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5 Bar-Cart-Friendly Cocktails to Get You Through

Just because we have to stay home, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a cocktail. We’re just going to make it bar-cart-friendly. There are several classically simple cocktails that you can make at home with just a few trustworthy ingredients to show for them. The Manhattan, Martini, Negroni, Old Fashioned, and the trusty Highball are both easy to make and delicious to drink. Each of these cocktails can vary in ingredients – from the spirit, to the liqueur, to the garnish – so it never loses its impact and can be curated no matter what you have in your cabinet.

Manhattan

2 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Dash of bitters
Orange peel or cherry

The classic Manhattan cocktail was originated in New York City sometime in the late 1800s and is known today as the king of vermouth drinks. There are several theories on how exactly the drink came to be – an interesting one being that it was first created for a party thrown by Jennie Jerome, who was the mother of Winston Churchill.

For a simple at-home version, we mix 2 parts rye whiskey with 1 part sweet vermouth, add a dash or 2 of bitters, and garnish with an orange peel or cherry.

 

Martini

3 oz. gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
Lemon peel or green olives

There’s nothing quite like a classic Martini. Immortalized in American culture – from James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” to Hemingway’s affirmation of fondness – a martini is cool, clean, and undoubtedly dignified.

Without variation, a classic Martini is made using 6 parts gin to 1 part dry vermouth. Then, shake with ice and strain into your Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel or make it dirty with two green olives.

 

Negroni

1 1/2 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Orange twist

At its origin an Apéritif, the Negroni is a simple, smooth cocktail for a smooth character. Legend says the drink got its start at a cafe in Florence around the 1920s. Count Camillo Negroni, an Italian military man, asked the bartender to make his normal Americano order a little stronger – so he replaced soda water with gin, and in so, created an instant classic.

To make your own, combine one and a half-ounce of gin with equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir and strain over ice into a chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of orange. Bellisimo!

 

Old Fashioned

1 1/2 oz. bourbon
2 dashes Angostura’s bitters
Sugar cube
Orange peel or cherry

The Old Fashioned was born around 1886 when bartenders started getting a little carried away dressing bourbon with extra ingredients. This launched a back-to-basics movement with an emphasis on enjoying the classics. This first so-called Old Fashioned was published in a newspaper of the time.

To start, combine a sugar cube with bitters and a bit of water, muddling until it forms one mixture. Then, add in a large ice cube and fill with your favorite bourbon. Garnish with an orange peel and a single cherry.

 

Highball

2 oz. whiskey (or your favorite spirit)
Approximately 6 oz. ginger ale

We’re partial to the Whiskey Highball, for obvious reasons, but you could make this cocktail with any of your favorite spirits.

No matter what whiskey you choose to use – Rye, Irish, Bourbon, Canadian – there’s no drink more refreshing. Deliciously paired with just about anything, this drink is the perfect pairing for a cocktail hour at home. To make yours, simply pour Whiskey into a highball glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.

That’s all she wrote, folks.