The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. H. L. Mencken called the martini "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet" and E. B. White called it "the elixir of quietude".
- 2 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
- Orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
2) Gin & Tonic
Classic, easy and light and perfect for a summer afternoon. The best Gin and Tonics are made with the best gins, especially those with a slight citrus flavor and a great blend of botanicals. Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray Rangpur are two of my favorites and if you like this recipe but are not a gin fan, Another simple variation adds orange juice
1) Long Island Iced Tea
A Long Island Iced Tea is a type of alcoholic mixed drink made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec with 1½ parts sour mix and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as iced tea.
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce light rum
- 1/2 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce sour mix
2) Kiwi Caipiroska
Caipiroska is a form of Caipirinha prepared with vodka instead of the usual cachaça. It is a popular cocktail in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. It is also sometimes known as Caipivodka and Caipirodka. It has grown in popularity in recent years as access to international vodkas continues to diversify in South America.
- Sliced Kiwi
- 60 ml (2.1 imp fl oz; 2.0 US fl oz) vodka
- ½ lime, cut into wedges
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon raw or turbinado sugar
- Crushed ice
Looking for a little Vitamin C? The best brunch drinks you will find. It's a favorite mixed drink for many and is very easy to make: all you need is your favorite and a little OJ. in a Screwdriver will give you that and makes this one of the
4) Bloody Mary
It is a drink that is completely adaptable to suit your personal taste and there are more tomato and related cocktail recipes listed below. The spice of the Bloody Mary will depend a lot on the you choose and how much you use. is a favorite, but I encourage you to experiment with different brands, intensities, and flavors.
Vodka, well chilled
Tomato juice, well chilled
1 lemon, washed, halved, sliced
Fresh lemon juice
Sugar, to taste
Celery salt (optional), to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Tabasco Sauce to taste
1) Mai Tai
Mai Tai translates from Tahitian to mean "Out of this World" and it is a fitting description for this fun cocktail. The Mai Tai came to light in 1944 in Oakland's tiki scene, put together this great drink that deserves to feature the best rums you can get your hands on.. There, Victor Bergeron, one of the founders of the
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 oz dark rum
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz orange curacao
- 1/2 oz orgeat syrup
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
The Mojito has risen in the ranks to become of the most popular cocktails. It's very simple, using mint and lime to accent the rum. Choose a premium rum like Cruzan, Appleton or Mount Gay for a spectacular Mojito.
Everyone knows the Margarita, that refreshing drink that can be made in so many ways, take on many personalities, and the must have summer cocktail.
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau is recommended)
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)
2) Tequila Sunrise
The Tequila Sunrise is a personal favorite because it tastes and looks great. The adds a fine sweetness to the and tequila and becomes more prominent as you get toward the bottom of the glass. However, what many modern drinkers do not realize is that this is not the original recipe and, the Tequila Sunrise started out as a tequila, creme de cassis, lime, and club soda drink.
- 4 oz orange juice
- 2 oz tequila
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- Orange slice for garnish
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
Whisky Based Cocktails
1) Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour is probably the most popular of all the sour drinks and rightfully so, it is a great cocktail. It is sour, yes, but the sweetness of some whiskeys and Maker's Mark. Fresh is key for the best Whiskey sour and the choice of whiskey will create a different cocktail. offset any tartness, especially the sweeter bourbons like
2) High Ball
It is, quite simply, and and is a fantastic, refreshing way to enjoy any style of whiskey you choose. Rye, Canadian, or bourbon whiskies work very well.
Wine Based Cocktails
The Sangria is basically a red wine punch flavored with fruit and punch became popular in the US and is often found at parties. that was created in Spain. After it's introduction at the 1964 World's Fair this
- red wine
- simple syrup
- curaçao orange liqueur
- Juice of 1 orange
- Juice of 1 lemon or lime
- club soda
- thinly sliced orange and lemon sections for garnish
- thinly sliced fresh or brandied peach for garnish (optional)
1) Tequila Slammer
A Tequila Slammer (known in Mexico as a muppet or mópet) is a cocktail served in a rocks glass. It is made with equal parts tequila and a carbonated beverage, often 7 Up, ginger ale, lemonade, or Mountain Dew (although the original mix was with lime-lemon Yoli—a soft drink from Acapulco—and in the mid-'80s the grapefruit-flavored soft drink Squirt was popular). Champagne can also be used, and this is called a Slammer Royale or Golden Slammer.
The Kamikaze is made of equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime juice. According to the International Bartenders Association, it is served straight up in a cocktail glass. Garnish is typically a wedge or twist of lime.