THESE STANDARD COCKTAIL RECIPES ARE IN EVERY BARTENDER'S ARSENAL AND ARE THE PERFECT JUMPING OFF POINT TO EXPERIMENT WITH. 

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Americano

2oz Campari
2oz Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
Orange Slice 

Fill a Collins glass two-thirds full of ice.  Pour in Campari and Sweet Vermouth.  Top off with club soda.  Garnish with orange slice.

Rum Cocktail

2oz Rum
1 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Grenadine
Maraschino Cherry 

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass.  Drop maraschino cherry to the center.  

Bellini

1 ounce Pureed White Peaches
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Sparkling Wine
Peach Slice 

Pour pureed white peaches and lemon juice in bottom of a champagne flute.  Carefully top off with Sparkling Wine.  Stir gently.  Garnish with peach slice.  A 1/4 ounce of peach schnapps may be added to the pureed white peaches to give this cocktail added punch.

Black Russian / White Russian

2 ounces Espresso Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua Especial

Fill a rocks glass two-thirds full of ice.  Build drink in glass beginning with vodka and then Kahlua.  Insert stir straw.  To turn this into a White Russian:  1 ounce Vodka, 1 ounce Kahlua, 1 ounce half and half.  Build in a rocks glass in the same manner.

Bloody Mary

2 ounces Pepper or Citrus Infused Vodka

1/2 Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

6-8 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
4-6 Dashes Tabasco Sauce
2-3 Dashes Bitters
3 Dashes Celery Salt
2 Dashes White Pepper
2 Dashes Garlic Powder
2 Dashes Onion Powder
Clamato or Tomato Juice
Coarse salt for rimming (optional)

Garnishes:  Celery stalk is standard.  Other choices: dill pickle spear, jalapeño/garlic/bleu cheese/pimento stuffed olives on a skewer, shrimp cocktail, pickled asparagus, pickled green beans and/or lime wedge.

Rim a Collins glass with salt (optional).  Fill glass half full with ice.  Season ice with sauces, bitters, powders, peppers and salts.  Pour in vodka.  Top off with Clamato/Tomato Juice leaving a half inch at the rim of the glass.  Squeeze in lime and drop into glass.  Garnish.  

Mimosa

2oz Orange Juice
Brut Champagne

Pour orange juice into the bottom of a champagne flute.  Carefully top off with Brut Champagne.

Cosmopolitan

1oz Vodka
1 dash Grand Marnier
1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1 Twist lime

Shake Vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and lime juice over ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain into a chilled martini glass  Garnish with twist.

Irish Coffee

1-1/4 ounce Irish Whiskey
Hot Strong Coffee
2/4oz Irish Cream (sweetened version)
Whipped Cream (optional)
Three Whole Coffee Beans for Garnish (optional)

Place a metal spoon in hot toddy glass.  Measure in whiskey (and Irish Cream for sweetened version).  Top off with hot coffee.  Optional whipped cream may be added to the top with three coffee beans sprinkled on top.


Kamikaze 

1-1/2oz Vodka
1oz Triple Sec
3/4oz Lemon Juice
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Strain into a well chilled short glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.


Mai Tai

2 oz. White rum
1 oz. Triple sec
2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz. Orgeat syrup
1/2 teaspoon Sugar or simple syrup
1/2 oz. Grenadine
1/2 oz. Lime juice

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled half with crushed ice.  Add mint sprig, pineapple and/or orange garnish.


Manhattan – Dry, Perfect, Sweet

Manhattan Dry

2-1/2oz Bourbon
1 ounce Dry Vermouth
3 Dashes Bitters
Orange Twist 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with orange twist.

Manhattan Perfect

2-1/2 ounce Bourbon
1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth
3 Dashes Bitters
Orange Peel & Maraschino Cherry 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a skewered maraschino cherry wrapped with an orange peel creating a flag.

Manhattan Sweet

2-1/2 ounces Bourbon
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Bar Spoon of Syrup from Maraschino Cherry Jar
3 Dashes Bitters
Maraschino Cherry 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Margarita

Basic recipe that doesn’t involve Margarita mix.
2oz Tequila
1oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2oz Triple Sec
Lime Wedge 
Salt for Rimming

Rim edge of margarita glass with salt.  Combine liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Place ice in margarita glass.  Strain contents of shaker into margarita glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.  

Basic Gin Martini

2-1/2oz Gin
Dry Vermouth
Lemon Twist

Place ice in a martini glass.  Drizzle approximately 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth in the ice and set aside.  Measure out Gin into a cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice.  Shake or swirl the gin (depending on your theory of “bruising” the gin) for at least fifteen seconds.  Your goal is to chill the gin thoroughly.  Take the martini glass with vermouth in hand.  Swirl the glass so the vermouth coats the inside and pour out.  Do not shake the glass until every drop is gone.  Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the vermouth coated martini glass.  Take your lemon twist and circle it around the rim of the martini glass before placing it halfway on the edge and partially inside the gin as garnish.  

Negroni

1oz Gin
1oz Campari
1oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Twist 

Fill an old-fashioned glass half to two-thirds full of ice.  Add liquid ingredients in the order given.  Garnish with orange twist.

Old Fashioned

2oz Bourbon
2 Dashes Bitters
3 Maraschino Cherries (save one for garnish)
2 orange slices (save one for garnish)
Bar Spoon of Maraschino Cherry Juice from Jar

Place all ingredients (save one cherry and one orange slice) into a cocktail shaker.  Muddle.  Fill one-third full of ice.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Fill an old-fashioned glass half full with ice.  Strain contents of shaker into old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with cherry and orange slice skewered.

Orgasm 

1-1/2oz Cointreau
1-1/2oz Irish Cream
1oz Grand Marnier
Maraschino Cherry 

Fill an old-fashioned glass half full with ice.  Place ingredients in glass in the order given.  Garnish with cherry.  Insert cocktail stirrer.

Rob Roy

2oz Scotch
1oz Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitters
Maraschino Cherry 

Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the maraschino cherry.  This drink can also be built in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks.

Gin & Tonic

2oz Dry Gin
3-4oz Tonic Water
Lime

Build over fresh ice in Collins glass. Garnish with squeeze of lime.

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2oz Light Rum
1/2oz Gin
1/2oz Vodka
1/2oz Tequila Blanco
1/2oz Triple Sec
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2oz Simple Syrup
Splash of Cola
Lemon Slice 

Build over fresh ice in Collins or Sling style glass saving cola topper as last addition. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.