Popular Mixed Drinks

A Collection of Popular Cocktails and Mixed Drink Recipes.

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  • Updated: Oct 4, 2016

Here is a collection of some of the most popular mixed drinks, including timeless classics to brunch favorites and other popular cocktails. Whether you’re looking to make mixed drinks at home or ordering cocktails at the bar, knowing a wide range of cocktail drink names (including their recipes) will go a long way.

Familiarity with these popular cocktails will give you an idea of what to order or make based on various taste preferences (e.g. fruity, sweet, citrusy) for yourself as well as your friends. Many of these recipes also form the basis for other cocktails and mixed drink variations, enabling you to experiment with flavors as well as techniques.

So go ahead, order one of these the next time you’re at a bar—or better yet, make these at home and impress your friends.

  • Light rum, Triple sec, Banana, Lime juice, Sugar, Cherry
    The Banana Daiquiri is a frozen Daiquiri that's guaranteed to be a crowd favorite at your next summer party. While it has a reputation for being a bit girly, we dare any guy to take a sip and not want another.
  • Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Lime
    Often a hangover "cure" for the urban brunch-goers of the world, the Bloody Mary makes for a nicely savory start to your Sunday when the bottomless Mimosas just aren't going to cut it. A Bloody Mary can be very spicy, very mild, or somewhere in between, so adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce to taste. And for an extra kick, you can add some ground cayenne pep…
  • White rum, Lime, Simple syrup
    The classic Daiquiri is a wonderfully simple cocktail consisting of white rum, lime juice, and sugar. That's it. You should always use fresh-squeezed lime juice, as the bottled stuff comes from concentrate and doesn't taste nearly as good (and, in some cases, can even impart some nasty metallic flavors). To avoid getting clumps of granulated sugar in your Da…
  • Gin, Tonic water, Lime
    The Gin and Tonic is a classic mixed drink that was originally invented by the British, but has since spread to become a popular mainstay in bars all over the world. The Gin and Tonic cocktail is extraordinarily simple to make, almost impossible to screw up, and perfect for drinking on hot days. We recommend using a juniper-forward London Dry gin, but i…
  • Irish whiskey, Brown sugar syrup, Coffee, Unsweetened whipped cream
    The Irish Coffee is a perfect drink for when you need to wake up halfway through a long night, or kick yourself out of bed and fight off a hangover. It's an exceedingly simple cocktail, consisting of just Irish whiskey, coffee, a bit of brown sugar simple syrup, and some optional unsweetened whipped cream (preferably homemade). If you're looking for whiskey …
  • Rum, Orgeat syrup, Orange Curaçao, Rock candy syrup, Lime juice, Mint
    Whether you believe Trader Vic's or Don the Beachcomber's claims about inventing it, the Mai Tai is an absolutely essential tiki cocktail that any beach bum worth their salt needs to know. Don't be fooled by any neon-colored pretenders—this is a classic drink that doesn't need to show off. It's simply delicious.
  • Tequila, Triple sec, Lime juice, Salt
    The Margarita is a simple, citrusy cocktail, and for more than 40 years it’s been the unmistakable face of summertime and south-of-the-border beach hangouts (and, really, of tequila drinks in general). Unfortunately, thanks to the popularity of syrupy pre-made mix, most people’s homemade Margaritas leave a bit to be desired. But with a little elbow grease an…
  • Champagne, Orange juice
    The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that almost makes it feel appropriate to be drinking at 11 in the morning, and it couldn't be simpler to make. All you need is some Champagne (or any sparkling wine), orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed), and a day off to enjoy it.
  • Light rum, Lime, Sugar, Mint, Soda water
    The Mojito cocktail is an old Cuban original made from white rum, mint, lime, sugar or simple syrup, and soda water. It's minty, citrusy, and refreshing, and while the Mojito cocktail can be a bit of a pain to make thanks to the muddling involved, it's a classic drink for a reason. The origins of the name Mojito are somewhat murky, but it likely comes f…
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice
    The Moscow Mule is a classic, refreshing vodka cocktail, great for hot summer days or a night out on the town. It isn't the most complicated recipe, but the Moscow Mule is certainly delicious if you're looking for something frosty, gingery, and crisp. We recommend using fresh lime juice, as the bottled stuff from concentrate has a lot less in the way of…
  • Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth
    The Negroni is a classic cocktail featuring Campari front-and-center, along with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, resulting in a spirit-forward drink with a strongly bitter profile. It's typically either built in an Old-Fashioned glass on the rocks, or stirred and served up in a cocktail or coupe glass. A London dry gin typically balances the other flavor…
  • Vodka, Peach schnapps, Cranberry juice, Orange or Pineapple juice
    The Sex on the Beach cocktail is a popular, vodka-based drink that is fruity and sweet. It was rumored to have been invented during Spring Break to bolster the sales of peach schnapps, the liqueur that is essential to the recipe. The Sex on the Beach can be made in smaller amounts and served as a shooter.
  • Strawberry schnapps, Tequila, Triple sec, Lemon juice, Strawberries, Salt
    This beauty is made with both strawberry schnapps and fresh, muddled strawberries for a double-dose of fruity goodness. It's also ridiculously easy to make, which is always a plus.
  • Tequila, Orange juice, Grenadine
    The Tequila Sunrise is a fruity cocktail that has a citrus flavor and is served on the rocks.
  • Bourbon or rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, sugar cube, orange peel
    The Old-Fashioned cocktail dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century—the very dawn of the word “cocktail” itself—and is often regarded as the most essential of the classic cocktails, if not the best-known whiskey drink of all time.The Old-Fashioned cocktail is a simple drink, consisting of bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar or simple syrup, Angostura bitte…
  • light rum, coconut cream, pineapples
    I like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain! The Piña Colada is one of the most popular tropical rum cocktails. This is an old-style recipe for this popular drink. The coconut cream needs to have the right consistency, as some find the alternative, coconut milk, to be too thin. However, you can add condensed milk to coconut milk to bring up it's thic…
  • vodka, cranberry juice, Rose's lime juice, orange juice
    The Vodka Cranberry is a very light and refreshing drink that has a slight fruitiness to it plus a twist from a squirt of lime juice. Adding orange juice will create a thicker or citrusy flavor.
  • Light rum, Lime juice, Strawberries, Simple syrup
    The Strawberry Daiquiri is a variety of frozen Daiquiri, and when done right it can be a seriously delicious summertime treat. No need to use artificial flavorings, just fresh lime juice and strawberries will do the trick.
  • Vodka, Lime Juice, Lime
    Equally at home on hot summer days by the pool and cool nights in hotel lobbies, this classic vodka-based variation on the classic Gimlet is simple, refreshing, and delightful. Where the traditional gin can sometimes be overwhelmingly complex, substituting vodka gives rise to a smooth, minimalist aesthetic.

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