Intro to Bartending Recipe Book

Build the cocktails you learned at home!

Vodka Soda

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Short or Tall
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 1-2 oz Vodka
  • Top Soda
  • Garnish: Lemon or Lime

Common Vodka Highballs:
  • Vodka Grapefruit, Greyhound
  • Vodka Cranberry, Cape Cod

Aperol Spritz

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Wine Glass
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 3 oz Sparkling wine
  • Splash of Soda
  • Garnish: Orange Wheel

Notes:
  • The recipe to this cocktail lives on the back of the Aperol bottle.
  • A Campari Spritz can be made by using Campari instead of Aperol.

Black Russian

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • Garnish: Cherry
Notes:
  • Can be made into a White Russian by adding cream.
  • Can be made into a Paralyzer by serving in a tall glass and adding coke and cream.

The Caesar

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Tall
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 Dashes Tabasco
  • 4 Dashes Worcestershire
  • Top Clamato Juice
  • Garnish: Celery Salt Rim, All the Food

Notes:
  • The national cocktail of Canada.
  • The Canadian version of the Bloody Mary.
  • Always ask your guest how spicy they like their Caesar.

Moscow Mule

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Mule Tin
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • Top Ginger beer
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel

Notes:
  • The first successfully marketed cocktail.
  • Ginger beer will usually be poured out of a bottle or can.

Moscow Mule

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Collins
  • Ice: Rocks
  • 2 oz Rum
  • 3 to 4 Limes
  • ¾ Simple Syrup
  • Muddle before adding mint
  • 5-6 Mint Leaves
  • Top Soda
  • Garnish:
    Lime Wheel and Mint Sprig

Lemon Drop

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Shake and strain
  • Glass: Cocktail
  • Ice: None
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • Shake
  • Garnish: Sugar Rim, Lemon Twist
Notes:
  • Often made as a shot.
  • The sugar rim combats the tart ratio featured.
  • Can be made sweeter by adding 0.25 oz more orange liqueur.

Negroni

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Build over ice
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Ice: Large Cube
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Garnish: Orange Twist
Notes:
  • The national cocktail of Italy.
  • A bitter-sweet cocktail.
  • The orange expression is very important to reduce bitterness.

Pina Colada

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Shake and pour or blended
  • Glass: Collins
  • Ice: None
  • 1 oz Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel and Pineapple Frond
Notes:
  • A Blue Hawaiian can be made by swapping some rum for Blue Curacao.

Whisky Sour

How to build:
  • Method of mixing: Wet and dry shake and strain
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Ice: Usually none
  • 2 oz Rye or Bourbon
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • ¾ oz Egg whites
  • (Dry & Wet Shake)
  • Garnish: Bitters or Lemon Twist
Notes:
  • Sometimes served with or without ice.
  • Replace whisky with amaretto and remove the simple syrup for an Amaretto sour.

Old Fashioned

How to build:
  • Method of Mixing: Stir and strain
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Ice: Large Cube
  • 2 oz Rye or Bourbon
  • ¼ to ½ Simple Syrup
  • 4 Dashes of Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange Peel
Notes:
  • Sweetness can be adjusted by altering the amount of syrup used.
  • The old style of making this cocktail calls for muddling a sugar cube in place of syrup.

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