17 Classic Cocktails That Existed Before Mixology iPhone Apps

Between the craft cocktail boom in the early 2000s and the craft beer bubble sweeping the nation, it’s possible that you might not even know what half of the cocktails on a bar’s menu are. And there’s no shame in that.

Long before mixologists and the expert epidemic struck dive bars across the country, we had a good rotation of cocktails for every taste.

Here are 17 tried-and-true cocktail classics that have gone out of fashion – but are ready for resurrection.

Old-Fashioned

Old fashioned cocktail with cherry and orange peel

Where better place to start this list of old-fashioned cocktails than with the Old Fashioned itself? Born in the 1800s, the Old Fashioned is made with muddled sugar and bitters, and rye or bourbon whiskey, poured over ice and garnished with orange and cherry.

Get the recipe here.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

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Dark rum (the dark) and ginger beer (the stormy) are poured over ice and garnished with a wedge of lime in the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy.

Get the recipe here.

Gimlet

Vodka or Gin Cocktail Garnished with Mint

Thought to be created by sailors to ward off scurvy, the gimlet included equal parts gin and lime juice. Today, vodka may be used in place of gin, ratios can be changed to taste, and Rose’s Lime Juice is the industry standard.

Get the recipe here.

Manhattan

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Made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters and garnished with a sweet maraschino cherry, the manhattan is believed to have originated at New York City’s Manhattan Club in the late 19th century.

Get the recipe here.

Tom Collins

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Though its origins are debated, the timeless and refreshingly sour Tom Collins is a gin cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda, garnished with lemon and a cherry.

Get the recipe here.

Rob Roy

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Created at the famed Waldorf Astoria for the 1894 premiere of the operetta Rob Roy (based on the Scottish folk hero/outlaw), the Rob Roy is similar to a Manhattan.

The striking difference? It’s made exclusively with Scotch whiskey, along with sweet vermouth and bitters.

Get the recipe here.

Americano

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Forget “shaken, not stirred.” The Americano is actually James Bond’s first drink. Agent 007 orders it in a short story taken from Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel, Casino Royale.

Get the recipe here.

Sidecar

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Sweet and packed with citrus flavor, the sidecar is made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Though the exquisite Hôtel Ritz in Paris claims creation of the drink, its exact origins are unknown.

Get the recipe here.

Negroni

Old fashioned cocktail. Negroni

As the story goes, in 1919, Italian Count Camillo Negroni wanted something stronger to drink than his regular Americano. His solution? Ask the bartender to replace soda water with gin. That’ll do it.

Get the recipe here.

Mint Julep

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A true Southern staple, the mint julep has been around for ages. It appears in writing as early at the 1780s as a cure for stomach sickness. The drink calls for just four ingredients: bourbon, sugar syrup, mint leaf, and crushed ice.

Get the recipe here.

Whiskey Sour

Homemade Whiskey Sour Cocktail Drink with a Cherry Lemon

The traditional whiskey sour calls for bourbon, lemon juice sugar and a dash of egg white (also called a Boston sour), garnished with lemon and cherry. You can forgo the egg white, though; pineapple juice is often used in its place.

Get the recipe here.

French 75

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Bringing together nose-tickling bubbly with the flavors of floral gin and citrus, the classic French 75 dates to World War I. The drink was said to have a “kick” as strong as the French 75mm field gun.

Get the recipe here.

Gin Rickey

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The Rickey is a highball drink made with club soda and, usually, gin or bourbon, though gin is far more common. Similar to the gimlet, the Gin Rickey calls for gin and lime juice, along with a touch of fizz.

Get the recipe here.

Pimm’s Cup

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Born in a London bar, Pimm’s Cup is a quintessential summer drink (at least in England), with the unique herbal flavor of Pimm’s No. 1 Cup mixed with lemonade, mint, orange and strawberry and garnished with cucumber.

Get the recipe here.

Singapore Sling

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The creation of the gin-based Singapore Sling dates to 1915 and is credited to Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

With cherry and orange liqueurs, Benedictine (an herbal liqueur), grenadine, pineapple and lime juice and bitters, the Singapore Sling is a super summer cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

Harvey Wallbanger

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The neon-yellow Harvey Wallbanger had a vogue in the 1960s and ’70s before going the way of the dinosaur. Vodka and orange juice are augmented with Galliano, a sweet, herbal Italian liqueur flavored with anise, juniper, berries, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla.

Get the recipe here.

Ramos Gin Fizz

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Also known as the New Orleans Fizz, the Ramos Fizz was invented in 1888 by bartender Henry C. Ramos at his Imperial Cabinet Saloon. Ramos’ recipe utilized gin, lemon juice, egg white, sugar, cream, orange flower water and soda water.

Get the recipe here.

Any classic cocktails we missed? Let us know!

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