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Top 20 Mixed Drink and Cocktail Recipes

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A lesson in bartending: Mixed drinks and cocktails

Many of you adults are familiar with some mixed drinks and cocktails. You know how to order them in a bar, and you watch the bartender make them. But if needed, could you make them for yourself? A comprehensive list of cocktail recipes in existence would take far too long and make me far too thirsty. Instead, I have created a list of recipes for the top 20 mixed drinks and cocktails; an essential lesson in mixology, if you will. These popular drinks will be grouped into one of four categories: mixed drinks, martinis and manhattans, two liquor drinks, and holiday drinks. I hope you can use this hub as a tool to impress your friends, or at least give you and that salty bar-fly you've always admired something to talk about. Cheers.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Mixed Drink Recipes

These drinks are the building blocks of life for any true alcoholic. They make up the majority of drinks ordered in a bar, and they are incredibly simple to make. Usually consisting of one liquor and one mixer. Here is a list of some of the most popular mixed drinks to quench your thirst:

Cuba Libre

Highball glass, ice

- 1 oz light rum

- fill w/ coke

- garnish w/ lime

Presbyterian

Highball glass, ice

- 1 oz whiskey

- 1/2 fill w/ ginerale

- 1/2 fill w/ soda

- garnish w/ lemon twist

Salty Dog

Highball glass, ice, salted rim

- 1 oz vodka

- fill w/ grapefruit juice

Tequila Sunrise

Collins glass, ice

- 1 oz tequila

- fill w/ orange juice

- top w/ 1/2 oz of grenadine

- garnish w/ cherry

Hairy Navel

Collins glass, ice

- 1/2 oz vodka

- 1 oz peach schnapps

- fill w/ cranberry juice


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Two Liquor Drink Recipes

Although containing two parts, these are also very simple. You will want to pour the ingredients in the order given. Whenever you use a liquor and a liqueur, you will want to pour the heavier liqueur last. This way, it will slowly fall to the bottom and mix itself. The first three are more traditional drinks. The final three are considered shooters, which are shaken and poured like a martini. More or less, drinks for the younger crowd.

White Russian

Rocks glass

- 1 1/2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz kahlua

- float cream on top

Vodka or Gin Gimlet

Rocks glass

- 1 1/2 oz vodka or gin

- 1/2 oz lime juice

- garnish w/ lime

.357 (Colorado Bull Dog)

Rocks glass

- 1 1/2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz kahlua

- splash of cream

- splash of coke

- floater of vodka

Kamikaze

Shooter glass

- 1 1/2 oz vodka

- splash of triple sec

- splash of lime juice

- splash of sweet & sour

Red Headed Slut

Shooter glass

- 1/2 oz jagermeister

- 1/2 oz peach schnapps

- 1/2 oz cranberry juice

Oatmeal Cookie

Shooter glass

- 1/2 oz goldschlager

- 1/2 oz baileys

- 1/2 oz kahlua

Lemon Drop

Lemon Drop

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Martini and Manhattan Recipes

I only wish I was classy enough to drink either of these classic cocktails. Bartender: "Straight-up or on the rocks young sir?" Me: "Um, yeah, no ice please, it makes my gums hurt." Regardless, the ability to make a good martini is an important life skill that will never be overlooked and appreciated by all. As Frank Sinatra once said, "If it wasn't for the olives, I'd starve to death."

Remember this simple advice:

Don't bruise the martini by letting it sit. Once you pour your ingredients into the shaker, shake, and pour out immediately.

Use a quality liquor.

Vermouth is always poured first

Martini

Stemmed glass

- dash of dry vermouth

- 1 3/4 oz vodka or gin

- garnish w/ olive

Lemon Drop

Stemmed glass, sugared rim

- 1 1/2 oz lemon vodka

- splash of sweet & sour

- 1/2 oz triple sec or cointreau

- lemon wedge and sugar into shaker is optional

- garnish w/ lemon

Cosmopolitan

Stemmed glass

- 1 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz triple sec or cointreau

- splash of lime juice

- splash of cranberry juice for color

- garnish w/ lime or lemon twist

Manhattan

Stemmed glass

- 1/4 oz sweet vermouth

- 1 3/4 oz whiskey

- garnish w/ cherry

Glassware

Tools

Holiday Drink Recipes

These are the drinks that everyone likes to drink when they're on vacation. These are also the drinks that everyone likes to drink when they aren't on vacation, because it reminds them of being on vacation. They are more complicated to make, but taste great, and usually involve more alcohol, which means funny funny times. Who doesn't want to be like Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail? Just me eh? Well at any rate, in order to do that, you must learn these drinks.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Pina Colada

Pina Colada

 

Long Island Ice Tea

Collins glass, ice

- 1/2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz gin

- 1/2 oz tequila

- 1/2 oz triple sec

- 1/2 oz rum

- 1 1/2 oz sweet & sour

- splash of coke

- garnish w/ lemon

Electric Ice Tea (double all the alcohol for an Adios MF)

Collins glass, ice

- 1/2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz gin

- 1/2 oz tequila

- 1/2 oz light rum

- 1/2 oz blue curacao

- 1 1/2 oz sweet & sour

- fill w/ 7up

- garnish w/ lemon

Mai Tai

Collins glass, ice

- 1 oz light rum

- 1 oz dark rum

- 1/2 oz creme de almond

- Fill with pineapple and orange juice

- top w/ Myers rum

- garnish w/ cherry and pineapple

Cadillac Margarita

Margarita glass and shot glass

- salt rim (optional)

- 1 oz premium tequila

- 1/2 oz cointreau

- 1 1/2 oz sweet & sour

- a shot of grand marnier on the side

- garnish w/ lime

Strawberry Daiquiri

Hurricane glass

- 1/2 oz light rum

- 1 1/2 oz sweet & sour

- 1 cup of strawberries

- scoop of ice

- blend

Pina Colada

Hurricane glass

- 1 oz light rum

- 3 oz pina colada mix

- garnish w/ pineapple or cherry

Well kids, there it is, my beginners guide to bartending. Essentials in mixology lesson one of who knows how many. But first, before you invite your friends over for presbyterians and poker, you will need a few more things besides liquor and mixers in your arsenal.

Comments

Jeff Davis (author) from California on January 07, 2018:

Thanks for the feedback.

TopDrinkMixers on June 26, 2015:

salty dogs are great!

actualbartender on September 10, 2014:

No tequila in a long island, Manhattan recipe is wrong, Cadillac margaritas have a floated GrandMa shot. But good job trying to sound like you know what your talking about

Cynthianne Neighbors on February 05, 2014:

Good article! I don't go to bars often (allergies...so many allergies) so I mix my own drinks at home. I have discovered reading your article that I have been making Cosmopolitans and didn't know it! I am rather fond of rum so if you have an article on drinks with rum, point me that direction! :-)

ydian on December 28, 2013:

will you please number your top20 cocktails next time including their mixes, ok? so that i can research conveniently. thank you so much.

NEWBY HAWAII on October 24, 2012:

Very Helpful, Thankyou and Mahalo

ajantha on June 02, 2012:

absolutely nice hub. first time i know about Cadillac margarita.

Mike Fuller from Indiana on April 27, 2012:

Electric iced tea, sounds wicked. I must try. Thanks for the recipes. Nice hub

DanielNeff from Asheville, NC on January 19, 2012:

Thanks for the informative hub. You've put a lot of useful information in one place, and organized it very well.

Voted up and useful.

wealthone on December 09, 2011:

OK, thanks for sharing. I can't sit here and not let you all in a little secret for the classic coctail enjoyer (is that a word?). For martinis and manhattans- knock em out with a high end vermouth and it will literally change your life. There's a product called Dolin (look for it at high end liquor stores) made as Dry, Sweet or Blanco and the best part is you will find yourself increasing its volume instead of the dash he mentions here (please, I mean no offense, you don't know what you don't know.) Another sweet vermouth that I love for manhattans is Carpano Antica. Its so good you can sip it alone. Other dry vermouth "substitutions" are Cocchia Americano or even St Germain. Play with them a bit and you'll thank jdavis for leading you here.

applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on August 18, 2011:

there looks like some really good drinks in here. i will be keeping some of these drinks to make them in the future!

Darkeklaw from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvaina on June 29, 2011:

Very nice, might have to share my Mojito recipe some day :)

Jeff Davis (author) from California on October 26, 2010:

online33 - Who doesn't love cocktails? Thanks for the comment. Headed to check out yours now...cheers.

Online33 on October 24, 2010:

Good job buddy, i love cocktails thanks for sharing...check out mine too

Jeff Davis (author) from California on October 07, 2010:

tristand - you, me, and the dude. glad you liked it. thanks for the comment.

tristand on October 04, 2010:

Great list of tasty recipes. I could really go a white russian right now!

Jeff Davis (author) from California on September 13, 2010:

suxmee - thanks for reading. dont try um alone. that's no fun.

Jeff Davis (author) from California on September 13, 2010:

eventsyoudesign - thanks for the comment. welcome to hubpages...we're a good bunch. just put some love and work into your writing and i'm sure they'll come out interesting and informative. good luck.

suxmee on September 12, 2010:

thanks for sharing I will try these too..

eventsyoudesign from Nashville, Tennessee on September 12, 2010:

My favorite mixed drink is a cosmopolitan. It took me a long time to find a bartender that could make it correctly. I like your article very well written and easy to follow. I can't wait to read more of your articles. I am new to Hub Pages, but I hope my articles will be interesting and informative to other readers. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa

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