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25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know

We who like to mix drinks at home do it for many reasons: First, it's cheaper than drinking out. Second, it's fun to mix your own drinks at home. Third, it's even more fun to mix drinks for other people at home. Any self-respecting home bartender should have a mental Rolodex Excel spreadsheet of favorite classic cocktail recipes. Even if these aren't fully memorized, you should be able to find the recipe in your home library at quick notice to serve them to your friends.

Today, I present the 25 essential drinks that I think everyone should be able to make. I'm not including any highballs here. If you can't mix up a gin and tonic or a whiskey and soda without a recipe, you're not ready for Cocktail 101. Take some remedial classes and get back to me.

The List

Old Fashioned
Martinez
Martini
Manhattan
Brooklyn
Daiquiri
Margarita
Sidecar
French 75
Bloody Mary
Irish Coffee
Jack Rose
Negroni
Boulevardier
Sazerac
Vieux Carré
Ramos Gin Fizz
Mint Julep
Whiskey Sour
Mai Tai
Planter's Punch
Pisco Sour
Cosmopolitan
Tom Collins
Last Word

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