12 Classic Cocktails Every Home Mixologist Should Know How to Make
What makes a cocktail a classic? It might be the liquor that defines it, or its era of conception. It also might simply start with the letter "M"—after all, the martini, Manhattan, margarita, mint julep, and mojito all fall under the iconic label. But there are other drinks that command our attention, too, like the old fashioned and the negroni. And then there are the outliers: Is the cosmopolitan forever? We think so. What about vacation-forward daiquiris and piña coladas?
Diverse—but classic—mixed drinks have one thing in common: a timeless formula that is seamless, successful, requires no tinkering, and has an authentic tale to tell. In an (albeit exciting) age of artisanal craft drinks, it can be a relief to return to these exemplars of mixology. That's why we think you should master making each one.