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The Old Fashioned is the cocktail of choice of Don Draper, the lead character on the Mad Men television series.

Top 60 Most Famous and Popular Cocktails of All Time

Cocktail News, Reviews & Resources (151) Top 60 Most Famous & Popular Cocktails of All Time

"I drink to make other people more interesting." - Ernest Hemingway.

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"I like to have a martini, Two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host." - Dorothy Parker.

When used to refer to any generic alcoholic mixed drink, COCKTAIL may mean any beverage that contains two or more ingredients if at least one of them contains alcohol.

When a cocktail contains only a distilled spirit and a mixer, such as soda or fruit juice, it is a highball; many of the International Bartenders Association Official Cocktails are highballs. When a cocktail contains only a distilled spirit and a liqueur, it is a duo and when it adds a mixer, it is a trio. Additional ingredients may be sugar, honey, milk, cream, and various herbs.

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  • 10 classic vodka cocktail recipes - The Telegraph.
  • 24 Vodka Cocktails - Cosmopolitan.
  • Americano - an IBA official cocktail composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and for the sparkling version, club soda and garnished with a slice of lemon. The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It is the direct descendant of the "Milano-Torino" which consisted of Campari, the bitter liqueur from Milan (Milano) and Punt e Mes, the vermouth from Turin (Torino) but lacked soda water.
  • Aperol Spritz.
  • Aperol Spritz - aperitif cocktail consisting of prosecco, Aperol and soda water.
  • BELLINI - cocktail is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purťe or nectar. This cocktail originated in Venice, Italy.
  • BLOODY MARY - cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt. It has been called "the world's most complex cocktail".
  • Why are Bloody Marys only for the morning? - "The Bloody Mary, a viscous, vegetable- and vodka-filled garnished cocktail, often serves as a refuge for those hoping to subdue the ringing remnants of the prior eve's overindulgences."
  • Brandy Alexander - brandy-based cocktail consisting of cognac and crème de cacao that became popular during the early 20th century.
  • Buck's Fizz - alcoholic cocktail made of two parts sparkling wine, typically champagne, to one part orange juice.
  • carajillo Is Poised to Become the Caffeinated Cocktail of 2024 - "The next time youíre tempted to request an espresso martini, ask for a carajillo instead. This delightfully simple concoction is a mix of one part espresso and one part Licor 43 (a Spanish liquor whose 43-ingredient recipe has been kept under wraps since 1948, when the Zamora family first invented the saccharine herbal blend) poured over ice. Where the espresso martini is sharp and bitter, the carajillo is sweet, with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and citrus."
  • CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS - "To some purists, the mixing of champagne with anything might seem unthinkable. For cocktail lovers, champagne or sparkling wine becomes a choice ingredient with which to add other interesting flavours."
  • Clover Club cocktail - shaken cocktail consisting of gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white. The egg white acts as an emulsifier, forming the drink's characteristic foamy head.
  • Cosmopolitan cocktail.
  • COSMOPOLITAN - cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.
  • CRAFTHOUSE COCKTAILS - "Prepared Cocktails. Hancrafted by the World's Premier Mixologists."
  • CUBA LIBRE - along with the Mojito and the Daiquiri, the Cuba Libre shares the mystery of its exact origin.
  • Ernst Hemingway drank his Daiquiris at El Floridita & his Mojitos at La Bodeguita bar, Havana, Cuba.
  • DAIQUIRI - the DaiquirŪ was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway (at El Floridita, Havana, Cuba) and president John F. Kennedy.
  • Eggnog - historically also known (when alcoholic) as milk punch or egg milk punch, is a rich, chilled, sweetened, creamy dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture) and, in some contexts, distilled spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon. Eggnog with a strong alcohol content keeps well, and is often considered to improve when aged for up to a year in a refrigerator. Eggnog is often provided to guests in a large punch bowl, from which cups of eggnog are ladled.
  • FRENCH 75 - cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • GIBSON - mixed drink made with gin and vermouth, and often garnished with a pickled onion.
  • GIMLET - cocktail made of gin and lime juice. A 1928 description of the drink was: "gin, a spot of lime, and soda." The description in the 1953 Raymond Chandler novel The Long Goodbye stated that "a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else".
  • Gin and tonic - highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over ice. It is usually garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. The amount of gin varies according to taste. Suggested ratios of gin to tonic are between 1:1 and 1:3.
  • Harvey Wallbanger.
  • Harvey Wallbanger - is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice.
  • Honey Deuce - "The Most Popular Drink at the US Open. The refreshing pink drink has been the event's trademark cocktail for nearly two decades."
  • HURRICANE - sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, fruit juice, and syrup or grenadine. Hurricane was invented during the World War II at Pat O'Briens bar in New Orleans and was named after the shape of a hurricane lamp.
  • IRISH COFFEE - cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar (some recipes specify that brown sugar should be used), stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.
  • Jack Rose.
  • Jack Rose - cocktail containing applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice. It was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, notably appearing in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 classic, The Sun Also Rises. One of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
  • KIR ROYAL - popular French cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with white wine.
  • The Long Island Iced Tea was named for its resemblance to non-alcoholic Iced tea.
  • Long Island Iced Tea - type of alcoholic mixed drink typically made with tequila, vodka, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as its namesake. It is so named because of the resemblance to the color and taste of iced tea.
  • Manhattan.
  • MANHATTAN - cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
  • MARGARITA - cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass.
  • Martini.
  • MARTINI - the Martini is one of the most widely known cocktails.
  • MARTINI ON THE ROCK - world's most expensive drink: US$10,000 in the Blue Bar at The Algonquin Hotel, New York, U.S.A.
  • MOJITO - the Mojito was a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway made the bar called La Bodeguita del medio famous as he became one of its regulars and he wrote "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita".
  • Molotov cocktail - generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons. A Molotov cocktail is a breakable glass bottle containing a flammable substance such as petrol or a napalm-like mixture, with some motor oil added, and usually a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle's stopper.
  • Moscow mule - cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is usually served in a copper mug.
  • Napoleon, the Most Refreshing Whiskey Cocktail You Can Drink This Summer - "It makes the moody spirit downright ebullient."
  • NEGRONI - is a cocktail, made of equal parts gin, vermouth rosso (red, semi-sweet), and Campari, generally served on the rocks, and commonly garnished with an orange slice or orange peel. It is considered an apéritif.
  • NEGRONI: The Classic Cocktail Anthony Bourdain Called The 'Perfect Mixed Drink' - "A traditional negroni is made with one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, and one part Campari and garnished with an orange twist. When speaking to Barron's, Bourdain praised the negroni as 'the perfect drink.'"
  • Old Fashioned.
  • OLD FASHIONED - possibly the first drink to be called a cocktail. Cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, adding whiskey or, less commonly, brandy, and garnishing with a twist of citrus rind. It is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass (also known as rocks glass), which predated the cocktail.
  • Old Tom Morris - a cocktail perfect for golf lovers.
  • Pimm's Cup - "Transport yourself to Wimbledon with this refreshing summer cocktail."
  • Plumdog Millionaire Gin cocktail recipe - The Spruce Eats.
  • PUNCH - term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice.
  • Quattroporte Cocktail - at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue hotel's Measure restaurant, New York City. Centers on a $176 eponymous cocktail that is followed up by a ride home in the Maserati Quattroporte car. The Quattroporte cocktail features an ounce of Aperol, Amaro Nonino and Plymouth Gin, which is then stirred and strained into a flute of Krug Champagne.
  • Queen Elizabeth II has carried on the tradition of drinking her late mother's preferred aperitif, Dubonnet & gin - "Queen Elizabeth II has carried on the tradition of drinking her late mother's preferred aperitif, Dubonnet and gin. Her Majesty enjoys a 2:1 ratio of Dubonnet to gin, for a lower-alcohol serve. The aromatic French aperitif has become so significant to the Royal Family that it was awarded a Royal Warrant in 2021."
  • SAKETINI - cocktail that uses sake and other ingredients such as simple syrups, distilled spirits, liqueurs, juices and garnishes.
  • SALVATORE'S LEGACY - the world's most expensive cocktail: £5,500.
  • SCREW DRIVER - popular alcoholic highball drink made with orange juice and vodka.
  • Sidecar.
  • Sidecar - cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Grand Gala or another triple sec), and lemon juice.
  • Raffles Hotel Singapore's Long Bar, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673.
  • SINGAPORE SLING - best consumed in Raffles Hotel Singapore's Long Bar.
  • Skinny Bitch.
  • Skinny Bitch - low calorie vodka cocktail.
  • SoufflÉ Espresso Martini - "Put a twist on the classic espresso martini and add a whipped coffee topping. Like a soufflé, the airy, slightly sweet topping slowly rises as the espresso cocktail is poured into the glass, creating a stunning visual effect that will impress any guest."
  • Sundowner - the original South African recipe.
  • Tequila sunrise (cocktail). Photo: TheCulinaryGeek.
  • Tequila sunrise (cocktail) - is a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup. It's served unmixed in a tall glass. The modern drink originates from Sausalito, California, in the early 1970s after an earlier one created in the 1930s in Phoenix, Arizona. The cocktail is named for its appearance when served - with gradations of color resembling a sunrise.
  • The Godfather Is A Classic Scotch Cocktail Worth Ordering - "The Godfather cocktail has just two ingredients: three parts Scotch whisky to one part amaretto liqueur, stirred in a rocks glass. That's it. No fancy techniques, no shaker, not even a mixer."
  • Tom Collins Is The Most Refreshing Way To Drink Gin - "Whatís not to love about a simple, classic cocktail like the Tom Collins? Itís basically a spiked and sparkling lemonade, served in a Collins glass, obviously, which immediately inducts it into the summer cocktail hall of fame. This fizzy cocktail is as old as it is iconic, having made its first appearance in print in 1876 in the Bar-Tenderís Guide by famed father of American mixology Jerry Thomas. It hasnít changed much since its inception, meaning that it's probably perfect the way it is."
  • Vesper Martini.
  • Vesper Martini Recipe - 'The Vesper', Casino Royale (1953), Chapter 8, by Ian Fleming: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake a very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. (If you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better.)"
  • VODKA MARTINI - cocktail made with vodka and vermouth, a variation of a martini.
  • Unmixed White Russian cocktail.
  • White Russian - cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa or Tia Maria), and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Often milk will be used as an alternative to cream.
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