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12 Classic American Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate

Karen Frazier
Alcoholic Martinez Cocktail with Gin

If you're looking for cocktails for celebratory occasions, then there are plenty of American cocktail recipes to choose from. These twelve are classic American cocktails that are perfect to help you celebrate almost every occasion.

1. Martinez

Back in the day, before the martini was a big thing in America, there was the martinez. It's often known as the parent of the martini, so it may be one of the most classic American cocktails of all time. You sip it from a coupe or a martini glass, so it offers a hint of sophistication and a distinctly celebratory edge. The cocktail dates back to early American history in the late 1800s. If you'd like to make it in the classic style, use genever. Otherwise, old Tom style gin is just fine.



  1. Chill a coupe or martini glass.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vermouth, bitters, and cherry liqueur.
  3. Add the ice and stir to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist.

2. Pisco Punch

Pisco punch was invented in the 19th Century in San Francisco. While it uses pisco, a Peruvian spirit, the punch itself is all-American. With its light, tropical flavor profile, it's perfect for American summer celebrat