Bartending Tips: Essential Drink Recipes For The Novice Bartender

Learn the recipes to ten fantastic and popular alcoholic beverages, including martinis, margaritas, and several other cocktails.

Martini: There are several different types of martinis. Martinis have become a very popular drink again, and many restaurants include a list of "martinis" on their drink menu, but chances are that these are not true martinis. Rather, they are mixed drinks served in a cocktail glass. What makes a real martini? It depends on what you're looking for. Try the following drink recipes.

Dry Martini

1 2/3 oz Gin

1/3 oz dry Vermouth

Stir the gin and vermouth with ice in a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.

Sweet Martini

1 oz Gin

1 oz sweet Vermouth

Stir the gin and vermouth with ice in a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.

Dirty Martini

2 oz Gin

1/4 oz olive juice

Stir the gin and olive juice with ice in a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with olives.

Gin and Tonic: A gin and tonic is a standard, frequently ordered drink in most bars. With only two ingredients, it's very simple to make.

2 oz Gin

5 oz tonic water

Pour gin and tonic water into a highball glass filled with ice and stir. This drink is typically garnished with a lime wedge, but can be garnished with a lemon wedge, as well.

Vodka Tonic: A simple variation on the gin and tonic. Also very simple to make.

2 oz Vodka

5 oz tonic water

Pour gin and tonic into a highball glassed filled with ice and stir. This drink can be garnished with a lemon or lime wedge.

Margarita: A south-of-the-border that is a favorite at many Mexican and American restaurants and bars. You can alter the recipe by adding different types of juices for strawberry, banana, and mango margaritas.



1 1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 oz lime juice

Coarse Margarita salt

Run the lime juice around the rim of a cocktail glass, turn the glass over, and dip it into the coarse margarita salt. In a shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cosmopolitan: A classic cocktail.

1 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz lime juice

1/2 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously with ice. Pour in a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Bloody Mary: The only way to eat your vegetables and have a drink at the same time. A spicy drink with tomato juice.

1 1/2 oz vodka

3 oz tomato juice

1/4 oz lemon juice

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 drops Tabasco sauce

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a celery stalk, olives, or a lime wedge.

White Russian: A rich, creamy, coffee tasting drink. This drink is often ordered as a dessert drink.

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Kahlua

Cream

Pour vodka and Kahlua into a glass filled with ice. Top off with cream.

Sex on the Beach: A cool, fruity drink that has become very popular.

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps

2 oz orange juice

2 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and mix thoroughly. Pour over ice into a tall glass and garnish with an orange wedge.

Long Island Iced Tea: A very alcoholic drink that tastes like iced tea. Be careful not to have too many!

1/2 oz Rum

1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 oz sour mix

Cola

Pour all alcohol into a tall glass filled with ice. Top off with cola and stir.

Pina Colada: A frosty tropical drink. Great for anyone who likes pineapple or coconut.

2 oz Coconut Rum

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz cream

Mix all ingredients together over ice in a highball glass. This drink can also be blended together with ice in a blender and poured into a margarita glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple.

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