Here you’ll find recipes for eight great cocktails, one of which your guest is sure to love, and all of which are easy to prepare and require a minimum of exotic ingredients. Almost all of these drinks can be made with a few simple base liquors and a minimum of mixers, and you’ll only need a few pieces of hardware. These cocktails are tasty without being syrupy sweet, and none of them are so strong that you risk watching your lady hang over the toilet while you stand outside and wonder if you should call the hospital (trust me: it’s not the best way to end an evening).
The Bronx Cocktail
Recipe: 2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth, 1 oz. fresh orange juice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
The Embassy Cocktail
Recipe: 0.75 oz. Brandy or Cognac, 0.75 oz. Orange Liqueur, 0.75 oz. Golden Rum, 0.5 oz. Lime Juice, 1 Dash Angostura Bitters. Shake well all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
Recipe: 0.75 oz. Green Chartreuse, Heavy Dash Angostura Bitters and Dry Champagne( or Sparkling Wine). Combine Chartreuse and bitters in a champagne glass or flute and stir gently to combine. Top slowly with sparkling wine (watch for foam!), and serve with an orange peel twist.
The French 95
Recipe: 1 oz. Orange Juice, 0.75 oz Bourbon, 0.75 oz Simple Syrup, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice and Dry Champagne ( or Sparkling Wine). Fill a mixing glass with ice. Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. . Strain into wine glass, and top with Champagne or Sparkling Wine.
The Island Breeze
Recipe: 4 oz Pineapple Juice, 1.5 oz Rum, 1 oz Cranberry Juice and 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a tall glass with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Recipe: 1 oz Brandy (Cognac), 1 oz Orange Liqueur and 0.75 oz Lemon Juice. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish by twisting a piece of orange peel over the drink.
The Silver Fizz
Recipe: 1.5 oz Gin, 1.5 oz Simple Syrup, 0.75 oz Lemon Juice, 0.75 oz Egg White and Club Soda or Seltzer. Fill a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and add first 4 ingredients. Shake for at least 60 seconds. Strain into a tall glass with ice, and top with club soda.
The Stork Club
Recipe: 1.5 oz Gin, 1 oz Orange Juice, 0.5 oz Orange Liqueur, 0.25 oz Lime Juice and 1 Dash Angostura Bitters. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and Garnish with flamed orange peel.