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Essential Cocktail Recipes You Should Know How to Make

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Knowing how to make a cocktail is as important a skill as fighting off a bear or changing a tire (and if your idea of the great outdoors is a rooftop bar, it’s far more important). Anyone can crack a beer, open a bottle of wine with a sword, or pour a shot, but understanding the art and craft of a well-made cocktail takes time, dedication, and a little know-how. The time and dedication is all on you; the know-how comes from somewhere else. In this case, it’s us! Below, you’ll find what we consider essential cocktail recipes and videos, so you can see how they’re made and practice while you watch. Happy drinking!

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A man making a smoked cocktail.

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: Tips on How to Add Smoke to Cocktails

Drinks and a show? Learn how to achieve impressive effects and flavors by turning classic drinks into smoked cocktails with a few simple gadgets and techniques.
A bartender stirs a cocktail in a mixing glass.

How To Make a Classic Manhattan and 3 Variations

homemade-eggnog.

How to Make an Eggnog and Mix into 6 Cocktail Recipes

irish coffee

How to Make an Irish Coffee Like Your Favorite Bartender

hot toddy recipe

How to Make the Best Version of the Comforting Hot Toddy

22 Easy Cocktail Recipes That You Can Make at Home

Hard apple cider in a glass, surrounded by apples.

How To Make Hard Apple Cider: The Lazy Man’s Guide

how to make an old fashioned cocktail

How to Make an Old Fashioned the Right Way

retro dishes poised for a comeback vodka martini olives glass

How to Craft a Heavenly Vodka Martini — Whether Shaken or Stirred

A whiskey sour atop a table.

A Brief History of The Whiskey Sour

How to Make a Mojito Cocktail

How to Make a Mojito

Rum old fashioned

How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned

How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail

How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail

How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail

While the Blood and Sand cocktail is traditionally a Scotch whisky drink, we decided to use American single malt whiskey instead, as we felt that the characteristics would fit perfectly in the recipe.
How to Make a Bee's Knees Garnish

How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail

How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail

The Bee's Knees cocktail truly epitomizes its name, which was used during the time of its creation to mean the best of the best.
How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash Cocktail

How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash

How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash

A whiskey smash utilizes fresh fruit (seasonal, if possible) to create a layer that accentuates the flavors you might find in the whiskey. For this recipe, we use lemon, a common addition to smashes, because it works well with rye whiskey.
How to Make a Whiskey Sour Cocktail

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

We enjoy the whiskey sour because it has all of the hallmarks of a good drink -- spirit, sugar, sour -- in proportions that have been dialed in over the last century.
1934 Zombie

Vintage Cocktail Recipes You’ve (Probably) Never Tried

Vintage Cocktail Recipes You’ve (Probably) Never Tried

Dabble in vintage cocktails by mixing up these seven recipes including the Vesper, French75, Brandy Crusta, and a favorite from the 18th century that Benjamin Franklin imbibed.
marty mcrye

How to Make the Marty McRye, Barbecue’s Perfect Cocktail Pairing

How to Make the Marty McRye, Barbecue’s Perfect Cocktail Pairing

Made with rye whiskey, chicory liqueur, and chocolate bitters, the Marty McRye cocktail compliments and enhances a great Southern-style barbecue. This video and accompanying recipe will show you how to make it.
salty raccoon drink

How to Make the Salty Raccoon (Cheers, Bill Murray!)

How to Make the Salty Raccoon (Cheers, Bill Murray!)

One of our favorite restaurants and general hangout spots in Charleston, South Carolina, is Harold's Cabin. Lead bartender Drew Childers shows us how to make the Salty Raccoon.
hot buttered rum

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum (Just in Time for the Holidays)

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum (Just in Time for the Holidays)

Hot buttered rum is a classic, Colonial-era cocktail that's relatively easy to make. This warm concoction is perfect for the holiday season.
little bird cocktail

How to Make a Margarita: Try The Little Bird Cocktail

How to Make a Margarita: Try The Little Bird Cocktail

Brooks Reitz, owner of Leon's Oyster Shop, explains his riff on the classic Margarita, The Little Bird Cocktail. Check out the video to see how it's made.
how to make a french bulldog cocktail the manual

How to Make a French Bulldog Cocktail

How to Make a French Bulldog Cocktail

Our friends at The Park Cafe show us how to make a French Bulldog cocktail
how to make bitters

How to Make Your Own Bitters: A Quick and Easy Guide

How to Make Your Own Bitters: A Quick and Easy Guide

Bitters make cocktails better. They enhance existing flavors and add their own. Learn how to make bitters on your own and get your cocktail game on point.