RECIPE: Classic Cocktails

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Whether you are visiting with a few friends or entertaining a crowd of people, it’s cool to have a handful of classic cocktail recipes in your repertoire. With each of the following concoctions consisting of less than five ingredients and a few garnishes for presentation, these simple recipes are almost effortless to make and add a festive touch to any occasion.

The Classic Margarita
Arguably one of the most well-known cocktails, margaritas can be made in any flavor you can think of; however, the classic margarita is made with freshly squeezed lime juice and tequila. Whether you break out your blender for a frozen margarita or sip on the salted (or sugar) rimmed glass of one on the rocks, the classic margarita is a definite crowd-pleaser.

ClassicSaltedRim

Salt all around that rim, rim, rim, rim

Recipe:
• 1 1/2 oz tequila
• 1/2 oz triple sec
• 1 oz fresh lime juice (Simply Limeade works well, too)
• Lime wedge for garnish
• Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)

Directions:
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
4. Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
5. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Sex on the Beach
This cocktail is widely known and seldom disappointing, incorporating vodka with multiple juices and fruits as garnishes –  it wouldn’t hurt to know this drink recipe like the back of your hand.

Recipe:
• 1 1/2 ounces vodka
• 3/4 ounce peach schnapps
• 1/2 ounce creme de cassis
• 2 ounces orange juice
• 2 ounces cranberry juice
• Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a highball glass.
4. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Tom Collins
One of many drinks in the ‘Collins’ family of sour cocktails, a Tom Collins is a light and refreshing blend of gin, lemon juice, and club soda to revitalize you as you drink. This cocktail is not to be confused with the John Collins, however, which uses whiskey in its recipe instead of gin.

Recipe:
• 1 1/2 ounces gin
• 1 ounce lemon juice
• 1/2 ounce simple syrup
• Club soda
• Maraschino cherry for garnish
• Lemon slice for garnish

Directions:
1. Pour the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a Collins glass with ice cubes.
2. Stir thoroughly.
3. Top with club soda.
4. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Mai Tai

Out of this world with an umbrella

Mai Tai
Originating from the Tahitian language in French Polynesia, ‘Mai Tai’ translates into English as “Out of this World” – a perfect description this cocktail’s flavorful blend of fruit juice and rum.

Recipe:
• 1 ounce light rum
• 1 ounce dark rum
• 1/2 ounce lime juice
• 1/2 ounce orange curacao
• 1/2 ounce orgeat syrup
• Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
1. Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice.
4. Top with the dark rum.
5. Garnish with the cherry.

The Brandy Alexander
You may already be familiar with the Alexander – a classic cocktail made with gin – but you are definitely missing out if you haven’t tried a Brandy Alexander. Paired better with chocolate and cream, the Brandy in this Alexander is complimented with a ground nutmeg garnish to create the most simple and delicious dessert drink out there.

Recipe:
• 1 ounce brandy
• 1 ounce dark creme de cacao
• 1 ounce cream
• Ground nutmeg for garnish

Directions:
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a dusting of nutmeg.