List of Popular Cocktails

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Whether you are planning for a party or simply wondering what to order during your next night out on the town, you should review a list of popular cocktails. Cocktails typically contain one or more types of liquor along with several mixers, such as fruit juice, honey, bitters, soda or cream.

Top Cocktails by Liquor

List of Gin Cocktails

Gin has an earthy, almost medicinal flavor since it is made from juniper berries. It is an acquired taste for some, but many traditional cocktails are made with this spirit.

Negroni
Negroni
  • Dirty Martini - Includes dry vermouth and olive brine, shaken with ice and served with an olive
  • Gibson - A nice alternative to the traditional martini, with dry vermouth and cocktail onions, served martini style
  • Gimlet - Add lime juice, serve on ice in a lowball glass
  • Gin Fizz - With lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water served on ice in a highball glass
  • Gin Madras - With cranberry juice and orange juice served on ice in a lowball glass
  • Gin Sour - Includes sweet and sour mix served on ice in a lowball glass
  • Gin and Tonic - A classic drink that is easy to make, served on ice in a lowball glass
  • Greyhound - With orange juice served on ice in a lowball glass
  • Lime Rickey - With lime juice and carbonated water served on ice in a highball glass with a twist of lime
  • Martini - The traditional martini, with or without bitters, stirred or shaken and garnished with an olive
  • Negroni - With campari and sweet vermouth served on ice in an old fashioned glass
  • Pimm's Cup No. 1 - Includes Pimm's liqueur, fruit juices and spices mixed in a pitcher and served on ice
  • Singapore Sling - With brandy, fruit juices and liqueurs served in a tall glass garnished with a cherry
  • Sloe Gin Fizz - Like a gin fizz but with sloe gin, garnished with orange and served in an old fashioned glass; sweet and delicious
  • Tom Collins - Similar to the Gin Fizz, on ice served in a highball glass with a lemon wedge

List of Rum Cocktails

Rum is a crowd-pleaser due to its smoky sweetness, and it's a staple in tropical-themed drinks.

Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
  • Bahama Mama - With coconut liqueur, coffee liqueur, and pineapple juice served on the rocks
  • Blue Hawaii - Includes pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix and blue curaçao served on ice
  • Cuba Libre - A classic cocktail that is easy to make, with cola and lime, served on ice in a highball glass
  • Dark and Stormy - Dark rum with ginger beer served on ice in a highball glass
  • Daiquiri - Traditionally with lime juice and sugar, but variations include other fruit juices; it's a blended frozen drink
  • Hot Buttered Rum - Perfect for winter, with hot buttered rum batter and topped with a hint of grated nutmeg
  • Hurricane - Classic New Orleans cocktail with lime juice and passion fruit syrup served on ice
  • Mai Tai - Tiki drink with many variations that contain fruit juices, syrups and liqueurs served on ice and garnished with fruit
  • Mojito - With mint, sparkling water and simple syrup served on ice garnished with lime and a sprig of mint
  • Piña Colada - A blended frozen drink with pineapple juice and coconut cream
  • Planter's Punch - Mixed with various fruit and fruit juices; a fruity umbrella drink
  • Zombie - With orange curaçao, grenadine, bitters, passion fruit, orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice

List of Tequila Cocktails

Tequila is a popular liquor that flavors many festive drinks.

  • Bloody Maria - A variation on the Bloody Mary served garnished with a celery stalk
  • Juan Collins - With lemon juice, club soda, and agave nectar
  • Margarita, variations include:
    • Frozen margarita
    • Fruit flavored margaritas, such as peach, strawberry or mango
    • Habanero margarita, an extra spicy version
  • Tamarind and Tequila - With tamarind nectar, simple syrup, and ginger ale served on ice in a highball glass
  • Tequila Sunrise - Includes orange juice and grenadine served on ice and garnished with an orange wedge
  • Tequila Sunset - Similar to the Sunrise, but with grenadine on top - the consummate umbrella drink

List of Vodka Cocktails

cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan

Many of the most popular cocktails include vodka. This clear liquor has a subtle taste and mixes well with other ingredients, especially fruit juice.

  • Appletini - With apple liqueur or juices shaken with ice and served in a martini glass
  • Bloody Mary - A brunch favorite with tomato juice and various spices garnished with a celery stalk
  • Cape Cod - With cranberry juice served on ice in a lowball glass with a twist of lime
  • Cosmopolitan - Includes cranberry juice, triple sec and lime juice shaken with ice and served martini style
  • Greyhound - With grapefruit juice served on the rocks
  • Kamikaze - Add lime juice and triple sec; serve either on the rocks or shaken with ice in a lowball glass
  • Lemon Drop Martini - With lemon juice and simple syrup shaken with ice and served in a martini glass with a sugared rim
  • Mudslide - With coffee liqueur and Irish Cream served on the rocks or blended with ice cream and served frozen - dessert in a glass
  • Screwdriver - With orange juice served on the rocks
  • Sea Breeze - With grapefruit juice and cranberry juice served on the rocks - tart and refreshing
  • Sex on the Beach - Includes peach schnapps, orange and cranberry juices served on the rocks
  • Smith and Wesson - With club soda, half and half, and coffee liqueur served on the rocks in a lowball glass
  • Vodka and Tonic - Served on the rocks in a lowball glass garnished with lime
  • Vodka Collins - Similar to a Tom Collins but with vodka in place of gin

  • Vodka Gimlet - With lime juice shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass

  • Vodka Martini - With or without vermouth
  • Vodka Red Bull - On the rocks in a highball glass
  • White Russian - With coffee liqueur and cream served on the rocks in an old fashioned glass

List of Whiskey Cocktails

Popular in the Prohibition Era, whiskey cocktails have experienced a resurgence in many modern speak-easy theme bars. Its sophisticated flavor blends well with sweet as well as bitter mixers.

  • Highball - With ginger ale served on the rocks in a highball glass
  • Hot Toddy - With honey, lemon juice, and tea served hot in a mug
  • Irish Coffee - Irish whiskey with coffee, sugar and cream served hot in a mug; perfect for winter days
  • Jack and Coke - Jack Daniel's whiskey with cola served on ice in a highball glass; easy to make with two ingredients
  • Lynchburg Lemonade - With triple sec, lemon-lime soda, and sweet and sour served on ice in a highball glass
  • Manhattan - Rye whiskey with sweet vermouth and bitters shaken with ice and served martini style
  • Mint Julep - Bourbon with mint, sugar and water served on ice; a classic Southern drink
  • Old Fashioned - Bourbon with simple syrup and bitters served on ice in an old fashioned glass
  • Seven and Seven - Seagram's Seven with 7-Up served on ice served on ice
  • Sneaky Pete - Rye whiskey with milk and coffee liqueur served on ice in a lowball glass
  • Whiskey Sour - With sweet and sour mix, served on ice and garnished with a cherry

Other Cocktails

Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island Iced Tea

Many popular cocktails feature a mix of multiple types of liquor, while others use less traditional liquors for the cocktail.

  • Amaretto Sour - Amaretto with sweet and sour served on crushed ice; a nice balance of sweet and sour
  • B52 - Kahlua with Irish creme and orange liqueur in a shot glass
  • Boston Sidecar - With brandy, light rum, triple sec, and lime juice shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass
  • Brandy Alexander - With brandy, créme de cacao and cream shaken and strained into a cocktail glass garnished with nutmeg
  • Electric Lemonade - Rum, blue curaçao, lemon-lime soda, and sweet and sour served on crushed ice and garnished with lemon; tart and refreshing
  • Fuzzy Navel - Peach schnapps and orange juice served on crushed ice and garnished with an orange slice
  • Harvey Wallbanger - Vodka, Galliano, and orange juice served on crushed ice with the Galliano floating on top
  • Kir - White wine and créme de cassis served in a fluted glass
  • Kir Royale - Champagne and créme de cassis served in a fluted glass; an elegant cocktail
  • Long Island Iced Tea - With vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, sweet and sour, and cola served on crushed ice and garnished with a cherry
  • Melon Ball - Vodka, melon liqueur, and orange juice served on crushed ice and garnished with an orange wedge; a refreshing summer drink
  • Metropolitan - Brandy with sweet vermouth shaken and strained into a martini glass
  • Smith and Kearns - Coffee liqueur, cream, and club soda served in a highball glass on crushed ice; a great dessert drink

Narrow Your Choices and Order

Once you have studied this list of popular cocktails and are familiar with your options, depending on your liquor of preference, deciding what to order is much simpler. If you still can't decide, choose a liquor and ask the bartender to come up with his or her own concoction. You may just discover a new favorite.

List of Popular Cocktails