Cocktails, 12 Ways
Each recipe below makes one drink. The first recipe in each category is the main recipe, then the two that follow are variations. Cheers.
1. Tom Collins
Combine lots of ice, 1/4 cup gin, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in a mixing glass and shake. Strain into a glass of ice and top with club soda. Garnish: lemon wedge.
2. French 75
Shake the same ingredients as above, only this time with slightly less gin and lemon juice; strain into an empty glass. Instead of club soda, top with Brut Champagne. Garnish: lemon twist.
3. Southside Fizz
Muddle mint leaves and 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup in the mixing glass; add the gin and lemon juice; shake. Strain into a glass of ice and finish with club soda. Garnish: more mint.
4. Vodka Soda
Fill a glass with ice. Add 1/4 cup vodka and top with 1/2 cup club soda; stir. If you like, add fresh lime juice. Garnish: lime wedge.
5. Moscow Mule
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice and 2 tablespoons simple syrup to the vodka. Instead of soda, top with ginger beer. Garnish: crystallized ginger.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons each lime juice and Triple Sec plus 1 tablespoon cranberry juice to the vodka and soda. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish: orange twist.
Combine lots of ice, 1/4 cup tequila, and 1 1/2 tablespoons each Triple Sec and lime juice in a mixing glass and shake. Salt the rim of another glass and strain in the mixture. Garnish: lime wedge.
Skip the Triple Sec; combine everything else plus 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice in a glass with a salted rim; don’t shake. Top with club soda. Garnish: grapefruit wedge.
9. El Diablo
Substitute lemon juice for lime juice and add 1 1/2 tablespoons crème de cassis. Shake and strain into a glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish: lemon wedge.
10. Old Fashioned
Muddle a sugar cube and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Add ice and pour in 1/4 cup whiskey. Garnish: lemon twist.
Skip the sugar cube; add 2 tablespoons sweet vermouth to the ice and whiskey and gently stir; strain into a glass. Garnish: maraschino cherry.
12. Mint Julep
Muddle mint leaves and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in a glass, then add the ice and whiskey—slightly more, if you like. Garnish: lots of fresh mint.