- 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey (use something good, but not over-the-top)
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
- 2-3 dashes of bitters; Angostura is traditional and works well; Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Bitters are better
- Place the sugar in an Old Fashioned glass and douse with the bitters; add a few drops of water, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the whiskey and give a few good stirs to further dissolve the sugar, then add a couple of large ice cubes.
- Stir a few times to chill; garnish, if you like, with a slice of orange and a cherry, though it’s perfectly fine to skip this step.
- If you’re accustomed to topping the drink with soda, at least give it a chance once without
- 2oz of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
- 10oz of Coca-Cola (strength dependent) Ice
- Grab a rocks glass and place ice (on the rocks) or no ice (neat)
- Pour your choice of whiskey in the glass
- Top it off with Coca-Cola and add a slice of lime
2 ounces dry gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 dash orange bitters (optional, but highly recommended)
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice.
Stir well to chill and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish, or, if you must, toss in an olive.
- 4 ounces rye whiskey
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries
Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is very cold to touch.
Place a maraschino cherry in each of two chilled cocktail glasses. Dividing evenly, strain the contents of the shaker over cherries and serve immediately.
- 2 ounces light rum (you can also use gold rum, but dark rum can be too heavy)
- 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Pour sugar and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the rum and fill shaker with ice; shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
- Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
- 4 ounces high quality blanco tequila (see note above)
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh juice from 2 limes
Run lime wedge around the outer rims of two rocks glasses and dip rims in salt. Set aside.
In cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds (the bottom of a metal shaker should frost over).
Fill glasses with fresh ice and strain margarita into both glasses. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.
- 2 ounces VSOP cognac, armagnac or good California brandy
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, to taste
- superfine sugar, for garnish (optional)
Optional: prepare cocktail glass by making a slit in a lemon wedge and running the cut edge around the rim of the glass; then dip the rim in a saucer of superfine sugar to create a thin crust; chill the glass until needed.
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glass; garnish with a twist of orange or lemon peel, if the urge comes across.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Champagne or sparkling wine
- Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute.
Top with Champagne. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.
- 1 tablespoon celery salt or (or plain kosher salt, if you prefer)
- 1/4 lemon, cut into two wedges
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or less to taste)
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Franks)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish (or 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces high-quality tomato juice
- 1 stick celery
Place celery salt in a shallow saucer
Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with 1 lemon wedge and coat wet edge with celery salt
Place lemon wedge on rim of glass
Fill glass with ice.
Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker
Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge
Shake vigorously, taste for seasoning and heat, and adjust as necessary
Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stalk and serve immediately
- 1 1/2 to 2 ounces Irish whiskey, to taste
- 4 ounces fresh-brewed coffee
- 1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
- Heavy cream
- Whip the cream until thick, but not stiff. In a pre-warmed toddy mug, Irish coffee glass or sturdy wine glass, combine the whiskey, simple syrup and coffee (for more richness of flavor without added sweetness, try making the simple syrup using brown sugar or demerara sugar)
- Stir to combine, and gently spoon between 1/2-inch and an inch of cream atop the coffee mixture, to taste
- 1 1/2 oz White rum
- 6 leaves of Mint
- Soda Water
- 1 oz Fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- Mint sprigs muddled with sugar and lime juice
- Rum added and topped with soda water
- Garnished with sprig of mint leaves
- Served with a straw
- 1 1/2 ounces citrus-flavored vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau, preferably)
- 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
- 1/4 ounce lime juice
- Orange twist, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime, and shake well
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with orange twist
- 2 ounces Jamaican rum (Appleton Extra is a good choice; for a bit more authentic flavor, substitute 1 once of St. James 15-year Hors D’Age rum for 1 ounce of the Appleton)
- Juice of 1 medium lime, about 1 ounce (save the shell for garnish)
- 1/2 ounce curaçao
- 1/4 ounce orgeat
- 1/4 ounce rock-candy syrup (simple syrup with a drop or two of vanilla extract)
- mint for garnish
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
- Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice
- Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 egg white (optional—use if you’re feeling mildly adventurous, or need a drink with a little more gravitas)
- Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake for 10 seconds (if using the egg white, give it a little extra muscle and a little extra time)
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass
- Garnish with a cherry, a slice of orange, or everything or nothing at all
- 2 1/2 oz Orange juice
- 2 1/2 oz Champagne
- Ensure both ingredients are well chilled
- Then mix into the glass
- 4 oz Ginger beer
- 1 1/2 oz Vodka
- 1/6 oz Lime juice
- Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice.
- Add lime juice.
- Stir gently and garnish with a lime slice.
- 2.5oz Gin
- .5oz Lime juice
- .5oz Simple Syrup
- Add all the ingredients together to a shaker and fill with ice
- Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with lime wheel
- Jack Daniels (No.7)
- Jim Bean
- Johnnie Walker
- Mix the four spirits together into a shot glass
- Down immediately
- 2 ounces gin
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon sugar (preferably superfine)
- Chilled club soda
- Add gin, lemon and sugar to a Collins glass and stir to dissolve sugar (you can instead use simple syrup and make the process easier)
- Fill glass with large chunks of ice and top with chilled club soda. Insert straw and do what comes natural
- 3/4oz Drambuie
- 1 1/2oz Scotch Whiskey
- Pour all of ingredients directly into an old-fashion glass filled with ice
- Stir gently and add a lemon twist
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