Top 5 Holiday Cocktails

Cocktails were popularised by the American bartender Jerry P Thomas, born in 1830. He is considered to be the father of Mixology and has written several books on mixing drinks, as well as having the showmanship to make bartending a creative profession. Blending together alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is the art of cocktail making, and rather than trying it yourself -only to end up with a suspiciously fluorescent beverage that smells dangerously close to petrol -seems an unnecessary step, when you can have a barman or bar-lady do it for you properly.

I’ve been drunk enough times to know these are the perfect holiday drink, and sober enough to know they taste great too. Here’s my list of top holiday cocktails to keep you refreshed and well-oiled in the sun!

Sex On The Beach

This is made with one shot of vodka, one shot of peach Schnapps, 200ml orange juice and 200ml cranberry juice. It is believed to have been invented in 1987 by a bartender named Ted Pizio, at Confetti’s in Ft Lauderdale, during a spring-break competition to sell the most peach Schnapps. Sex On The Beach is served in a high ball glass and is perfect for any occasion. The best thing about buying a cocktail is you won’t get too drunk, it always tastesgreat and you can reuse your glass, meaning that you don’t ever need to fill the dishwasher!

Long Island Iced Tea

This is my personal favourite, but it’s a real head twister if you have too many. Mixed with 1 part vodka, 1 part tequila, 1 part rum, 1 part gin, 1 part triple sec, 1 and half parts sweet and sour mix and 1 splash of coca cola you can probably see why 2-3 of these gets you on your way. It was created in the 70’s and named after Long Island in New York as well as taking the look and slight similarity in taste to iced tea. But beware; this drink is BRUTAL.


This lovely champagne cocktail was invented around 1940 in Venice, by Harry’s Bar founder GuiseppeCipriani. By mixing Prosecco (or sparkling wine) and Peach Puree (although you can use Strawberry and other flavours too) this is a posh cocktail for posh people. If you don’t want to collapse from the Long Island Ice Tea, this one will get you slightly sloshed over a longer period.


This refreshing summer smasher is made up of 2 parts white rum, 1 part lime juice, soda water, 10 mint sprigs and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a highball glass with ice. Born in Cuba – or so it is believed – there are many theories to its origin, but the idea suggests this drink was discovered around 1650. It’s a low percentage of alcohol too so you can have a few without venturing too far past sobriety.

Pina Colada –

When I was lucky enough to travel to the Caribbean for a holiday, I was quickly led to the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a properPina Colada. This is the birthplace of the cocktail, created by Mr Ramon Marrero in 1954, right at the very spot I stood upon. Made with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice this has to be one of the best cocktails ever. If you do get the chance, try the one I had in San Juan; you’ll absolutely love it.

Written by Alan Gregory writer for Appliances Online by day, cocktail drinker and party animal by night. You can follow my staggered footsteps on Twitter @AlanJGregory and if I’m not drinking a cocktail I’m recovering with a coffee.

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