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 these mixed drink recipes like you know how to make toast.
A sweet and creamy delight.
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.
Long Island Iced Tea
There are many variations on this popular drink.
1⁄2 oz. Vodka
1⁄2 oz. Rum
1⁄2 oz. Gin
1⁄2 oz. Triple Sec
1⁄2 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Cola
Shake the first five ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass. Fill with cola. Garnish with lemon.
A classic tropical drink.
3⁄4 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1⁄4 oz. Bacardi 151 Rum
1⁄2 oz. Orange Curacao
1⁄2 oz. Rose's Lime Juice
1⁄4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1⁄4 oz. Simple Syrup
Stir ingredients with ice in a tall glass. Garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.
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.
If you're worried about calories, you can use whole milk or half-and-half instead of cream, but cream tastes better. Skim and two-percent milk produce unsatisfactory results. The Dude in The Big Lebowski settled for non-dairy 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.