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General rules

Many cocktails are based upon some form of basic combination of ingredients. Bartender's who remember these combinations will find it easier to learn and create drinks derived from them. (eg. Brandy Alexander is an Alexander, as below, with Brandy as the liquor)


Alexander

2 oz liquor or liqueur
2 oz white or dark creme de cacao
2 oz light cream


Shake and strain into a highball glass.

examples: Alexander The Great | Amaretto Alexander | Brandy Alexander



Collins

1 1/2 oz liquor
3 oz sour mix
1 oz club soda


Shake, strain into a collins glass, and top with club soda.

examples: Brandy Collins | Sloe Gin Collins | Tequila Collins



Cooler

1 1/2 oz liquor
fill with ginger ale/carbonated water


Serve in highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

examples: Scotch Cooler | Gin Cooler | Harvard Cooler



Fruit Daiquiri

4 parts light rum
1 part white creme de cacao
1 part appropriate fruit liqueur
fresh fruit


Blend and serve in an exotic glass with a straw.

examples: Banana Daiquiri | Peach Daiquiri | Strawberry Daiquiri



Highball

1 1/2 oz liquor
fill with ginger ale/carbonated water


Serve in a highball glass.

examples: Brandy Highball | Bourbon Highball | Cognac Highball



Rickey

1 1/2 oz liquor
fill with club soda


Serve in a highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

examples: Scotch Rickey | Apple Rum Rickey | Gin Rickey



Sling

1 1/2 oz liquor
3 oz sour mix
1 oz club soda


Shake, strain into a collins glass, and top with club soda. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

examples: Singapore Sling | Bourbon Sling | Highland Sling



Sour

1 1/2 oz liquor
3 oz sour mix


Shake and strain into a lowball glass or serve straight in a sour glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

examples: Amaretto Sour | Midori Sour | Cherry Vodka Sour



Spritzer

1 1/2 oz liquor
fill with club soda


Add the liquor to a highball glass, and fill with club soda.

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