10 Must Try Cocktails

Whether your preference is sweet and tangy or stiff and bold. Our must-try list has a cocktail for everyone.

 

French 75.

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This refreshing cocktail acquired its name from its alleged inventor, who described the drink’s intensity as similar to effect of a French 75mm field gun. The drink has since become a tasty classic that combines the fun flavour of champagne with the edginess of gin to create a well-balanced cocktail. Most commonly enjoyed as a celebratory drink, the French 75 is perfect for birthdays, New Years and any other special occasion.

Here’s how you make one:

§  1 oz Gin or cognac

§  3 oz Brut Champagne

§  .5 oz Fresh lemon juice

§  .5 oz Simple syrup

 

Combine the Gin or Cognac, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker with crushed ice. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute then add the champagne. Garnish with a lemon/ lime wedge and cherry.

 

New York Sour

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Before settling into its New York Sour title, this Whisky based cocktail was referred to as both the Continental and Southern Whisky Sour. Even though its name would suggest otherwise, the drink was actually created by a Chicago bartender who liked to give his sours a bit of a spruce with claret. The drink eventually popularized in New York where the name stuck.

Here’s how you make one:

§  2 oz Rye Whisky or Bourbon

§  1 oz Fresh lemon juice

§  .75 oz Simple syrup

§  .5 oz Red wine

 

Combine all the ingredients with the exception of the red wine in a shaker and shake well. Strain the blend into a short tumbler glass containing ice. Slowly pour the wine onto the back of a spoon so that it floats to the top of the drink. Garnish with a lemon and serve.

 

Long Island Iced Tea

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No must-try cocktail list would be complete without this bad boy of mixed drinks. While the mastermind behind the cocktail is often disputed, the drink, as its name suggest was founded in the city of Long Island. The Long Island Iced Tea captures the essence of each spirit for a tasty creeper, so do enjoy responsibly.  

 

Here’s how you make one:

 

  • 1 oz Vodka

  • 1 oz White rum

  • 1 oz Silver Tequila

  • 1 oz Gin

  • 1 oz Triple sec

  • 1 oz Simple syrup 

  • 1 oz Lemon juice

  • A splash of cola

 

Combine all the ingredients without the cola in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour the mixture into a hurricane or high ball glass, then add ice. Pour a minimal amount of cola on top then slightly stir. Garnish with a lemon square and enjoy. 

 

McGlashan

Though not as popular as some of the other selections on our list, the McGlashan combines Irish Whiskey (preferably single malt) with sherry, orange marmalade and a smooth ginger syrup for a daring cocktail mix.

Here’s how you make one courtesy of liquor.com:

·         1.5 oz Single Malt Irish Whiskey

·         .75 oz  Sherry

·         .75 oz Fresh lemon juice

·         .75 oz Ginger Syrup

·         1 tsp Orange-ginger marmalade

·         3 to 4 dashes The Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters


Fill a shaker with ice and then add all the ingredients. Shake vigorously then strain into a rock glass. Garnish by adding freshly grated nutmeg.


Manhattan

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This oldie but goodie, is great for experimental drinkers. The classic was created in Manhattan for a formal banquet where it instantly became a hit. Traditionally made with rye whiskey, the Manhattan also contains sweet vermouth and is frequently served on the rocks in a low ball glass.   

Here’s how you make one:

·         2 oz Rye Whiskey

·         1 oz Sweet vermouth

·         5 drops of Bitters


Add the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and then garnish with a cherry.


Mai Tai

Similar to some of the other cocktails on our list, the Mai Tai’s creator is still up for debate. However, one of the most supported theories suggest that the drink was invented in Oakland, California in the 1940’s. The brightly coloured cocktail is reminiscent of a tropical sunset and is great for those who prefer their drinks a little more on the sweet side.

Here’s how you make one:

§  .75 oz Fresh lime juice

§  .25 oz Rock candy syrup

§  .25 oz Almond syrup

§  .5 oz Orange Curaçao

§  .6oz Premium aged dark rum

§  1oz White rum


Pour all the above ingredients into a shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake the contents until well chilled. Pour the mixture into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with lime, mint and a flower if desired.


Old Etonian

We selected this gem of a drink for its versatile flavour. The taste of gin mixed with French Lillet make an exquisite match. The mixed drink also takes its name from the alumni of the prestigious Eton College in England.

§  1.5 oz Gin

§  1.5 oz Kina Lillet or Cocchino Americano 

§  2 dashes of Orange bitters

§  2 dashes of Crème de Noyaux or Amaretto

Combine ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

 

Mulled Wine

Primarily sipped during the wintertime, this zesty spiced wine is great for large group settings. Although the name and choice of spirit may vary depending on your geographic location, the cocktail typically consists of red wine, citrus and spices such as cinnamon.

Here’s how you make it:

  • One 750ML bottle of Red Wine – (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Port or Claret)

  • 1 orange peeled.

  • 1 orange zest

  • 1/4 cup of brandy

  • 8-10 cloves

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

 Serves 4-6

 Combine all ingredients into a large saucepan and allow to simmer on a medium flame. Stir occasionally to ensure that the sugar completely dissolves. Once the wine is steaming it is ready to be served. Ladle the wine into a heatproof glass and serve at once.

 

Chimayó Cocktail

Tequila lovers will delight in this refreshing combination of sweet and tart. The Chimayó hails from the American State of New Mexico where the owner of the Rancho de Chimayó, Arturo Jaramillo invented the drink in the 1960’s. The mixed drink quickly became a favourite amongst Jaramillo’s customers and remains the ranch’s signature cocktail today.  

Here’s how you make it:

 

  • 1 1/2 ounces Cuervo Gold or other premium gold tequila

  • 1 ounce apple cider

  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice

  • 1/4 ounce creme de cassis

  • 1 slice unpeeled apple

 

Halfway fill an 8 ounce glass with ice cubes. Pour all of the ingredients over the ice and stir to blend. Garnish the rim with the apple slice and serve.

 

Pink Musketeer

Not just easy on the eyes, the Pink Musketeer is a fun fusion of strawberry and lychee with the subtle taste of vodka. The cocktail has just the right amount of fruit and the addition of lemonade helps give the mixture the right balance of sweet and tangy. The Pink Musketeer is another goodie for grand celebrations.

Here’s how you make it:

  • 12 oz Vodka
  •  12 oz Lemonade
  •  8 oz Lychees
  •   1 cup Strawberries

Combine lychees, strawberries and vodka into a blender. Blend well. Pour halfway into a glass with ice, and add the lemonade. Garnish with a sprig of coriander or mint.