Step into the Wetherspoon ‘cocktail lounge’ and choose from 10 classic cocktails, including mojito, woo woo and Long Island iced tea, served by the glass or our ever-popular cocktail pitcher.
Our Long Island iced tea, available as a pitcher only, is made using Smirnoff vodka, Gordon’s gin, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Captain Morgan white rum, citrus mix, Pepsi Max and lime – a favourite classic mix.
Our traditional mojito marries Bacardi white rum with lime, sugar, mint and soda, while our fruity woo woo combines Smirnoff vodka, Archers peach schnapps, lime and cranberry juice. The ‘cocktail lounge’ selection also includes porn star martini, sex on the beach, rum punch, very cherry, purple rain, blue lagoon and the godfather. Served by the glass, our cocktails contain 50ml of spirit, by the pitcher 100ml and, for the large pitcher, 150ml of spirit.
There is a multitude of possible explanations as to the origin of the term ‘cocktail’, ranging from the plausible to the ridiculous. Likewise, the invention of the cocktail itself has a vague and varied probable history. The word ‘cocktail’ was first defined in 1806 by The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, New York, as ‘a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters, vulgarly called a bittered sling’.
Before the invention of bitters, cocktails were known as ‘slings,’ which comes from the German word ‘schlingen’, meaning to swallow quickly. The first time the word ‘cocktail’ is recorded as being used in the US was on 28 April 1803, in a publication called The Farmers’ Cabinet. In the UK, there is a reference to the ‘cock-tail’ even earlier in The Morning Post and Gazetteer, in London, on 20 March 1798. So, despite many considering the cocktail as an American bar concoction, could it be an English invention, like punch?
Whatever and wherever the beginnings, the word ‘cocktail’ is now used to encompass the entire category of mixed alcoholic drinks, whether they be highballs, punches, fizzes or sours.