If you prefer bourbon, I highly recommend the Seelbach cocktail, named for the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This article gives a brief tutorial on making lemon twist garnishes. This gin-based cocktail is somewhat more obscure than the others on this list, but I include it as an excellent example of the use of a wash, in this case absinthe. A wash is the technique of using a spirit to lightly coat the glassware or, in some cases, the ice in a shaker.
The result is a hint of flavor or an aromatic that infuses the other ingredients. Absinthe, with its strong anise and herbal nose, makes a particularly fine wash, and is an essential ingredient in the Sazerac another drink I recommend that you learn how to make.
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With the reintroduction of quality absinthe into US markets, many of these traditional recipes have, thankfully, themselves been revived. A brief history and recipe are offered on Post Prohibition , an excellent web resource for exploring cocktails. While we are on the subject of reviving the human spirits, it is worth remembering that for many years alcohol was used for medicinal as well as recreational purposes.
The hot toddy, typically made with honey, lemon juice, and hot water or tea, can be something of an extension of those soothing purposes, and is particularly comforting when one is suffering from a cold. As with the champagne cocktail, there are many variations, and the drink can be made using rum, brandy, or whiskey.
I include it on this list because it is an instance of a hot drink, best served during the winter months, as well as an echo of older traditions in cocktail culture. David Wondrich points out that before ice became widely available in the late 19th century, hot beverages were quite common. Thus, making the humble toddy connects you to a grand tradition of mixing drinks.
The Guardian has published a nice overview of the drink , with several recipes. The Sidecar is a simple yet compelling drink, a classic example of a prohibition-era cocktail. It provides a particularly nice contrast to the whiskey and gin drinks that tend to dominate many cocktail lists including this one!
Finally, I include it as a chance to experiment with triple sec of which Cointreau is the most famous brand , an important and versatile ingredient featured in many cocktails. Here is a longer introduction to the Sidecar, as well as a recipe. I end with an example of a drink that has been made famous by an occasion, in this case the Kentucky Derby. The julep is worth mastering for two other important reasons. First, the drink calls for crushed ice, which illustrates an important cocktail principle: the manipulation of ice can have a significant effect on a drink.
Second, the mint julep demonstrates the value of fresh herbs; the mint, in this case, gives the cocktail its signature aroma.
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Although this recipe calls for simple syrup, I typically use raw sugar in my juleps, as the abrasiveness of the sugar helps bring out the oils of the mint. I would also recommend using more mint as a garnish. Undoubtedly, a list such as this one leaves out many important drinks, and other home cocktail enthusiasts might encourage you to begin with a different set of recipes.
However, all of these drinks have stood the test of time, and, just as importantly, each drink allows you to develop a different set of skills. I encourage you to get comfortable with these cocktails, and then, with the help of a good cocktail guide, begin making a list of your own. Here are ten great guides, all of which are full of helpful information. As you read and experiment, feel free to add other essential recipes in the comments section. If you enjoyed this article, take a look at our Spirits and Cocktail Guide. Your personal contribution to this article. Your own recipes, how you like the listed cocktails and why.
What you think of the guides you listen and your personal pros and cons with them. Where and when these cocktails are appropriate to be served. Before dinner, after dinner, in the afternoon or strictly during the evening. That sort of thing. I think you are a little harsh. This piece is about existing cocktails, not individual new ones. Before we embark on that kind of level, we like to cover some basics first. That being said, there is personal input, such as use raw sugar instead of simple syrup for the mint juleps.
More importantly, your cocktail choice depends on your palette and it is essential that you try them for yourself. While it might have been nice to have had the additions that Mr.
Gerson mentioned, I did not notice their absence. As for when to serve cocktails, ideally, cocktails whet the appetite, so are best before a meal. Anything sweet should be drunk after dinner.
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Thanks for answering the question for me Geo. Sven, Great list of books and classic cocktails. I agree with your list of must have cocktail books. Place the sugar cube at the bottom of the champagne flute and pour the Champagne over it, allowing the sugar to dissolve slightly. Top with an orange or lemon twist. You know better. Fill a cocktail glass with full ice. Add desired amount of vermouth half a cap full for dry , and stir. Poor out excess vermouth. Add 2 oz of vodka, and stir.
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Garnish with a lemon twist or olives. There are lots of ingredients that go into a great Bloody Mary. Try a variation by adding gin instead of vodka, or tequila for a Bloody Maria. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir until chilled. Strain into coupe or cocktail glass. Express a lemon or orange peel over the cocktail. Carson McCullers liked to fill her thermos full of hot tea and sherry, her drink of choice when she was writing.
Pour all ingredients except cola and garnish into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake, and then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add cola until color of tea. Garnish with lemon wedge. This one might not come with at witty name, but luckily Salinger already had that covered since Rye is a grain used to make whiskey. Or download on iTunes. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir well.