World Cocktail Day - May 13
Sat, May 13, 2023

World Cocktail Day

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

The History

A cocktail is a drink prepared by mixing a few ingredients. Spices, sauces, ice, fresh fruits, or berries can be added. The meaning of the word cocktail is rather interesting. There are many legends about its origin. According to one version, it came from cockfighting. To make the roosters more aggressive, they were fed with a mixture of various alcoholic drinks, nicknamed ‘cock ale’. Later, people began to drink it themselves. The number of ingredients was equal to the number of feathers 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 is a broader classification of cocktails according to their taste: multi-layered, sangari (based on Spanish red wine), based on milk, and others.

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

How to take part

Meeting friends for a few glasses of cocktails sounds tempting, does not it? Make it a reality.

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

When is World Cocktail Day celebrated in 2023?

World Cocktail Day is observed on May 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday May 13 2023
Monday May 13 2024
Tuesday May 13 2025