16 Best and Most Classic Cocktails You Must Try

16 Classic Cocktails You Must Try
For all the newbie drinkers, those who have just reached the age of 21, and all the cocktail lovers, Tastessence brings a list of the most popular cocktails that you must try and enjoy.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2018
"Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind."
― Robert Mondavi
Cocktails, these widely known and esteemed drinks are famed since its origination. The reason one should opt for a cocktail rather than any other pure hard drink is that it will keep you sober and in your senses, at a party or in a gathering. Hard drinks will get you fuddled, and it really doesn't make sense to be really high and mentally absent in a get-together. This is when cocktails fit in the bill, to be the perfect party drinks. They will not only leave you feeling a tad bit high, but also will provide a fruity, creamy, tangy, and lemony flavor (according to the recipe).

Tastessence presents to you the best and most classic list of cocktails. You can make these at home by following the recipe procedure. Be it gin-, rum-, or vodka-based cocktail, you name it, and we have it!
Classic Cocktail List
Seelbach Cocktail
seelbach cocktail
Ingredients:
Champagne, 3 oz.
Angostura Bitters, 2 oz.
Peychaud's Bitters, 2 oz.
Bourbon, 1 oz.
Cointreau, 0.7 oz.
Orange zest, 1 tsp.
Instructions:
Except champagne, put all the elements into a cocktail bullet shaker and shake well. Cocktail bullet shakers have a strainer and also have non-drip filters. They will help you keep the place clean and the drink perfect. Then pour this mix into a hurricane glass. Fill in the glass with champagne and garnish with the orange zest. You can also use any fruit of your choice to garnish the savory.
Gimlet
gimlet cocktail
Ingredients:
Crushed ice, 1 cup
Gin, 1.5 oz.
Lime juice, 1 oz.
Lime, 1 slice
Instructions:
Take the mentioned quantities of gin and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice to the liquid. Shake the shaker thoroughly and strain the cocktail into a lowball glass. Garnish the drink with a lime slice or some lime zest.
Wild Turkey Rare Manhattan
wild turkey
Ingredients:
Crushed ice, 3 cups
Wild Turkey, 3 oz.
Sweet Vermouth, 3 oz.
Sherry, 1 oz.
Angostura Bitters, 2 dashes
Lemon, 1 slice
Instructions:
In a shaker cum strainer, add crushed ice and the liquids. Shake well and pour the cocktail into a highball glass or a beer glass. If you cannot have Wild Turkey, you can opt for any other brand of whiskey. Do not add excessive quantity of the bitters, otherwise you will end up having an atrocious bitter mouth after the drink. Garnish the cocktail with a lemon slice. Enjoy the drink.

While choosing a shaker for the cocktail, always go for one that has a rubber gasket inside (prevents the drink from dripping while shaking), or simply opt for a stylish bullet cocktail shaker.
Gin and Tonic
gin tonic
Ingredients:
Tonic Water, 3 oz.
London Dry Gin, 2 oz.
Lime, 1 slice
Instructions:
In a martini glass or a lowball glass, pour the London Dry Gin and tonic water. Stir with a bar spoon. But if you want to add ice to your cocktail, make sure you do it before adding the liquids to the glass. Then, in a separate container, mix the fluids and add it on the ice. Your sparkling clear cocktail is ready. Just garnish with a slice of lime or lemon, according to your preference. Let the fruit slice float through the drink for that tangy flavor.
The Last Word
last word
Ingredients:
Crushed ice, 2 cups
Gin, 3 oz.
Green Chartreuse, 3 oz.
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 3 oz.
Lime juice, 3 tbsp.
Lime zest 1 tsp.
Mint leaves, 5
Lime, 1 slice
Instructions:
Shake the liquids and crushed ice in a trudeau cosmo cocktail shaker. Pour it into a brandy snifter or a hurricane glass. While dressing the drink, ask your self if you are in a mood for something minty or tangy. If minty, then add mint leaves to the drink or some lime zest for a little tang. Cover the rim of the glass with some powdered sugar or salt. Then hang a slice of your favorite fruit on the rim. Sip the liquid in glory and feast all your senses.
Moscow Mule
moscow mule
Ingredients:
Ginger Beer, 4 oz.
Vodka, 2 oz.
Lime, 1 slice
Instructions:
In a high ball glass pour the exact quantities of liquor and swirl the cocktail with a bar spoon. Usually people do not prefer ice in Moscow Mule, but you can add it if you want the cocktail to chill your palate. Just remember that excess of ice can dilute the drink and spoil the flavor.

Another important tip for people who do not like ginger beer, can rather go for banana beer, draught beer, corn beer or spruce beer. But do not mix two different beers. Go for a single variety for better taste. Finally, dangle a slice of lime on the rim of the glass and enjoy.
Dark 'n' Stormy
dark stormy
Ingredients:
Crushed ice, 1 cup
Ginger beer, 4 oz.
Black rum, 2 oz.
Instructions:
Mix all the elements in a brandy snifter or a hurricane glass. Stir with a bar spoon and enjoy. You can garnish the drink with mint leaves or a lime wedge, according to your preference. To make the cocktail look aesthetically appealing, you can use small colorful umbrellas and colorful straws.

You can also experiment with the drink by adding apricot brandy or sweet vermouth or Campari. It will make the cocktail look bright red and add a fresh new flavor. Do not add more than 2 oz of these liquids to the cocktail.

With all these ingredients, the drink doesn't require any fruits or mint leaves for the additional tang or mint, but we suggest you to keep experimenting. Who knows, you might end up having a true celestial beauty.
Ramos Gin Fizz
ramos gin fizz
Ingredients:
Egg white, 1
Gin, 3 oz.
Soda, 2 oz.
Cream, 1 tbsp.
Simple syrup, 1 tbsp.
Lemon juice, 1 tsp.
Lime juice, 1 tsp.
Lemon, 1 slice
Instructions:
In a cocktail shaker, blend gin, cream, simple syrup, egg white, lemon, and lime juice. Then pour this mix in a glass filled with soda. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Sidecar
sidecar cocktail
Ingredients:
Cognac, 1 oz.
Cointreau, 1 oz.
Lemon juice, 2 tsp.
Orange zest, ½ tsp.
Instructions:
Add in all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve in a martini glass. You can add ice if you want a chilled cocktail.

Due to Cointreau and lemon juice, this drink has a strong orange flavor and tang. So, it is perfectly alright if you want to cut out on the orange zest mentioned in the ingredient list.
Pimm's Cup
pimms cup
Ingredients:
Ice cubes, 4 cups
7UP or Sprite, 4 oz.
Pimm's No. 1, 2 oz.
Green apple, 1 slice
Cucumber, 1 slice
Instructions:
Shake up the liquids together. Pour into a sherry or a beer glass. Then add ice cubes and garnish with green apple and cucumber.

If not Pimm's No.1, you can choose any gin-based liquor of your personal choice. With the green apple and cucumber, this cocktail looks like a liquor salad, which is yum and mouth-watering.
Rob Roy
rob roy
Ingredients:
Maraschino Cherry, 1
Scotch, 2 oz.
Sweet Vermouth, 1 oz.
Peychaud's Bitters, 2 tsp.
Orange zest, 1 tsp.
Instructions:
Swish the liquids into a shaker. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Let the zest rest in the cocktail for a couple of minutes so that the drink perfectly sucks in its flavor.
The Holland House
holland house
Ingredients:
Bols Genever, 3 oz.
Dry Vermouth, 2 oz.
Maraschino Liqueur, 2 oz.
Lemon Juice, 1 tbsp.
Lemon zest, ½ tsp.
Instructions:
In a shaker, shake the liquids and pour it into a lowball or a highball cocktail glass. Stir in the zest. Serve chilled.

The Maraschino Liqueur will give your cocktail a bitter almond-like taste. This liquor is made from Maraschino cherries.
Negroni
negroni cocktail
Ingredients:
Ice cubes, 2
Gin, 1 oz.
Campari, 1 oz.
Sweet Vermouth, 1 oz.
Orange, 1 slice
Instructions:
Bring the liquids together in a lowball glass that is half filled with ice cubes. Garnish with the orange slice. You can also experiment with the cocktail by adding lime or orange zest.
Sazerac
sazerac cocktail
Ingredients:
Crushed ice, 2 cups
Rye Whiskey, 2 oz.
Absinthe, 1 oz.
Simple syrup, 1 tbsp.
Peychaud's Bitters, 1 tbsp.
Pernod, 1 tbsp.
Instructions:
Fill the crushed ice in a glass and lace it up with Pernod. In a cocktail shaker, mix in Rye Whiskey, simple syrup, and Peychaud's Bitters. Now pour in this fluid in the Pernod-laced glass. Enjoy!
Kamikaze
kamikaze cocktail
Ingredients:
Vodka, 1 oz.
Triple Sec, 1 oz.
Lemon Juice, 1 tsp.
Lime, 1 slice
Instructions:
Shake the elements in a cocktail shaker and serve in a champagne saucer or a cocktail glass. Rim the glass with powdered sugar or salt. If you are using salt, go for coarse sea salt. But if you prefer sugar, use plain white-powdered sugar or even ground brown sugar goes well with the recipe.

If Triple Sec is not available at the nearby stores, you can opt for any clear and strong orange-flavored liquor.
Black Russian
black russian
Ingredients:
Vodka, 3 tbsp.
Coffee Liqueur, 3 tbsp.
Instructions:
Blend the liquids in a lowball glass and stir well with a bar spoon. You can add your favorite fruit zest or fruit wedge for garnish.

If you do not want ice, you can place the liqueur in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes at a very low temperature. Do not add ice additionally, as that can dilute your drink and give you a funny taste. You can also try experimenting with stainless steel whiskey rocks to keep your drink cool, without the fear of weakening the drink.