If you're hosting a party, applying for a job as a bartender, or just looking to brush up on your cocktail-mixing skills, look no further; we have collected recipes for the essential drinks that everyone should know. Get ready to wow your guests with your mastery of these fine beverages.
Start by chilling your martini glass in the freezer for 10 minutes or so, and then measure out two ounces of gin and one ounce of dry vermouth into a shaker. Add some ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into your chilled martini glass, rub the rim with a twist of lemon and drop it into your cocktail. Enjoy!
via My Tiny Oven
Rub a lime around the rim of your glass, then coat the rim with celery salt. Add some ice, and then pour in an ounce or two of vodka. Add some hot sauce, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce, and then fill the glass with Clamato juice. Garnish with olives, celery, pickles or whatever else you may have lying around. If you'd prefer a Bloody Mary, simply substitute Clamato with tomato juice.
To make this delicious classic, take a small rocks glass and add a sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters, and a splash of water and muddle until it's a uniform mixture. Fill your glass with ice and add an ounce and a half of Bourbon or Rye whisky. Add a slice or a twist of citrus and enjoy!
Rub the rim of your glass with a lime and coat the rim with salt. In a separate shaker, add a couple ounces of tequila, an ounce of fresh lime juice and half an ounce of Cointreau. Shake it up over ice and then pour over ice into your salted glass. Add a lime and you're off to the races.
via Jupiterimages / Getty Images
In a shaker with some ice, add an ounce and a half of vodka, half an ounce of Cointreau, one-and-a-half ounces of cranberry juice and a teaspoon of fresh lime juice. Shake it up and strain it into a cocktail glass, add a twist of lime and get ready to enjoy this delicious classic.
The Rusty Nail
via tumblr / cocktailbible
This is a simple enough drink that is hands down delicious and essential to any bar repertoire. Take a rocks glass filled with ice and add 3/4 of an ounce of Drambuie and an ounce and a half of Scotch whisky. Add a twist of lemon and sip away!
Start off with a mixing glass with a few ice cubes and combine 3/4 of an ounce of sweet vermouth, two-and-a-half ounces of Bourbon, and a dash of bitters. Be careful to stir this one very gently. Drop a cherry into a cocktail glass and carefully strain your cocktail over the top. Next, rim the edge of your glass with an orange peel and squeeze it above your drink, but don't drop it in.
via Carolina Heritage Co.
Grab a large Old Fashioned glass and fill with ice. Add an ounce and a half of any type of whisky, and four ounces of sour mix. Add a cherry, stir, and get ready to wow your guests with this delicious and simple cocktail.
via Nom Chompsky
Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice and add an ounce of gin, an ounce of Campari and an ounce of sweet vermouth. Stir gently and garnish with a twist of orange.
The Tom Collins
via flickr / Jill | garlic pig
One of the ultimate classics, named after "the father of American mixology," all you need to do for this one is combine two ounces of gin and one ounce of fresh lemon juice in a tall glass with ice. Add a spoonful of simple syrup and top it off with soda water. Add a cherry and a lemon slice as garnish.
The Black Russian
via SquirrelFarts Drink Blog
n a shaker, add ice with two ounces of vodka and an ounce of Kahlúa. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with a cherry. If you want to make the very popular and very delicious White Russian, simply add a few ounces of milk.
The Dark N' Stormy
via If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen
An absolutely delicious beverage, fill a highball glass with ice, add a couple ounces of spiced rum and top off with spicy ginger beer. Add a couple dashes of bitters and stir, then garnish with a lime wedge.
In a short, sturdy glass, add 10 or so mint leaves and a lime wedge. Muddle for a while to crush the ingredients and then add a spoonful or two of sugar and a couple more lime wedges. Muddle it up one more time and then fill the glass with ice. Add an ounce and a half of white rum and then a couple of splashes of soda water. Garnish with yet another lime wedge and enjoy your trip to flavor country!
The Long Island Iced Tea
This particular cocktail literally has it all. Grab yourself a tall glass filled with ice and throw in a half ounce each of vodka, rum, gin, tequila and Triple Sec. Add an ounce of lemon juice and Gomme syrup and then top it off with Coca-Cola until it's a perfect iced tea color. Top it off with a small wedge of lemon and get ready to fall in love with a beverage.
This one is so easy and so delicious, it will be obvious why it's such a classic the moment you take your first sip. Get yourself a Collins glass, nice and tall, and add a few ice cubes, squeeze some fresh lime juice in and add a couple ounces of dark, high-quality rum. Drop in a wedge of lime from before and top it off with ice-cold Coca-Cola.
The Rob Roy
Get yourself two ounces of high-quality blended Scotch, an ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. Add it all into a mixing glass with some ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add a maraschino cherry and serve!
via Food Network
Chill a rocks glass for a few minutes and then rub the rim with a lemon and some sugar. Get yourself a shaker with some cracked ice, combine 3/4 of an ounce of Cointreau, 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice, and one-and-a-half ounces of Cognac. Strain into the glass and enjoy.