Back To The Classics…5 Holiday Cocktails to Perfect

Who doesn't love a perfectly mixed cocktail? Although there are so many fun and unique mixes happening these days, sometimes it's great to get back to the classics and perfect those first. Here are the top 5 classic cocktails…with the tips to do it right!

1. How to Mix a Marvelous Martini ~

* 7 parts English gin

* 1 part French (dry) vermouth

First, stir the martini with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass, serve with an olive and a twist of lemon.

 

2. How to Mix a Magnificent Manhattan ~

* 5 parts of American whiskey

* 1 part of Italian (sweet) vermouth

* a dash of Angostura bitters to each drink

First, stir the drink with ice, then strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry.

 

3. How to Mix a Fashionable Old-Fashioned ~

* 12 parts ~ American whiskey

* 1 part of simple syrup

* 1-3 dashes of Angostura bitters to each drink

It is preferable to use an old-fashioned glass, then add the Angostura bitters to the syrup and stir well. Add approximately 1 ounce of American whiskey and stir well. Add a few cubes of shaved ice and add the rest of the whiskey. Serve in a well-chilled glass and if desired, garnished with lemon and a maraschino cherry.

 

4. How to Mix a Delicious Daiquiri ~

* 8 parts of white Cuban rum

* 2 parts of lime juice

* 1 part of simple syrup

Vigorously shake with plenty of finely crushed ice and strain into a chilled glass.

 

5. How to Mix a Sumptuous Sidecar ~

* 8 parts either Cognac or Armagnac

* 2 parts of lemon juice

* 1 part of Cointreau or triple sec

Pour the drink into a tumbler, shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

 

Random Cocktail Facts:

~The name Daiquiri is not only the name of a cocktail, but also the name of a beach near Santiago, Cuba. The cocktail was said to be invented about 1900 in a bar named Venus, near Daiquiri beach in Santiago.

~Charles Dana Gibson is reputed to be responsible for the creation of the Gibson Martini.

~The exact geographical location of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims to be the place of origin of the drink.

~Popular folk history suggests that the Manhattan originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s. Dr. Iain Marshall was said to have invented it for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome in honor of the presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

~The first known use of the name "Old Fashioned" was for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail in the 1880s, which was served at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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