or table, place the lime in their mouth as in the previous variant, then pour some booze into the concave portion of their belly as in the belly button and drink up the liquor straight, lick the salt and grab the wedge of lime.

Now, there’s a new game you must be waiting to try out. So go grab a bottle of chardonnay, your partner and get right on it. But don’t blame us if you have mixed drinks about feelings.

Author’s Bio

“Jessica Smith has been writing for a few years now. She is a writer by day and reader by night. She was a very quiet child but writing always inspired her and that is why she began writing in her free time. She also loves cooking, travelling and dancing. She wants to be a successful writer as writing is her passion.”

In this article you’ll find the list of national liquors based on the Wikipedia list with some major or minor corrections (thanks to your input).  A liquor is considered as a national liquor when the alcoholic drink is standard and respected in a given country. We specifically aim at liquors, otherwise it would have been the list of national drinks.

It is of no surprise that there are many rums, whiskeys, raki’s and other interesting drinks amongst the national liquors. This list of national drinks is a good start but we need your help!

We don’t know if this list is 100% correct. And more important it is not 100% complete.

Therefore we’ll need your help.

But first, here’s the list:

Paula Prez
Bosnia & Herzegovina



Dmitry Puzyrev
Canadian rye whisky
Moutai Sorghum
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Becherovka Slivovice
Anushka Love
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Tick tack
Vana Tallinn
Royal Tallinn
Jevgeni Kadilin

Koskenkorva Viina




French West Indies
Tbilisi Fix
Beso Tatikishvili









Maz Jocas
Seco Herrerano


Miguel Romão
Puerto Rico


South Africa
South Korea



Sri Lanka
Recipe Queen




Trinidad & Tobago
United States


Martin Duffy
Rượu nếp

Let us know if your country is not on the list or if something is not right.

Feedback please!!


In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Alexander Kovaliuk


Alexander is living in Kiev, Ukraine. He is working for eight years as a bartender.
He is the bar manager of Narikela HUB and HYPE Bar. He is also to founder of the School Bartenders – FLAIR STYLE. He has been rewarded as the Ukarainian champion in flair bartending and as multiple winner in mixology.

Favorite cocktail

He’s favorite cocktail is the Scottish Hope.

The history of this cocktail and the name are closely linked with the Scottish values and traditions of the Dewar family. Their life story, their perseverance and their confidence in their work inspired Alexander to create this cocktail.



The Scottish Hope cocktail is stirred and served in a nice wine glass. Use some cotton to garnish your Scottish Hope.

Contact info

The origin of gin.

Although the English claim to have invented gin, it’s origin actually lays with the Dutch who started producing it in the 16th century for its “medicinal power”. The name is also derived from the Dutch word jenever which means “juniper”. The juniper berry is the prime component of gin giving its characteristic odor.

Gin in cocktails.

Next to the juniper berries gin contains other ingredients which can vary per distillery. But ingredients most commonly used are angelica, licorice, iris root, citrus peel, caraway en coriander seeds. Gin has a strong aroma but despite that it suits well as an ingredient in cocktails. This is due to the fact that it’s colorless and has an aroma of herbs and spices which mixes well with liqueurs, juices and other distillations.

Types of gins.

From a legal point of view there are 4 gin categories. Juniper-flavored spirit drinks which are produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mixture and re-distilling it with herbs and spices. Compound Gin is a juniper-flavored spirit made by simply adding juniper and/or other natural flavoring substances to a neutral gin. Distilled gin is produced exclusively by re-distilling ethanol of agricultural origin with an initial strength of 96% ABV in stills with primarily juniper berries and other optional natural botanicals. London gin  is made exclusively from ethanol of agricultural origin and with a maximum of 5 grams methanol per hectolitre which is introduced through the re-distillation in traditional stills of ethanol together with the juniper berries and all other natural plant components used.

Types of English gin.

In Europe the minimum required alcoholic strength is 37,5%. English gins are around 45%. The main types of English gin are London Dry gin  and Plymouth gin. London dry gin  is the most famous of the two and doesn’t necessarily needs to be produced in London as its name would suggest. They have an intense flavor and Gordon’s and Beefeater are the best-known brands. 

Plymouth gin is distilled at the Blackfriars distillery at the coast of Plymouth. It’s a full-bodied gin with more subtle aromas and it’s dryer then the London dry gin . A small quantity of the gin ages on wood and is called “golden gin” due to its color.

What are Dutch gins?

Dutch gin or jenever varies from English gin due to the mixture of heavily fermented grains that’s being used. This results into a more beer-like taste. There are two types of jenever: old and young jenever. The young jenever resembles the English gin most.

What are American gins?

What’s the difference between English and American gins? American gin tends to have more floral and fruity aromas. These more fragile flavors can get lost in a cocktail mixed with liqueurs and bitters. That’s why the stronger English gins are preferred in cocktails. The minimum alcoholic strength for American gins is 40%.

How is gin made?

Gin is quite simple to make. A grain distillate is made from rye en barley while wheat is used for jenever or American gin . The gin gets purified by means of repeated distillation. The aromas are added by soaking the berries, dried herbs and spices in the alcohol or by letting the alcohol drip through the ingredients. The result is bottled and ready for consumption.

Gin in some famous cocktails.

Besides gin and tonic there are some other cocktails that you should try like the famous Martini, the Gin Fizz which has an acid taste due to the lemon, the Negroni with its bitter taste, the Gimlet made with Plymouth gin or the Singapore Sling.


Difference between liqueurs or liquors?

You might have asked yourself one of these questions: what’s the difference between liqueurs and liquors? Are liqueurs and liquors the same? Well, liqueurs are sweet while liquors are not. That’s the easiest way to remember the difference. Now we’ll explain it a little more technical.

What is liquor?

Whiskey, tequila, vodka, rum and gin are (distilled) liquors. A distilled liquor is obtained by the distillation of fermented fruits, plants or grains. Fermentation is the process where yeast transforms carbohydrates (= sugar) into ethanol (= alcohol), carbon dioxide and energy.

Distilled liquors are alcoholic beverages in which the concentration of ethanol has been increased above that of the original fermented mixture by the method of distillation. Distillation means that when a liquid which contains ethanol is heated to a temperature above 78.5°C but below 100°C (the boiling point of water) the vapour coming off that liquid condenses. That condensate will have a higher alcohol concentration.

How is liqueur made?

To come to liqueur, liquor is used as a base spirit. The liquor gets flavored with fruit, plants or grains and sweetened by the addition of sugar. The alcoholic percentage of liqueur can vary from 20% to 60% (40 to 120 proof) and it contains at least 100 grams of sugar per liter. To talk about cream or crème, the liqueur should contain at least 250 grams of sugar per liter.

So liqueurs are sweet because they contain a lot of residual sugar, whilst liquors don’t. There are many types of liqueurs:

Now you know everything about liqueurs and liquors.

Arak versus Raki versus Araki versus Ariki… Some say that Arak was already made in India in 800 BC although that is not clear at all. Arak is not one typical drink but it stands for a collection of distilled drinks. The basic ingredients and the production process depend on the region. In Indonesia the basis for Arak is sugar cane although sometimes also rice is used. In India the juice of palm trees is the basis for making Arak.

Arak arrived in the Middle-East and the Mediterranean area where it is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks. The name is based on the Arab word for juice.

In the Western world, Arak is mostly known under the name Raki. The anis flavored distilled drink from Greece and Turkey. Raki is also known as the unofficial Turkish national drink. It is made from different fruits in different regions, but grapes, figs and plums are the main ones. Some of the colored Raki has a refined taste but most of the Raki is colorless with a strong taste. Raki is also very often drunk in the Balkan countries.

Traditional Arak or Raki serving tips

Arak or Raki is traditionally served pure: serve it on room temperature in a shot glass. But very often it is mixed in approximately 1/3 arak and 2/3 water and served in ice-filled cups. Some people also like the “Arak & Coke“, Arak mixed with coke and ice.

Cocktails based on Arak or Raki

We made a selection of some delicious and easy to make cocktails based on Arak and Raki. The complete list of Raki recipes can be found here.

All our Arak or Raki recipes can be found here.


What do you know about your favorite cocktail? Some cocktails have quite a long history although it is often not easy to be sure if all the stories are true. Therefore we selected some stories behind your favorite cocktails. Urban legends or true stories?

Unknown ObjectWe don’t know to be honest. But at least you know what to tell next time you order your favorite cocktail.


Vodka and orange juice. Can it be easier than that? One of the stories says that the screwdriver was born when workers started mixing vodka and orange juice with their… screwdriver. Yes!

Other stories tell us that the screwdriver was a codeword to mislead federal agents during the prohibition. Also linked with the prohibition are the stories of unregulated production of alcohol. This lead to loads of low quality booze. Bartenders then started to mix fruit juices with the alcohol to mask the pour quality booze. This could have given birth to quite some mixed drinks.

Another story tells us that the screwdriver was born when Smirnoff was building up their brand notoriety in the USA.

Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is in fact a combination of orange juice, vodka and galliano. It looks like it is invented in the 1950’s by Donato Antone. He has been a world champion mixology… So far for the facts and figures.

Another funny urban legend states that the Harvey Wallbanger gets its name from a surfer guy called Harvey. He came daily to the bar the have some screwdrivers to which he added some galliano. From time to time he then stumbled around smashing into the wall. People therefore started calling his favorite drink the Harvey Wallbanger. This story is hard to check but I prefer this one to the official one.

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is in my opinion the queen of the cocktails. Some people link the name of the cocktail to Queen Mary I who tried brutally and with a lot of bloodshed to bring back Catholicism to England… A terrible story!

Although hard to trace the truth, a certain Fernand Petiot claims he invented the drink in 1921 when working at the New York Bar in Paris. In that time the Russian revolution brought vodka to Paris. Together with some tomato juice and some spices, the drink got some success and got known in America under the name Red Snapper. Why it then changes to Bloody Mary is unclear to me but maybe it really had something to do with the referral to the bloody Queen Mary I. Who knows… anyway for those who don’t known yet, the Bloody Mary contains: vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce. I also tried versions mixed with a raw egg and I must admit I like them!!

Gin and Tonic

The origin of this cocktail goes back to the British soldiers who were fighting in the Indies.

There they were confronted with another problem, called malaria. Tonic water was used against malaria because it contains quinine.

The soldiers then added their gin to the tonic because the tonic alone was quite awful. After the war, the cocktail remained and nowadays we are witnessing a revival thanks to the gin hype.


Sometimes the Manhattan is told to be invented by Winston Churchill’s mother. Jennie Churchill who was living in New-York at that time organized a party at the Manhattan Club celebrate Samuel J. Tilden’s.

This party would then have resulted in the Manhattan cocktail but this story is not true at all. It’s just a nice story for at the bar

This combination of whiskey, vermouth, bitters dates probably back to the New York bar scene of the 1860s but not much more is really known about its origin.  Sometimes it is referred to as the Martini with whiskey…

Irish Coffee

Some time ago in Ireland a flight was delayed. A bartender then had the original idea to add Irish whiskey in the coffee which would warm them up.

The passengers loved it and spread to word. The Irish coffee was born… no mention of added sugar or cream at that time. These came later and added a special touch to the drink.


The Mojito is a combination of rum, mint leaves, sugar and soda water. I heard that the original recipe was without soda water and I must admit I like it better without the soda. Just add a little sugar water instead of the soda.

The history of the cocktail is quite blurry but it is a fact that it finds its origin in Cuba.

The Mojito also seems to have been popular within the sailor community because it was a good preventative against scurvy. Another story says that Cuban farmers did not like their rum at that time which was quite bitter Therefore they added lime, mint and sugarcane juice.

So true or not? We don’t know and we don’t care. But at least some new stories to could help you to impress the waitress next time you order your beloved cocktail. And if she’s not impressed… well then you still have our cocktail to…


 Pokémons were very popular in the late 90s and the early 2000s and are now making a huge comeback in 2016 with the Pokémon Go app.

That’s why we’ve made a list of our 7 favorite Pokemons as a cocktail drink. Check them out and also try to prepare these cocktails with pokemon names:

1 Pikachu as a cocktail

Pikachu is Ash Ketchum’s trusted friend and pokémon. Pikachu has a yellow fur and red dots on his cheeks just like this pokemon cocktail has a yellow red mixture. This Pikachu pokemon cocktail has been made with vodka, peach liqueur and orange juice. To finish it we used a maraschino cherry. You can also add a straw and break/bend it like the lightning tail of Pikachu to give it some extra swag.

2 Charizard as a cocktail

Charizard is certainly one of the coolest Pokémons out there. Charizard is a Fire and Flying type of Pokémon and not a Dragon type. When a Charizard becomes angry, the flame which they have at the tip of their tail flares up. In the Charizard Pokemon cocktail we use a lime wedge to represent the tail and the Sambuca is perfect to create fire effect. Add some Triple sec and some dashes of cinnamon and you have your perfect Charizard mixed drink. Check out the full Charizard cocktail recipe.

3 Vaporeon as a cocktail

 Vaporeon is a water type of Pokémon and is one of Eevee’s final forms. It has a long tail which is often mistaken for a mermaid’s. In our Vaporeon Pokemon cocktail this tail is represented by a lemon slice. The Blue Curaçao gives this Vaporeon mixed drink its blue color.

4 Dragonite as a cocktail

 The Dragonite Pokémon is of course a dragon type. So obviously we used dragon fruit or pitaya to make the Dragonite cocktail. The Dragonite’s character and appearance can be described as gentle. So for this Dragonite mixed drink recipe we also used rose water and champagne. Click here for the full recipe.

5 Gengar as a cocktail

 Gengar is a ghost / poison type of Pokémon with a dark purple color, spikes on his back and a sinister grin. To obtain his color in the Gengar Pokemon cocktail we used blackberries. We garnished the Gengar drink with some mint leaves to represent his spikes and the vodka which we added will also give you a little, sinister grin.

6  Clefairy as a cocktail

 A Clefairy Pokémon is a fairy type of pokemon. And as many fairies they come in pink. What better way to give our Clefairy Pokemon cocktail a pink color than a dash of grenadine. The Clefairy is cute and charming so we made it in a nice cocktail glass and didn’t use too much alcohol.

7 Mewtwo as a cocktail

 A Mewtwo is a psychic type of Pokémon with a grey body and a purple belly and tail. For this Memtwo Pokemon cocktail we used some vodka and sugar syrup to obtain the grey color. We added a purple edible flower to represent its belly and a purple straw.


The most dangerous drinks!

With the student season back on track it’s time to zoom into the most dangerous drinks around.

Throwing a party? In for a drinking game? Or just want to get hammered asap?

Here are some drink that will do the job…

Dead deer

My all-time favorite killer shot! Whiskey meets jägermeister.

The nice thing about the dead dear shooter is that is gets immediately into your head.

Two means fun, four means danger and six or more… well just discover it yourself. I don’t remember… A really dangerous drink!

Dead bird

More of this but a little different… Replace the whiskey with wild turkey

The effects are comparable with the effects of the dead deer shot. Perfect for bourbon lovers. But take care, it remains a dangerous drink.

I suppose some people also will call it the the dead turkey.

Dead from within

This nasty bugger is a combination of vodka, white rum and dark rum.

It doesn’t sound that dangerous but i dare you to smash a couple of them…

The guaranteed hangover comes along with it for free.

Dead Nazi

I don’t know and I don’t want to know where the name comes from.

But the fact is that this terrible drink is a mixture of jägermeister and rumple minze.

The mixture of the jägermeister with the pepper schnapps will do the job. A really dangerous drink.

Three wise men

Something for whiskey lovers: Jim beam, jack daniels and johnnie walker…

The name of this dangerous drink is derived from the recipe.

It blends three types of whiskey together: scotch whiskey, tennessee whiskey ad kentucky bourbon. Brain damage guaranteed!

Urine sample

Want to impress your friends with something nasty? Well put tequila and bacardi 151 together and you’ll have what is called a urine sample.

Need I say more? Warm it a little bit up if you dare. This shot leads to unbearable headaches, bad memories and hangovers as never before.

And of course there are the famous flaming shot recipes: the Burning Smurf, the B52,

Let the games begin!

Orange juice in cocktails.

There are some famous cocktails based on orange juice like the screwdriver, the harvey wallbanger or the orange creamsicle. Orange juice is without a doubt the most used juice in cocktails. There are 4 major orange juice types that can be determined. But which orange juice should you use for your cocktails?

The first one is concentrated orange juice. It’s made by dissolving dried fruit powder in water. It’s low in quality and taste and should be avoided. So using concentrated orange juice in cocktails isn’t a good idea.

If you do decide to use pre-made orange juice then use brands which mention on the package that it contains fresh orange juice without pulp. These will approach the real deal better than the concentrated orange juices. An orange juice package should always mention if it holds concentrated or freshly squeezed juice.

Buying freshly pressed orange juice with fruit pieces out of a carton has some disadvantages. The pieces could disturb the balance of the cocktail because they interfere with other ingredients.

The final option is squeezing oranges yourself. The juice will be thinner than that from a box. That’s an advantage, because the juice will blend easier with the other ingredients. Do try to filter the juice so no fruit fresh ends up in the cocktail.

So we can easily conclude, that the more effort that’s been put in making the juice the better it’s suited for cocktails. So go that extra mile and make your own orange juice.

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect cocktail? You did everything by the book but still your cocktail is missing that extra touch? Maybe you did not respect some of the simple but really important rules when making your favorite cocktail.

People often tend to forget them, that’s a fact! Most of these rules aren’t complicated at all, so a little reminder won’t harm at all.

There are loads of simple tips and tricks for the perfect cocktail that we are happy to share with you. Will start with seven tips in a series of many…

Use fresh ingredients

Use fresh instead of canned or bottled ingredients. Often bottled mixers will contain additives. Especially when using fruits or fruit juices it is best to use them fresh.

Drinks with only spirits have to be stirred

Cocktails with only spirits have to be stirred. This will lead to a crystal clear and rich looking drink.

The most famous example is the Martini (yes, 007 got it wrong). But this also counts for the Negroni, the Manhattan and many others.

Of course shaking your drink in that typical way makes you feel like a real professional bartender. I suppose that is way it is often so hard to respect this rule.

If you have ingredients to muddle: do it lightly

A lot of cocktails are made of muddled mint, lemons or limes. If so, most of the times it is best to muddle lightly.

This avoids you to release some bitter chemicals into the drink. The trick is to remain gentle, especially with the Moijto.

Oranges are best freshly squeezed

Oranges should be used fresh in a cocktail. Once the orange is squeezed, it will start to go bitter.

The longer you wait the more bitter they will get. Again a simple trick, just try it once with your Harvey Wallbanger.

Blended drinks need some extra sugar

Blended drinks are made with a lot of ice. This dillutes the flavor and makes the cocktail a little watery.

Therefore some extra suger should be added to flavor up your perfect cocktail. Sometimes i use some sugar syrup instead of sugar like in the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

Match the glass and the drink temperature

When you make a cold cocktail, chilling the glass before will keep the drink colder for a longer time.

Fill the glass therefore with crushed ice or cold water and dump it before you put your cocktail in. Also for warm drinks, you best first warm before filling it. Important if you want your cocktail to be really perfect.

Invest in Cocktail Glasses

The final presentation counts for a large part of the cocktail. Need I say more. Learn more about cocktail glasses in our blog article.

So don’t forget these rules when you want to create the perfect cocktail.

To be continued!!

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