Lowder Specs

An Easy List of 178 (Modern) Classics to Know – 2016 Edition



I’m starting with gin, but in a lot of ways it’s the hardest category to write. There are so many amazing gin cocktails, and so it’s really a shame to try and narrow that list down to just six drinks. With that in mind, take this list with a grain of salt. If you know more than six gin cocktails already, awesome. You SHOULD. But for someone just getting started, here’s a list of three shaken and three stirred gin drinks to get you going. And if you want to dig deeper, there are always more drinks listed at the end of this document.

Another note is that no two gins are created equal. Your bar will likely have a London Dry gin that they use for their house pour, and that will honestly work for most classic recipes. As you start to explore, though, I recommend playing around with different styles like Plymouth, overproof, New World, Old Tom, Genever, etc. You will find that the same drink with two different gins can taste completely different, even if they’re both London Dry style. When you’re experimenting, though, please make sure you know the cost of what you’re pouring because some newer gins can get really pricy and are frankly too expensive to cocktail with.

I’m only listing London Dry cocktails here because it’s likely what’s in your well. If your bar has other options available, then by all means, play with them and decide on some recipes for when guests ask.

Gin Shaken

1. Corpse Reviver No. 2

a. .75 oz. London Dry Gin

b. .75 oz. Cointreau

c. .75 oz. Cocchi Americano

d. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

i. Shake/fine strain/absinthe-rinsed coupe/no garnish

2. London Maid

a. 2 oz. London Dry Gin

b. .75 oz. Simple Syrup (1:1)

c. .75 oz. Fresh Lime

d. 6 mint leaves

e. 2 cucumber slices

i. Shake/fine strain/dbl rocks/cucumber mint garnish

3. White Lady

a. 2 oz. London Dry Gin

b. .75 oz. Cointreau

c. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

d. Barspoon. Simple Syrup (1:1)

e. 1 Egg White

i. Dry shake/shake/fine strain/coupe/lemon twist expressed &


Gin Stirred

1. Hanky Panky

a. 1.5 oz. London Dry Gin

b. 1.5 oz. Italian Rosso Vermouth

c. .25 oz. Fernet

i. Stir/strain/coupe/orange twist

2. Rolls Royce

a. 2 oz. London Dry Gin

b. .5 oz. Italian Rosso Vermouth

c. .5 oz. French Dry Vermouth

d. .25 oz. Benedictine

i. Stir/strain/coupe/lemon twist

3. Tuxedo No. 2

a. 2 oz. London Dry Gin

b. .75 oz. French Dry Vermouth

c. .25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur

d. 2 dashes orange bitters

i. Stir/strain/absinthe-rinsed coupe/lemon twist