5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Across the country, the cocktail set is forgoing apple martinis and low-carb beers in favor of 1950s-era standards'the new drinks du jour.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

Franklin Gardens

451 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

The king of all cocktails--the gin martini--is served beautifully at this elegant, cozy restaurant.

Spris Restaurant

10 Constitution Plz, Hartford, CT 06103

Bombay Sapphire gin and a splash of Rose's Lime combine for a classic gimlet--the ultimate in simple perfection.

Hot Tomato's

1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103

Try a top-shelf sidecar: cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice for a potent punch of citrus.

Avon Old Farms Hotel

279 Avon Mountain Rd, Avon, CT 06001

Take in the elegant surroundings with a very dry, effortlessly blended Gibson--garnished with a wickedly crunchy onion.