Category Archives: Classic Cocktails

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

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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Greyhound

Greyhound two ingredient drink - vodka, grapefruit juice with optional grapefruit slice and/or lime twist garnish.

Greyhound two ingredient drink – vodka, grapefruit juice with optional grapefruit slice and/or lime twist garnish.

The Greyhound just might be the ultimate easy summer thirst quencher. Take two simple ingredients, pour them together and you’re set for quick refreshment. It’s as easy as vodka and grapefruit juice. Rim this puppy with salt and then it is a Salty Dog. Exchange grapefruit juice for orange juice and it is called a Screwdriver.

Classic Greyhound Recipe

Greyhound two ingredient drink - vodka, grapefruit juice with optional grapefruit slice and/or lime twist garnish.

Greyhound

2 ounces Vodka

3 to 4 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit Slice

Build in a tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh grapefruit slice if desired.

But what if vodka just isn’t your thing? You can definitely use rum, tequila or gin instead. It will change the dynamic of the drink. Rum brings a little buttery, rounded feel to the flavor. Tequila gives an earthy, agave spice feel to the drink. Gin adds sharpness with floral and botanicals.

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