5 Must-Sip Classic Cocktails
If you ever get the time to hit your favorite bar downtown, you’ll realize that there are new drinks on the menu constantly. As fun as these are, most people would agree that there is something untouchable about the classics. Mastering mixing a great cocktail is a pretty neat skill to have, and the good news is that this isn’t very difficult. Read on to learn to whip these up!
5 all-season classic cocktails
The old-fashioned is one of the best all-season classic cocktails. It originated in the 19th century but is still among the best-selling cocktails in bars worldwide. Make sure you choose a high-quality bourbon for this drink. Traditionally, people use granulated sugar or sugar cubes, but you can opt for a simple syrup. Add sugar or the syrup, little water, and Angostura bitters to a rocks glass and stir to combine. Then put ice cubes in the glass and pour bourbon over ice and garnish with an orange peel.
The mojito is one of the most popular rum cocktails in many parts of the world today. This classic is said to have originated in Cuba in the 16th century. For a classic mojito, you need white rum, mint leaves, fresh lime juice, sugar, and club soda. Remember to use the freshest mint you can find and lightly muddle it for maximum flavor. Put all ingredients (except club soda) in a shaker and give a brief shake. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.
3. Dry martini
No one knows for sure when and how the martini originated, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most popular all-season classic cocktails. The recipe for a classic martini starts with a London-style gin and dry vermouth. In a mixing glass, combine the two ingredients along with orange bitters and ice. Keep stirring until the mixture is well-chilled, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Don’t forget to garnish with an olive or lemon twist.
There are dozens of variations of the daiquiri today, but none can beat the original. One of the best things about this classic cocktail is that it is very easy to make and requires three ingredients: rum, lime juice, and syrup. However, make sure to use quality ingredients, such as premium, light rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup. Put ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, and shake. Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy!
5. White Russian
The White Russian is another delicious all-season classic cocktail that was invented in the mid 20th century. But its rise in popularity is often attributed to the character “The Dude” in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. Since then, this delicious, easy-to-make cocktail has invaded many homes. All you need is a coffee liquor (Kahlua), vodka, and heavy cream. Pour Kahlua and vodka into a rocks glass with ice, and top it with heavy cream. That’s all!