7 Easy Cocktails That Everyone Should Know How To Make

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7 Easy Cocktails That Everyone Should Know How To Make

Negroni

Ingredients

Campari, sweet vermouth, gin

Back story

Cocktail historians have tried to track down the Negroni Zero for decades, but the still most-repeated story (possibly apocryphal) is that Count Camillo Negroni once asked a Café Casoni bartender to improve his Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda) by using gin instead of soda water. A bit of a “bartender’s handshake” back in the day, the drink is rife for creating inventive variants, thanks to its equal parts sweet, bitter, and boozy, and played a crucial role in our modern cocktail revival.

Starter recipe

1 oz London dry gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari

Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Gin and Tonic

Ingredients Dry gin, tonic water, lime wedge

Back story

Some genius was the first to combine the two—in this case, the clever gents in the army of the British East India Company. It wasn’t just a tasty way to get their jollies off while bored. The soldiers mixed the bitter cure-all quinine with water, sugar, lime, and, yes, gin.

Starter recipe

Gin (amount to preference)
Tonic water (amount to preference)

Pour over ice, garnish with lime wedge

Ingredients

London Dry gin, tonic water, lime wedge

Martini

Ingredients

Gin or vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters (optional for gin, not necessary for vodka)

Back story

How you prefer your Martini says a great deal about your character: are you the reserved type who takes yours extra dry? The dilettante who prefers a it stirred? A laid back lounger who likes it dirty?

In San Francisco, something called the Martinez was popular in libation. The Martinez not only had gin and vermouth, but also bitters and Maraschino. Once those latter two ingredients were stripped away, the classic Martini had come in. It’s a drink so simple that every Martini lover eventually has their preferred recipe, whether it’s super-dry, way-dirty, on the rocks or off.

Starter recipe

2 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth

Add contents to ice-filled mixing glass or metal shaker. Stir, don’t shake, for about 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Manhattan

Ingredients 

Bourbon or rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters

Back story

We presume the cocktail was first poured in Manhattan. The drink has always had sweet vermouth, bitters, and whiskey, but over the years other ingredient have been around between bourbon, rye, and even Canadian Club. As rye made its triumphant return in the last decade, it has come to rule the roost. And new variants of the easily made cocktail have also emerged.

Starter recipe

2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir the ingredients with cracked ice, then strain into in a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist or brandied cherry.

Daiquiri

Ingredients

White rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar

Back story

It was said to be invented in the town of Santiago de Cuba by an American man during the Spanish and American War. By the early-1900s, it had come in to America where it became the favorite drink for Americans. It was likewise the favored drink of Sasha Petraske, one of the most influential personas in the modern cocktail revival, who helped his patrons learn how this drink should actually be made.

Starter recipe

2 oz white rum

1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice

¾ oz simple syrup

Combine ingredient in a mixing glass with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Ingredients

Dark rum, ginger beer and lime

Back story

There is a story behind this ‘and it goes’ there was an Englishman living in Bermuda who created a dark rum he named after himself Gosling’s. On the tiny island were Royal Navy officers who liked mixing Mr Gosling’s rum with the ginger beer they had been brewing to help their own seasickness. The drink was delicious, and the color and look of the cocktail led to its name. When you try this drink make sure that you use Gosling’s Black Seal rum

Starter recipe

1 part Gosling’s Black Seal rum
2 parts ginger beer

Fill glass with ice, add, rum, then top with ginger beer. Squeeze in, then garnish with a lime wedge.

Sidecar

Ingredients

Cognac or brandy, orange liqueur (such as Cointreau), lemon juice

Back story

The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of world war one in either London or Paris. The drink was directly named for the motorcycle attachment and the Ritz hotel in Paris claims origin of the drink.

Starter recipe

2 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Sprinkle sugar on a small plate. Wet half the rim of of a glass with a damp paper towel. Dip the wet rim in sugar to coat. Combine Cognac, orange-flavored liqueur, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover, and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled, sugar-rimmed coupe.

 

 

 

 

 

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