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The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide: 1,000 Drink Recipes, Definitions, and Bartending Know-How
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Whiskey Sour:
In a cocktail shaker, combine cracked ice, 3 tablespoons bourbon or
blended whiskey, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons Simple
Syrup (see recipe below). Shake well to mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If desired, add cracked ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry on a skewer.
Makes 1 serving.

Bourbon Sour:
In a cocktail shaker, combine ice cubes; 1/4 cup bourbon, Scotch whisky,
or rye whiskey; 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice; and 2 teaspoons pow-dered sugar. Shake well to mix. Strain into a chilled glass. Pour 2 table-spoons chilled grapefruit carbonated beverage down the side of the glass;
stir gently to mix. Add ice cubes, if desired. Garnish with an orange twist
and a maraschino cherry on a skewer. Makes 1 serving.

Vodka Sour:
Prepare Bourbon Sour as directed, except substitute 1/4 cup vodka
for the bourbon.
 

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Collins (often called Tom Collins):
In a tall glass, stir together 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 1/2 tea-
spoons sugar or Simple Syrup (see recipe below). Stir in 3 tablespoons
gin, vodka, or light rum. Add ice cubes. Pour 3/4 cup chilled carbonated
water down the side of the glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Makes 1 serving.

Orange Collins:
Squeeze the juice from 1 medium orange (about 1/3 cup). Combine the freshly squeezed orange juice and 1/4 cup chilled collins mixer. Pour
over ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour chilled carbonated water (about 1/2
cup) down the side of the glass to fill; stir gently with an up-and-down
motion to mix. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
Makes 1 serving.

 

Gimlet

In a cocktail shaker, combine ice cubes, 3 tablespoons gin or vodka,
and 1 tablespoon bottled sweetened lime juice. Shake well to mix.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Makes 1 serving.

 

Gin and Tonic

Place ice cubes in a glass. Add 1/4 cup gin. Pour 1/2 cup chilled tonic
water (quinine water) down the side. Squeeze a lime wedge into glass;
stir gently. Add wedge to drink. Makes 1 serving.

 

Kir

Pour 3/4 cup chilled dry white wine into a chilled wine glass. Add 1 tablespoon creme de cassis; stir gently to mix. If desired, add ice
cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired. Makes 1 serving.

 

Old-Fashioned

Pour 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup (see recipe below) into an old-fashioned glass. Stir in dash aromatic bitters. Add ice cubes and 3 tablespoons bour-
bon, brandy, Scotch whisky, or Southern Comfort. Pour in 3 tablespoons
chilled carbonated water; stir gently to mix. Garnish with an orange twist
and a maraschino cherry on a skewer. Makes 1 serving.

 

Orange Champagne

Thinly peel 1/2 of a medium orange into a spiral of peel about 12 inches
long; place in a chilled champagne glass. Add 2 teaspoons orange liqueur; pour in 1/2 cup chilled champagne. Stir gently to mix. Makes 1 serving.

 

Rusty Nail

Place 2 ice cubes in a cocktail glass. Pour in 1/4 cup Scotch whisky
and 2 tablespoons Drambuie; stir to mix. Makes 1 serving.

 

Screwdriver

Place 3 or 4 ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 3 tablespoons vodka and, if
desired, 1 tablespoon orange liqueur. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice
to fill the glass; stir to mix. Makes 1 serving.

 

Wine Spritzer

Combine 3/4 cup chilled dry white, red, or rose wine with 1/4 cup
chilled club soda or lemon-lime carbonated beverage. Serve over ice.
Makes 1 (8-ounce) serving.

 

Simple Syrup
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar dissolves.
Chill in the refrigerator before using; store in the refrigerator.

 

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