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10 Classic Cocktails

These are the timeless standards of the cocktail playbook.

Mix up these classic adult beverages for your next party or home happy hour.




Martini (Gin, vermouth)

Sometimes made with vodka, this is a classic, clear, and very strong cocktail. Serve chilled in (you guessed it) a martini glass.  


Manhattan (Rye whiskey, vermouth)

Similar to the martini, but with a touch of sweetness. This 100-year-old cocktail can also be made with bourbon. Serve in a martini glass or a short tumbler--always chilled.


Bloody Mary (Vodka)

Usually served at breakfast or brunch, the Bloody Mary is easy to customize depending on how strong you like your drinks--and how much spice you can handle. Serve over ice in a tall glass with the vegetable garnish of your choice.


Margarita (Tequila, triple sec)

A sweet party drink that's easy to make in batches. Blend in some fruit for extra flavor. You can serve in special rounded margarita glasses or whatever's handy (serving in a mason jar is increasingly popular).


Old Fashioned (Whiskey)

A sweet, sophisticated cocktail that's simple to make and goes down smooth. Serve over ice in a short tumbler (also known as an Old Fashioned glass).


Mojito (White rum)

A refreshing Cuban classic made with fresh mint. Sweet and fruity on hot summer days. Serve over ice in a tall glass.


Daiquiri (Rum)

An easy, sweet and slushy blender drink. Serve in a chilled martini or margarita glass. 


Gimlet (Gin)

A classy Gin and sweetened lime juice (Rose's is the most common brand). Also sometimes made with vodka. Serve in a martini glass or short tumbler.


Gin and Tonic

The good 'ol G&T is a dead-simple summer drink, and a good reason to stay stocked up on fresh limes. Serve over ice in a short tumbler.


Screwdriver (Vodka)

Also called vodka and orange juice, because that's all it is! Easy to make as weak or as strong as you like. Typically served at breakfast or brunch in a tall glass over ice.


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    Comments
    Zappet 
    Sep. 25, 2009 7:05 am
    Bing a Cocktails are just the knock knock on your summer door
     
    Feb. 24, 2010 7:32 am
    Loved the screw driver drink, very good and my friends loved it.
     
    Anne 
    Mar. 5, 2010 7:10 am
    In Canada, we love our Caesars! They're like a Bloody Mary, but we use Clamato Juice instead of Tomato. If you really want a kick - infuse your vodka with jalapeno (or other hot) peppers, pearl onions, lemon slices and sliced garlic cloves. The longer it sits, the better it gets!
     
    zaxnana 
    May 20, 2010 3:31 am
    Beer margaritas are the best, I use a can of sprite (reg or s/f)instead of water, just gives it a little extra making it very refreshing on a hot day!!!
     
    Fiddler 
    May 21, 2010 7:28 pm
    I adore a good Cosmopolitan, but two and I start singing! I think it is the perfect cocktail but it has to be a GOOD one made by an experienced mixologist!
     
    annette 
    Apr. 25, 2011 6:31 pm
    need a good recipe for a frozen peach belini. Any one got a good one?
     
    Jun. 20, 2011 3:41 pm
    This is an awesome article. Can't wait to try these!
     
    Aug. 17, 2011 10:26 am
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    Mar. 10, 2012 7:49 pm
    Annette, have you ever had the Peach Bellini at the Grand Lux Cafe??? OMG you would die, it is one of the best drinks I've ever had. I was a bartender there for many years and it was delicious! Let me know if you're still interested in the recipe...I noticed your post is quite old :(
     
    cowgirl64505 
    May 10, 2012 2:08 pm
    I would love to have the recipe for the Peach Bellini! I have a bridal shower brunch coming up in July that would be perfect for. Thanks!
     
     
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