Classic Cocktail Recipes
If you have always wished you could say, “Oh, I make the best INSERT COCKTAIL HERE,” then you are at the right place. Sure, there are a few iconic cocktails that everybody should know how to make: a martini, a margarita, an old-fashioned...But we also have tons of unique cocktails that are worth a try at your next brunch or cocktail hour. Get a little fancy with a sidecar or sazerac. Chill out in hot weather with a refreshing mint julep, mojito, or beer cocktail. Cozy up to winter with a mulled wine or hot spiked cider. Whether you like your drinks shaken or stirred, it is time to show off your mixology skills.
Mixology 101: Classic Cocktail Recipes
Trends may come and go, but these tried-and-true cocktails never go out of style.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Classic Tequila Sunrise Cocktails
Raise a glass to sunny days and warm nights with this refreshing tequila cocktail recipe; made with a simple syrup that you can keep on-hand in the fridge for more drinks to come.
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Spring Cocktail RecipesLight and refreshing, these cocktails make the most of seasonal flavors.
Turn one of these unique cocktails into a signature drink for your next party.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Whiskey and Bourbon Cocktails
Enjoy a refreshing whiskey or bourbon cocktail. In the summer months, mix up a batch of mint juleps. As the weather cools, a maple bourbon cocktail will hit the spot.
Whether golden or white, spiced or not, rum makes a great addition to any cocktail. It's toasty in a warming nightcap or cooling in refreshing tropical drink. So grab a cocktail umbrella and get sippin'.
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Classic MartinisShaken or stirred? Vodka or gin? This classic cocktail can be varied according to your tastes and garnished. Try it with our vermouth-soaked olives. When Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 403, she reduced the quantities and made 2 martinis.
Happy Hour Cocktails
Bring back the cocktail hour! These satisfying drinks are easy enough to enjoy every day.
Tropical CocktailsJust a sip of one of these fun, colorful drinks conjures up warm tropical breezes and sand between your toes. They're like a vacation in a glass!
This clear spirit pairs well with sweeter ingredients in cocktails and is best known as the base of the classic martini.
Encourage guests to linger a little longer over a leisurely meal with these classic brunch cocktails.
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails
Honey SyllabubA British creation dating to the sixteenth century, the syllabub hovers between a thick drink and a dessert. Ours features mead, a honey- and flower-flavored spirit popular in early England; dessert wine such as Sauternes is as delicious.Recipe
Black-Currant CosmopolitanMade with black-currant puree and fresh lime juice, this bracing cocktail is a fresh twist on a cosmopolitan.Recipe
White-Russian EggnogThis recipe may be doubled and made two days in advance. Add the Kahlua and 1 cup whipped cream just before serving.Recipe
Homemade CassisBlack currants are grown widely in Burgundy. This traditional liqueur showcases their deep, almost musky flavor.Video
We're using the whole watermelon to create a delicious summer drink! Served inside the watermelon rind this two ingredient punch is refreshing and convenient for any summer day. Add vodka for an extra kick!Post
Everything You Need to Know About the Spritz, the Ultimate Summer Cocktail
The bubbly, low-alcohol quencher is an easy, delicious way to beat the heat.Recipe
Gin DandyIf you haven't sipped spiked punchy lately, it's time to revisit the easy-to-make communal cocktail.Recipe
Drink and Be BerryStir up this light, bright cocktail with the tang of citrus and a splash of Champagne for a festive fizz.Recipe
Fresh Whiskey SoursFresh Whiskey Sours are made from just-squeezed lemon and orange juice. Each glass is rimmed with a sugar halo and garnished with a fresh orange slice.Recipe
Summer Sun CocktailVibrantly colored nasturtiums garnish this refreshing cocktail. All nasturtiums' edible foliage and flowers have a pleasing peppery bite.Recipe
Spiked Elderflower LemonadeHomemade elderflower cordial is a cinch to put together and takes vodka lemonade to new heights. Recipe courtesy of Erin French, chef and owner of Lost Kitchen in Freedom, ME.Recipe
Spiked Blackberry-Marjoram LimeadeYou can make the boozy fruit puree up to two days in advance. Top with seltzer and garnish with blackberries, lime wedges, and marjoram leaves before serving. Recipe courtesy of Erin French, chef and owner of Lost Kitchen in Freedom, ME.Recipe
Spicy Grapefruit SpritzThe spicy grapefruit base can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Add seltzer just before serving.Recipe
Pineapple-Cucumber SpritzThe pineapple-cucumber base can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Add seltzer just before serving.Recipe
Rose-Petal Gin FizzFresh petals garnish and flavor a rose-petal gin fizz.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Hibiscus-Ginger SpritzThis stunning thirst-quencher gets its deep red color from dried hibiscus flowers, which are sold as flor de jamaica at Latin grocers. The hibiscus mixture can be made up to 3 days in advance; add seltzer just before serving.Gallery
10 Summer Cocktail Recipes from New York City's Hottest RestaurantsWelcome the change of season with fresh herbs, bright citrus-y flavors, and fresh ingredients! These cocktails come from the brilliant minds of 8 top New York City bartenders but are easy enough to make in the comfort of your own home. Dive into these bold flavors and wow all your friends!Recipe
Orange-Vermouth SpritzersMake these alcoholic sparklers with orange-juice ice cubes.Post
Sip into Summer with a Cocktail Herb Garden
You've heard about starting a vegetable garden, but how about a cocktail garden? There's no better way to spend a summer day than outside with a cold drink! Take your cocktail up a notch with fresh herbs straight from your garden.See More