America’s “Daisy Cocktail” was the first sweet-sour drink years before the “Marguerita.” According to our national authority – Google- “margarita” is an easy translation of “daisy flower.” This in turn leads you straight to the “Daisy Cocktail,” that wonderful citrusy brandy drink we serve at The Brandy Bar + Cocktails. The recipe dates back to the 1920s and the recipe calls for brandy, citrus, orange, and club soda, thus making it a category that Tequila will later copy.
“The Margarita is just a twist on the Daisy, subbing in tequila as the main spirit,” says Philip Dobard, the VP of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. “A lot of things were happening during Prohibition, and Americans were going to Mexico & trying tequila for the first time. Before that, it was unknown here.” He also notes that if you rummage the pages of cocktails pre-1940s you will probably not find many mentions of Tequila.
So for Thursday’s one-half price off specialty cocktails, we have chosen the “Daisy Cocktail” as our base and built on to it. One will be a new one – the FloraDora- which, if everyone likes, we might add as a permanent.
Brandy Daisy – Brandy, rum, orange bitters, lemon, soda (substitute champagne for $1)
Brandi-Kazi – (we have taken the Brandy out) – Brandy, Cointreau, lime juice, club soda
FloraDora – Brandy, raspberry juice, ginger juice, lemon juice, club soda
Pit Stop – Cherry brandy, Amaretto, lemon juice
Sidecar – Brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice
1/2 price selection of fruit-infused brandies as a straight pour: Peach, apricot, honey, blackberry, mango or vanilla