3 Traditional Cocktails You Need to Try

March 8, 2016

Do you like to mix your drinks in the comfort of your home? Many people do – you’re not alone. It’s cheaper, and it’s just a lot of fun. If you, like many others, take the “at home bartender” role seriously – you should not be without these classic cocktail recipes in your back pocket. Most have these memorized, but if you’re not there yet, you should definitely have them ready for the next party you host this fall.


We’ll start with one of the best-known cocktails - the Martini. Though there are many variations of this traditional drink, we say stick with the 2 parts gin to 1 part vermouth ratio.

Recipe | serves 1:

2 ounces dry gin (we suggest the driest gin from Hayman Distillers: London Dry Gin)

1 ounce dry vermouth (try our Dolin Dry Vermouth)

Olive or lemon twist for garnish

Combine ingredients in a glass and fill with ice. Stir well to chill and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink or toss in an olive for garnish.


Like the Martini, the Manhattan has several variations and is one of the oldest cocktails that still has its recipe intact. Though you can choose any type of whiskey for the Manhattan, we believe that rye whiskey makes the best one.

Recipe | serves 1:

2 ounces rye whiskey (try James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Whiskey)

1 ounces sweet vermouth

2 dashes of bitters (Bill suggests Fee Brothers Bitters)

1 Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is cold. Place a cherry in a chilled cocktail glass. Strain the contents of shaker over the cherry and serve immediately.

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is the classic American cocktail. It’s simple, yet sophisticated and one of Bill Sinks’ favorite drinks.

Recipe | serves 1:

2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey (Bill suggests Buffalo Trace)

1 teaspoon super fine sugar

2-3 dashes of bitters

Slice of orange and a cherry for garnish (don’t forget the Bada Bing Cherries)

Place the sugar in a glass and douse with the bitters. Add a few drops of water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the bourbon/whiskey and stir to further dissolve the sugar. Then add a couple of large ice cubes. Stir a few times to chill. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.  

Now, get to work and try these recipes. As always, we are here to assist you. Need a recommendation on what drink is the best to serve at your next dinner party? We have the answer. 

Give us a call today: (615) 824-6600 or complete our event form and we will be in touch to help plan your drink menu.

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