Our Essential Cocktails

Hunt and Alpine Cocktails

Meredith and I have always loved experimenting with cocktail recipes that come across our radar, like the inventive speciality drinks on a bottle of Royal Rose, or those we read about online and in our favorite magazines, but we recently realized that it might be worthwhile to familiarize ourselves with a go-to set of essential cocktails that we could whip up – almost from memory – when hosting dinners with friends… or when faced with a well-equipped bar on a remote mountain top without cell service… So we sat down (over a drink of course), and did a little brainstorming while flipping through our collection of cookbooks and cocktail books. Our goal in creating the list below is to cover what we think of as some of the most quintessential drinks for a few of the more common types of alcohol.

For each cocktail on our list, we’ll do some research, ask some bartenders, and taste test our way through a number of recipes to find one that is approachable, tasty, and true to the history of the drink. We’ll then share what we find with you through an ongoing series here on Map & Menu. Please let us know what you think of our initial list – what we might be missing, what your favorites are, etc. – and stay tuned for some cocktail recipes!

  1. Aperol Spritz
  2. Aviation
  3. Corpse Reviver No. 2
  4. Daiquiri
  5. French 75
  6. Manhattan
  7. Margarita
  8. Martini
  9. Mint Julep
  10. Mojito
  11. Moscow Mule
  12. Negroni
  13. Old Fashioned
  14. Pimm’s Cup
  15. Pisco Sour
  16. Ramos Gin Fizz
  17. Sazerac
  18. Sidecar
  19. Vieux Carrè
  20. Whiskey Sour

Photo by Meredith Perdue for Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

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