The art of mixology has been around for years. There was a time when the cocktail–or high ball–was the epitome of class and taste. In recent years, there’s been a renewed interest in classic cocktails. Knowing how these cocktails are made can be useful–you’ll be able to make them at home for your own parties.

The Manhattan

This classic was created at New York’s Manhattan Club in the early 1870s for a banquet in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. To make it, stir together 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters in a cocktail shaker. Then pour the mix into cocktail glass. Garnish the drink with a cherry.

Whiskey Sour

This old reliable is made from whiskey, lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar. To make the drink, take 2 ounces of bourbon, 2/3 ounce of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of sugar and shake them all together in a cocktail shaker. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish it with a cherry.


The margarita has been around since the late 1930s. First rub the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice and dip the glass in coarse salt. Shake 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of cointreau or triple sec and 1 ounce of lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour that into the salt rimmed glass. You can also put the same ingredients in a blender filled with ice and create a blended margarita.