9 of Night Owl's Favorite Classic Cocktails

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As the lovers of all things classic it's a no-brainer that we'd have some thoughts on cocktails. Here are some of the team's 10 top favorite cocktails in no particular order. What's your favorite?

 

1. DRY MARTINI - The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that, like a tailored suit, is timeless, it has maintained a place in cocktail history due to being easy to use and endlessly sophisticated.

1. DRY MARTINI - The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that, like a tailored suit, is timeless, it has maintained a place in cocktail history due to being easy to use and endlessly sophisticated.

1/3 oz dry vermouth 1 olive -- Stir gin and vermouth with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass, add the olive, and serve.


 

2. MANHATTAN - The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should've been about.

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1 oz scotch whisky 0.5 oz sweet vermouth -- Add scotch whiskey and sweet vermouth. Mix and serve in martini glass.


 

3. OLD FASHIONED - The Old Fashioned cocktail is old-school but never out of fashion.

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2 oz bourbon whiskey 2 dashes bitters 1 splash water 1 tsp sugar 1 maraschino cherry 1 orange wedge -- Mix sugar, water and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.


 

4. MOSCOW MULE - This spicy vodka-and-ginger cocktail bites back. The Moscow Mule marries the clear spirit with ginger for a spicy kick.

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2 oz vodka 2 oz lime juice 8 oz ginger ale -- Mix ingredients in a highball glass with ice.


 

5. MOJITO - A descendant of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five-ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.

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1.25 oz spiced rum 12 mint leaves 1 tbsp sugar 0.5 oz lime juice 2 oz soda -- Place mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add crushed ice, spiced rum, sugar, and lime juice, and muddle. Add soda water and garnish with mint leaves.


 

6. NEGRONI - The Negroni Cocktail is a classic Italian drink. Order a Negroni and you’ll be sure to Impress your bartender.

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1 oz gin 1 oz sweet vermouth 1 oz bitters -- Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass 3/4 filled with cracked ice. Add a splash of soda water if desired. Garnish with a half slice of orange.


 

7. RUSTY NAIL - First appearance in 1937—and it wasn’t long before it became a classic. Don’t worry; there’s no need for a tetanus shot after drinking one of these.

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1 1/2 oz scotch whisky 1/2 oz scotch whisky 1 twist lemon peel --


 

8. MIMOSA - Another classic option, this has to the be drink of choice when it comes to cocktails before noon.

Combine equal parts champagne and orange juice and enjoy!

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9. DAIQUIRI - Last, but not least, this sweet drink is another fan favorite - and one of ours as well!

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1 1/2 ounces light rum 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup or superfine sugar -- Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


All of these drinks are true classics, but we want to know your favorites as well! Share one of your most used recipes in the comments below!