Extend the Weekend with World Cocktail Day

Share Article:

Extend the Weekend with World Cocktail Day

Monday might normally be the dreariest day of the week, but not today! In fact, this particular Monday is poised to be the most spirited and vibrant of them all – it’s World Cocktail Day! At Capcon, where precision and expertise are usually aimed at audits and training, we’re taking a light-hearted break to stir up some fun. And what better way to celebrate than with a glass of something exciting and a dash of history?

A Sip Through Time: The Origins of “Cocktail”

The word “cocktail” is a term steeped in mystery and lore with several theories about its origin. One of the most colorful stories dates back to the 18th century, involving a mischievous rooster and its tail feathers supposedly used to stir a drink. While this tale might not hold up under historical scrutiny, it adds a delightful twist to our cocktail conversations.

Another theory suggests that the term derives from an old French word, “coquetel,” which was a beverage served during victory celebrations after battles. Whatever its true origins, the cocktail has become a symbol of creativity and celebration across the globe.

Cheers to Marcus Jones’ Favorite: The Marianito

On this festive occasion, it’s only fitting to toast with the favorite cocktail of our own Managing Director, Marcus Jones. Marcus’s top pick is the Marianito, a lesser-known but utterly captivating cocktail, beloved for its Spanish roots and gin-based vibrancy—Marcus’s spirit of choice.

Recipe: How to Mix a Marianito

Ready to mix like a pro? Here’s how you can prepare a Marianito, a drink that balances bold flavors with sophistication:


45 ml Gin

15 ml Vermouth Rosso (Sweet Red Vermouth)

10 ml Vermouth Dry (Dry White Vermouth)

2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Orange twist, for garnish


Chill the Glass: Begin by chilling a cocktail glass. Fill it with ice or place it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Mix Ingredients: In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the gin, both types of vermouth, and orange bitters.

Stir Well: Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds or until well-chilled.

Strain: Remove the ice from your cocktail glass and strain the drink into it.

Garnish: Express the oil of an orange twist over the drink and drop it into the glass.

Fun Facts About the Marianito

Origin in Basque Country: The Marianito originated in the Basque Country of Spain, where it is often enjoyed as an aperitif.

Savory and Complex: Unlike its more widespread relative, the Martini, the Marianito offers a more complex and herbaceous profile, making it a sophisticated choice for connoisseurs.

Gin’s Versatility: The use of gin highlights the spirit’s versatility and its ability to blend smoothly with both sweet and dry vermouth, creating a harmonious and intriguing drink.

As we celebrate World Cocktail Day, let’s raise our glasses to the art of mixology and the joy of discovering new favorites. Whether you’re a gin enthusiast like Marcus or just looking to brighten up any event, mixing a Marianito might just be what you need. Cheers to good spirits and even better company!

Request a callback

Request a callback