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World Cocktail Day is a significant date in the bar industry. This is a great holiday to drink cocktails with friends: shorts, fruity, multi-layered, based on martini, tequila or absinthe – you can try several.


A cocktail is a drink prepared by mixing a few ingredients. Spices, sauces, ice, fresh fruits, berries can be added. The meaning of the word cocktail is rather interesting – cock tail. There are many legends about this name’s origin. According to one version, cockfighting became the reason. To make roosters more aggressive, they were fed with a mixture of various alcoholic drinks, nicknamed cock ale. Later, audience began to drink it. The ingredients number was equal to the feathers number in the winning rooster’s tail.

Cocktails can be non-alcoholic or alcoholic. They are also divided according to serving and consumption time: aperitifs (before meals), digestifs (during meals) and others (at any time). There’s a broader classification of cocktails according to their taste: multi-layered, sangari (based on Spanish red wine), based on milk drinks and others.

International Cocktail Day is actively celebrated by the independent public organization Drinkaware Trust. Participants claim that cocktails can change drinking culture and reduce alcohol abuse. The organization’s blog regularly posts information about International Cocktail Day events, safe drinking information, and original drink recipes.

How to celebrate

Meeting friends with a few glasses of cocktails sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Make it a reality.

  1. Throw a cocktail party.
  2. Invite a bartender, who will organize cocktail making master class.
  3. Make your own drinks by experimenting with the ingredients.

When is World Cocktail Day celebrated in 2022?

World Cocktail Day is observed on May 13 each year.