4 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make

In 2023, we’re experiencing 1970s politics and 1990s fashion. Who can say what era will be back in full force by next year? When you’re living in times as dynamic as these, you need to rely on the classics to ground yourself.

That’s why we’ve fallen in love with the timeless sensibility of our favorite classic cocktails. These delectable drinks have stood the test of time, and we believe it’s for a reason. They are crisp, simple to make, and always hit the spot. 

How well do you know some of the most popular drinks on earth? We’ve created this guide to teach you everything there is to know about four of them. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be ready to host a classic cocktail party for the ages. 

Check out our list of the best cocktails below to get started. 

1. A Classic G & T

The Gin and Tonic began its life in the 17th century for purely practical purposes. Soldiers stationed overseas weren’t getting enough quinine. As it turned out, this substance could ward off malaria, which was prevalent during the war. 

As it turned out, tonic water was an excellent source of quinine. As gin was readily available, the soldiers mixed them together. Not only was it medically beneficial, but it also tasted superb!

From there, the classic G&T never went out of style.  

What You Need

The best part of preparing a gin and tonic is that the ingredients list is in the name! You’ll need gin and tonic water. A slice of lime is a popular garnish, and you’ll want to serve the finished product with a lot of ice. 

How to Make It

Bartenders can’t seem to agree on the perfect ratio of gin and tonic, so we suggest making yours to taste. Start with three parts tonic water to one part gin. You can always add more gin if your drink isn’t strong enough.

Traditionally, people serve this drink in a highball glass. Fill it to the top with ice, then pour in your gin and tonic. Add a slice of lime, and it’s ready to enjoy!

2. A Negroni

The Negroni entered the scene in 1919 at Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy. Apocryphically, the Count Negroni always ordered an Americano. On that night, however, he wanted something stronger and requested gin in place of the traditional soda water. 

It makes sense that the Negroni has changed in the century since its creation. While you can find many variations on this classic, we think the original is best. 

What You Need

A classic Negroni calls for equal parts vermouth, gin, and Campari. You may have to visit this liquor shop to pick up everything you need, but it’ll be worth it.

Traditionally, you serve a Negroni with an orange twist, so head to the supermarket, too. Like the G&T, ensure you have enough ice to serve this one on the rocks.

How to Make It

Combine and stir all your liquid ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass. Strain the liquid and pour it over a glass filled with ice. Add a squeeze of fresh orange juice, then garnish with your orange twist. 

3. Mai Tai

If you prefer rum to gin, the Mai Tai might be your drink. This classic is a more recent invention, which only became popular in the 1950s. 

Most accounts state that the drink’s inventor was “Trader Vic,” who owned a tiki-themed hotel in Oakland, California. He invented several tropical-inspired mixed drinks to create an authentic island ambiance. 

The legend says that Trader Vic served his newest creation to a friend from Tahiti. Her response was, “Mai tai, roa ae,” which means “Out of this world, the best.” Supposedly, that’s how this famous tropical cocktail got its name. 

What You Need

You might need to buy alcohol and mixers before making this drink, as it uses a few specialty spirits and ingredients. The primary components include aged rum, orange curacao, and orgeat syrup. You’ll also need lime juice and sugar syrup.

The traditional Mai Tai garnish is a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.  

How to Make It

Add all the liquid ingredients into an ice-filled shaker glass. Shake well, then strain into a glass containing crushed ice. Add your garnish, and enjoy. 

4. The Manhattan

The Manhattan is a classic drink recipe for whiskey lovers. Dr. Iain Marshall invented this drink in 1880 at Winston Churchill’s mother’s behest. The legend says that Lady Churchill held her party at The Manhattan Club, which is how the drink got its name. 

What You Need

An essential ingredient for your Manhattan is rye whiskey, which gives the cocktail its distinct flavor. You will also need sweet red vermouth and bitters. The most popular garnish for this metropolitan cocktail is a simple Maraschino cherry.

Unlike the other drinks on this list, the Manhattan is not typically served over ice.

How to Make It

Stir the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir. Pour the chilled combination into an empty cocktail glass. Garnish with your cherry, and enjoy.

Make These Classic Cocktails For Your Next Gathering

The best thing about these classic cocktails is that they will never go out of style. Every drink recipe on our list will be the perfect addition to your next party or gathering. Let us know in the comments which cocktail recipe you plan to whip up first!

You might need something to do while you sip your favorite alcoholic drinks. Check out the rest of the blog for more ideas that will ensure your party goes off without a hitch. 


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