Classic Cocktail Recipes Every Gal Should Know

Is there anything more sophisticated than an elegant cocktail? And I’m not talking about the ghastly fruity cocktails that have become so popular over the past couple of decades like Sex on the Beach. I mean classic cocktails; the kind that Betty Draper was seen drinking in Mad Men. Most are made with hard liquor and are a great way to add some charm and refinement to your next date night at home. Interested in learning more? Here are some of the best classic cocktail recipes that every gal should know.

Old Fashioned

When you think of classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned is one of the first that springs to mind. This was one of the favorite drinks in Mad Men! It is a whiskey-based drink, and normally rye whiskey is the tipple of choice. But to bring your Old Fashioned into the twenty-first century, you could try using the best Japanese Whiskey. But before you add the whiskey, you need to mix some sugar with bitters. Add some ice to your glass and then top up with the whiskey. The traditional garnish for an old fashioned is a small slice of orange rind.


There is no easier cocktail to make than a simple Negroni. All you need to do is mix equal parts gin, Campari, and vermouth. Add some ice and there you have it! You can always finish it off with a cherry if you like. It’s a popular aperitif to enjoy before a meal. So next time you host a dinner party, why not whip a few up for your guests to enjoy before the food?

Bloody Mary

Every fancy a drink at brunch? A bloody mary is the perfect morning cocktail. And it is even thought to be a very effective hangover cure! It’s a great way of getting one of your five a day, as you will need plenty of tomato juice to make this moreish drink. Simply mix together vodka, tomato juice and whichever seasonings you prefer. There are a few different seasonings that can go into a bloody mary. Including Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and celery sticks.

White Russian

Like your vodka? Then you will probably love white Russians! This is one of the few classic cocktails made with fresh cream. You need to mix together equal parts vodka and coffee liqueur before topping up with fresh cream and ice. If you don’t want all the calories that come with cream, you can always substitute with cream.


There are also plenty of classic cocktails that use rum. One of the most popular is the mojito. You need quite a few ingredients to make this cocktail. Mix together white rum, fresh lime, mint leaves, sugar, and soda water. It’s the best classic cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer’s day.

So next time you have friends around, it might be wise to ditch the wine. Practice your cocktail shaking skills with these fantastic recipes! I’m sure your friends will be extremely impressed by your skills!