3 Cocktails Everyone Should Know

May 2, 2016



1. Martini


As one story goes, this drink was originally called the Martinez, for the California town 

where it was first mixed in the late 1800s. The martini is a perennial favorite, always 

glamorous and always served ice-cold. Keep the gin in the freezer and the glasses, too!


Combine 2 ounces gin and a dash of extra dry vermouth in an ice filled cocktail shaker 

and shake or stir. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an olive or lemon 

twist. A dirty martini includes a dash of olive juice.


2. Margarita


If you choose to make margaritas at home, commit to the following: freshly squeezed 

lime juice only, and Cointreau rather than Triple Sec. Your guests will thank you.


Combine 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce Cointreau, and 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed 

lime juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake and serve straight up in a margarita glass. 

Salt the rims of the glasses or not as your guests prefer.


3. Cosmopolitan


It may be as overexposed as Samantha in Sex in the City, but, like the TV show, “the 

Cosmo,” a pink combination of vodka, cranberry juice, and Triple Sec, is a crowd-pleaser 

and can’t be ignored. It is often embellished with the flavor du jour.


Combine 1 ½ ounces vodka, ½ ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau, 1 tablespoon cranberry 

juice and the juice of ½ a fresh lime in an iced filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into 

a chilled martini glass.



Which cocktail is your favorite to serve guests?





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