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Homemade Alcoholic Vesper Martini

Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails

Martini

There are martinis and then there is THE MARTINI. Whether you like it dirty, shaken or stirred, with gin or vodka, olives or an onion (or lemon peel), this iconic classic is timeless for a reason. Here at Throomers, we consider ourselves purists with a preference for gin. Try the recipe below for a classic martini that’ll satisfy any martini lover.

  • 4 ounces gin/vodka
  • ¾ ounce vermouth (we prefer a dry vermouth)
  • 1 lemon
  • olives

A good martini should be ice cold. Fill a mixing cup or a shaker with ice. Add liquid ingredients and shake/stir until the outside of the mixer/shaker is frosted over. Pour into the martini glass and twist a strip of lemon peel to express the oils and then rub over the rim of the glass. garnish with olives and enjoy.

Mint Julep

The mint julep is a classic bourbon based cocktail that is particularly enjoyed by southerners during the Kentucky Derby.

  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey
  • 4 Mint leaves plus extra for garnish
  • ice

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in the base of a sturdy glass. Add bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice. Stir until the glass is frosted, garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Sidecar

This classic cocktail was supposedly created at the end of the first world war and can be made with multiple variations. Our favorite version is fairly simple and supremely refreshing.

  • 1 oz. cognac
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 splash lime juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until ice cold and serve.

Manhattan

This famous cocktail is named after its place of origin. While we use the traditional angostura bitters and luxardo cherries in the recipe below, feel free to experiment with orange bitters or cherry bitters and other garnishes like orange peels.

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2-3 luxardo cocktail cherries
  • A few drops of syrup from the cocktail cherries

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cherries and enjoy.

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is said to have been invented in Louisville, KY and was originally known as a whiskey cocktail. It is considered to be one of the oldest mixed cocktails around and worth trying.

  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 tsp simple syrup)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitter
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • Orange twist

Muddle the sugar cube or simple syrup and bitters with a tsp of water at the bottom of a chilled glass. Add rye or bourbon. Stir. Add ice cubes and stir until chilled  Garnish with the orange twist.