Sometimes you can’t beat the classics – the drinks that have been served for decades. Of course, there’s a reason these drinks have stood the test of time and it all boils down to great taste. Whether you’re sipping a classic martini or kicked back on a southern porch with a mint julep, there are some cocktails that you can’t go wrong with. Here are just five old favorites to get you started.

Classic Martini

The classic martini is a blend of gin and vermouth. While many choose to make this cocktail with vodka, that’s not what a true martini is. When ordering this classic drink, be prepared for the cocktail to contain gin and a juicy, salty olive, which makes this classic martini so memorable.

Long Island Iced Tea

If you’ve never had a Long Island Iced Tea, chances are you’ll be surprised that it doesn’t contain any tea at all. What it does contain is an unbelievable amount of alcohol. This classic drink, which dates from the 70s, is a combination of vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and a shot of cola. People in Long Island knew how to party.

Margarita

Of course, if you really want to party, you cannot go wrong with the classic margarita. The classic margarita is a mix of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Of course, you can’t forget to rim the glass with salt, which offers a nice contrast to the cocktail.

Manhattan

Vermouth, whiskey and angostura is all you need to create this classic cocktail. As for garnish, all you need is a simple maraschino cherry with a stem or one that has been speared with a toothpick. This is certainly a girly drink and would be welcome at any girls’ night in get together.

Mint Julep

Last, but certainly not least, the mint julep is well known for being served by the upper crust of Kentucky. Popular at derby races, the mint julep is a combination of bourbon, fresh mint leaves, bitters and simple syrup, this drink is potent containing a whopping 2-3 ounces of bourbon.

There you have it. Five old favorites that are still being served in today’s best bars. Best of all, these drinks have been updated in thousands of different ways, but the classic versions are still the most popular. Whether you want to act like James Bond or a southern gentleman, you can’t go wrong serving these cocktails.

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