The Negroni

The Negroni Cocktail RecipeThis three-ingredient classic cocktail drink is as refreshing—and Italian—as it gets. The story of the Negroni is its invention at Caffè Casoni in Florence, when Count Camillo asked for a bolder retelling of the Americano, with gin replacing soda water. The ruby-toned cocktail has inspired countless riffs, including the Boulevardier and the Kingston Negroni.

This simple and sophisticated aperitif is satisfying to enjoy before a meal and features gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The sweetness of the vermouth offsets the bitterness of the Campari for a well-balanced flavor.

The Negroni is very easy to mix and the only trick to making it taste great is using good-quality ingredients.

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Honey Citrus Cocktail

Honey Citrus Cocktail RecipeThis light, springtime cocktail is perfect for serving at a weekend brunch or sipping on the patio. Honey, lemon, and orange flower water strike a delicate balance in this vodka cocktail.

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The Madras

The Madras CocktailThe Madras is a refreshing, fruity cocktail that might just find a place in your list of drinks to know. It is an easy vodka cocktail that concentrates on fruit juice and is a variation on the Cape Codder (vodka and cranberry).

The mix is quite simple—a shot of vodka and a 3:1 ratio of cranberry and orange juices. Feel free to adjust these ratios to your taste.

The Madras was popular in the ’80s and is rumored to be named after Madras plaid. (Since the ’80s was the heyday of preppy.)

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Classic Whiskey Highball

Classic Whiskey HighballThe whiskey highball is a simple, classic, and popular way to enjoy your favorite whiskey. This recipe is one that every aspiring home bartender should know and it is, quite simply, whiskey and ginger ale. That makes it very easy to memorize.

Ginger ale’s sweet and spicy flavor is a nice accent to whiskey. And, each brand is a little different so try a few for variations such as Fever Tree and Reed’s.

And, to complicate matters…there is a whole class of cocktails referred to as highballs. They are composed of a base liquor and one or two mixers such as juice or soda. Plus, the glass a highball is served in is also referred to as a highball.

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