Cocktail Quiz

Drinkers are bound to have a favorite cocktail, whether it's a fruity Cape Codder or a stiff sidecar. Cocktails have evolved from a simple combination of sugar, spirits and juice to complex blends of flavored syrups and infused liquors. Do you know what's in the mix?

Question 1 of 10

The original cocktail combined which ingredients?
spirits, sugar, water and bitters
In 1806, the first cocktail was defined as a combination of any spirit, sugar, water and bitters.
spirits, sugar, water and lime juice
spirits, tonic, bitters and lime zest


Question 2 of 10

What turns a plain martini into a dirty martini?
more gin
Add some olives to the gin and vermouth to make a dirty martini.


Question 3 of 10

A gimlet requires two specific ingredients. Which of the following is NOT in a gimlet?
preserved lime juice
fresh lime juice
Gimlets can be made with gin or vodka and always have preserved lime juice, never fresh.


Question 4 of 10

According to mixologist Dale DeGroff, what is the maximum size a cocktail should be?
3 ounces
5 ounces
DeGroff says it should take 15 to 20 sips to finish a cocktail -- that's about 5 ounces of liquid. Restaurants and bars often serve drinks in much larger sizes.
7 ounces


Question 5 of 10

True or false: Absinthe was banned from the U.S. because it was thought to be a hallucinogen.
Absinthe was banned, but any hallucinations were probably caused by its high alcohol content, not its other ingredients.
Absinthe can be over 5o percent alcohol by volume, which could surely cause alcohol poisoning. The wormwood absinthe is made with, though, has little impact on the mind.


Question 6 of 10

Which drink did Ernest Hemingway call his favorite?
Hemingway's drink of choice was the daiquiri. It's traditionally a mix of rum, lime and sugar, but Hemingway swapped the sugar for grapefruit juice and maraschino liquor.


Question 7 of 10

What's the difference between a Tom Collins and a John Collins?
A Tom Collins is made with gin, and a John Collins is made with whiskey.
A Tom Collins, the more well known of the two, is made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda water. The John Collins is the same but swaps the gin for whiskey.
A Tom Collins is made with gin, and a John Collins is made with rum.
There is no difference.


Question 8 of 10

Where did the sidecar get its start?
New York City
The sidecar took off in Paris during the early 1900s. A sidecar mixes brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice.


Question 9 of 10

What ingredients are in a true Bellini?
Prosecco and white peach puree
The original Bellini was served at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy, and it contains Prosecco and white peach puree.
champagne and yellow peach puree
Prosecco and peach schnapps


Question 10 of 10

Where does the "Irish" in Irish coffee come from?
It's named for its birthplace: Ireland.
It's spiked with Irish whiskey.
Irish coffee is made with Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar and whipped cream. The spiked coffee is an American recreation of a drink found in the Shannon Airport in Ireland.
It uses Irish cream liquor.


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