We spoke with five bartenders across the country and got their recipe for some classic cocktails.
We have the glassware, we have the ingredients, but finding the perfect recipe is always more challenging than it should be. So, to make all of our lives a little easier, we spoke with five fantastic bartenders across the country, and got their perfect recipes for the tried-and-true cocktails you already know and love. And if you don’t already know and love them, chances are that once you try them, you will.
A Gin Martini is one of our favorite drinks for just about any occasion. Our favorite, made by Laura Maddox at Small Victory Bar in Austin, features a garnish of both an olive and lemon twist and a subtle hint of orange bitters. Best served in a Coupe Glass, It gives you “the light and refined side of the martini, as well as the savory side—it’s the best of both worlds.”
For Whiskey-drinkers, there is no better cocktail than an Old Fashioned. The team at Death & Co. shared a recipe with us that is just delightful. Using Demerara Syrup, the cocktail achieves a silkier, smoother texture throughout the drink. Best served in a Drinking Glass, it is one you’ll make again and again.
The Daiquiri is great, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes you need something a little different. Tobin Shea from Redbird shared his recipe for the Royal Daiquiri, which almost tastes “like a key lime pie.” Traditionally served in a Coupe Glass, it’s definitely the most beautiful drink to make on this list.
At Made In, our favorite cocktail has got to be a Negroni, and Ivy Mix’s proportions are just right. Using Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth, the cocktail is a classic blend of juniper, bitters, and sweetness. You can mix it in a mixing glass, or just mix it right in your Drinking Glass—either way, it’ll come out delicious.
This spin on the classic Manhattan only brings out the classic flavors even more. Given to us by Sother Teague from Amor y Amargo, the recipe to be made in a Coupe Glass uses fortified wine instead of vermouth to create a cherry flavor, and a flamed orange peel, to make notes of orange sing.