This type includes various drink categories. Most of them are easy to make for everyday drinking.
It is a simple drink that can be made in a hurry.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + juice or pop.
DRINKS: Screwdriver, Cuba Libre, Bloody Mary.
They are tall drinks made with ginger ale, and originally only gin was used. Today, they are simply called a highball and made with all type of spirits.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + ginger ale.
They are tall highball, and also called Fixes.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + lemon juice or sour mix + carbonated soda water.
STANDARD GARNISH: lemon wedge or wheel.
DRINKS: Tom Collins (gin) – John Collins (whisky) – Juan/ Jose Collins (tequila).
There is a drink name for each style of spirit.
They are short Collins.
METHOD: shake and build.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + lemon juice or sour mix SHAKE + carbonated soda.
STANDARD GARNISH: lemon wheel or half wheel.
To crush and mix ingredients in the bottom of a glass.
METHOD: muddle and build
STANDARD RECIPE: fresh fruit or herb MUDDLE + spirit + carbonated soda.
DRINKS: Mint Julep – Caipirinha – Mojito
It is a simple highball drink that can be served short or tall.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + lime juice + carbonated soda water.
STANDARD GARNISH: lime wedge.
DRINKS: Gin Rickeys , Whisky Rickeys
They are also called Cups. They can be hot or cold drinks mix with various ingredients and usually served in large quantity. The word punch is derived from the Hindi panch (five) referring to the original recipe’s five ingredients: lime, sugar, spices, water and arak.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + 2 or more fruit juices + carbonated flavoured soda.
STANDARD GARNISH: Any fresh fruit on hand.
DRINK: Rum Punch
These types are similar to highballs, but have smaller quantity of liquid and are served in a lowball glass such as a Rock, Tumbler, or Old Fashioned.
METHOD: build (sometimes shaken).
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit(s) + liqueur or mixer.
DRINKS: Black Russian, Old Fashioned, Brown Cow, Negroni
CLASSIC GIN MARTINI
It is the quintessential American cocktail. The classic martini cocktail era starts from the beginning of the twentieth century to the wartime lounge.
STANDARD RECIPE: gin + dry vermouth.
STANDARD GARNISH: olives.
They are a variation of the classic martini.
STANDARD RECIPE: whisky + sweet or dry vermouth.
DRINKS: Manhattan, Rob Roy, Martinez
These martinis are modern concoctions which tend to be richer and sweeter than their basic counterparts.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + liqueur + mixer.
DRINKS: Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Purple Haze
They are similar to hot punches. The basic difference is that they are made for a single serving.
It is traditionally drunk before going to bed or in cold weather.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + sweetener or liqueur + hot water.
DRINKS: Hot Toddy, Hot Buttered Rum
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + sweetener or liqueur + coffee + whipped cream.
DRINKS: Monte Cristo, B52 coffee, Spanish coffee
They were originally hot drinks made with a whole egg and a variety of spirits or wines. Today, flips are served cold.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit or port wine + sweetener or liqueur + mixer + egg.
DRINKS: Brandy Flip, Porto Flip
They are short sour drinks that are served in a sugar-rimmed glass. The Brandy Crusta is considered to be the original.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit +lemon juice + maraschino liqueur.
STANDARD GARNISH: sugar-rimmed glass + lemon rind in the glass.
DRINK: Brandy Crusta
These types are similar to Crusta drinks but are larger, slightly sweeter, and have no sugar rim.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + lemon juice + sweetener + grenadine.
DRINKS: Brandy Daisy, Gin Daisy
They are traditionally small drinks that predates the prohibition era. The most famous is the Whisky Sour.
STANDARD RECIPE: spirit + fresh lemon juice + orange liqueur + egg white optional
DRINKS: Ward 8, Amaretto Sour, Brandy Sour
TIKI / EXOTIC COCKTAILS
These tall, colourful and exotic concoctions are from the retro/party era of the early 1950s. Trader Vic’s bar owner Victor Bergeron and Don The Beachcomber made them famous.
METHOD: shake or build
STANDARD RECIPE: rum + liqueur + exotic juices
STANDARD GARNISH: wedge of exotic fruits, flowers, umbrellas
DRINKS: Zombie, Mai Tai, Planters Punch
These little drinks are also called shots. They usually contain between one to two ounces. Pousse Café is the original layered shooter.
METHOD: build, shake, or layer
STANDARD RECIPE: none
DRINKS: B52 shooter, Slippery Nipple, Lemon Drop