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9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros


“The Daisy family is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys mixed drinks. Daisies include the Margarita, Sidecar, Champs-Élysées, and 20th Century, and are part of the greater Sour family. While both these groups contain a base, acid, and sweetener, the Daisy uses either a fruit liqueur or an herbal liqueur in place of, or in addition to, a syrup. If we expand on the original structure by removing all syrups, then adding both a fruit and herbal liqueur, and lowering the base amount, we end up with drinks like the Paper Plane, Last Word, Naked and Famous, and Corpse Reviver #2. These templates are timeless, versatile, and provide potential for endless flavor combinations. Daisies can be placed on the rocks, or up in a coup; they can be slow-sipping and intimate, or tall and crushable; and they can be complex and interesting, or straightforward and comfortable.” — Mark Mentzel, Bar Manager, The Elk Room

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