It’s always a cool skill to know a few cocktails backward and forwards and sideways, so when the time comes to make or order them, you don’t look like, heaven forbid, a bar novice. So today we will be listing the Top 10 Must-Have cocktail Beverages.
The Mojito is as refreshing as a Caribbean breeze. It’s a little bit sweet and citrusy fresh, with bright mint laying cover for the earthier bite of rum that makes the drink’s base. It’s as Cuban as a cocktail can be, dating back to the 1600s. And in this century, it has become wildly popular for downing in the hotter months.
2 oz. white rum, 1/2 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh), 1 tsp. superfine sugar, 3 mint leaves, club soda or seltzer
2. Aperol Spritz
For daytime drinking, you really can’t beat an Aperol Spritz. It’s pretty basic, but then again, that’s its charm. Just ask all the bar patrons crowding the patio around you, Spritzes in hand.
2 oz. Aperol, 3 oz. Prosecco, 2 oz. (or a top off) club soda, orange slices
A Manhattan is strong in all ways. The flavor is deep and unabashed, and the ABV is nothing to scoff at. It’s a cocktail stalwart, and not for the weak of heart.
• 2 oz. rye whiskey, 1 oz. Italian vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters
4. Old Fashioned
This is as classic as they come, the original whiskey cocktail. Even in the two centuries since its inception, it’s still the most respected cocktail in the world, and not the least bit musty for its age. Rye will make it spicier than bourbon.
• 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey, 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp. loose sugar), club soda
it’s really a simple cocktail. There are three ingredients: white rum (although some prefer it with dark), sugar, and lime, shaken over ice and then strained into a chilled cocktail glass straight up. All the ingredients are of tropical decent, so it’s fair to categorize the Daiquiri as a drink best served under palm leaves. But with sugar, rum for earthy sweetness, and fresh lime juice for tart counterbalance, it’s always good, in any locale. And all you really need for it besides what you have stocked in the kitchen is a bottle of really good rum. Here’s how to make this essential, indomitable classic rum cocktail.
• 2 oz. white rum
• 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
The Negroni is, quite simply, a perfect cocktail. Maybe it’s the perfect cocktail. With equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth, it couldn’t be easier to make, proving that, like Stooges and Musketeers, the best things really do come in threes. Intended to be sipped, it’s refreshing on a hot day. It’s youthful next to an Old Fashioned. It lends the drinker a certain continental sophistication. And it doesn’t skimp on the ABV.
• 1 oz. London dry gin, 1 oz. Campari, 1 oz. vermouth Rosso
7. Dry Martini
Dry martini also gets a spot on this list and this is a must-try. a classic martini technically should be made with gin and served bone-chillingly cold. Order it stirred, not shaken. Sorry, 007.
• 1 oz. dry vermouth, 4 oz. Gin, Olives or lemon twist
8. Bloody Mary
Oh yeah, you can and should make your own Bloody Mary mix. It’s labor-intensive, sure, but it’s highly customizable. You can decide just how you want the horseradish to play off the citrus that plays off the hot sauce heat. This is a drink you should not miss.
• 1/2 c. tomato juice, 1/4 inch horseradish, chopped, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, dash of celery seeds, 4 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco, Tapatio, etc.), 1/2 lemon’s juice, fresh squeezed, 1/2 lime’s juice, fresh squeezed, dash of sea salt, dash of black pepper, 1 tbsp. vodka
• 2 oz. Vodka, 6-8 oz. Bloody Mary mix
9. French 75
This fancy drinks sure looks luxurious but not only that it also tastes luxurious. It looks like bubbly effervescence, but looks deceive. The French 75, with gin and champagne, packs a wallop, made all the more dangerous by how delightful it is to drink.
• 2 oz. London dry gin, 1 tsp. superfine sugar, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 5 oz. Brut champagne
10. Dark and Stormy
The Dark and Stormy cocktail was not born in London also it was not created in a barroom catering to the alcoholic needs of woebegone writers. In fact, it has nothing to do with bad literary tropes and gothic language. The Dark and Stormy is a drink that came to be in the Caribbean waters, where rum is plentiful and so are sailors. It’s a drink that was spat out by the sea, more or less. It’s a drink with a really cool name.
• 2 oz. dark rum, 3 oz. ginger beer, 1/2 oz. lime juice (optional)