Classic drinks

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am not an alcohol drinker just because my body can't handle alcohol. It makes me very ill. But I have no problem with other people drinking alcohol and am at times the drink maker. Because of that, I decided one day to find out just how to make certain drinks that I've always heard of. This was the result...

Bloody Mary

In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, add one part vodka, two parts tomato juice, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and a dash of salt and pepper. Shake vigorously and strain into serving glass.


In a shaker with crushed ice:

Simple: Three parts gin and one part dry vermouth

Dry: Four to Seven parts gin and one part dry vermouth

Extra-dry: Gin in any proportion and a splash of dry vermouth

Strain and garnish. For a simple and a dry martini, garnish with a green olive. For an extra-dry martini, garnish with a twist of lemon peel.


Pour over ice and stir

Sweet: One part sweet vermouth, two parts bourbon or rye whiskey and a dash of bitters. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Dry: One part dry vermouth and two parts bourbon or rye whiskey. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Whiskey Sour

In a shaker filled with crushed ice put one part sugar syrup, two parts lemon juice and eight parts rye whiskey or bourbon. Shake vigorously and strain. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Old Fashioned

Dissolve 1 lump of sugar in a small amount of warm water. Sprinkle with bitters and crush with a muddler. Add a little rye whiskey or bourbon and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add cracked ice to fill the glass and top with two jiggers of rye whiskey or bourbon.


In a shaker with crushed ice put one part sugar syrup, two parts lime juice and eight parts light rum. Shake and pour into serving glass.

Tom Collins

Mix one Tablespoon sugar syrup, juice of one lemon and two jiggers of gin. Stir well. Add ice and a shot of carbonated water. Stir once and serve.


Fill an 8 oz glass with cracked ice. Pour in 1 oz Italian bitters (Carpano), 3 oz (2 jiggers) sweet vermouth and club soda. Stir. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Black Velvet

Pour chilled champagne and chilled stout (a heavy bodied dark brew made with roasted malt & hops) slowly and simultaneously into a 14 oz glass.


Pour 1 1/2 oz (1 jigger) vodka and 4 oz orange juice over ice. Stir.

Remember to enjoy yourself responsibly. Please don't drink and drive.

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