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Cocktails Essay

830 words - 4 pages

Cocktails

Een cocktail is mengsel van twee of meer (alcoholische) dranken. Verschillende smaken worden bij elkaar gebracht op een speciale manier, bijvoorbeeld door ze in een shaker te schudden of in een blender te mixen.

Het gamma aan cocktails en mixdrankjes is enorm, ze bestaan in alle kleuren, met of zonder alcohol, met ijsblokjes, met vers fruit, met honing.

Veel gebruikte dranken zijn onder andere gin, wodka, rum, bourbon, apricot brandy, Cointreau, Pisang Ambon, amaretto, cachaça, curaçao, citroen- en sinaasappelsap, sodawater en grenadine.

Geschiedenis

Een cocktail is een drankje dat er spectaculair uitziet en dito smaakt. Ooit heeft iemand eens bedacht om twee ...view middle of the document...

Als je het woord “cocktail” letterlijk vertaalt, kom je op de samenstelling “haan” en “staart”. Dit zou de volgende theorie kunnen bevestigen. Een Ierse kroegbazin, Betsy Flanagan zou graag jurken gemaakt van de gekleurde veren van vechthanen gedragen hebben. Ze schonk een Franse klant een lekker drankje in. De klant was zo onder de indruk van het drankje (of de kroegbazin), dat hij het glas hief en riep: “Vive le cocktail!”.

Voorbeelden

Enkele klassieke cocktails met hun belangrijkste ingrediënten zijn:
• Bloody Mary (wodka, tomatensap, worcestersaus, peterseliezout, tabasco)
• Long Island Iced Tea (wodka, rum, tequila en gin)
• Caipirinha (cachaça, limoen, suiker)
• Martini (vermout met gin of wodka)
• Daiquiri (rum)
• Gin Fizz (gin)
• Tom Collins (gin)
• Manhattan (whisky)
• Margarita (tequila)
• Mojito (rum, munt, rietsuiker)
• Mai Tai (kersensap)
• Singapore Sling (gin, kersenlikeur)
• B-52 (Kahlúa, Baileys en Grand Marnier)

Bereidingswijzen
Sinds jaar en dag worden er vier bereidingswijzen voor cocktails onderscheiden, in het Engels build, stir, shake en blend:
1 Bij builden (schenken) wordt de cocktail direct in het drinkglas bereid omdat mengen niet noodzakelijk is, of juist voor een bepaald (kleur)effect, bijvoorbeeld bij een Pousse-café. Een variant hierop is het gebruik (of de noodzaak) dat de consument er zelf nog iets mee doet alvorens het op te drinken: Zie Tequila Slammer
2 Voor het stirren (roeren) worden de ingrediënten in een mengglas met een barlepel geroerd en daarna overgegoten in het glas. Hierbij is het noodzakelijk dat de dranken zich makkelijk vermengen.
3 Bij shaken (schudden) worden de dranken in een cocktailshaker met ijsblokjes geschud...

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