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7 Basic Cocktails All Millennials Should Know How to Make

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People think millennials are just a bunch of whiney, entitled consumers who can’t fend for themselves. If you’re one of said stereotyped and misrepresented millennials—who’s perfectly capable of cooking dinner and having face to face conversations, thank you very much—then it’s time to learn how to mix a few basic cocktails to shut up the haters. Yes, you’re willing to pay a premium for a fancy cocktail out on the town, but you can also get booze from the bottle into a glass like an actual adult. Rep the best generation hard by learning how to make these six basic drinks.

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Sure, it's got “old” right there in the name, but the Old Fashioned isn't some worn out senior citizen drink. This oldie but goodie will amp up an evening at home, whether you’re reading Proust or watching Netflix. Plus, if you learn how to make the original, it’s a great foundation on which to improvise, should you feel like getting creative with your own signature take.

The Essentials

Whiskey
bitters
sugar cube
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Here's a quick how-to on boozing like an adult: Stir up some icy Martinis for a select group of pals, or maybe even bottle a batch ahead of time. Nosh on elevated light bites like devils on horseback, or disrupt the passed apps game with something like Sriracha chicken wings. Refill your guests’ coupes just as they get low. Reap all the respect.

The Essentials

Gin
Dry Vermouth
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It was the cocktail revolution that revived American interest in complex, bitter drinks, but millennial obsession with the bright red lowball took Campari mainstream. If you too have taken to the bitter stirred drink, learning how to make one at home is next level fancy.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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Start mixing drinks for friends at home and someone will inevitably request a light, refreshing libation. Say you're making a Daiquiri, assure them it isn't some blended candy cocktail, and deliver this understated masterpiece. Bonus: Modify the proportions of this classic Sour ever so slightly by swapping the rum for tequila, and you have a Margarita.

The Essentials

White Rum
Demerara Syrup
Lime Juice
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People like Vodka Sodas because they’re low-cal, but most types of hard liquor have comparable calorie counts—so you can easily swap in another spirit and still meet the same dietary restrictions. Scotch brings a heck of a lot more flavor than vodka, and while a straight pour would be equally light on the figure, it might be a bit too intense for a drinker accustomed to the neutral spirit. Combine a mellower, blended scotch with soda to bring some much needed boozy pizzazz into the dieting drinker’s life.

The Essentials

Scotch
Soda Water
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You need to know how to make a G&T. It’s easy to master the simple recipe, so you can go a little deeper with it by choosing your optimal pairing of booze and mixer brands.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime Juice
Tonic Water
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You need at least one unexpected but classic cocktail in your repertoire, and this customizable drink can easily become your secret signature. The Manhattan variation swaps vermouth for the amaro of your choosing, so learning how to make it gives you two classics for the price of one—and an excuse to stock an esoteric amaro to give your bar some craft cocktail cred.

The Essentials

rye
Averna
bitters

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