8 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make

A classic cocktail known for its simplicity, made with muddled sugar, Angostura bitters, water, and whiskey. Originating from The Pendennis Club in the late 1800s, it's often garnished with an orange peel or cocktail cherry.

Old Fashioned

Featuring bourbon, honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice shaken over ice, this cocktail offers a sweet and citrusy flavor profile. Created at Milk and Honey in NYC in the early 2000s, it's served in an old fashioned glass with a lemon peel garnish.

Gold Rush

Similar to the Old Fashioned but with rye whiskey, sugar cube, Peychaud's Bitters, and an absinthe rinse in a chilled glass. Originating from New Orleans, it's stirred with ice and garnished with a lemon peel.


A festive cocktail with London dry gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup, topped with sparkling wine. Named after the French 75mm field gun, it was allegedly created at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1915.

French 75

Made with rye whiskey, sweet red vermouth, and Angostura bitters stirred over ice and strained into a cocktail glass. Believed to have originated at a party in NYC's Manhattan Club in the late 1800s.


A complex cocktail with rye whiskey, Cognac, sweet red vermouth, Bénédictine, and Peychaud's Bitters, stirred over ice and strained into an old fashioned glass. Invented at the Carousel Bar in New Orleans in 1937.

Vieux Carré

A warm, soothing drink made with Scotch whisky, honey, fresh lemon juice, and hot water. Traditionally believed to have medicinal properties, it's garnished with a lemon wheel.

Hot Toddy

A straightforward blend of Scotch whisky and amaretto over ice, offering a sweet and boozy flavor profile. Named after the iconic film and enjoyed as a cozy winter drink.