Top 10 most popular classic drinks that can be prepared by yourself
For traditionalists who like to keep things simple, these tried-and-true recipes will guarantee your drink is made perfectly.
Some things are classic for a reason. Don’t get us wrong, we love and inventive, over the top cocktail as much as anyone, but the timeless flavors of cocktails like the margarita, the Manhattan, and the martini are the cocktail version of comfort food, and we can’t imagine imbibing without them. Whether you’re brushing up on your home mixology menu or looking for a go-to order for your next cocktail hour, these classics will never steer you wrong.
Originating in Cuba, this refreshing rum-based sip is filled with mint and lime—a perfect combination for sipping by the pool or beach. If you’re craving a little literary cred, the mojito was also said to be a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway.
The Mojito complimenting summer perfectly with a fresh minty taste. The mixture of white rum, mint, lime juice, sugar and soda water is crisp and clean with a relatively low alcohol content, the soda water can be replaced with sprite or 7-up. When preparing a mojito always crush the mint leaves as opposed to dicing to unlock oils that will assist with enhancing the minty flavour.
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
1 cup ice
1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
1/2 cup club soda
Muddle mint into a shaker tin, then add ice and all other ingredients. Shake to chill and strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda if desired and garnish with mint.
2. Pina Colada
Another nod to the tropical cocktails resurgence, this 1970s-era Puerto Rican slushie pleasure is made with white rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. It jumped up seven spots since last year.
The classic tropical cocktail, with a distinctive look and taste. More of a smoothie as opposed to an alcoholic beverage. The modest yet perfect blend of coconut milk, rum and pineapple juice has been a firm favourite throughout the years.
2 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 Maraschino cherries
6 oz pina colada mix
2 oz pineapple juice
1 pineapple quartered and sliced
Cloyingly sweet margarita mixes have given this drink a bad name. A well-made version is a fresh mix of lime juice and tequila, with a hint of sweetener
The simple mixture of tequila, triple sec and lime juice is often blended with ice but is traditionally served on the rocks. The cocktail is generally presented in a salt rimmed glass. Various fruity versions have been adapted from the traditional lime, such as raspberry, peach and strawberry.
1 (6 ounces) can frozen limeade concentrate
6 fluid ounces tequila
1 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
2 fluid ounces triple sec
Since this recipe includes fresh juice, it should be shaken. Serve over ice in a glass with a salted rim.
We love Negronis at VinePair, and we’re sorely disappointed when a bartender doesn’t know how to make one. Thankfully, that shouldn’t happen much longer, as the Negroni claims the No. 1 spot for the first time this year. Gin, Campari, and vermouth come together in a perfect, punchy package.
A favorite of bartenders all over the world, the Negroni is a simple three-ingredient cocktail
– 1 oz gin
– 1 oz Campari
– 1 oz sweet vermouth
Stir ingredients with ice.
The cosmo became almost ubiquitous in the ’90s thanks to the TV show Sex and the City, but this spin on the martini remains just as tasty today as when Carrie Bradshaw made it famous.
The tangy concoction of vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice has managed to leapfrog the venerable screwdriver as many vodka drinkers prefer the Cosmopolitan’s cleaner and slightly tart taste. The keys to the preparation of a Cosmopolitan are a good brand of cranberry juice and Cointreau Triple Sec, two essential elements to the drink.
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
1/2 oz Fresh sour mix
Lemon twist for garnish
Build all ingredients in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lime wheel or zest.
6. Mint Julep
The official drink of the Kentucky Derby is worth ordering even when you’re not at Churchill Downs.
The concoction of Bourbon, a little bit of water, powdered and granulated sugar and plenty of mint has long been a very popular way to drink a cocktail. Simple yet refined.
1/2 cup water.
1/2 cup white sugar.
2 tablespoons roughly sliced fresh mint leaves.
1 cup Kentucky bourbon.
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish
Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup in a mint julep cup. Add bourbon and fill with with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted. Fill with more crushed ice. Serve with a straw and a mint sprig garnish.
James Bond was wrong—whether you drink it with gin or vodka, stirred is the way to go when ordering a martini.
– 3 oz gin or vodka
– .5 oz dry vermouth
– Lemon peel or olive
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel into the glass or garnish with olive.
8. Moscow mule
This famous mug-dwelling drink contains ginger, vodka, lime, and soda.Popular for good reason, the Moscow Mule is one of the most refreshing things to sip on a hot summer day. Its suggested vessel, a copper mug, also just looks sharp. It’s famously served in a Moscow Mule mug, which we venture to guess is much of its slushy appeal.
– 2 oz vodka
– 4 to 6 oz ginger beer
– .5 oz lime juice
Squeeze lime juice into a Moscow Mule mug. Add two or three ice cubes, pour in the vodka, and fill with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.
9. old fashioned
The Old Fashioned is timeless. Reigning as the most popular cocktail in the world for eight years running, this cocktail was finally beat out by the Negroni. This simple classic made with rye or bourbon, a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a thick cube of ice, and an orange twist delivers every time.
There may be no better test of a bartender’s mettle than ordering an Old Fashioned. The recipe is simple
– 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
– 2 dashes Angostura bitters
– 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp sugar
– Orange twist garnish
Put sugar in glass. Cover it with dashes of bitters. Add whiskey and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice, stir again, and serve. If the barman starts shaking the ingredients or muddling fruit, have your next round at another bar.
Low on alcohol and high on refreshment, the spritz has been a crowd-pleasing favorite aperitivo for more than two centuries. Though it can be made with any amaro or liqueur as a base, by far the best known version is the classic Aperol Spritz
-Equal parts Aperol
-Equal parts Cinzano Prosecco
-Splash of Soda
Mix all ingredients in a wine glass with ice and gently stir. Garnish with an orange slice.