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13 Easy Cocktail Recipes

If you haven't quite mastered the art of mixology yet, never fear: We're here with 13 easy cocktail recipes to help you host any social gathering, whether it's a fancy dinner party or just a one-woman relax-a-thon.

Mojito

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Mojitos are the perfect casual cocktail, whether you're hosting a morning brunch or relaxing poolside during summer evenings. All you need is a refreshing combo of limes, mint leaves, white rum, simple syrup, and lime juice to recreate this drink.

Dark & Stormy

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Ginger beer and Black Seal Rum is all you need to make this tropical cocktail. The Dark & Stormy is an island favorite and the national drink of Bermuda, which makes it the perfect summer sip.

Classic Dry Martini

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If you're going to learn to make only one cocktail, it should be this timeless martini. Stir gin, dry vermouth, and ice in a cocktail shaker  before straining the drink into a martini glass.

Irish Coffee

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If plain coffee doesn't have enough kick for you, this cocktail should do the trick. Stir in some Irish whiskey, simple syrup, and unsweetened cream to amp up your favorite hot beverage.

Mint Julep

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Can't make it to the Kentucky Derby? Don't worry, you can celebrate from anywhere by mixing up an inconic mint julep. All you need to recreate this Southern favorite is muddled limes and mint leaves with simple syrup, ice, and bourbon!

Sidecar

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Shake cognac, ice, and triple sec together in a shaker before pouring into a cocktail glass to enjoy this brandy-based classic.

Tom Collins

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A Tom Collins is just one of several "Collins" cocktails, and it's been around for more than 100 years. To recreate this timeless drink, mix gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with a bit of club soda.

Manhattan

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The Manhattan is another classic drink, inspired by the famous namesake city. Bourbon and sweet vermouth make this simple two-ingredient mixer, with angostura bitters as an optional addition.

Daiquiri

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Shake up ice, dark rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to recreate this citrusy cocktail. Since it's named after a Cuban beach, this drink is especially well suited for sunny days.

Long Island Iced Tea

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Don't let the name fool you—this drink isn't just for big-haired Long Island housewives, and there's no tea involved. The ingredients in this tasty (and strong) cocktail are vodka, gin, white rum, tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, and a spash of cola that creates that dark "tea" shade.

Mai Tai

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Mix white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, a splash of grenadine, and a little dark rum to create the fruity Mai Tai. Garnishing the drink with a cherry and lime wedge makes it a decorative drink to enjoy at any summer soiree. 

Old Fashioned

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The name is Old Fashioned, but the drink is timeless. Muddle sugar, one orange wheel, and angostura bitters before adding ice, bourbon, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cherry.

Margarita

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There is no better way to let loose than with a delicious margarita. Make this easy cocktail by mixing ice, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.

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