Most Popular Mixed Drinks

Mixed drinks, also called Bar drinks, or cocktails, are going to vary in popularity from region to region and even bar to bar. In South Florida and Puerto Rico rum drinks like the mojito (made with white rum, sugar, lime, soda water and crushed mint) are going to be popular. Whereas in the American South, the Mint Julep (made with water, bourbon, mint and sugar) is a popular drink. In Singapore, if you visit the Long Bar at Raffles, you must order a Singapore Sling (original recipe of gin, Cherry Heering, Fresh Pineapple juice and Benedictine).

The basic ingredients of any cocktail are the same, but the portions of the ingredients will vary from place to place.

The main ingredient of the cocktail is an alcoholic liquid. This is sometimes called the base of the cocktail. This main ingredient can make up to 75 percent or more of the total of the bar drink.

The next ingredient is the major ingredient that gives the drink its character like sweet, sour, fruity, etc.. This is sometimes called the modifier.

Additional flavoring or coloring agents are the smallest part of a drink and are used sparingly and only to add attractive color and to smooth, or balance out, the flavor of the other two main parts of the mixed drink.

So, in no particular order:

Daiquiri: a mix of White rum, Lime juice, bar syrup.

Cosmopolitan: a mix of Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime juice, Cranberry juice.

Grasshopper: a mix of Green Creme de Menthe, White Creme de Cocoa, Vanilla Ice Cream.

Jack and Coke: a mix of Jack Daniels Whiskey and Coca-Cola.

Kamikaze: a mix of Vodka, Triple Sec and Lime juice.

Long Island Iced Tea: a mix of Vodka, Gin, White Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec, Lemon juice, Coca-cola.

Manhattan: a mix of American Whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, garnished with a cherry

Martini: a mix of gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive or onion.

Mai Tai: a mix of Light rum, Dark Rum, Pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, Grenadine, Triple Sec.

Old Fashioned: a mix of American Whiskey, bar syrup, bitters, garnished with a cherry and lemon peel.

Rum and Coke: a mix of Well Rum and Coca-Cola of course.

Screwdriver: a mix of Vodka and orange juice, sometimes served at breakfast.

Seven and Seven: a mix of Seagram’s 7 and 7-up

Sex on the Beach: a mix of Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Grenadine, orange juice

Sidecar: a mix of Cognac, lemon juice, Triple Sec, garnished with lemon peel.

White Russian: a mix of Vodka, Kahlua and cream or milk.

Zombie: a mix of Light Rum, Amber Rum, Dark Rum, Cherry Bourbon, Triple Sec, Fruit Punch, Pineapple juice.

Always drink responsibly.


Top 10 Mixed Drinks

This is an almost impossible list to collate. Every bar, every list on the internet, and even different bartenders in the same bar, will have or already has a different list of the top ten mixed drinks. Even expert bartender guides and books on cocktails will have a different list of the top ten drinks. So the list below is a “meta-study” of many different sources on drinks and their popularity.

Of course the recipes for each drink are going to vary with country, region, bar or even bartender. So the below recipes are also a “meta-study” of multiple sources in an attempt come up with the “basic” recipe for each drink.

Bloody Mary: 1 oz. of vodka, 1/2 cup tomato juice, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 cup ice cubes, dash of Worcestershire sauce, dash of Tabasco, pinch of salt and pepper. Put ice, vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper in drink shaker, shake well, pour into tall glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with celery stick

Classic Martini: 2 oz. of Gin, 1/4 oz of Dry Vermouth, 6 ice cubes. Put ice in mixing glass add gin and vermouth, stir or shake, strain while pouring in martini glass, garnish with green olive, white pearl onion or lemon peel. Vodka may replace gin.

Cosmopolitan: 1 oz vodka, 1/2 oz triple sec, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz cranberry juice, 6 ice cubes. Add all ingredients to drink shaker and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with lime wedge

Daiquiri: 2 oz. sugar, ½ cup shaved ice. Add all ingredients to drink shaker, shake well and strain into cocktail glass over ice cubes.

Gin and Tonic: 2 oz. gin, 5 oz tonic water, 8 ice cubes. Add ice cubes to highball glass, then Pour gin and the tonic water over the ice, stir well, garnish with a lime wedge.

Manhattan: 1 oz Scotch and ½ oz sweet vermouth, mix in martini glass.

Mojito: 1 1/2 oz. dark rum, 10 mint leaves, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 2 oz soda water, 1 cup crushed ice. Put mint leaves in bottom of high ball glass, add crushed ice, pour in rum, sugar, and lime juice, and mix, then pour in soda water and garnish with additional mint leaves.

Rum and Coke: 4 oz white rum, 8 oz Coca-cola, pour in old-fashion glass over 6 ice cubes and stir.

Screwdriver: 2 oz. vodka, 6 oz. orange juice, 6 ice cubes. Add ingredients to highball glass and stir gently.

Seven and Seven: 3 oz. of Rye whiskey (Seagram’s 7) and 3 oz. lemon-lime soda (7-up) pour over 3 ice cubes in cocktail glass, and stir.