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5 drinks every bartender should know

While a lot of bar tending revolves around pouring beer or wine, bartenders are responsible for knowing how to make lots and lots of different mixed drinks. There are plenty of unique drinks out there, but here are a few of the classics that every bartender should keep in their mixed drink arsenal.

cosmopolitan_martini 1) COSMOPOLITAN (cosmo)

  • 1oz vodka
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz cranberry juice

The Cosmo is an extremely popular drink with the ladies. It is truly an American classic that every bartender should master. This cocktail was recently brought back into the limelight by the hit HBO Television Series “Sex & the City”.

Ever since, the Cosmo has been one of the hottest drinks around.

ElectricScrewdriver_L1 2) SCREWDRIVER

  • 1 oz vodka
  • ½ cup orange juice

While we’re not talking about tools here, this vodka & OJ can certainly pack a punch. The Screwdriver has been around since the early 1900’s, but didn’t get its moniker until around 1949 when workers began stirring the vodka into their O.J. cans with their actual screwdriver tools. Even though this drink is simple compared to others on our list, it has a pleasing & sophisticated taste.

bloody-mary 3) BLOODY MARY

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish (optional)
  • pepper
  • salt
  • lime wedges (optional) or lemon wedges (optional) or celery (optional) or green onions (optional) or pickled green bean, to garnish (optional)

Rub lemon or lime around rim of glass and then put the rim in margarita salt or Tony Chachers, if desired.

Add ice to glass.

Mix Vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, Pepper, celery salt and horseradish (if using) and pour in glass.

Garnish with lemon or lime wedge, celery stalk, green onion or pickled green bean.

manhattn 4) MANHATTAN

  • 2 fluid ounces Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 fluid ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash bitters (optional)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Place ice in a mixing glass. Add in vermouth, then the Southern Comfort, and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add a dash of bitters if desired, and garnish with a cherry.

Dry_Martini 5) DRY MARTINI

  • 1 2/3 oz gin
  • 1/3 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 olive

Stir gin and vermouth with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass, add the olive, and serve.

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