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The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:  |  Updated: 08/31/12 10:48 AM ET

The Best Classic Cocktail: A HuffPost Deathmatch

If we were in charge, you'd be able to walk into any bar in America, order up one of these eight classic cocktails and get handed a perfectly balanced, ice cold taste of history.

Classic cocktails have had a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, with antique cocktail glasses, old-school recipes and suspender-clad bartenders on the rise. Often mislabeled "Prohibition-Style Cocktails" (think about it guys -- booze was illegal, cocktails were made with hideous, contraband bathtub liquors that could have taken paint off your house) these libations are our favorite way to celebrate history, and we want to know which one you think is the greatest of all time.

Here's how the Deathmatch will go down:

  • Round One voting opens today (August 28th) -- vote right now!

  • Wednesday, August 29th at 12:00am Eastern, Round Two begins.

  • Thursday, August 30th at 12:00am Eastern, you'll be able to vote in Round Three.

  • Friday morning, August 31st, we'll announce the results, and you can begin preparations for your weekend cocktailing.

On your mark, set, shake or stir!

Did we make you thirsty? Check out the amazing, thirst-quenching gallery below.

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  • Jackson Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Jackson Punch</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Cognac and aged rum add a layer of richness to this raspberry-imbued refresher.

  • Xanadu Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Xanadu Cocktail</a> recipe from Steamy Kitchen</strong> The perfume of basil and the tartness of grapefruit create a well-balanced match in this gin-based cocktail.

  • The Shifting Sands

    <b>Get the <a href="">The Shifting Sands</a> recipe from</b> Though the beaches of England tend to be associated in most minds with rain and golf-ball-sized stones that <em>really</em> stretch the definition of "sand," we think <a href="">gin</a> still deserves a place on this list. Start with some <a href="">Beefeater 24</a>, add a little maraschino liqueur and pile on the citrus. Its poetic name is enough to counterbalance whatever paperback is in your beach bag.

  • Homemade Pimm's

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Homemade Pimm's</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Hosting a berry-spiked brunch? Be sure a pitcher of this strawberry-infused pick-me-up makes its way to the table.

  • Strawberry Thyme Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Strawberry Thyme Cocktail</a> recipe from All Day I Dream About Food</strong> Strawberries and citrusy thyme work well in this unique cocktail. A strawberry and thyme syrup is the flavor base for the vodka cocktail.

  • Cucumber, Basil And Lime Gimlet

    <b>Get the <a href="">Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet</a> recipe from</b> As the favorite drink of cult filmmaker Ed Wood, the Vodka Gimlet has what we like to think of as a storyteller's heritage. Our suggestion? Add muddled cucumber and basil, and go catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while. (Spoiler alert: That someone is <a href="">vodka</a>.)

  • Sangria Flora

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sangria Flora</a> recipe from Sugar and Charm Blog</strong> Adding Saint Germain to a typical sangria adds a floral note to this light drink. This recipe calls for peaches, strawberries, raspberries and grapes, but feel free to use any fruit you have on hand.

  • Greyhound

    <b>Get the <a href="">Greyhound</b> recipe from</a> Grapefruit juice gives this simple classic a tart edge that its cousin the <a href="">Screwdriver</a> strangely lacks. It's also a great pitcher/punch-bowl/gallon-jug (if you really don't care what people think) cocktail, so prepare a big batch and share the wealth.

  • Bourbon St.

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Bourbon St.</a> from Imbibe</strong> Strawberries and bourbon are a match made in summer cocktail heaven, while honey and ginger sweeten the deal. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">One-Eyed Gypsy</a></em>

  • Lillet Basil Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Lillet Basil Cocktail</a> recipe from Book Cooker</strong> The flavors in this drink make it the perfect cocktail for summer. Lillet (a French aperitif), gin, orange juice and basil combine to create this seasonal refresher.

  • Celery Lavender Martini

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Celery Lavender Martini</a> recipe from No Recipes</strong> We know. It sounds crazy. However, having become big fans of the <a href="" target="_hplink">Lee Bros Celery Julep</a> last summer, we are now believers of celery juice in cocktails. The citrusy taste of the celery provides a perfect platform for the lavender's aroma to be the star of the show.

  • Traditional Mai Tai

    <b>Get the <a href="">Traditional Mai Tai</a> recipe from</b> Though the <a href="">tiki revival</a> might have peaked a few years back, this is one of the timeless elements it left behind. The key to the faux-Polynesian concoction (<a href="">invented</a> in the 1940s by "Trader Vic" Bergeron) is premium aged <a href="">rum</a>.

  • Strawberry Cooler

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Strawberry Cooler</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Summer's ultimate porch sipper? This vodka, vermouth and strawberry cooler is a house favorite. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">15 Romolo</a></em>

  • St. Germain and Champagne

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">St. Germain and Champagne</a> recipe by Inspired Taste</strong> These two together are a match made in heaven. The floral and sweet Saint Germain balances out dry Champagne perfectly.

  • Watermelon Bloody Mary

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Watermelon Bloody Mary</a> recipe from The Bitten Word</strong> Fresh watermelon perks up the classic tomato-based Bloody Mary. And we imagine that makes it an even better hangover cure with this refreshing fruit.

  • Wild Apple And Sage Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Wild Apple and Sage Cocktail</a> recipe from Allie Ruth Design</strong> Tart apple and sage are muddled together in this vodka cocktail, which is sweetened with a sage simply syrup. It's earthy and refreshing.

  • Daiquiri No. 3

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Daiquiri No. 3</a> from Imbibe</strong> Served over crushed ice, the Daiquiri is the original Cuban cooler. This adaptation adds a spent lime shell to the shaker for an extra layer of citrusy refreshment. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">320 Main</a></em>

  • Philly Smash

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Philly Smash</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> One of our favorite things about this rye-spiked cocktail? It's super adaptable to whichever fresh berries you have on hand.

  • Blackberry-Gin Smash

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Blackberry-Gin Smash</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Blackberries in multiple forms take center stage in this summery smash. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Barbadian Gin Punch Swizzle

    <strong>Get the <a href=" " target="_hplink">Barbadian Gin Punch Swizzle</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> This Caribbean cooler combines a trio of refreshment -- coconut water, genever and crushed ice cubes -- that you swizzle together until a frosty layer forms on the outside of the glass. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Piña Colada

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Piña Colada</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Blended drinks are a summertime must, and the tropically tinged Piña Colada offers total warm-weather refreshment. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Summerlin

    <b>Get the <a href="">Summerlin</a> recipe from</b> With its rich, crimson color and a name seemingly lifted from a wistful romance novel (<em>Nights in Summerlin</em> -- can't you just see it in an airport bookstore?), we think that this sweet <a href="">rum</a>-and-watermelon conspiracy would lend a mannered air to any evening of paper plates and foot-longs. Garnish it with an orchid for the full white-tablecloth effect.

  • Kalamazoo Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Kalamazoo Julep</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Piled high with crushed ice, this celery-spiked mint Julep cools to the core. <em>Photo: Cory Ryan, courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">Midnight Cowboy</a></em>

  • Celery Cilantro Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Celery Cilantro Cocktail</a> recipe from Skinny Taste</strong> Celery and cilantro muddled together create a unique peppery flavor that works well in this citrus vodka cocktail. Lime juice balances all the flavors. Top with seltzer.

  • Patrón Pomegranate

    <b>Get the <a href="">Patrón Pomegranate</a> recipe from</b> For those in the rewarding (read: unenviable) position of hosting the big cookout, cocktails involving muddled this and floral-garnished that are nice to read about but are pretty much unthinkable to prepare in batches of, say, forty. That"s where this vermilion <a href="">tequila</a> vixen comes in: She's simple, summery and straightforward, so line up the cups. But don't substitute the cheap stuff: Easy doesn't mean indifferent.

  • Panache

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Panache</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Beer cocktails are great for summer sipping, and we especially love this combo of lemon juice, aperitif wine, elderflower liqueur and beer. <em>Photo: Emily Baker, courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">Riffle</a></em>

  • Enchanted Dry Daiquiri

    <strong>Get the <a href=" " target="_hplink">Enchanted Dry Daiquiri</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Basil syrup adds a refreshing herbal undertone to this citrus- and Falernum-splashed Daiquiri.

  • Pineapple Trainwreck

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pineapple Trainwreck</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Like a little liquid vacation, this icy combo of aged rum, pineapple and fresh ginger tastes like a cool tropical breeze. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">John Valls</a></em>

  • Gin Rickey

    <b>Get the <a href="">Gin Rickey</a> recipe from</b> The original recipe for the Rickey called for <a href="">bourbon</a> and was invented at the end of the 1800s in a Washington, D.C., tavern popular among Congressmen. While it's tasty, this refreshing version of the drink that features <a href="">gin</a> would cool you down even if you were campaigning in a top hat and three-piece suit in July.

  • East Aspen Heights

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">East Aspen Heights</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Like summer in a glass, this cocktail combines gin and yellow Chartreuse with fresh berries, herbs and citrus. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">Oak at Fourteenth</a></em>

  • Cardamom Rose Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cardamom and Rose Cocktail</a> recipe from Design Sponge</strong> Rose water can be assertive and easily overpower other flavors and aromas, which is why the use of the equally robust cardamom in this cocktail is so genius. Combined with the undertones of anise in <a href="'s_Bitters" target="_hplink">Peychaud's bitters</a>, this is a gin cocktail we are really looking forward to drinking this spring.

  • Cucumber Cooler

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cucumber Cooler</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> A contemporary take on the classic G&T, this cocktail refreshes with fresh cucumber and a splash of Aperol. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">The Bedford</a></em>

  • Leblon Coco Caipirinha

    <b>Get the <a href="">Leblon Coco Caipirinha</a> recipe from</b> Nobody does the beach like <em>cariocas</em>, so we think that Rio de Janeiro's signature contribution to the cocktail world, the <a href="">Caipirinha</a>, deserves our top spot. That said, we like this version, which softens the original's citrus sharpness with a splash of coconut water.

  • Spiced Pear Daiquiri

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Spiced Pear Daiquiri</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Pear purée meets with rhum agricole and a spiced syrup for delicious Daiquiri sipping. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Rosemary Lime Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Rosemary Lime Cocktail</a> recipe from Joy the Baker</strong> Rosemary simple syrup is the key to flavoring these vodka cocktails. Lime juice adds lots of brightness to contrast with the piny flavor of the rosemary.

  • Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Frozen Hibiscus Margarita</a> recipe from Pretty Girls Cook</strong> A hot summer's day is the time to break out this frozen cocktail to cool your friends down. Hibiscus flowers add a slightly floral sweetness and intensely red color to anything you mix them with. We love this riff on a classic Mexican summer cooler.

  • Dill Pickley Gin And Tonic

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Dill Pickley Gin and Tonic</a> recipe from Book Cooker</strong> Sometimes it's worth messing with a classic, like the gin and tonic. Fresh dill and cucumber are muddled together for this refreshing cocktail.

  • The Honey Beer

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">The Honey Beer</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Beer cocktails are arguably the ultimate summer refresher, and this version adds in gin, lemon juice and a sweet honey rim. <em>Photo: Courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">JoeDoe</a></em>

  • The Rose Pearl

    <strong>Get <a href="" target="_hplink">The Rose Pearl</a> recipe from Putney Farm</strong> Cachaca gives this summer cocktail a Brazilian touch and also delivers quite a kick. The lime juice and San Pellegrino Limonata soda pair with it perfectly.

  • Salted Plum Haamonii Shochu With Lemon Verbena Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Salted Plum Haamonii Shochu with Lemon Verbena Cocktail</a> recipe from Food Wolf</strong> The Japanese liquor Haamonii Shochu takes center stage in this cocktail. The flavor pairings include sour plums and lemon verbena. The cayenne rim completes the tart drink.

  • Champagne Grapefruit Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Champagne Grapefruit Cocktail</a> recipe from Gooseberry Mooseberry</strong> Mimosas will always have their place at the brunch table, but sometimes grapefruit can make bubbly more fun.

  • Strawberry Lillet Cocktails

    <strong>Get the<a href="" target="_hplink"> Strawberry Lillet Cocktails</a> recipe from Homemade Cravings</strong> Fresh strawberries bring out the floral notes of the Lillet Rosé, and the champagne keeps it nice and light.

  • Southside Fizz

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Southside Fizz</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> A long ice spear helps minimize dilution while maximizing refreshment in this classic gin sipper. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Berry Rosemary Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Berry Rosemary Cocktail</a> recipe from Inspired Kara</strong> Choose your favorite berries and muddle them with rosemary to create the base flavor for this gin cocktail. The rosemary adds a unique earthy flavor.

  • Avocado Daiquiri

    <strong>Get the <a href=" " target="_hplink">Avocado Daiquiri</a> recipe from Imbibe</strong> Creamy avocado makes for some über-decadent drinking in this recipe from bartender Lucy Brennan. <em>Photo: Sheri Giblin, courtesy Chronicle Books</em>

  • Dark 'N Stormy

    <b>Get the <a href="">Dark 'n Stormy</a> recipe from</b> The name might bring the more shipwreck-y qualities of maritime life to mind, but we think this Caribbean classic deserves a place in any beachcomber's cocktail repertoire. Consider it one of those inverted good luck charms, like telling an actor to "break a leg." The weather's going to be amazing, and <a href="">Gosling's Rum</a>, ginger beer and lime perfectly complement a mild sunburn.

  • The Avenue

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">The Avenue</a> recipe from The Littlest Anchovy</strong> The Avenue, a classic cocktail from <a href="" target="_hplink">one of our favorite cocktail books</a>, is a citrusy ode to the orange blossom. It uses just a dash of orange flower water, but don't worry, a little goes a long way.

  • Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mint Julep</a> recipe from Forks, Knives and Spades</strong> If you just want the most classic herbal cocktail, than choose the mint julep. It's just Bourbon with mint and sugar.

  • Cucumber Margarita

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cucumber Margarita</a> recipe from Surly Kitchen</strong> While lime makes for a refreshing margarita, cucumber takes it one step further making it just the drink to quench your thirst on a hot day.

  • The Châtelaine

    <strong>Get <a href="" target="_hplink">The Châtelaine</a> recipe from The Merry Gourmet</strong> This fruity cocktail hits the spot after a long day. It's made with crisp white wine, vodka, pomegranate juice and Saint Germain liqueur.

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