How to Make Traditional Cocktails


Knowledge of a good selection of classic cocktails is essential and here are some of the favorites.

Black Velvet:

  • Combine equal parts Guinness and champagne.
Bloody Mary:
  • Mix 1 part vodka with 2 parts tomato juice. Stir in a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of Tabasco and a squeeze of lemon. If you would like more spice add a tsp of horseradish.
Brandy Alexander:
  • Shake together 1 part brandy, 1 part creme de cacao and 1 part heavy cream. Serve dusted with freshly grated nutmeg.
Champagne Fizz:
  • Serve 1 part freshly squeezed orange juice topped up with 1 part champagne.

  • Shake 1 tbs lime juice with 3 tbs white rum and 1 tsp sugar on crushed ice. Pour into a sugar-frosted glass. Add fruit, such as banana or strawberry.
Dry Martini:
  • Shake 2 parts gin with 1 part dry white vermouth along with ice in a shaker. Pour into a glass and add a stuffed green olive or pickled baby onion.
Harvey Wallbanger:
  • Place some ice in a tall glass and add 2 parts vodka and 6 parts orange juice. Then float 1 part Galliano on the surface.
Long Island Ice Tea:
  • Mix equal parts of vodka, gin, light rum. and tequila with lemon. Sweeten with a little sugar syrup and top with cola. Serve on ice.
  • Mix 1 part each of dry and sweet vermouth with 4 parts of rye whiskey.
  • Shake 1 part Curacao, 4 parts tequila and 1 part lime juice. Serve in a salt rimmed glass.
Pina Colada:
  • Shake 3 parts white rum with 4 parts pineapple juice and 2 parts of coconut cream long with 2 tbs grenadine and 1 tbs sugar syrup. serve decorated with pineapple and maraschino cherry.
Rusty Nail:
  • Stir 2 parts whiskey with 1 part Drambuie and serve on ice.
Tequila Sunrise:
  • Mix 1 part tequila with 2 parts orange juice. Add 1 tsp of grenadine and serve over ice.
Whiskey Sour:
  • Shake 1 part whiskey with the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tsp sugar with crushed ice. Pour into a cocktail glass.


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