Celebrating World Cocktail Day 2023 – Does your favourite tipple make our list?
World Cocktail Day 2023 takes place on 13 May. That makes right now the perfect time to indulge in your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic tipple.
The date of the celebration marks the day in 1806 when the New York newspaper The Balance and Columbian Repository first defined the word “cocktail” as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”.
Since then, cocktails have come a long way. Earlier this year, online cocktail magazine The Mixer compiled a list of the world’s favourite cocktails in 2023.
In response, the Logic team were tasked with naming their favourite cocktail. And it will come as no surprise to learn that our expert financial planners also have impeccable taste in beverages!
Here’s a rundown of our favourite tipples. How many make your list?
Many of Logic’s favourites match Britain’s top cocktail tipples
The cosmopolitan, mojito and Long Island iced tea top the Logic chart
Both Harmit and Claire are partial to one of the world’s most popular cocktails: the cosmopolitan.
Harmit’s recipe features 60ml of vodka, and 30ml each of Cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Claire likes to finish hers off with a small garnish of burnt orange peel.
Xenia meanwhile is partial to a Long Island iced tea (another cocktail to make the “World’s Favourite” list).
Xenia does, though, advise caution: “I can’t have many as it’s quite strong! It has vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec.”
Long considered the James Bond of the office, Josef’s affinity with 007 even extends to his choice of cocktail, although he’s not too fussy. “Most cocktails for me,” he says. “But preferably a vodka martini, shaken not stirred.”
Interestingly, The Mixer confirms that the vodka martini was originally called a “kangaroo”, which alters those pivotal tuxedoed bar scenes considerably.
Lindsey is also unfussy about which cocktail she enjoys, with the only proviso being she’s “happy as long as there’s a sunset”.
Always the connoisseur, Harj’s cocktail of choice goes back almost as far as The Balance and Columbian Repository’s definition and is often considered the original cocktail.
Over to Harj:
“My favourite cocktail has to be an Old Fashioned:
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 teaspoon of water
- 2 ounces of bourbon (or a normal whisky)
- Garnish with an orange twist.
Another cocktail to make The Mixer’s top 10, the classic mojito gets a non-alcoholic makeover to feature on Saiqa’s list. “I love a Virgin Mojito,” she says. “Which is fresh mint, fresh lime juice, sugar, soda water, and ice.”
Not all of us at Logic HQ are reaching for the cocktail menu
Emma and Susi are in sync when they arrive at the bar.
“I’m not much of a cocktail drinker,” says Emma. “I am very partial to the gin menu though!”
For Susi, too, putting a tonic in her gin is as close to a cocktail as she wants to venture. “And even then, I don’t like the fancy flavoured tonics!”
Keith knows exactly what he wants, and it’s not a cocktail. “I’m not really a cocktail fan. I prefer a straight whisky or a beer.”
The final word goes to Guy and his annual Christmas cocktail…
“My favourite would have to be whatever my friend Trevor serves up at our annual Christmas lunch.
“It changes each year, is packed full of unusual ingredients and is generally pretty strong. Put it this way: I don’t offer to be the responsible adult for a few days afterwards…!”