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Faking Adulthood | Cocktail Recipes

Faking Adulthood | Cocktail Recipes

I don’t know what’s so impressive about being able to mix up anything more than a Cape Codder (cranberry juice + vodka), but there’s something about it that says — in a very cool, collected and understated way — that you’ve got it together. For non-beer drinkers, being able to mix up a legitimate cocktail, is akin to bringing the perfect six pack. Here are a few simple cocktail recipes to get you started.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned
Ingredients: Bourbon or whiskey, sugar cubes, Angostura bitters, soda water.
Optional, but encouraged: orange peel, maraschino cherries.

Directions: Put one sugar cube in a highball glass. Add about 3 dashes of Angostura bitters, and let the sugar cube melt a bit. Add orange peel and 1-2 maraschino cherries depending on how sweet you like it, and muddle (aka, smash). Fill the glass with ice cubes, add whiskey and stir.

Note: The amount of cherries, orange, and bitters you add are all a matter of taste. Some people say you should only garnish with a bit of orange peel and use no cherries and at all, but I like my Old Fashioned heavy on the bitters and cherries.


Ingredients: Tequila, triple sec, lime juice.
Optional, but encouraged: Course grain salt, lime wedges.
Tools: shaker, plus two plates if you’re salting the rims of your glasses.

Directions: Salt your glass first if you’re going that route.  Then, shake 2 parts tequila to one part triple sec with ice and one part lime juice and strain into glass. To get just the right amount of salt on the rims, pour a small amount of lime juice onto one plate, shake a layer of salt onto the other plate. Dip glass into lime juice, then swirl in salt. Set aside until you’re ready to pour.


Ingredients: Gin, vermouth.
Optional, but encouraged: olives, goat cheese.
Tools: Shaker, toothpick if you’re garnishing it.

Directions: Add 4 parts gin to one part vermouth with ice in the shaker. Shake. Pout into chilled martini glasses. Spear olive, and garnish.


Ingredients: Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, maraschino cherry.

Directions: Add 3 parts bourbon, one part sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of bitters to a glass full of ice. Stir and garnish with a cherry.


What is your favorite drink to mix up?

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  1. Gabe Bellegard Bastos

    My go-to is the toronto (rye, fernet, bitters, simple syrup) mostly because I love the taste of Fernet.

  2. EP

    The real key to making cocktails that give the illusion of being an adult is having the appropriate labels of alcohol on hand. Mixing up an Old Fashioned? Be sure to do so with a quality Bourbon – I prefer my Old Fashioned with Bulleit Bourbon or Rye. Fancy a martini? There better be at least Tanqueray in there.

    For parties, look extra fancy by presenting guests with a “signature cocktail.” This can be easy, like sangria. Wine, brandy/rum, and some fruit to float on top and voila! You are an extra fancy hostess.

  3. Phil

    For extra “impress your friends” points, I employ my favorite brewing technique: deconstruction. Make a deconstructed whiskey ginger with a nice bourbon, pour it over a frozen ginger ale ice cube, and put a healthy shaving of fresh ginger in it!

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