15 Essential Cocktails

It's hard to beat these classics when you've got a whistle to wet. From the gin martini to a fruity daiquiri, these old standbys won't disappoint.

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Gin & Tonic

"I was a bartender for many years and this is right on — the way to serve a gin and tonic! This is excellent!"

-Little Bee

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Cosmopolitan

"My husband said he always wanted to try a cosmopolitan. He really liked it! This looks like the beginning of a wonderful journey!"

-Feej

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Whiskey Old Fashioned

"I had never tasted an Old Fashioned before, but now that I have tried this, I'll be tasting many more!"

-aeht206

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The Best Mai Tai

"This was the perfect drink for a 95-degree, humid day! I used to bartend and this ranks right up there with one of the best!"

-Niteflyer

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Fresh Margaritas by the Pitcher

"These were to die for! A girlfriend and I tested them on a recent visit and they were so good! They are potent — we were giggling at the end of the first one!"

-Chloe and Hope's Mom

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Best-Ever Bloody Mary

"Truly the BEST bloody mary! People are always asking me for this recipe, and I have yet to drink one at a bar that measures up!"

-angelicakibler_12826189

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Mojito

"The mint patch was left with only stems by the time we finished drinking a few of these! They were delicious and refreshing!"

-sassafrasnanc

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Mint Julep

"This Mint Julep receives five glistening stars! It wins my discriminating, hard-to-please husband's Seal of Relaxed and Mellow Approval!"

-Bev

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Dry Bombay Sapphire Martini

"This is the martini that inspired my martini glass collection! I love Bombay Sapphire! This is my favorite way to have it also, with very little vermouth!"

-CHRISSYG

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Tequila Sunrise

"This was delicious! I love tequila sunrises and the ingredient amounts are perfect. It's one of the prettiest drinks out there!"

-yamakarasu

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Lemon Drop Shot

"This was so refreshing, and I love the lemon! I'll be enjoying this too much, I'm afraid!"

-JackieOhNo

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Tom Collins

"I made this as a frozen Tom Collins. It's great that I could re-live one of my favorite drinks of long ago and didn't need any sweet-n-sour mix!"

-2Bleu

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Gimlet

"This is a classic and deliciously low-calorie drink. I've been on a gin kick for quite a while and this is one of the best ways to have it!

-ElleFirebrand

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Strawberry Daiquiri

"These are absolutely to die for! I've made them the past three weekends straight! Probably the best strawberry daiquiri I've ever tasted."

-AlabamaGirl71

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Manhattan

"We have friends that love Manhattans and my husband loves Makers Mark, so how could we go wrong? It's a great recipe!"

-Irish Rose

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