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Looking back at some of our favourite cocktails origins

Summer is on the horizon, and we hope it will be a gloriously sunny one. We took a look back at the origins of some of our favourite cocktails below which we will be serving for all of our arrivals on our Summer Sit Back special offer.



Cuba Libre

Rum mixed with Coke garnished with a Lime wedge or can be served with a dash of lime juice.

Accounts of the origin of the Cuba Libre vary. One account claims that the drink (Spanish for Free Cuba) was invented in Havana, Cuba around 1901/1902. Patriots aiding Cuba during the Spanish–American War—and, later, expatriates avoiding prohibition - regularly mixed rum and cola as a highball and a toast to this Caribbean island.

Sex on the Beach

There are two general types of the cocktail:

The first type is made from vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice. This is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail.

The second type is made from vodka, Chambord, Midori Melon Liqueur, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. This type is listed in the Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide.


The earliest known invention of the cocktail and its name dates back to 1987 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Republic National Distributor (National Distribution at the time) had just begun to sell a new product, peach schnapps, in the fall. With the influx of tourism coming shortly for spring break, National devised a contest that would pay the bar that sold the most peach schnapps a bonus of $1000 and the bartender that was responsible at that bar for the highest sales of schnapps would receive $100. A young bartender named Ted Pizio working at Confetti’s mixed peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice and grenadine. When Pizio began to sell the sweet and tasty beverage, he was soon asked what it was called. On the spot, Pizio thought what the reason was that thousands of people came to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break was: The Beach and Sex. “Sex on the Beach!” he replied, and as the drink gained fame that spring, thousands of college students returned to their areas of the country and asked their local bartenders for Sex on the Beach. Obviously, the bartenders had no idea how to make a drink they had never heard of so they asked what it looked like and what it tasted like, which to this day has led to the numerous regional variations of the famous drink recipe.

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup and served unmixed in a tall glass. The modern drink originates from California in the early 1970s, after an earlier one created in the 1930s in Arizona. The cocktail is named for its appearance when served, with gradations of colour resembling a sunrise.

The original Tequila Sunrise contained (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water) and was served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, where it was created by Gene Sulit in the 1930s or 1940s.

The more popular modern version of the cocktail contains tequila, orange juice, and grenadine and was created by Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice in the early 1970s while working as young bartenders at the Trident in Sausalito, California north of San Francisco.

Some material sourced from : Wikipedia