A New York Sour cocktail adds a playful twist to the classic Whiskey Sour by floating a fruity red wine over the top. This pre-prohibition cocktail, dating back to the 1880s, is thought to have first been created by a bartender in the Second City (Chicago), but then popularized in Manhattan, thus the name.
A Margarita cocktail is probably the most popular tequila cocktail in the United States. It is all too easy to see margarita mix at the grocery store and think that you can skip a few steps in mixing the drink. You can, and it’ll be terrible. Learn how to shake up a classic margarita.
The Vieux Carré cocktail is a New Orleans invention; the drink was first mixed at Hotel Monteleone, a New Orleans tippling landmark (now known as the home of Carousel Bar). Learn how to make it.
Toddies are typically made hot, and slings as drinks typically made cold—but could have the same ingredients and process, so there is such a thing as a Cold Toddy or a Hot Sling, because you can make either by changing the temperature of the water or tea to meet your preference. Learn how to make a hot toddy.
We are all suckers—at least we Americans. Irish Coffee was first created by a bartender at Shannon Airport in Ireland catering to the tastes of American tourists in the 1940s. Learn how to make an Irish Coffee.
Although either can be had year round, Negroni are great for summer, and Boulevardiers are the heartier cold-weather counterpart. These are both classic cocktails, but the Negroni is more widely known. If you order a Boulevardier at a bar and the bartender looks at you sideways, tell them to make a Negroni substituting rye for gin. If they look at you sideways again, find a new cocktail bar.
Like many classic cocktails, there is a significant amount of myth in the origin story of the Sazerac. It likely did start in New Orleans, but more tipple educated men and women have disproved or laid doubts on any particular creator. Either way, the Sazerac is a classic cocktail with a rich history and many admirers.
The Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the Martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages.
A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye, Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey.
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind.