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The Influenster Guide to Classic Cocktails
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The Influenster Guide to Classic Cocktails

Shaking up a classic cocktail is an easy way to impress everyone from dates to party guests. And don't worry, there are plenty of great liquor drink recipes out there to suit your tastes -- and what you already have in your liquor cabinet. Here are a few easy cocktail recipes we whipped up with just what we found in our bar cart. Try one, and take your drink game to the next level.

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Shaking up a classic cocktail is an easy way to impress everyone from dates to party guests. And don't worry, there are plenty of great drink recipes out there to suit your tastes. Here are a few easy cocktails we whipped up with what we found on our bar cart. Shake things up and take your drink game to the next level!

paloma tequila cocktail

Paloma

This pretty pink drink can be made with grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice and club soda. Our version is equal parts tequila (like Influenster favorite Patron), grapefruit juice, and club soda, topped off with a tablespoon of lime juice and a pinch of sugar. Try rimming the glass with sugar or salt, for a little extra pizzazz.

moscow mule vodka cocktail

Moscow Mule

Sure, you could use ginger ale to make a Moscow Mule, but we're partial to a ginger beer like Gosling's. This drink is simple but tasty, with one part vodka to two parts ginger beer (just go a little heavier on the latter) and a squeeze of lime to top it off. Influensters like to use Grey Goose Vodka as a smooth base for their cocktails.

gin rickey cocktail

Gin Rickey

It's hard to get any simpler than the Gin Rickey. This classic highball cocktail is equal parts gin (like top-rated Bombay Sapphire) and club soda topped with lime juice.

tom collins gin cocktail

Tom Collins

For a sweeter take on gin, try a Tom Collins. This gin-soda drink is mixed with a healthy squeeze of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar. Start with Tanqueray for a light, summer-y cocktail.

negroni gin cocktail

Negroni

Delicious in a martini glass or on the rocks, the spirit-forward Negroni is two-parts gin to one-part vermouth and one-part Campari. Top it off with an optional splash of soda water for a fizzy finish.

 

What's your favorite make-at-home cocktail recipe? Any top liquor picks? Let us know in the comments!

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