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5 Classic Drinks a Good Bar Should be Able to Make

Updated: Dec 18, 2019

It’s finally the weekend and after a long work week, you and your friends are ready to go out, relax, and have a few drinks. You decided to try out someplace you’ve never been to. What if their drinks don’t live up to your standards? Before heading out, make sure you know some classic drinks that any good bar should be able to make. Maybe one of your favorites is on this list. Put the bar to the test by ordering one of these and if they can handle crafting that the right way, you know they’ll be able to make anything!

1. Martini

The Martini is one of the most classic and well-known cocktails out there. Maybe it’s because of flavor, or the classic James Bond quote “A medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred.” Either way, a great bar should know how to make one. It’s made with gin and dry vermouth. The drink is served in a clear, stemmed martini glass, and topped with a single green olive. Of course, another popular variation is to substitute gin with vodka and top it with a lemon twist.

2. Manhattan

The Manhattan is known as the sweeter version of a martini. It’s typically made with bourbon or rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It’s smoky, but on the sweeter side compared to other drinks. It’s served in a martini glass or small tumbler and is always chilled. Finally, it’s garnished with a maraschino cherry (or a few stacked onto a toothpick).

3. Margarita

What’s more classic than a salty margarita? It starts with tequila and can be flavored with fruit. An old-fashioned glass is rimmed with lime juice and salt. The drink is made up of silver tequila, orange-flavored liqueur like triple sec, lime juice, and sugar or simple syrup. Top with a slice of lime and you’re good to go. Margaritas are the most popular tequila-based drink out there.

4. Mojito

A Cuban favorite typically enjoyed in the summer, the mojito is refreshing and sweet. It’s made with white rum, lime juice, mint leaves, sugar or simple syrup, and club soda. It’s served in a highball glass over ice and garnished with a lime slice and mint.

5. Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is sophisticated yet simple to make and smooth to drink. Your bartender should start by putting a sugar cube in a short round glass, named the old fashioned. Add bitters and soda water and smash until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice, add bourbon or whiskey, stir, and garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Classic Cocktails at Tap in Pub

If you’re ready to order a classic drink tonight, come on over to Tap in Pub! We’ve got golf simulators to put your skills to the test, delicious foods, and of course, whatever sport is in season, we’ll have the game on. Our drinks range from beer to classic margaritas. Know that whatever drink you’re in the mood for, we’ll be able to make it just the right way!