The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail made with whiskey (bourbon), Angostura bitters, orange (or lemon) peel, and a muddled sugar cube. Unfortunately, this isn’t what you’ll get at 90% of restaurants and bars if you order one.
Made with bourbon, the Boulevardier is slightly similar to the manhattan in flavor, but a little smoother and more bitter. Campari is an Italian liquor that is red in color and bitter. It adds a similar bitter flavor that is characteristic of a manhattan made with bitters. The fresh lemon peel makes it a citrusy sensation.
One of my all time favorite classic cocktails from the early 1900’s. Gin, maraschino liqueur (cherry), crème de violette, and fresh lemon juice. It’s got a slight violet hue and it’s nothing short of amazing when it comes to flavor.
This is the only more modern-day cocktail on this list because every home bartender worth their salt must have this important and classic staple in their repertoire. Traditionally, the cosmo is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.
The classic Negroni recipe is made with equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth—plus an orange peel ‘garnish’. I like to cheat a little and add orange bitters. It gives the drink a little extra subtle orange flavor making it a tad more refreshing.
The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a Prohibition-Era drink made with gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup (honey and water). It’s a simple classic cocktail, sweetened with real honey and balanced with citrus. It’s really refreshing and perfect for gin lovers.
The Daiquiri is a classic cocktail that dates back to Cuba over 100 years ago. It’s made with rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar. The Hemingway Daiquiri poses two very important differences with the addition of Maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice. It’s all the better.
The official cocktail of New Orleans. The Sazerac is an interesting combo of rye whiskey (I like Sazerac Rye), sugar (simple syrup), absinthe, and lemon peel, all pulled together by Peychaud’s bitters. The bitters gives the cocktail a distinct reddish hue and floral aroma.
The French 75 cocktail is a classic libation that consists of gin, champagne/prosecco, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. The cocktail dates back to 1915 when it earned its name for packing a punch like a 75mm artillery gun from World War I.