Every hour is a cocktail hour. It is, after all, 5 pm somewhere in the world right now as you read this. And a part of you is craving your favorite adult beverage. So if you don’t have anything important planned for the next few hours, then by all means, allow yourself to indulge a little bit. 

But you don’t have to head down to your local bar or pub to enjoy a drink. Because what we have for you are some classic cocktail recipes that you can make from the comfort of your own minibar. 

You don’t need mixology experience to make these drinks. With the required liquor base, a jigger, and some ice, you can easily become everyone’s beloved bartender when you have company over. But at the very least, you get to enjoy a delectable cocktail of your choice as you lounge around on your favorite chair on a Netflix night at home. 

4 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Should Know By Heart

A surefire way to impress people is to have a repertoire of go-to cocktails, and you can never go wrong with the classics. And out of that long list, here are four easy ones to go with. 


If you’re a Mad Men fan, you’ve likely seen Don Draper make one of these on occasion. An old-fashioned is, in a nutshell, bittered bourbon on the rocks with some orange zest for an added zing. 

Bartenders will tell you that a cocktail’s flavors will depend on the quality of the liquor you’re using. But the good thing about an old-fashioned is that the taste of cheaper bourbon can be masked by how much bitters and sugar you use. You can play a little game of mad scientist by mixing and matching the ingredient levels to achieve the taste you’re after. 

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