13 Classic Cocktail Recipes Every Booze Lover Should Learn How to Make

If you love cocktails — and who doesn't? — you know that before you can come up with an awesome new creation of your own, you have to be able to truly master the classics. Whether you're an old pro looking to freshen up on the basics before adding a new drink to your list of master-mix-maker conquests, or you're a beginner who just wants to be able to whip up your favorite drink at home, we've put together a list of all the must-know classic cocktail recipes out there for your drinking pleasure. Go ahead — pick your poison.

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by Hillary Eaton


Confections of a Foodie Bride shows you how to make the perfect tequila-laced margarita.

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Gin Rickey

The Kitchn’s Gin Rickey proves that sometimes the most simple cocktail out there can also be the most delicious.

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Old Fashioned

This rye whiskey concoction, courtesy of Crepes of Wrath, is the grandfather of classic cocktails.

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Pimm's Cup

Your veggie garden in a glass, A Better Happier St. Sebastian’s Pimm’s Cup recipe is just the one to master if you’re looking for something refreshing.

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Dark and Stormy

This yummy rum cocktail via The Effortless Chic is just the right combination of ginger beer, rum, and lime.

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Aperol Spritz

Perfect the light and refreshing Aperol spritz with this easy to execute recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

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Dry Martini

We’re certain that The Kitchn’s recipe for the dry gin martini is the only one you will ever need.

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Mint Julep

The honorary bourbon cocktail of the South, this minty, boozy mixture by A Spicy Perspective is spot on.

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One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy tequila, A Cozy Kitchen’s Paloma is a recipe any true tequila lover should learn.

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Bloody Mary

Big Girls Small Kitchen’s classic Bloody Mary is the patron saint of brunch. Master this version, and you can enjoy this staple whenever you want.

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French 75

Foodie Crush’s French 75 is just the recipe for all you bubble lovers out there.

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Your next girls’ night just got that much better thanks to this Cosmopolitan recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.

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Kind of like a New Orleans take on the Old Fashioned, the Sazerac takes things up a notch by throwing some absinthe in the mix. Thanks to The Kitchn, you can try this out at home.

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