Because of the popularity of cocktails nowadays, there has been different versions and ingredients that we could choose from in making one. However, most of us still crave for the classic cocktail experience wherein the true taste of cocktails and mixed drinks is unleashed.

Cocktails are defined as drinks that composed of different kinds of spirits, water, sugar, and bitters. It is usually served short and on the rocks. Below are some examples of classic cocktail recipes that will remind you of the cocktails mixes you used to love.

Perfect Cocktail Paired with Cocktail Sauce


Dry Martini Cocktail

Ingredients that you will need:

  • 2 and 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 lemon twist or olive (for garnishing)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • Orange bitters (or other bitters of your choice)


1)   In a mixing glass, place some ice cubes and pour the ingredients into it.

2)   Mix and shake for 30 seconds.

3)   Drain and pour contents into a cocktail glass filled with ice cubes.

4)   Next, add in a dash of orange or other bitters of your choice.

5)   Make your cocktail more appealing by garnishing it with either lemon twist or olive.

6)   Serve.

Manhattan Cocktail

Ingredients that you will need:

  • 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • Maraschino cherries (for garnishing)
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters



1)   Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass filled with just the right amount of ice.

2)   Mix until well-blended.

3)   Drain and pour contents into your favorite chilled cocktail glass.

4)   Top with cherries and serve.

Martinez Cocktail

You will need:

  • 1/4 ounce Maraschino liquer
  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • A dash of Angostura bitters
  • A lemon twist (for garnishing)


  1. Pour all the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Mix until well-blended.
  3. Drain and pour into a glass chilled with ice cubes of your choice.
  4. Twist the lemon and drop it over the mixed drink.
  5. Serve cold.

Sarezac Cocktail

You will need:

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces rye whiskey
  • A dash of Peychaud bitters
  • Absinthe or any substitute
  • Lemon twist (for garnishing)


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes and let it sit while you prepare for the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Get a separate mixing glass and mix the Peychaud bitters and simple syrup together into it.
  3. Pour the rye whiskey into the mixture and mix well.
  4. Drain the whiskey mixture and pour contents of the mixing glass into the cubed-glass.
  5. Get the lemon twist and garnish the glass filled with the Sarezac cocktail.


TIP: Most bartenders suggest squeezing the lemon over the drink to add citrusy flavor into it. However, it is not suggested that the lemon twist be dropped into the drink itself. And if you want something to go along with your favorite classic cocktails, it is always great to prepare delicious finger foods that you can share with your friends and family. And of course, we do not want it to be dry so this is the time when we need to prepare nice and delicious dips.

Try the cocktail sauce recipe below and you’ll see that it is the best partner your cocktail could have.


Simple Cocktail Sauce

You will need:

  • 1/2 tsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp white horseradish (drained well)


Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve immediately with cooked seafood or any finger food of your choice. For leftovers, it can be stored in the refrigerator for as long as 1 week.