10 Classic Cocktails Every Home Bartender Should Know

Daiquiri cocktail

Cocktails are a science and an art form. They are what make or break a good bar, and define a bartender based on their knowledge and skill of pairing flavours and spirits. But, a good cocktail doesn’t need to be complex; in fact, true classic cocktails tend to be as simple as they come with regards to ingredients. This is good news for those home cocktail lovers, as a few bottles can go a long way. In order to be a true cocktail master, there are a few classics that are absolutely necessary to master.

The Daiquiri

Depending on who you ask a daiquiri is either a cheap frozen drink found at an all-inclusive resort, or the absolute measure of a good bartender. Truth is, the daiquiri is one of the simplest cocktails imaginable, but can also be one of the greatest; it all comes down to preparation.

2 oz of WHITE rum (a true daiquiri uses white rum and nothing else)3/4 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice2 tsp of organic cane sugar

Add lime juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve. Add rum and ice, shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe glass, you want the daiquiri to be cold.

The Martini

Yes, we all know about the martini thanks to good old James Bond. However, there’s a reason this cocktail has endured for as long as it has; it’s clean drinking, easy to remember and can be adapted to a huge number of different drinks. Let’s start with the basics.

2 oz of high quality vodka/gin (think Chopin vodka or Hayman’s Gin)1 oz of dry vermouthOptional garnish (lemon, olive, cocktail onion, etc.)

Pour vodka/gin and vermouth into a mixing glass, add ice and stir for about 15-20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add garnish of choice. For lemon, run the lemon twist around the rim of the glass before adding to the cocktail, green olives are the preferred olive choice, or for a gibson add the cocktail onion.

The Old Fashioned

The classic “man’s” drink, the old fashioned saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to its prominence in shows like Mad Men. But, it’s well deserved; this is a fantastic classic cocktail that once again showcases the ingredients through its simplicity.

2oz of quality bourbon/ryeOne organic brown cane sugar cubeDash of Angostura bittersOrange peel

Place the sugar cube in a rocks glass and add bitters. Crush the sugar with the bitters and

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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