Cocktails and cars may not seem like a natural pairing, but there are some amazing cocktails out there that car lovers will enjoy. Mix up one of these refreshing beverages and enjoy it while relaxing in your favorite chair - you deserve it!
Here are six different cocktails that every car-loving individual should try out at least once in their lifetime. This blog post will also provide an overview of each drink and how it relates to cars.
1. The Sidecar
With a century of history behind it, the sidecar is one of the most famous of all cognac cocktails. The classic version of this tart beverage features equal parts cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice.
However, subsequent variations call for two parts cognac, one part Cointreau and one part lemon juice. The sugared rim is optional but is certainly worth the extra work considering that this cocktail lands on the drier side of the sweetness spectrum.
2. Pink Cadillac
If you love a good margarita, step up your game with a delicious Pink Cadillac. This bright beverage features a hibiscus salt rim and is practically bursting with flavor.
Like a Cadillac, it’s classy enough to show off at your next house party. Just remember to use top-shelf liquor for this luxury drink.
3. Red Corvette Cocktail
What car enthusiast doesn’t love a classic Corvette? Whether you’re a fan of the 1963 Sting Ray split-window coupe or the curvier 1970 LT-1 design, you can appreciate the handiwork that went into each vehicle.
Now, you can pay homage to the automaker’s superior craftsmanship by shaking up a Red Corvette cocktail. This fruity drink is colorful, refreshing, and super easy to make.
4. Bentley Cocktail
Named after the British luxury automaker, the Bentley is surprisingly modest. This cocktail only contains three ingredients and was popular at the Savoy Hotel.
The “Bently Boys,” a racing team that claimed a series of Le Mans victories in the 1920s, might have enjoyed this drink. Try this simple yet powerful concoction that pays homage to Bentleys everywhere.
5. Irish Car Bomb
No car-inspired cocktail list would be complete without the Irish Car Bomb. This iconic drink is the simplest and creamiest cocktail on the docket. It gets its name from the rather explosive way you drop a shot into half a pint of Guinness.
It also harkens back to the Troubles, a tumultuous time in Northern Ireland’s past when the Irish Republican Army set off dozens of car bombs.
6. Silver Mercedes
To many car enthusiasts, Mercedes-Benz is the definition of luxury. Maybe it’s because the automaker is responsible for designing one of the most iconic cars of all time — the Mercedes G-Class. Perhaps it’s because the company still pumps out lavish sedans like the 600 Pullman. Either way, Mercedes is an obvious choice if you’re looking for cocktail inspiration.
Celebrate the fabled Silver Arrow, the traditional name of the German automaker, with a Silver Mercedes. This fruity concoction uses vodka as a base and is best served with well-chilled champagne.
Shaking Things Up
Car enthusiasts know that the best designs come from breaking the mold and shaking things up, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your cocktails and create something new.
Draw inspiration from the power and elegance of classic cars and see what you can come up with. With a bit of luck and a lot of taste testing, you might just stumble upon a stroke of genius.