- It should be made from good-quality, high-proof liquors.
- It should whet rather than dull the appetite. Thus, it should never be sweet or syrupy, or contain too much fruit juice, egg or cream.
- It should be dry, with sufficient alcoholic flavor, yet smooth and pleasing to the palate.
- It should be pleasing to the eye.
- It should be well iced.
There are a million and 1 cocktails around now – but mostly when you get a cocktail order it will be one of the true and tried cocktails that have stood the test of time.