Category Archives: Classic Cocktails

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

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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Dark Cherry Manhattan

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail - Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail – Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

A well made classic Manhattan is just one of my many favorite cocktails. I seldom grow tired of trying different recreations of this particular drink. Recently I started tinkering with one of my own Manhattan variations. Though the adjustments are minor, the changes made a big difference in taste. I created the (ri)1 & the Elusive Heering recipe in April 2009 when I first started experimenting with rye. The drink seemed to need a heavier hitting rye. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 proof carries just enough weight and sweetness to balance the flavors of this drink.

This dark cherry variation of the Manhattan classic cocktail is deeply satisfying. Cinnamon wafts through with just a touch of chocolate. I sampled this one evening cocktail style and again over three square cubes of ice. There were both simply divine, but each tasted a little different. To be honest, though I am a huge fan of cocktails I preferred the rocks style version better. It was deeper in flavor, richer, more complex. Drinks on the rocks last a little longer for me anyway, so I savored it a little longer. Sample this both ways and let me know what you think.

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Dark Cherry Manhattan – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

1/2 ounce Herring Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with fresh orange twist. Alternative: Pour mixture over one single large ice cube or two or three 1 – inch ice cubes for on the rocks serve.

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Negroni

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

The Negroni is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. The classic Negroni cocktail calls for equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. The layering of flavors in this particular drink has opened the door for so many variations. Gin has been changed for bourbon to make this a Boulevardier. Campari is swapped for various other potable bitters from Amaro to Cynar. Mmm…Cynar! Vermouth varies from thick, rich and delicious to sweet and spicy.

There are so many variations it is difficult to keep up with the diverse Negroni classic cocktail. My advice…get on board and start sampling. You are sure to find at least one variation that suits your fancy pants.

Negroni “No Cucumber Required” Recipe

Negroni Classic Cocktail Variation

Negroni

1-1/2 ounce Hendrick’s Gin

3/4 ounce Campari

3/4 ounce Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth

Orange Twist

Combine liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir or shake according to preference. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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