Category Archives: Classic Cocktails

Classic cocktail recipes, vintage recipes and those classically styled recipes that have stood the test of time.

Repurposing the Zombie

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Classic Zombie adapted to the Walking Dead – perfect for Halloween Parties

The classic Zombie rum cocktail is a heavily over-proof cocktail. The name makes it a perfect drink for Halloween parties. But you don’t want your guests stumbling around like the walking dead.

Adding more fruit juice to the recipe brings a little balance to the drink. This variation of the Zombie recipe includes Apricot brandy and brown sugar syrup. Molasses could be used in place of brown sugar syrup for deeper flavor. Bitters lend a hand by layering a little spiced flavor throughout the drink.

Walking Dead Halloween Drink

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Walking Dead – multiply the ingredients for party serve

Walking Dead – adaption by Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3/4 ounce Apricot Brandy

1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

2 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Classic Bitters – optional

Cherry Garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry. Optional garnishes could include orange slice or pineapple.

Repurpose that Drink

I am a big fan of finding new uses for things. Cocktails are no different. Why leave this drink to just a classic Zombie or adapt it to a Walking Dead for Halloween and call it good? It would be a shame to let this recipe sit on the shelf for an entire year and only serve it for Halloween. So what else is it good for?

Sure, there’s that popular television series people talk about by the same name. Buy a season or two on DVD, host a watch party and serve these Walking Dead drinks. Guests will love them!

But then I counted. There are 10 ingredients in this drink. Perfect for football and tailgate parties… Rename this drink the 1st and 10, multiply the ingredients so it serves a crowd and you’ve got the perfect serve for game day.

See, every drink has a purpose. Sometimes it can be repurposed.

This repurposed Zombie cocktail recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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Brainstorm

Brainstorm 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth 1/4 ounce Benedictine Orange Twist Garnish

Brainstorm

This is one very mixed up classic cocktail! It seems someone started brainstorming ingredients and just couldn’t decide which one was the best for the Brainstorm. I have sampled this classic using Bourbon rather than Irish Whiskey. At first the bourbon seems far removed and lost in the flavor, but after the second and third sip it begins to warm to the soul of the drink. Sip and savor this cocktail with bourbon, whiskey, Scotch or with Irish Whiskey as referenced below.

Brainstorm Recipe

Brainstorm

2 ounces Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1/4 ounce Benedictine

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Brainstorm Recipe Card and Variations

Brainstorm Recipe Card - Click on photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.

Brainstorm Recipe Card – Click photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.

The Brainstorm recipe card is another variation of this recipe using Bourbon with greater degree of Benedictine. Brainstorm can lean a bit toward the sweeter side if you get too heavy handed with the Benedictine, so consider easing up just a little on the liqueur.

Cocktail Database uses 1/2 ounce dry vermouth rather than sweet vermouth. Some recipes, such as one found on Man Tested Recipes, use rye whiskey rather than Irish whiskey with varying measurements of Benedictine and vermouth. Difford’s Guide uses bourbon in lower quantity dry vermouth and also changes the measures of the remaining ingredients. Esquire uses Irish whiskey and dry vermouth, but uses tablespoon measurements on remaining ingredients. Play around with the drink and find the spirits and measurements that work for you palate.

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Boulevardier

Boulevardier 1-1/2 ounce Bourbon 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail

It’s no secret the Negroni Campari cocktail in its many variations is one of my favorite cocktails. The Boulevardier is the whiskey-based cousin of the Negroni. It is also the stepping stone cocktail of the Left Hand Cocktail that includes chocolate bitters. Yum!

The Boulevardier is said to date back to the 1920s making this a classic cocktail. This is an easy three ingredient drink to make. It can be served cocktail style or on the rocks. The Boulevardier drink tastes wonderful with spicier style bourbons with cinnamon notes. Spice weaves nicely with the bitter sweet flavor of Campari.

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier

1-1/2 ounce Bourbon

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Place liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or orange twist. My personal preference is an orange twist.

Photo shows a Boulevardier mixed by bartender Chris Engles, Omaha, Nebraska.

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Traditional Martini and Dillatini

Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide copyright 1967

Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide copyright 1967

According to Old Mr. Boston (1967 copyright), the way to make a traditional Martini is this; Chill a 3 ounce cocktail glass until it frosts. Fill a Martini pitcher with dry, hard frozen, cracked ice. Measure out exact ingredients, dry gin first and then dry vermouth. Stir briskly until mixture is extremely cold. Strain immediately into the frosted cocktail glass. Serve traditionally with an olive. Lemon twist is an alternative.

Martini Ratios

Traditional Martini is 2 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Dry Martini is 5 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Extra Dry Martini is 7 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Typically the Martini measurement parts equal 2 to 2-1/4 ounces in full before stirring with ice. This makes a smaller Martini than some might be accustomed to, but the smaller size means the Martini stays chilled while you sip and enjoy.

Traditional Martini Recipe

Traditional Martini 1-1/2 ounce Dry Gin 3/4 ounce Dry Vermouth Olive or Lemon Twist – according to preference

Traditional Martini with Olives

Traditional Martini

1-1/2 ounce Dry Gin

3/4 ounce Dry Vermouth

Olive or Lemon Twist – according to preference

Use directions above for an exquisite Martini taste experience.

Martini Substitutions

Vodka Martini or Vodkatini substitutes vodka for gin

Tequini substitutes tequila for gin

Gibson is a Dry or Extra Dry Martini with lemon peel & pearl onions

Dillatini substitutes a Dilly Bean in place of an olive.

Dillatini or Dilly Bean Martini

Dilly Beans are pickled green beans. They are often flavored with dill, Tabasco sauce, garlic or peppers. Some modern bars have claimed to have invented the Dilly Bean Martini out of necessity of running low on olives. However, mention of the Dillatini in Old Mr. Boston goes to show there really is nothing new. The Dilly Bean Martini or Dillatini had been around for quite some time already.

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Ward Eight Classic Cocktail

Ward Eight Cocktail Recipe 2-1/4 ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey 3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice 3/4 ounce Fresh Orange Juice 1/4 ounce Grenadine Orange Slice and Cherry

Ward Eight Classic Cocktail

Ward Eight was a voting district in Boston notorious for political corruption. The Ward Eight cocktail creation is credited to Tom Hussion of the Locke-Ober Café in Boston circa 1898. The drink pays tribute to the café’s owner, Martin Lomasney, who ran for election in Ward Eight. Strip the recipe down to bare basics and you will see it looks much like a Whiskey Sour.

Some prefer scotch rather than bourbon or rye in this recipe. Scotch brings a bit more smoke to the drink. Other recipes call for 2 ounces whiskey and a mere teaspoon of grenadine. That will work of course, but be prepared for a prickle of tart that will make your eyes water and your toes curl. Ward Eight leans toward both sweet and sour, so be prepared to pucker up. Add a little more OJ and / or grenadine if that suits your taste buds. Either way, this drink will ready you for kissing babies just like a real politician!

Ward Eight Classic Cocktail Recipe

Ward Eight

2-1/4 ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

1/4 ounce Grenadine

Orange Slice and Cherry Place liquids in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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