5 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make

We are taking a trip back in time to explore some of the most historic classic cocktails dating back to the 1860’s and Prohibition. These cocktails are not only the base of inspiration for bartenders around the world but also the building blocks for creativity. We asked our Liquid Chef Billie Keithley to break down some of the most common classic cocktails. Cheers.

Old Fashioned

Classic Cocktail, cocktails, Breckenridge distillery, Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned was developed during the 19th century. The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” was for a bourbon whiskey cocktail created at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky by bartender, James E. Pepper. The Old Fashioned way to make the cocktail, spirits, sugar, bitters and water.

Ingredients (our version of an Old Fashioned):
2oz Breckenridge Bourbon or Breckenridge Port Cask Finish
1/2oz Raw Simple Syrup
3 dashes Barrel Aged Whiskey Bitters
Garnish: Orange peel generously zested & dropped in cocktail with Luxardo cherry.


Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain over ice and garnish.





Classic Cocktail, cocktails, Breckenridge distillery, ManhattanThe history of the Manhattan has many lays to claim. One suggests that the cocktail originated in the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870’s. Another says that a bartender named Black invented it in the 1860’s at a bar in Broadway near Houston Street. Either way, the original Manhattan cocktail was a mix of American Whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters. Here is the Breckenridge Distilleries version of a classic Manhattan, served on the rocks.

2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
3/4oz Antica Carpano
2 dashes Angostura
Garnish: Luxardo Cherry


Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain and serve up.




Classic Cocktail, cocktails, Breckenridge distillery, SazeracThis spirit forward cocktail is one of the most iconic coming out of New Orleans. By 1850, the Sazerac Cocktail, made with Sazerac French brandy and Peychaud’s Bitters, was immensely popular. In 1873, the recipe was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey and a dash of absinthe. We’ve played off this historic cocktail and combined Breckenridge Bourbon, Breckenridge Bitters, house-made Absinthe and sugar.

2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters
Splash of Absinthe
1/2oz simple syrup or sugar cube with  splash of water.
Garnish: lemon peel zested and added to cocktail.


In a mixing glass, stir ingredients with ice excluding absinthe. Add a splash of Absinthe into a very chilled coupe glass and coat the inside. Strain the mixed ingredients then add lemon peel after zested.


Brown Derby

Classic Cocktail, cocktails, Breckenridge distillery, Brown DerbyHistory has it that this cocktail was invented in the Vendome Club in Hollywood in the early 1930’s. It was named after the famous hat-shaped restaurant, called the Brown Derby, a popular celebrity hangout. It’s simple and clean flavors are created with our Breckenridge Bourbon, grapefruit and honey.

2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
1oz Grapefruit Juice
3/4oz Honey Simple Syrup
Garnish: Grapefruit peel, zested


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain, serve up in a coupe, add zest.




Dirty Martini

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Over time, this cocktail has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. By 1922 the Martini reached its most recognizable form. There are many variations of the traditional Martini. We’ve made our dirty adding olives and a small quantity of olive brine.

2oz Breckenridge Gin
1/2oz  Dry Vermouth
Garnish: 3 olives or lemon zest


Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Can be served up or on the rocks. Add olive juice to taste.




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