10 Classic Cocktails

These are the timeless standards of the cocktail playbook.

Mix up these classic adult beverages for your next party or home happy hour.

Martini (Gin, vermouth)
Sometimes made with vodka, this is a classic, clear, and very strong cocktail. Serve chilled in (you guessed it) a martini glass.

Shaggy's Perfect Martini

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Manhattan (Rye whiskey, vermouth)
Similar to the martini, but with a touch of sweetness. This 100-year-old cocktail can also be made with bourbon. Serve in a martini glass or a short tumbler–always chilled.


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Bloody Mary (Vodka)
Usually served at breakfast or brunch, the Bloody Mary is easy to customize depending on how strong you like your drinks–and how much spice you can handle. Serve over ice in a tall glass with the vegetable garnish of your choice.

Bloody Mary Cocktail

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Margarita (Tequila, triple sec)
A sweet party drink that’s easy to make in batches. Blend in some fruit for extra flavor. You can serve in special rounded margarita glasses or whatever’s handy (serving in a mason jar is increasingly popular).


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Old Fashioned (Whiskey)
A sweet, sophisticated cocktail that’s simple to make and goes down smooth. Serve over ice in a short tumbler (also known as an Old Fashioned glass).

Old Fashioned Cocktail

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Mojito (White rum)
A refreshing Cuban classic made with fresh mint. Sweet and fruity on hot summer days. Serve over ice in a tall glass.

The Real Mojito

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Daiquiri (Rum)
An easy, sweet, and slushy blender drink. Serve in a chilled martini or margarita glass.

Best Strawberry Daiquiri



Gin and Tonic
The good ‘ol G&T is a dead-simple summer drink, and a good reason to stay stocked up on fresh limes. Serve over ice in a short tumbler.

Gin and Tonic

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Screwdriver (Vodka)
Also called vodka and orange juice, because that’s all it is! Easy to make as weak or as strong as you like. Typically served at breakfast or brunch in a tall glass over ice.

Best Screwdriver

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And finally, the Gimlet (Gin)
A classy Gin and sweetened lime juice (Rose’s is the most common brand). Also sometimes made with vodka. Serve in a martini glass or short tumbler.

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