10 Classic Cocktails for Beginner in 2021

Get Inspire and Prepare Classic Cocktails 

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to bone up on your drinks. Cocktails seem to be a lovely idea. You finally bought a Boston shaker set and now at a loss as to what to do with it. It’s all so very shiny and strange looking. You’ve heard about thousands of drinks you can pull of with it and how it’s the cat’s meow - as they say - but you keep staring at it in puzzlement. Then you realize that the only real introduction you’ve had to these fancy drinks, however, comes from a classic James Bond quote and that’s it. What now?

Well, luckily, we’re here to help you out and give you a crash-course and inspiration on great ways to utilize your set and join the ranks of cocktail connoisseurs like Sintra, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and, yes, even Homer Simpsons. Great ways to impress come summer with your bartending skills.

10 Classic Cocktail Recipes 

The Dry Martini 

“Happiness is…finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.”

——Johnny Carson

A classic cocktail, once called the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet, the Martini was the drink of choice of the Roaring Twenties. 
Dry Martini Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
  • 1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth
  • 2 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/2 oz of olive brine
  • Garnish 2 to 4 olives
  1. From your cocktail kit grab your jigger. Use it to measure your Martini’s ingredients.
  2. Add gin, vermouth, and olive brine into the stainless steel shaker. Toss in ice.
  3. Stir, don’t shake - inspire by Mister Bond’s advice, shaking harms the spicy flavors of the dry vermouth - with your stirrer for 40 to 50 seconds. 
  4. Strain your concoction into a martini glass using your Hawthorne strainer.
  5. Skewer your olives and dip them into your martini. 

Gin and Tonic

“Gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”
——Winston Churchill
A classic cocktail invited by the British East India Company in the early 1800s to battle malaria in the field. Easy to make and a crowd-pleaser.
Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
  • Tonic water
  • Lime Wedge
  • Gin
  • Lime juice
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker
  1. Pour ice into your Shaker.
  2. Add lime and gin. How much depends on your preference and whether or not you have work the next morning. Dealer’s choice.
  3. Stir for 10 seconds.
  4. Strain, with your Hawthorne strainer, into a chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge on the brim.


    “A frozen daiquiri on a scorching afternoon is soothing. It makes living more tolerable.”
    ——Tallulah Bankhead
    Invented in Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American war, the original daiquiri, the one Hemingway picked bar fights over, has nothing to do with the slurp contraption served at T.G.I.F. 
    Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
    • 3/4 oz of simple syrup
    • 2 oz of white rum
    • 1 oz of lemon
    • Ice
    1. Add ice to your cocktail shaker and let it cool the stainless steel. 
    2. Add the syrup, white rum, lemon juice, and attach the cap to your shaker.
    3. Take hold of your shaker, hold it over your shoulder and do a jig - move your whole body to a salsa beat - for at least 10 seconds.
    4. Strain the liquid into a glass.


      “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
      —— F. Scott Fitzgerald
      First introduced around World War I, this classic cocktail is named after the famous motorcycle attachment. It became a huge hit in after tourist started enjoying it during their fancy getaways in France
      Sidecar Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
      • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 
      • 3/4 oz Cointreau 
      • 2 oz Cognac 
      • Orange peel 
      1. Take a glass with a wet rim and place it over a plate with sugar. 
      2. Take all your ingredients and add them into your cocktail shaker with ice. 
      3. Shake the ingredients for 10-15 seconds. 
      4. Strain the drink into the sugared rim glass and add an orange peel at the side as decoration. 


      “If life gives you limes, make margaritas.”
      ——Jimmy Buffet
      There’s a reason Jimmy Buffet built a career and an enterprise around this classic cocktail… because it's that good. And unlike that desperado wants you to believe, you don’t need a blender that is "willing and able.”
      Margarita Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
      • 1 oz Cointreau 
      • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice 
      • 2 oz silver tequila
      1. Rub salt on the rim of a margarita glass. If you don’t have one grab a substitute glass.
      2. Mix all the ingredients with a lot of ice in your Shaker. Mix and shake until the stainless steel begins to frost over.
      3. Strain into the glass and serve chilled.


        “Alcohol may be a man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”
        ——Frank Sinatra
        No-one really knows where this classic cocktail comes from but historians love to credit it to Count Camillo Negroni, who once asked a bartender to improve his Americano by using gin instead of water.
        Negroni Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
        • 1 oz London dry gin
        • 1 oz sweet vermouth
        • 1 oz Campari
        1. Drop all the ingredients into your shaker. Add ice. Once more, because you’re using vermouth, stir carefully for 40 seconds.
        2. Strain into a glass and garnish with an orange peel. 


          “The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”
          ——Humphrey Bogart 
          You guessed it! That’s right, the Manhattan was first poured in Manhattan. More to the point, in the late 1870s in a snooty little joint called The Manhattan Club.
          Manhattan Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
          • 2 oz rye whiskey
          • 1 oz sweet vermouth
          • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
          1. Grab some cracked ice and stir all your ingredients in a chilled shaker.
          2. Strain them into a chilled coupe.
          3. Garnish with an orange twist, NOT A MARASCHINO CHERRY… that would be blasphemous.


          “I drink to make other people more interesting.”
          ——Ernest Hemingway
            The name comes from Sir Tomas Gimelette, the Surgeon General of The Royal Navy. It was a battle drink, one used to combat scurvy during dank sailing voyages. This is a classic for your home bar.
            Gimlet Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
            • 2 oz gin (or vodka)
            • ⅔ oz Rose’s lime juice
            1. Grab all your ingredients and shake well with the use of your Shaker.
            2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

              Champagne Cocktail

              “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
              ——Dom Pérignon
              This classic cocktail dates to legendary barman Jerry Thomas. It’s a sophisticated drink that was part of every Bon Vivant’s lifestyle. 
              Champagne Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
              • 3 oz Champagne
              • ⅓ oz Cognac
              • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
              • 1 sugar cube
              1. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitter, along with sugar cubes into a champagne flute.
              2. Add cognac, and let it rest for 10 seconds.
              3. Finally, gently pour child champagne into the flute.
              4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

                Dark n’ Stormy

                “Here’s to alcohol, the cause of, and the solution to, all life’s problems.”
                ——Homer Simpson
                The dark and stormy is just a simple drink that anyone, even those that think mixology is the art of pouring a can of beer and not spilling it, can make in their home bar and impress. It’s an easy-to-do classic cocktail.
                Dark n' Stormy Cocktail Recipe - SanSwee
                • 1 part of Gosling’s Black Seal rum
                • 2 parts ginger beer
                1. Unlike other drinks on this list, this one is a bit more artistic and the amounts needed to depend on how big your glass is going to be.
                2. Fill your glass with ice, add rum then top with ginger beer. Simple and direct. 

                  What do you need to make great cocktails at home?

                  "What tools do I need to make a cocktail?" That's probably the question for those who don't own a cocktail shaker at home. Well, making cocktails might seem intimidating for beginners, it is quite simple. All you need is a shaker, a strainer, a jigger, and a mixing spoon, then you can make most of the cocktails!

                  In terms of what kinds of shakers to choose, 3 types of shakers are commonly seen at the bar. The cobbler shaker, which is perhaps people's first impression about the shakers, along with the Boston shaker and the French shaker. For beginners, we strongly recommend the Boston shaker due to its simplicity, with few "freeze shut" issues.

                   SanSwee Boston Shaker Set



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