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Basic Cocktails 101

So far in this blog when I talk cocktails it’s usually something I have created myself. I love that I can share these concoctions with you and receive your feedback! Nothing makes me feel better than when I invent something that puts a smile on someone’s face.

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I do realize though, that we all have our favorite drinks we order when we go out for a night on the town, and I also realize from the years I spent behind a bar, that a lot of people have no idea how to make their favorites. You would be surprised and how simple some of these popular drinks are to make!

I thought I would devote a post to just that. Here I will show you what you need and how to assemble 5 popular cocktails. You will learn the Long Island Iced Tea, The Cosmopolitan, The Moscow Mule, The Manhattan, and the Perfect Martini.

Long Island Iced Tea

You will need:

  • 1/2oz white rum
  • 1/2oz gin
  • 1/2oz vodka
  • 1/2oz tequila
  • 1/2oz Triple Sec
  • splash of sweet and sour (or you may use lemon juice)
  • splash of cola
  • lemon wedge

Fill a collins glass with ice, combine all liquors, top with sweet and sour and cola stir well, and garnish with lemon wedge.

The Cosmopolitan

You will need:

  • 2oz vodka
  • 1/2oz Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1/4oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz sweetened cranberry juice
  • lemon twist

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add your liquor and juices, shake well, strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with lemon twist.

The Moscow Mule**

You will need:

  • 2oz vodka
  • ginger beer
  • lime
  • bar bitters (optional)

In the bottom of your mug, muddle 2 slices of lime. Fill your mug with ice, add your vodka, and fill with ginger beer, and garnish with a lime wedge. Add a couple drops of bar bitters to taste if desired.

**This drink is served in a copper mug. This slightly enhances the flavors of the ingredients, as well as offering a super cool drinking sensation as the copper chills to the temp of your drink much faster than other types of drinking cups. If you don’t have one of these, don’t fret, your Moscow will still taste excellent, but if this is something you like to enjoy often, I highly recommend you pick up a copper mug for yourself. They aren’t too expensive, and they really are fun and beautiful to use!

The Manhattan

  • 2oz Rye or Bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2oz sweet vermouth
  • dash of bitters
  • dash or cherry juice
  • cherry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add your whiskey, vermouth bitters, and cherry juice, shake well, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry. This drink can also be served stirred over ice.

The Perfect Martini

  • 2oz gin (you can substitute vodka)
  • 1/2oz dry vermouth
  • 1/2oz sweet vermouth
  • cherry OR lemon twist

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, combine your gin (or vodka) and both vermouths, shake, strain into a martini glass, garnish with cherry or twist. May also be served stirred on the rocks.

There you have it! Five basic popular cocktails that you can easily enjoy at home! It’s easy to wow your friends, or just have an inexpensive cocktail at home without worrying about getting all dressed up or braving the cold!

Didn’t see your favorite here? Let me know in the comments I would be happy to teach you how to make it!

Thanks for reading!

Basic Cocktails


15 thoughts on “Basic Cocktails 101

    1. That’s a good one! I have Pina parties in my backyard in summer! I get the blender going and crank them out! They are pretty simple to make with lots of fun variations and you can find excellent mixer on the market making it even easier! Strangely enough, usually it is just straight silver rum in them, then its mixed with coconut milk, pineapple juice, and blended with ice. garnish with a cherry and you’re done! It’s a lot like making a smoothie! You can also throw a banana in there if you want to get creative! Thanks for reading!


    1. That’s a good one! So what you will need is: 2oz Vodka, 1/2oz Coffee Liqueur, a little simple syrup or agave nectar to taste, and 1oz espresso or strong coffee, fill your shaker with ice, shake and strain into your chilled martini glass, garnish with espresso beans if you like, and if you want to get creative, you can substitute the simple for sweet cream, and drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of your glass before you pour! Thanks for reading! ❤


  1. Can you believe that I have NEVER in my life tried a Cocktail haha quite shocking really! All the more reason to experiment I think haha. Great post hun xx

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    1. They are so nice. I prefer mine with gin, and I like to squeeze the lemon in before I make the twist. Super smooth martini. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading!


    1. I’m glad! If you ever need a cocktail recipe feel free to ask me, I probably know how to make it and would be happy to set you up with simple instructions for tested cocktails recipes. I usually can even give suggestions on variations and batching info for most drinks as well!
      Thanks for reading!

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      1. That’s awesome thank you so much! I’m not in the knowhow so it’s great to have someone who is. I think it would be awesome to see some batch cocktail recipes if you could post some?? Xx

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      2. I will put together a post for that! That’s actually something I really should do anyway, since NYE is coming up and people will be having parties! GREAT idea! Thank you so much! ❤

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