If you want to be the host/hostess with the mostest, it is important to learn to make a proper cocktail. Sure, you can create a fun concoction from whatever alcohol and mixers you have on hand, but the simplest way to impress your guests is just to be able to make some classic cocktails better than any bar in town. Here are the ten drinks that every home bartender should be able to make:
10. Bloody Mary: Add a dash of Tabasco sauce to a highball glass, fill with ice cubes, and pour in 3 parts vodka, six parts tomato juice, and one part lemon juice. Stir with a piece of celery.
9. White Russian: Add five parts vodka and two parts coffee liqueur to an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Fill the rest of the glass with milk (or cream) and stir slowly.
8. Mimosa: Mix together equal parts Champagne and orange juice in a Champagne flute.
7. Pina Colada: Blend together one part white rum, one part coconut cream, and three parts pineapple juice with ice and garnish with cherries.
6. Old Fashioned: Place a sugar cube at the bottom of an old fashioned glass and soak with angostura bitters. Add a splash of soda water and muddle until dissolved. Fill the rest of the glass with bourbon or scotch.
5. Mojito: Muddle together 3 sprigs of mint with 2 teaspoons of sugar and three parts lime juice in a highball glass. Add four parts white rum and top off with soda water.
4. Daiquiri: Shake together with ice nine parts white rum, four parts lime juice, and one part simple syrup. Strain into cocktail glass.
3. Long Island Iced Tea: Mix together three parts each of vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and Triple Sec. Add five parts lemon juice and six parts simple syrup. Top off with a splash of cola.
2. Margarita: Shake together with ice seven parts tequila, four parts Triple Sec, and three parts lemon juice. Serve over ice.
1. Martini: Stir together four parts gin to one part dry vermouth. Serve without ice and use an olive to garnish.