Grown-up Drinks You Should Know How to Make if You’re Graduating

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Now that you are officially a part of the (potential) work-force, you’ll encounter many opportunitites to network. This can sometimes include entertaining, so we asked our friends at Eno Fine Wines what drinks a real adult should know how to make. Try out the recipes and let us know what you think!

Tools for making proper cocktails:

  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Corkscrew
  • Citrus peeler
  • Lemon/lime squeezer
  • proper glassware (wine glasses, highball glasses, rocks glasses, smaller sized martini glasses) Keep in mind that classic cocktails are smaller portions than lots of modern glasses suggest they should be.


Extra tips:

Make your own simple syrup for cocktails, it’s easy and the best way to make classic cocktails taste fresh:

  1. Pour equal parts water and sugar into a saucepan.  
  2. Heat to medium, stir with whisk until sugar is completely dissolved.



Italian Negroni





1 oz gin

1 oz sweet vermouth like Carpano Antica

1 oz Campari

Club Soda

Orange Slice for Garnish


Stir gin, vermouth, and Campari with ice in a mixing glass or shaker. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add a splash of club soda on top. Garnish with slice of orange.


Old Fashioned




2 oz rye whiskey like Sazerac

1 tsp raw granulated sugar OR 1 sugar cube

Bitters like Angostura

Orange or Maraschino Cherry for garnish


Put sugar in empty rocks glass and wet with 3 to 4 dashes of Angostura bitters and a few drops of water. Add rye whiskey and store until sugar is completely dissolved. Add ice cubes and stir vigorously to chill. Garnish with a slice of orange OR drop in 1 to 2 Maraschino cherries.






2 oz brandy

3/4 oz triple sec or Cointreau

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Granulated sugar


Sugar-rim a coupe or rocks glass by putting sugar on a plate, wetting the rim of the glass with lemon juice, and dipping into the sugar. Shake off excess sugar and set aside. Combine brandy, triple sec, and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously unit outside of shaker is extremely cold (~15-20 seconds). Strain out into sugar-rimmed glass.







3 oz cachaça

6 lime wedges + 1 extra for garnish

2 tsp granulated sugar

cracked ice



Chill a lowball glass by swirling ice cubes in it and then discarding. Put all but one lime wedge in glass with sugar and muddle together well. Add cachaça and fill glass with cracked ice and stir together well. Garnish with last lime wedge and a straw.

French 75


2 oz london dry style gin like Bombay

2 oz sparkling wine (traditionally Champagne but other less expensive alternatives like Spanish Cava are good substitutes)

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

lemon for lemon twist garnish


Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is extremely cold (~15-20 seconds). Strain into a champagne flute. Add 2 oz of sparkling wine to flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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