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The word “cocktail” first appeared in print in 1806, and ever since then, these mixed drinks have come to be associated with class, elegance and suaveness. There’s no more elegant feeling than sitting in a romantically lit bar, dressed to impress, with a perfectly crafted cocktail in hand. There are a few cocktails that have become beloved classics, that everyone knows, and at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, we’re well versed in them all. Here are a few of those classic cocktails you should be familiar with, too.    

Old Fashioned

It goes without saying that the first classic cocktail we mention on this list is an Old Fashioned, the name says it all. The old-world-y beverage is best made with quality rum, bitters and sugar melted decadently in water, served on ice. 

Dry Martini

This Bond-esque cocktail is another timeless classic, crafted with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or lemon rind. For authenticity, you should have your Martini shaken, not stirred of course.

Dark N’ Stormy

Another rum delight, a Dark N’ Stormy is made with dark rum, effervescent ginger beer, with a squeeze and garnish of fresh lime to top it all off. Enjoy in a highball glass over ice. Perfection! 


Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters make up this classic cocktail, which is served in a Martini glass. Garnish with a cherry for an appealing beverage that can be enjoyed while gazing over the Manhattan skyline…or any other, come to think of it. 

Espresso Martini

An espresso martini is the perfect cocktail choice for the caffeine fiend. The best Espresso Martinis are made with the high quality fresh coffee beans, coffee liqueur and top-shelf vodka. Coffee in a cocktail, what’s not to love? 

Moscow Mule

Created with invigorating ginger beer, fresh lime and vodka, a Moscow Mule offers a refreshing imbibement for a hot day. Serve in a highball glass with ice. It’ll be sure to hit the spot when you want something sweet.


A Mojito is that minty classic cocktail made with white run, club soda, simple sugar syrup and fresh mint leaves, for an ultra-delicious cocktail experience.

At Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, we are committed to providing a complete experience around cocktails and dining. Pop into our restaurant and bar for a full sensory experience, and wind down or celebrate with a classic cocktail from one of our talented mixologists.

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