Classic Cocktails For America’s Birthday

photoEvery time I go out for a drink I always order the same thing (Jack and diet). One night I was at a speak-easy themed bar in downtown San Diego and asked the bartender to make me something different. That night I discovered the Sazerac and I now order them regularly (not everyone knows how to make it, though). This Fourth of July celebrate the birth of America with these classic concoctions.


The Manhattan was named after the borough in New York (are you really that surprised?). It is traditionally made with two and a half ounces of rye whiskey (I like Bulleit), one ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of Angostura bitters. Serve in a martini glass with a garnish of maraschino cherry.


The Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans and is thought to be America’s oldest cocktail. Muddle two ounces of rye whiskey, three dashes of Peychaud’s bitters and a sugar cube. Rinse an old fashioned glass with Absinthe to coat and pour the whiskey mixture into the glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Gin Rickey

The Rickey was invented in Washington D.C. and can be made with Gin or Whiskey. Add two ounces of your spirit of choice with the juice of half a lime to a highball glass with ice. Fill to the top with soda water and garnish with a lime wedge.


The Martini is commonly made with gin and vermouth in a ratio of 10:1. However, when the drink first originated it was made in a 1:1 ratio. Pour all ingredients into a shaker and mix well. Pour into a martini glass with a garnish of olives or lemon. Add a splash of ¬†olive juice to make it a “dirty” martini.


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