Classic Cocktail Recipes That Are Great for All Occasions
Part of the Bartending For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The cocktail recipes listed here are classics for a reason: They taste good. Whether you’re a professional bartender or just someone who likes to throw cocktail parties at home, you should know how to make these mixed drinks recipes like you know how to make toast.
Bacardi cocktail is the only cocktail issued a copyright from the United States government.
2 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 oz. Rose Grenadine
Mix in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
A sweet and creamy delight. A favorite to all until Baileys came around.
1-1/2 oz. Brandy or Cognac
1/2 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
1 oz. Sweet Cream or Ice Cream
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a Margarita glass.
This cocktail is probably the most famous of the Hair of the Dog morning-after concoctions.
1-1/4 oz. Vodka
2-1/2 oz. Tomato Juice
dash Worcestershire Sauce
dash Tabasco Sauce
dash Salt and Pepper
Pour Vodka over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Tomato Juice. Add a dash or two of Worcestershire Sauce and Tabasco Sauce. Stir and garnish with a Celery Stalk. For those who enjoy their Bloody Marys extremely spicy, add more Tabasco or even Horseradish.
The most popular drink of the new millennium.
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
If you make this cocktail correctly, you’ll never hear your guests utter this classic line from The Simpsons: What did I do to deserve this flat, flavorless Manhattan?
2 oz. American or Canadian Whisky
splash Sweet or Dry Vermouth
dash Angostura Bitters
Stir ingredients in a rocks glass. Garnish with a Cherry.
A great drink for a hot summer day.
1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix or Lime Juice
Shake ingredients with ice or blend ingredients with crushed ice. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a Lime Wheel.
A simple and elegant classic.
2 oz. Gin
dash Extra Dry Vermouth
Shake or stir Gin and Vermouth with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass straight up or over ice. Garnish with a twist or an Olive.
You will have a warm summer glow after this one!
2 oz. Patrón Tequila
3 oz. Orange Juice
1/4 oz. Grenadine
Pour Grenadine into a tall glass first. Then add Tequila and fill with ice and Orange Juice. Garnish with an Orange Slice
If you’re worried about calories, you can use whole milk or half-and-half rather than cream, but cream tastes better. Skim and 2-percent milk produce unsatisfactory results. The Dude in The Big Lebowski settled for nondairy creamer powder in one scene; that option is for emergencies only.
1-1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Kahlúa
1/2 oz. Cream
Shake ingredients and serve over ice in a rocks glass.