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March 22, 2022 7 min read

 

Have you decided to stay in, whip up a quick cocktail and watch TV in your pajamas? Or perhaps you've chosen to open a home bar but have no idea how to mix a drink. Cocktails are ideal for those who dislike the taste of beer or whiskey and prefer something sweeter or where the alcohol is not directly tasted. This post is for you if you're one of those folks who prefer cocktails.

In this blog, you'll learn how to mix several classic drinks. Let's get started.

 

Classic Cocktails Recipe

 

1) Manhattan

 Manhattan

Credit: Liquor

 

No one knows for sure who or where this cocktail was conceived. Despite its enigmatic origins, it was most likely created in the 1880s as a blend of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and aromatic bitters. While many bartenders today use bourbon instead of rye, nothing compares to the original.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz vermouth (sweet)
  • 2 dashes bitters Angostura
  • 1 tsp. bitter orange
  • A brandied cherry or a lemon twist as a garnish

 

Steps:

  1. In a mixing glass with ice, combine the bourbon (or rye), sweet vermouth, and both bitters, and stir until thoroughly cold.
  2. Fill a cold coupe with the mixture
  3. Serve with a lemon twist or a brandied cherry as a garnish.

 

2) Daiquiri

 Daiquiri

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The basic Daiquiri remains popular, and it's a wonderful drink for any occasion, despite the numerous varieties available now. The original Daiquiri only requires three components.

The Daiquiri is said to have originated in the late 1800s. It was most likely developed in Cuba to "doctor up" the local rum and act as a therapeutic beverage. It has remained popular and has a devoted following, which includes Ernest Hemingway.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces rum (mild)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • To taste, add 1/2 to 3/4 ounce simple syrup

 

Steps:

1) In a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, combine the ingredients.

2) Shake thoroughly.

3) Fill a chilled cocktail glass halfway with ice and strain the components into it and serve.

 

3) Whiskey Sour

 

Whiskey Sour

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This is a traditional cocktail that has been elevated. Because you're working with raw egg white, you'll need a little more shaking prowess. However, this is simply one step more than the Daiquiri. And if you master this frothy textural treat of a drink, you'll have advanced to the next level of mixing.

 

Ingredients:

  •  1.5 oz bourbon or Irish whiskey.
  • Fresh lemon juice (0.75 oz) (around half of a lemon depending on size)
  • Simple syrup, 0.75 oz.
  • 1 egg white
  • Luxardo cherry 

 

Steps:

1) In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.

2) To emulsify, secure the cover tightly (without ice) and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.

3) Fill the shaker halfway with ice.

4) Replace the top and shake vigorously until the shaker is ice-cold to the touch.

5) Fill a pre-chilled glass halfway with the drink.

6) Place a cherry on the glass's lip and balance it.

7) Serve.

 

4) Cosmopolitan

 

Cosmopolitan

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The Cosmo, one of the few modern classics, is as simple to create as it is to wreck, but the just-right proportions of its few components make its popularity seem well-deserved.

 

Ingredients:

  •  2 oz Absolut Citron (citrus vodka)
  • 3/4 oz cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup

 

Steps:

1) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all components and shake until cold to the touch.

2) Strain into a martini glass that has been cooled.

3) Enjoy with an orange twist as a garnish.

 

5) Negroni

 

Negroni

Credit: Epicurious

 

This cocktail was first served in Florence, Italy, in 1919, and is around 100 years old. In recent years, Negroni has had a resurgence in popularity. The Negroni came in second place for the fifth year in a row in Drinks International's "The World's Best-Selling Classic Cocktails 2019," with 19 percent of bartenders from some of the world's most recognized bars claiming it's their top-selling cocktail.

Ingredients:

  •  1 oz London dry gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Orange peel as garnish

 

Steps:

1) Shake all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

2) Pour into a coupe glass.

3) Serve with orange peel as a garnish.

 

6) Martini

 

Martini

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The Martini is famed for its elegance and appeal, yet its origins are murky at best. Around the turn of the century, the formula was published under several different titles. It's a drink that sparks the mind, generally made with gin (although vodka is a popular substitution), dry vermouth, and orange bitters.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 ounce vermouth (dry)
  • 1 tsp. bitter orange
  • Lemon twist as a garnish

 

Steps:

1) In a mixing glass with ice, combine the gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters and stir until thoroughly chilled.

2) Fill a chilled cocktail glass halfway with ice and strain the components into it.

3) Serve with a lemon twist as a garnish.

 

7) Margarita

 Margarita

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The Margarita, like the Martini, is well-known, and it now comes in practically every color and tastes incredible. There's no need to dust off the blender for this classic recipe, which is significantly simpler than many of its current versions.

The classic Margarita is served, consisting of just tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Take a moment to savor the original Margarita if you truly want to appreciate tequila.

 

Ingredients:

  • Coarse salt or granulated sugar for the rim
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec (premium)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

 

Steps:

1) Collect the necessary components. Rim a chilled cocktail or margarita glass if desired: After dipping or rolling the rim in a tiny dish of salt or sugar, wet it with a lime wedge.

2) In a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, combine the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

3) Shake vigorously.

4) With or without fresh ice, strain into the prepared glass.

5) Serve with a wedge of lime as a garnish.

 

8) Bloody Mary

 

Bloody Mary

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It's a hangover cure, a healthy breakfast, and a mainstay at airport bars. Try a more classic recipe with Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and celery salt, plus fine vodka and tomato juice, if you've only ever had it with bottled mix and a fridge full of garnishes. You might be surprised by the drink's balance.

 

Ingredients:

  • Celery salt
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika
  • Garnish: parsley sprig
  • Garnish: green olives
  • Garnish: lime wedge
  • Garnish: celery stalk

 

Steps:

1) On a small plate, sprinkle some celery salt.

2) The juicy side of a lemon or lime wedge should be rubbed along the pint glass's lip.

3) Fill the glass with ice and set it aside after rolling the outer border of the glass with celery salt until it is completely coated.

4) Place the lemon and lime wedges in a shaker and shake vigorously.

5) Shake gently with ice to combine the vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, Worcestershire, black pepper, paprika, and a touch of celery salt.

6) Strain into the glass that has been prepared.

7) Garnish with a celery stalk, a parsley sprig, two speared green olives, a lime wedge, and a parsley sprig (optional).

 

9) Sangria

 

Sangria

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Sangria is a Spanish word that means "fruit and wine mixture." Isn't it appropriate? This is yet another classic cocktail that has most likely been around for millennia. The fruity beverage first appeared in the United States in 1964 at the New York World's Fair.

 

Ingredients:

  •  1 red wine bottle (750 ml)
  • 1/2 cup cognac or brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar (superfine)
  • Half a cup of orange juice
  • A half-cup of club soda
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled and sliced

 Steps:

Combine all ingredients in a wine glass and serve.

 

10) Mai Tai

 

Mai Tai

Credit: Bon Appetit

 

The drink that placed Tiki beverages on the map and into every themed bar, but can you make a truly amazing one? A traditional Mai Tai is creamy, nutty, and insanely tasty! It's made with two kinds of rum, lime juice, a sweet almond syrup, and orange liqueur, and it'll quickly become your new favorite drink.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. rum (light)
  • 1 oz. rum amber (preferably Jamaican - a dark rum will also do in a pinch)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Curaçao orange (Cointreau will also work, or, in a pinch, Triple Sec)
  • 1/2 ounce Orgeat
  • Garnish with crushed ice and mint

 

Steps:

 

1) Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice and add all of the liquid components.

2) Shake the drink until it's almost too cold to hold in your hand. The crushed ice will cool the drink faster.

3) Pour the entire contents of the shaker, including the ice into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint and serve!

 

11) Sidecar

 

Sidecar

Credit: Epicurious

 

This classic brandy cocktail calls for three sorts of orange ingredients: an orange wedge and orange zest, as well as an orange liqueur like triple sec.

 

Ingredients:

  •  To rim glasses, use superfine sugar.
  • A single orange
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 2 orange rind peels
  • 2 oz double sec
  • 2 lemons, freshly squeezed

 

Steps:

1) Fill a small plate with sugar.

2) Cut strips of orange rind with a paring knife or a vegetable peeler to make two twists (try not to get any of the bitter white pith).

3) Cut a slice from the leftover orange and use it to wipe the rims of the glasses.

4) Dip the rims of the glasses in sugar and place one piece of rind in each glass.

5) Combine the brandy, triple sec, and lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice.

6) Stir vigorously until sweat beads appear on the shaker's outside.

7) Strain into a glass and serve right away.

 

12) Mojito

 

Mojito

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This Cuban classic is a delicious drink with a burst of flavor that transports you to the Caribbean tropics.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 leaves of mint
  • simple syrup (1/2 ounce)
  • 2 oz. rum (white)
  • Club soda, 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Mint sprig as a garnish
  • Lime wheel as a garnish

 

Steps:

 

1) In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint with the simple syrup.

2) Give it a quick shake with the rum, lime juice, and ice.

3) Over fresh ice, strain into a highball glass.

4) Add the club soda on top.

5) Add the garnish. Serve.

 

Summary

 

There you have it. Now you know how to make 12 cocktails that you're surely going to love. So which of these classic cocktail recipes are you going to try out?

 


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