Creating new drinks for yourself or at a cocktail party is always great fun. The best inspiration for that comes often from the tried and true cocktail staples. Try some of these classics that always deliver on taste and satisfaction, either just the way they were intended to be or as the basis for your next signature drink.
The Manhattan has been a staple drink throughout the decades and this drink is quite easy to make. Be sure to have some bourbon or rye whiskey on hand along with some sweet vermouth, then add some orange bitters for taste, and finally add a maraschino cherry for the garnish. The actual recipe is listed below.
- 2 ½ ounces of Bourbon or Rye whiskey (Michters for example)
- 1 ounce of sweet Vermouth (such as Punt e Mes)
- 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
Stir for 30 seconds over ice in a mixing glass or shaker tin. Strain in a chilled coupe and garnish with a maraschino cherry or also try it over ice in a Rocks glass
Okay, so this drink is definitely a must have on many different occasions, and it is one of the easiest drinks to make for a new mixologist. Check it out below.
- 3 ounces of Vodka or Gin (Grey Goose works great)
- ¾ ounce of dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat is a classic)
Stir the drink for 30 seconds over ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled coupe or Martini glass. Garnish with green olives (we love them stuffed with blue cheese)
Many of you have probably heard of the side car, but do you know how to properly make it? This is another great classic drink that is easier to make than it sounds. Just be sure to have some fresh lemons on hand! Triple Sec is an orange liqueur that gives this drink its characteristic taste and works so well with the Brandy or Cognac.
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice
- Combine ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice with 1 ounce of triple sec and 2 ounces of Brandy.
Shake very well and strain the drink right into a coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
This cocktail was invented in 1894 and many people still love to drink it today, and for good reason. This drink just tastes delicious. It's basically a Manhattan with Scotch instead of Bourbon, which gives the drink a smoky flavor. Check out the recipe below.
- Add 2 ounces of scotch (try Monkey Shoulder) and
- 1 ounce of sweet vermouth (Punt e Mes or Dolin for example) with ice to your shaker tin
- Add 1 dash of orange bitters
Shake well for about thirty seconds and strain into a chilled coupe. Drop a maraschino cherry in for garnish.