Classic Cocktails You’ll Love Sipping on all Summer

Cocktails in Vicksburg

At Cottonwood, we strive to make a menu that is approachable. Everyone comes to the table with a different preference. Jon Weimorts, the general manager at Cottonwood Public House, is talented at creating new craft cocktails, he also believes the classics have a lot to offer in flavor.

We want to influence a culture where individuals can enjoy an evening of classic and craft cocktails in Vicksburg. We want to create an environment where friends can come together for an evening of drinks, music and maybe even a few games.

What makes these classics perfect for an evening out is they offer something familiar, and they are enjoyable. It's why they’re the classics. They might even impress your friends when you can name them without looking at a menu. We have a few we think are top-notch.

Here’s how we make the Boulevardier, Negroni, Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Vieux Carré.




  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Standard garnish: Orange peel
  • Preparation: Stir into glass over ice, garnish and serve.
  • Served: On the rocks

This drink is delicious and simple. It contains equal parts Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth. Campari is a very divisive spirit. Not everyone loves it because it is unapologetically bitter. However, the other two ingredients and the orange garnish creates a perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

The drink is also served best with some ice because it will provide a bit of dilution of the otherwise strong beverage.

The drink was created at Bar Casoni in Florence according to a book published by Lucca Picchi in the early 20th century. The story goes, Count Camillo Negroni ordered a similar drink an Americano, which contains Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and club soda, but he wanted Gin instead of the soda. The rest is … well … history.

The best feature of this beverage is its ability to prepare the appetite, so it’s perfect both before and after one of our delicious pizzas.

Cocktails in Vicksburg




  • 1.25 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Standard garnish: Orange peel and cherry
  • Preparation: Stir with ice, strain, garnish
  • Served: On the rocks; poured over ice

Simply put, this drink is a Negroni with American Whiskey. Its creation is attributed to Erskine Gwynne, an American writer who owned a magazine in Paris in the late 1920s and early 1930s called Boulevardier.

The whiskey changes everything. But, just like the Negroni, it only has three ingredients so you can make it quickly and easily.

Don’t shy away from this drink just because bitter isn’t your favorite flavor. So much of taste is the smell. The drink includes orange zest that’s been gently rubbed on the rim of the glass, the citrusy scents and essential oils bring out new flavors and balance the bitterness of the Campari.

Cocktails in Vicksburg




  • 2 oz Rye
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura
  • Standard garnish: Maraschino Cherry
  • Preparation: Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up.
  • Served: Without ice

This beverage is about as classic as a cocktail can get. It dates back to the 1860s when Vermouth made it to America and the Americans mixed it with whiskey. Rye Whiskey makes a better Manhattan because it has a sharper flavor compared to Bourbon, which is a little sweeter.

Since all the ingredients are alcoholic, the drink just needs to be stirred rather than shook. Stirring with ice does two things. It chills the drink and dilutes it at the same time.


Old Fashioned


  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • Standard garnish: Orange peel and cocktail cherry
  • Preparation: Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange peel, and a cocktail cherry.
  • Served: On the rocks; poured over ice

This cocktail is so classic that 100 years ago it was still referred to as an Old Fashioned. It has definitely earned its name.

The Manhattan and Old Fashioned are very similar drinks as well. Both are centered on Whiskey, but they have subtle differences in their sweetness and their aromatics. Manhattan is sweetened with Sweet Vermouth and garnished with a cherry.

The Old Fashioned is traditionally sweetened with a sugar cube and garnished with orange, creating a citrusy and acidic aroma. Inhale the drink before you take a sip. It’s a stiff drink, so take your time.


Vieux Carré


  • 3⁄4 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3⁄4 oz Cognac
  • 3⁄4 oz  Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 tsp Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a rocks glass. Fill with ice and stir.
  • Served: On the rocks; poured over ice

The Vieux Carré is a spirit-forward automatic it has a subtle sweetness to it. The complexity of the two different bitters and the Bénédictine mix with the Whiskey to create a unique drink that you just have to order twice.

This is the traditional New Orleans drink originally made by a bartender at the Hotel Monteleone in the 1930s. It was created as a tribute to the different ethnic groups of the city, and since the prohibition was lifted, it was a way to stimulate commerce.

This is another strong classic, so sip slowly.

We guarantee you’ll find a drink to love at Cottonwood Public House from our beers to our craft cocktails there are delicious choices to make.

Do you want to come to have a taste? If so, stop by anytime we are open or come by on the weekends to hear some live music.

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