Classic Cocktail Party Drink Recipes

I hosted a winter cocktail party at my place just a couple of weeks ago, right in the middle of some of our coldest weather yet.  My friend Dave has picked up classic cocktail making as a hobby, and he wanted a place to showcase his talents.  Of course I obliged! 

We sampled at least 12 of the different cocktails he offered us.  By far, my favorite was the Maidens Blush, although this drink is more suited to summertime drinks on the deck.  The Manhattens and several types of martini's were the drinks that really warmed us up. Check out the pictures and recipes below...including one for an Elderflower Martini! Yummy! 

      In a shaker tin with ice, combine:
      2 ounces Gin
     .5 ounces Cointreau
     .5 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
     .25 ounces Jack Rudy Grenadine
     Shake then double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 ounces homemade sweet and sour

  • Lime wedgesPour gin, vodka, St. Germain and sweet in sour into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously to combine. Squeeze a wedge of lime into a martini glass and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.

  • 4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries
  • Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is very cold to touch. Place a maraschino cherry in each of two chilled cocktail glasses. Dividing evenly, strain the contents of the shaker over cherries and serve immediately.

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