Top Classic Cocktails

Gin Rickey

A gin rickey is seriously one of the simplest drinks.  It is made from the classic pairing of gin and lime — and unlike a gimlet, there’s no sugar in this drink. Just gin, lime, seltzer and ice. Here’s the recipe. Ingredients: juice from half a lime 2 ounces London dry gin club soda Directions: […]

Sherry Cobbler

The Sherry Cobbler is an American cocktail….. as American as apple pie.  But for some reason, pie is now the rage and a sherry cobbler, you ask — what is it?  Well, there’s really no reason they both can’t be enjoyed. The Classic Cocktail codifier, Jerry Thomas, wrote these directions in his guide,  How to […]

Gin Fizz

Ingredients 3 ounces Gin 1 tablespoon sugar or powdered(or simple syrup) 3 tablespoons lemon juice handful of ice cubes (3 -4) Club Soda or Carbonated WaterA Gin Fizz is the lemon’s answer to the Gin Gimlet. This gin mixed drink is perhaps the adult version of lemonade.  Too bad it can’t be sold at lemonade […]


The Sidecar cocktail goes down smoothly; a wonderful combination of sweet and tangy. This simple and straightofward cocktail is ideal for a cocktail party, as it is simple to make and can be made in larger batches.

Mint Julep

This is perhaps one of the most refreshing cocktails of all time.  Smooth whiskey infused with mint, and served in a frosty aluminum cup.


The Manhattan is a classic of classics. Simple, straightforward, yet open to experimentation — try different types of bitters, citrus and types of whiskey.


Quite possibly the oldest cocktail in American history, and a drink that goes down quite smoothly!  Given its long history, there is quite a bit of contention over the ‘true’ way to make it. Well, given just that, there are many true ways to make the classic cocktail.  Here’s one of them.


The Aviation cocktail is now easier to make than ever, as Maraschino Liqueur and Creme de Violette are now widely available.  This cocktail will appeal to those who enjoy a slightly bitter taste in their cocktails, as well as to gin fans.

Ramos Gin Fizz

Thick, creamy, dreamy.  Requires lots of shaking!  The Ramos Gin Fizz was invented in 1888 by Henrico C. Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans. If you long for the perfume of orange flower water and the thick cream of egg and milk, you will enjoy this delightful drink.

Pisco Sour

Did you know that the first day in February is National Pisco Sour Day in Peru? Pisco is a regional brandy made throughout South America, and the Pisco Sour an absolutely delightful drink: luscious, tangy, and rich.