To celebrate the July 4th celebrations in the good old U S of A we have pulled together our favourite american cocktail classics. Give ’em a go and tell us what you think in the comments!
The Rob Roy
Basically this is a Manhattan cocktail that uses scotch. Story goes that in 1894, a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City used scotch in a Manhattan cocktail, inventing a drink that would go on to become as classic as its rye-based predecessor.
- 2 oz Scotch Whiskey
- .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Now this one is a winner! This cocktail was created at the turn of the century when it was fashionable to be on the cutting edge of the world of alcohol. Around about the 1900s this cocktail was the it thing and was definitely on fleek way before Ms Kardashian.
- 1.5 oz Scotch Whiskey
- 1.5 oz Sloe Gin
- 1 dash Absinthe
- .5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
- 1 Maraschino Cherry for Garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the Maraschino cherry for a garnish. This also works will in a high ball over crushed ice and topped off with lemonade or soda water!
The Alabama slammer
Made famous by Tom Cruise’s bar-poet character Brian Flanagan in the movie Cocktail, the Alabama Slammer is a staple drink in the South; a favorite of uni boys and cocktail hobbyists alike. Can be used in a high baller or as a killer shot! .. If you are game that is.
- .5 oz Sloe Gin
- .5 oz Southern Comfort
- .5 oz Amaretto
- Orange Juice to fill
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice in a highball glass. Pour in more orange juice if needed. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
So try them all and let us know your thoughts in the comments!