5 Cocktails for a First Date

It's happening - you swiped right, dropped a line and they responded. You made the ask, and you've got a first date lined up with someone you'd like to get to know beyond a few profile pics and a cheesy tagline.  Impress them with one of these sophisticated and fun cocktails handmade by you.  Even better - each of these cocktails has its own backstory, and having a good story to share when you're in the getting-to-know-you phase of a first date can give you a boost of confidence and keep the conversation flowing.  

Check out these five classic cocktails and their history.


As the name implies, this drink originated in Manhattan, New York during the late part of the 19th century, with roots in the upper-class Manhattan Club.  It's been reborn as a Brooklyn staple with a stronger mix ratio with names that reflect Brooklyn pride, like Bensonhurst.

Made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, this classic drink is making a hard comeback.  Stirred with ice to chill it, it's strained and poured and served with an orange twist. Great as a pre-dinner cocktail or with dessert, you can’t go wrong with a Manhattan.


Perfect for hot summer nights, this drink has roots in the British Navy and is believed to be an invention of Surgeon General Gimelette who wanted to protect sailors from scurvy by adding vitamin C rich lime juice to the sailors' rations of gin.

Choose vodka or gin and add Rose's Lime Juice, shake with ice, then strain into a ready-chilled glass. Garnish with a lime for that finishing touch. 


Feeling dashing like the secret agent known as 007?  Mix vodka or gin, vermouth, and orange bitters stir over ice (never shaken, as James Bond insists), then strain and add lemon peel as a garnish.

Martini Vermouth was a popular Italian import to San Francisco in the mid-1800s where this drink emerged.


The name of this drink inspires dreams of empty highways and powerful motorcycles.  This one has a powerful kick, as the ingredients include brandy or cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.  Shake with ice; strain into a sugar-rimmed glass.

Just as the motorcycle sidecar appeared on the scene in the latter part of WWI, this cocktail appeared as well, likely in France due to the overwhelmingly French ingredients.


A summertime classic, this drink offers you two ways to serve it - over ice or frozen.  The basic ingredients of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice are shaken and poured over ice or blended with crushed ice to make a frozen cocktail for those hot nights deep in the heat of summer.

The name of this drink is from a famous performer, Margarita Cansino, who would go on to wow the world as Hollywood's glamorous Rita Hayworth.

Whatever drink you mix, add a dash of great conversation, charm, and genuine interest in your date and hopefully this first date will be the first of many good times. 

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