You're in luck — this fine Friday the 13th shares the little box on the calendar with World Cocktail Day, which celebrates one of the very first mentions of the word cocktail in relation to mixed drinks in the The Balance and Columbian Repository on May 13, 1806. These 13 World Cocktail Day recipes should have you feeling very lucky, almost lucky enough to bet on a horse race on Friday the 13th.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the original meaning of the word "cocktail" was a reference to the upward pointing tails of mixed-breed race horses in contrast to the straight tails of thoroughbreds — hence the association with mixed drinks, in that they are not, shall we say, thoroughbred liquor. Since 1806, the creation of cocktails has become nothing short of an art and a science. Bartenders that specialize in making these creative blends even have their own, if somewhat overwrought, name — mixologists.
Cocktails have even made their way into iconic cinematic moments. From Casablanca to The Shining and even James Bond's shaken vodka martini, we like our movies stiff like our happy hour drinks. So bust out your shakers and super-long stirring spoons, because we're about to celebrate World Cocktail Day. I mean, it is Friday, and a delicious cocktail is the perfect way to sip away any superstitious anxiety you may be experiencing.
1. Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
2. Kumquat Lemongrass Rum Cocktail
If you know where to get the perfect kumquats, I'm pretty sure you're required to make this summertime sipper from Kitchen Confidante.
3. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
Doesn't this sweet, spicy, and sour number make you wish you were already off the clock?! Check out the recipe at Cookie + Kate and you'll be counting the hours until the weekend starts, if you weren't already.
4. Two-Ingredient Piña Colada
Drink this super simple piña colada blended or over ice, close your eyes, and you'll almost hear the ocean. Find out which two ingredients you'll need to make this dream come true at The Kitchn.
5. Blood Orange Rosemary Cocktail
6. Watermelon White Sangria
Can you tell that I'm a little obsessed with pink cocktails? This watermelon sangria from Cookie + Kate uses Sauvignon Blanc as its wine base, which is the perfect complement to the sweet watermelon.
7. Grapefruit Cucumber Cocktails
8. Blood Orange Patron Margaritas
Pretty in pink... again, and I'm not sorry about it, because these blood orange margaritas from The Little Epicurean, made with Patron and a splash of Grand Marnier, are at the top of my list for recipes to whip up on World Cocktail Day.
9. Tipsy Lemonade & Peach Iced Tea Cocktails
10. Lemon Verbena & Orange Blossom Fizz
We're well into May, so you should probably go ahead and whip yourself up a nice cup full of springtime. This deliciously translucent drink from The Kitchn is a subtle and simple one for the gin lovers in the house.
11. Strawberry Mint Julep Fruit Salad
12. Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned
Bacon bourbon, you say? This old fashioned is actually made with bourbon that's been infused with bacon grease, which makes it, well, next-level intriguing. You can thank A Farmgirl's Dabbles for this eye-and-ear-catching beverage.
13. Cantaloupe Tequila Cocktail
It's a wonderfully blended almost-margarita made with a chilled cantaloupe melon, Hornitos tequila, lime juice, and agave. If melon is your flavor of summer, blend up this chilly gem from Cookie + Kate.