Our 5 Favorite Classic Cocktails

Manhattan, Negroni, Sazerac, Vodka Martini, Old Fashioned — classic cocktails have been around for ages and should be your go-to when making a drink at home. Try them all to discover which one is your style!

5 Favorite Classic Cocktails

Certain cocktails are classic for a reason: they've been around a long time, they're easy to make (sometimes you only need three ingredients), and they're the perfect thing to make when you, well, want a drink. A good, strong drink.

If you don't know where to start with making cocktails at home, start here! You can't go wrong with one of these greats.

  • Negroni Cocktail

    Red Negroni cocktail made with gin campari and sweet vermouth
    Nancy Mitchell

    Made with one part each of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, the Negroni is super simple to make at home and a fantastic combination of earthy, bitter, and sweet flavors.

  • Classic Vodka Martini

    Vodka Martini Stirred Recipe two martinis on gold tray
    Nancy Mitchell

    A Vodka Martini is made with vodka, vermouth, and lemon peel, stirred not shaken. Super simple but quite potent, so watch out!

  • Sazerac Cocktail

    Close up horizontal view of sazarec drink. Sazarec ingredients are in the background.
    Andy Christensen

    Considered to be America's oldest cocktail, the Sazerac is similar to an Old Fashioned but calls for Peychaud’s bitters instead of Angostura. And, of course, it has a very important defining feature: a bit of absinthe!

  • Manhattan Cocktail

    Manhattan cocktail with cherry garnish
    Nancy Mitchell

    Whiskey (usually rye), sweet vermouth, and bitters, a Manhattan is as classic as it gets! Anytime you find whiskey and sweet vermouth together, you know you're in for something great.

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  • Old Fashioned Cocktail

    Old fashioned cocktail made with bourbon or rye whiskey
    Alison Bickel

    The granddaddy of them all: the Old Fashioned! If you're looking to highlight a particularly great bottle of whiskey, this is the drink for you.