Master 5 Classic Cocktails

There are a lot of skill sets one can be proud of; we consider making a classic cocktail at the top of that list. Today we’re teaching you how to make five different classic cocktails, so you can literally be the favorite when it comes to your group of friends and the ‘who’s hosting tonight?’ question.




2 ounces Gin or Vodka

1 ounce Sweetened Lime Juice

Juice from 1/2 Lime

Lime slices, garnish


In a shaker, combine gin, sweetened lime juice, fresh lime juice, and a handful ice. Shake well. Strain the cocktail into a glass, garnish with lime.

Old Fashioned

old fashioned cocktail


2 ounces Rye whisky

1/2 teaspoon Honey

3 dashes Bitters — Angostura bitters

Splash Sparkling Water (optional)

Star Anise Seed (optional)

Orange Peel, for garnish


Stir together whiskey, honey, bitters. Serve over ice with a splash of sparkling water, star anise and orange peel garnish.

Tom Collins

gin cocktails


2 ounces Gin

1 teaspoon Lemon Simple Syrup

1/2 ounce fresh Lemon Juice

Sparkling Water


Lemon Peel Garnish

Maraschino Cherry, optional


Stir together gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Serve over ice with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with lemon and maraschino cherry.

Barrel-Aged Manhattan

classic manhattan cocktail

From Scott Gerber


2 parts Michters Rye

1 part Cocchi Del Torino (Sweet Vermouth)

3 dashes of angostura bitters (per cocktail)


Serve over ice.

Gin Smash

drinks with gin


1/2 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup

2 ounces of gin

Sparkling Water

a glass 2/3 full with shaved ice

3 – 4 sprigs of mint

Lemon Peel, Garnish


In a glass muddle mint with the simple syrup. Fill with shaved ice. Pour in gin and sparkling water. Stir before serving, garnish with lemon peel.