The Essential Cocktails In Your Life

Posted on November 29, 2017

Cocktails, like wine, are essential on the road to happiness. Have you ever rushed through a great drink? No, you sip, you taste, you wonder. Conversations can come from great cocktails and a secret rendezvous is always in order for the right drink. Some spirits are sexy while others are harsh but the chemistry between the ingredients in a proper drink make for a memorable experience. Finding the right cocktail bar is another challenge, but as long as you know what you want, you should be fine.


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I walked into a bar recently and the bartender was raving about her ability to make a great cocktail. She boasted about making all the classics. She was confident. She was proud. She was pompous. I was excited. A great cocktail bar right under my nose and I had failed to find it until right that moment?
So, naturally I asked her for my litmus test of cocktails. “Can you make me a Hemingway Daiquiri?”
“Oh, we don’t make slushy drinks because we don’t have a blender”
Such is life, you think you find a real bar that knows classic cocktails and you realize that a good cocktail program is either really hard to find or plenty of people are just giving lip service to the art of a great cocktail.
Naturally, I decided to help the friendly bartender and I told her I would come up with 25 essential cocktails. (5 are below and in the coming days we will whet your appetite with a new drink each week. Well,... classic, not new)  There are no surprises here, just great cocktails that have lasted for decades because they are truly great drinks.


1. The Sidecar
Cockatils are memories from my youth. I remember a postcard of a motorcycle with a sidecar at a restaurant that my father would take me to. We would sit down and he would always start with a beer. I would read the menu and look at this sidecar and wonder about how much fun it would be to ride around on that thing. It wasn’t until I was older that I began to enjoy Cognac and this cocktail brought that feeling of riding alongside the road full circle.

  • 1 1/2 oz Remy Martin VSOP
  • 3/4oz Cointreau
  • 1 1/2oz fresh Lemon
  • 1 bar spoon of super fine sugar
  • Garnish with lemon

Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice and then strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon.
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