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12 Cocktail Recipes Your Grandparents Loved
These classic cocktails will never go out of style. Learn how to make your own signature drink with time-honored recipes for mint juleps, martinis and more.
It wouldn’t be Kentucky Derby Day without this mint julep recipe! But, really, this cocktail is good anytime. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Martinis recipes can be made with either vodka or gin. Our taste panel’s preference was for the gin, but try them both and decide for yourself. Be warned, this is a strong and serious drink. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
The concept of an old-fashioned dates back to the early 1800s and includes whiskey, bitters, cherry juice, sugar and water. This version, which is extremely popular in Wisconsin, uses brandy in place of whiskey and lemon-lime soda instead of water for a milder cocktail. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Sour appletini ingredients steal the show in this icy-cold green apple martini recipe. It’s very refreshing with a nice hint of sour. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
The subtle tang of cranberry and the warm winter spices make this bourbon just right for holiday toasts—neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. —James Schend, Deputy Editor, Taste of Home.
Here’s an old-time cocktail that was popular in the 1940s and ’50s. A Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug with plenty of ice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
For the light drinker, suggest a Gimlet. The blend of slightly sweet and tart flavors is appealing, but not overwhelming.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Horseradish makes this the best Bloody Mary recipe we’ve tasted. Without the horseradish, you’ll have a more traditional Bloody Mary, and without the alcohol, you’ll have a Virgin Mary. Serve with a stalk of celery, dill pickle spear or even green olives. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
This party favorite has been around for quite some time. It’s not overly fruity and features a good blend of sweet and sour. For a splash of color, garnish with strawberries and lime.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
One sip of this refreshing drink and you’ll picture sand, sea and blue skies that stretch for miles. It’s like a vacation in a glass, and you can mix it up in moments. What are you waiting for? —Christina Pittman, Parkville, Missouri
Three simple ingredients are all you need to create this fresh and fruity summer beverage. It’s bound to become a warm-weather favorite.—Krista E Collins, Concord, North Carolina
My maternal grandma was never a drinker, beyond a glass of champagne at Christmas, but she couldn’t resist Bailey’s Irish Coffee. —Rebecca Little, Park Ridge, Illinois