Do you want to make sure that you wow all of your guests at your next party or dinner party? Well, if so, you need to have a few good classic cocktail recipes up your sleeves. Cocktails always look impressive and there is such a wide range of them that you will be able to find one that suits all of your guests’ taste buds. Here are a few that every adult needs to know.

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The Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of the most sophisticated cocktails out there and you’ll have probably seen it served up on lots of cool TV shows, such as Mad Men. The key to making the best drink is to ensure that you use both sweet and dry vermouth. Here’s a good basic recipe to get you going.

Makes 2 servings:
4 parts whiskey of your choice
2 parts sweet vermouth
2 parts dry vermouth
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Maraschino cherries
Orange peel
Lots of ice

Add whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
Rub the rim of a whiskey tumbler with the orange peel. You can then throw away the peel.
Pour the drink into the glass – strain it so you don’t get any ice in with it!
Garnish with a couple of maraschino cherries.

Handy tip: you can save money by making your own maraschino cherries. You just need to buy some fresh cherries and soak them in some maraschino liqueur for a month or so. Voila!

The Martini

There are two martinis that you can make: the traditional one that uses gin, or the vodka martini. You might already be familiar with the vodka martini as it is the prefered drink of James Bond! No matter which tipple you use as the base of your martini, though, you will find that this is one of the simplest of all the classic cocktails to make, so it’s perfect for beginner mixers. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, But, for this blog post, I’ll stick to the traditional recipe that uses gin.

Makes 1 serving:
3 parts dry gin
1 part dry vermouth
Pinch of salt
Small strip of lemon peel
Optional olive

Chill the gin and the glass for at least half an hour.
Once chilled enough, dissolve the salt in a small amount of water.
Add the gin, vermouth and salt solution to a cocktail shaker along with plenty of ice. Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with the lemon peel.
If you prefer, add an olive instead of the lemon peel. If you want to make a dirty martini, then pour a drop of the olive brine into the drink.

Don’t forget that these are just two examples of classic cocktails. There are loads more out there if you research them. You might want to try the Old Fashioned which is another whiskey-based drink, or something less potent such as a margarita. As previously mentioned, you will certainly find a drink that you like as there are so many different recipes out there!

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