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The Americano, Mai Tai, Negroni, Martini and French 75 are classic cocktails. Make a French 75 by filling a cocktail shaker with ice and adding 1 1/2 ounces cognac, 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1/2 ounce lemon juice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass and top with sparkling wine.


Cocktail dress code is not as casual as relaxed day wear or as formal as elegant evening attire. This type of attire is often referred to as semi-formal or after-five wear.


Good cocktail recipes are available at cocktail recipe websites, such as Webtender.com; cooking websites with dedicated cocktail sections, such as AllRecipes.com; and book reference guides, such as “The Everything Bartender’s Book: Your Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, Mixed Drinks, and More!”


To make an Old-Fashioned cocktail, add 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda to a chilled rocks glass. Muddle the sugar and bitters together, then add large ice cubes and 2 ounces of rye whiskey. Stir and serve with a lemon peel.


Some old-fashioned cocktail recipes include the Americano, the Negroni, the Zombie, the Mint Julep and the Rob Roy. Other classic cocktails include the Martini, the Sidecar, the Tom Collins and the Old Fashioned.


A cocktail reception is a reception at which guests are served alcoholic drinks rather than a full meal. While a cocktail reception can occur with many types of events, it is often viewed as an alternative to the traditional sit-down wedding reception with a meal.


Good Irish cocktails include the Emerald and the Copywriter, which both prominently feature whiskey. Another good Irish cocktail with whiskey is EVR's Whiskey Sour, which also includes Pimm's.


To make a shrimp cocktail, use fresh cleaned and cooked cold shrimp and cocktail sauce. There are many pre-made sauces available, but making one from scratch takes only a few extra minutes.


Basic cocktail sauce contains only three ingredients: ketchup, prepared horseradish and hot sauce. Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice are common additions, while some recipes substitute chili sauce for ketchup and omit the hot sauce.


A little devil cocktail is made by combining dry gin, rum, triple sec and lemon juice. Any orange liqueur can be used in place of the triple sec. You need the listed ingredients, a cocktail shaker, a cocktail glass and ice.