10 Classic Cocktails

Nov 22, 2019

A cocktail by definition is basically a mixture of different alcoholic drinks and a few other ingredients. The oldest definition of a cocktail came out in 1806 that said, ‘a stimulating beverage made from spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters’. I think this is accurate enough however the definitions have been changing thereon. This particular list talks about the different, not to mention awesome, cocktails that you can make at your home and enjoy.

In order to make some of these cocktails and many others that are not on the list you might need a few ‘tools’. You will need a muddler, a cocktail shaker, and a strainer. These are easy to find so you don’t have to sweat. Enjoy the list of classic cocktails and tell us about your favorite cocktail.

1 Tom Collins

A tablespoon of sugar syrup, juice from one lemon (medium) and 4 ounces of gin (around 2 measures) should do it. Stir all these together and add around four ice cubes. Fill with soda water and stir. The drink is ready, serve it immediately. Originally, this drink was made with Old Tom Gin (a sweetened Gin) but it is not like that anymore.

2 Mint Julep

Take a tall bar glass and add a tablespoon of sugar syrup, a dozen mint leaves, 3 dashes of angostura bitters. Bruise the mint with the muddler (gently) and blend the whole mix by stirring (do not use the blender). Also, make sure not to crush the mint leaves. Pour 2 ounces of Bourbon.

Remove the Julep glasses from the refrigerator and fill with crushed ice. Pour the Julep and stir for a few minutes. Add more ice and then fill with Bourbon till it reaches 1/4th of an inch from the top. You have the drink ready.

3 Gin Sling

One teaspoon of sugar syrup, two teaspoons of lemon juice and 3 ounces of gin is what will make this drink. Combine these ingredients in a goblet and fill it with chilled soda water. The drink is ready to serve. If you want, you can ignore the lemon juice.

When it comes to cocktails, the term ‘sling’ refers to a drink made of sweetened spirits or water. You can use absolutely any gin in order to produce a whiskey sling, a rum sling or a brandy sling.

4 El Presidente

You need one part of French Vermouth, three parts of your favorite rum and a dash of grenadine. Put all these ingredients in your favorite cocktail glass with large ice cubes. A twist of orange peel on the top of the glass will not hurt.

A lot of you must think of grenadine as being some sort of raspberry liqueur. That is not correct. Grenadine is always made from pomegranates and not raspberry. Mixing these both up will mess up the drink.

5 Daiquiri

All you need is one part of sugar syrup, two parts of lemon juice and eight parts of white rum (Bacardi is recommended). All of the above-mentioned ingredients need to be shaken vigorously and later chilled. Fill up an old-fashioned cocktail glass and there you have it.

Due to the eight parts of Bacardi, the drink was originally called Bacardi but then the original company won a copyright suit. From then on, the drink was renamed to Daiquiri. I think it is a much better name.

6 Sazerac

Take one teaspoon of sugar syrup, three dashes of bitters and around 2 ounces of whiskey and fill a glass with ice and these ingredients. Let it chill for a while and voila. You need to stir gently with ice in order to let the drink chill. You can garnish the glass whatever way you like.

The reason Sazerac is mentioned in this list is because of the fact that it is one of the earliest cocktails to ever come around. Not a lot of people drink this drink anymore and not many people like it either.

7 Margarita

For a nice Margarita, all you need is one part tequila, one part of Cointreau (or any other orange liqueur) and finally, one part of lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients up along with crushed ice in your favorite glass and stir. You need to serve the drink immediately. It is uncertain where the drink originated.

What we are certain of is the fact that this is one drink that is not supposed to be mixed in a blender and served like a slushy. Stir and gently and it will do you good.

8 Sidecar

In order to prepare The Sidecar, you need a part of Cointreau, two parts of lemon juice and eight parts of brandy. Shake all of these parts together with ice and pour it into a glass of your choice. This drink is normally served in a sour or Delmonico glass, but that doesn’t matter as long as you don’t have guests.

You can drink it in a coffee mug if you prefer. A lot of people prefer The Sidecar over The Manhattan or even the Martini but it makes number three on my list.

9 Manhattan

You need one part Italian Vermouth, five parts whiskey and a dash of angostura. Stir all these ingredients together with ice and voila. The Manhattan is usually prepared with rye whiskey but if that doesn’t do the trick for you, you can always substitute bourbon.

Also, please remember not to shake up the ingredients, that mess up the drink and also, please do not stir violently. Take it easy and you will have yourself a wonderful drink.

10 Martini

In order to prepare a Martini, you need one part Lillet Vermouth (French) and seven parts of Gin (Tanqueray No. 10 is recommended). You should know that a Martini is always made with Gin; if you make it with Vodka, it is not a Martini, it is a Vodka Martini.

If you ask for a Martini, technically it will not be made with Vodka so don’t make a fuss about it. Another thing you should know is a Martini or most white drinks for that matter, are always stirred and not shaken. Stir the ingredients together (not too vigorously) and you are done.