I grew up watching old fashioned, black and white movies. There’s something about the charm, style and class of these old (albeit highly idealized) films that instantly transport me to a calm, relaxed place. The fashion is incredible and in nearly every scene the cocktails are flowing. Think the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: colorful, loud and just a bit over the top, AKA my idea of a perfect night. This is probably where my pride in being a good host comes in. I always make sure to have a few good cheeses, olives and cornichon pickles on hand so that I can whip up a cheese board at a moment’s notice (this literally happened last Thursday when my girlfriends came over and we realized two glasses in that we hadn’t eaten dinner yet – WHOOPS). As a good host, there’s a few cocktails that you should absolutely know how to make without question. I’m not talking about a Sex on the Beach or Long Island Ice Tea or whatever trash drink you ordered in college to look cool (guilty over here too, no judgement). I’m talking classic, chic and most importantly. high alcohol content. Scroll, practice and achieve your hostess goals:
My dream guy is Don Draper, bad temperament and all. This is his go-to order, and you’re damn straight that I learned to make it during a Mad Men marathon. My favorite part of this drink is the boozy cherries:
Insert James Bond pun here. I used to order these dirty (this means add a splash of olive juice straight from the jar) but as ya girl has entered her 30’s that sodium’s making me puffy as hell, so these days I just take em straight:
A Manhattan is a classic cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. This was my beautiful cousin Liz’s favorite drink. Cheers to her, always <3
This is on the list because of my mother. She calls it her fancy lady drink. If you want to impress a snobby hipster bartender, order this.
This is definitely a summer drink, and leans southern. I’m still calling it a classic and including it here. Ready your muddlers:
This is NOT a classic drink but Kunbi told me to include it cause we’re basic. And honestly we should use all those copper mugs we bought in 2016 right?