In honor of it being Throwback Thursday, we’re talking about classic cocktails today! My all-time favorite drink is a sidecar. It’s reminiscent of Prohibition era days, which I’m particularly fond of. I think I was born in the wrong decade.
In fact, when my husband, parents and I bought an older building in our town, there were stories of it being a speakeasy during the Prohibition. And y’all know how much I love stories. J
So, to make my favorite classic cocktail, the Sidecar, you would use a martini glass. Then, mix together:
- 2 oz. Cognac
- ¾ oz. lemon (I sometimes do just ½ an ounce)
- ¾ oz. triple sec.
Shake well with ice. Strain into martini glass. Super simple and clean.
My husband, on the other hand, is a whiskey guy. Apparently yesterday was National Bourbon Day (I had no idea). His classic cocktail is an Old Fashioned. To make you need:
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 3 dashes bitters
- ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Water or Club Soda
- Fruit garnish (usually a slice of orange and a cherry)
Muddle the sugar and bitters together with a sprinkling of water or club soda until the sugar is dissolved. Fill lowball glass with ice. Add the bourbon. Garnish with choice of fruit.
What I love is that we typically have these liquors on hand, and most don’t require anything super difficult.
Another classic cocktail is a simple mimosa. This is the perfect brunch drink, but it’s also just nice and refreshing in the summer. Simply add your desired amount of champagne or prosecco (the latter is not super classic….but it’s still delicious) to a champagne coupe or flute. Then, top with orange juice. For an added *extra*, add two drops of orange bitters.
I think it’s nice to have a signature drink for entertaining, and I hope these have given you a few ideas!
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