Oct 28, 2013

Cocktail time!

As a special treat for Halloween this year, the bar team at Pesto Italian Restaurants have devised a very special, dangerously delicious cocktail available exclusively at some of our restaurants.

The creepy creation has been dubbed Vampire’s Delight and our bar team have assured us it tastes like an alcoholic raspberry milkshake – yum!

All this talk of cocktails got the web team at Pesto Italian Restaurants wondering where exactly cocktails originated and what constitutes a cocktail?

According to the history books, the first recorded use of the work cocktail can be found in the March 20th 1798 London Morning Post and Gazetteer, although the Oxford English Dictionary lists the word as having originated in the USA.

Across the pond in May 1803, New York rag the Balance and Columbian Repository provided the first definition of the cocktail;

“Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…it is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.”

So there you have it, for a stout and bold heart your cocktail must contain at least three different ingredients and must include a spirit, something sweet or sugary and something bitter or sour.

At Pesto Italian Restaurants we have a rather tasty selection of cocktails, ranging from classics such as the Margarita and Manhattan to Italian favourites Lecca-Lecca and Bellini.

From the Pesto Italian Restaurants cocktail list here are a few of the Pesto web team’s favourite potions:

• Alexandra Sours, a mixture of gin and Amaretto with lime, apple juice and a splash of lemonade, this one is highly recommended for gin fans.

• Limetta di Pesto, our very own creation consisting of white wine, rum and gomme syrup all mixed up with soda, lime and lime zest, perfect for anyone who likes their cocktail with a kick!

• Italiano Rosso, a vodka-based Italian classic, with red wine sloshed over cranberry juice, Tuaca, Amaretto and a dash of lemonade, definitely a drink for those with a sweet tooth!

To browse our Italian cocktail selection click here: http://pestorestaurants.co.uk/section/cocktails

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