5 Traditional Cocktails to Try

July 29, 2016

When you’re running to the closest liquor store on your way home after a long day, you may not be in the mood to try something new. That doesn’t mean you can’t prepare yourself a tasty cocktail. Check out five of our favorite traditional cocktail recipes from our liquor store in East Nashville.



Margaritas are a great cocktail with many variations. We recommend keeping it simple. Get the basics from your local spirits store and you can whip up a classic margarita perfect for a hot evening.

Recipe | Serves 1 (Courtesy of Food Network)

3 ounces tequila

2 ounces lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

½ to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur

Fill a cocktail shaker with all of the ingredients, plus ice. Cover and shake for 30 seconds. Press the rim of a chilled glass to a plate filled with salt to salt the rim. Strain margarita into the glass.


Tom Collins

If you like gin, a Tom Collins is the perfect classic cocktail. Here is one of our favorite Tom Collins recipes.

Recipe | Serves 1 (Courtesy of AllRecipes)

2 ounces gin

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce simple syrup

2 ounces club soda

Fill a Collins glass with a cup and ice and set in freezer. Fill a cocktail shaker with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and 1 cup of ice. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into chilled Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.


Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are both trendy and classic, and our liquor store in East Nashville loves a good Mule. It’s fun to make twists of the traditional recipe, and you also can’t go wrong with the original.

Recipe | Serves 1 (Courtesy of Esquire)

½ ounce lime juice

2 ounces vodka

4-6 ounces ginger beer

Squeeze lime juice into a Moscow Mule mug (you can use a Collins glass if you don’t have a mug) and drop in the squeezed lime rind. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, vodka and cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.



Did you know the Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans? Your spirits store may even carry Sazerac Rye Whiskey, but don’t worry — even if they don’t, you can make a great Sazerac.

Recipe | Serves 1 (Courtesy of Sazerac)

1 cube sugar

1 ½ ounces Sazerac Rye Whiskey or bourbon

¼ ounce Herbsaint

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Pack one Old Fashioned glass with ice and fill a second with the sugar cube and bitters, crushing the sugar cube. Add the whiskey or bourbon to the glass with the bitters and sugar cube. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat that glass with Herbsaint, discarding the leftover. Transfer the whiskey mixture into the coated glass and garnish with lemon peel.


Vodka Gimlet

If you’re not a martini fan, but like vodka, try a vodka gimlet. It’s a simple favorite that requires only a couple of ingredients from your closest liquor store.

Recipe | Serves 1 (Courtesy of Food & Wine)

2 ounces vodka

2 tablespoons lime juice

Add vodka, lime juice, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a Martini or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lime wedge.


Next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, make yourself a classic with these great recipes. A quick trip to your liquor store in East Nashville and you’ll have everything you need for a fun night at home. If you need more classic cocktail recommendations, call us at 615-262-2300 or stop in the store.

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