25 cocktails everyone should know

Who likes to mix cocktails at home? I know I do! I love to have my friends over, order a pizza, watch movies and experiment with making brand new cocktails. But, new cocktails never match up to the classic ones.

We who like to bartend at home do it for many reasons: First, let me say HOW MUCH CHEAPER it is than drinking out. Second, it is fun to mix your own drinks at home, you can add more alcohol or mix instead of having a bartender do it for you. Lastly, like I said before, it’s even more fun to mix drinks for other people at home.

Any home bartender SHOULD have a mental layout of the favorite classic cocktail recipes. I understand you’re not going to fully memorize all of them, but you should be able to find the recipe at quick notice to serve them to your friends. Friends don’t like waiting for alcohol, trust me.. I know!

Without further adieu, I would like to present the 25 essential drinks that everyone should be able to make, in my personal opinion. If you can’t throw together a simple cocktail then you need to take some remedial classes and get back to me.

I hope you enjoy! If you have anymore that should be added to here, add them down in the comments below!

Blue Hawaiian 1 Fluid Ounce Light Rum (I like Malibu Rum:)

1 oz., Blue Curacao Liqueur

2 oz., pineapple juice

1 oz., cream of coconut

1 cup crushed ice

1 pineapple slice

Pina Colada 1 part Malibu Rum

1/2 part coconut cream

1/2 part pineapple juice

1 pineapple slice

Pain Killer 2 oz.,  Pusser’s Rum

4 oz., Pineapple juice

1/2 part Orange juice

1/2 part Cream of coconut

1 Orange wedge, cherry and nutmeg

Tequila Sunrise 1.5 oz., Patron

4 oz., Fresh orange juice

1 oz., Grenadine

Sangria One bottle fruity red wine, such as Merlot. You could also make a white Sangria with moscato.

4 oz., brandy

3 oz., Simple Syrup

1 cup mixed chunks of seeded oranges, lemons and limes


Regular Mimosa:




3/4 cup champagne

1/4 cup orange juice


2/4 cup chilled dry sparkling wine

1/4 chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)

2/4 Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)

Sazerac 1/4 oz. Absinthe, One sugar cube

1 1/2 oz. Rye whiskey or Cognac

Three dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

-Stir don’t shake

Hurricane One part, Light rum

Lemon juice

Half part, Over proofed rum

Passion fruit syrup

One part, Dark rum

-You can shake and strain it, or blend it on high speed

Old Fashioned 1 1/2 oz., Bourbon or Rye whiskey

2 dashes, Angostura bitters

1 Sugar cube

Few dashes plain water

Margarita 2 oz., Patron Tequila

1 oz., Lime juice

1 oz., Cointreau

-You can shake and strain it, or blend it on high speed

Bloody Mary Celery salt

Lemon wedge

Lime wedge

2 oz., Vodka

4 oz., Tomato juice

2 dashes Tabasco Sauce (I like a lot of Tabasco, but add however much you want:)

2 tsp Prepared horseradish

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1 pinch Celery salt

1 pinch Ground black pepper

1 pinch Smoked paprika

-Shake, shake, shake.. Senora 

Irish Coffee



Irish Car Bomb

 2 2/3 oz. (4 parts) Hot coffee

1 1/3 oz. (2 parts) Irish whiskey

1 tsp. Brown sugar

1 oz. (1½ parts) Fresh cream

Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar; do not boil. Pour into glass and top with cream; serve hot.

1/4 oz. Dewar’s Irish whiskey

1 pint Irish stout

1/4 oz. Kahula

1/2 oz. Bailey’s

The whiskey is floated on top of the Irish cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout.

Vieux Carre Benedictine liqueur

rye whiskey


sweet vermouth

1 dash each Peychaud’s

Angostura bitters

Stir ingredients along with ice in a chilled glass.

Mint Julep 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar

2 oz. Bourbon whiskey

2 teaspoons Water

4 Mint leaves

Martini 1/2 oz Dry vermouth

3 oz  Gin

Stir well. 

Martinez Fill a mixing glass with ice.

Add gin

sweet vermouth

maraschino liqueur

orange bitters

Stir until very cold 

Whiskey Sour 1 1/2 ounces whiskey (or bourbon, Scotch, Canadian whiskey, or Irish whiskey)

4 ounces sour mix, recipe follows

Crushed ice

1 maraschino cherry

Shaken not stirred

Mai Tai  1 1/2 oz White rum

1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

1/2 oz Orange curaçao

1/2 oz Orgeat syrup

3/4 oz Dark rum

Shake it, baby

Tom Collins 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

1 oz Cranberry juice

1/2 oz Cointreau

1 1/2 oz Vodka Citron

Shake that shaker and let me see what you got

Manhattan Dash Angostura bitters

2 oz Crown Royal

3/4 oz Sweet red vermouth

Maraschino cherry (Garnish)

Stir it, stir it.. strain it, strain it

Daiquiri 1 1/2 oz White rum

1/2 oz Simple syrup

1 oz Lime juice

Optional: Add ice and blend on high speed

Shake well if you don’t want it frozen.

Cosmopolitan  1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

1 oz Cranberry juice

1/2 oz Cointreau

1 1/2 oz Vodka Citron

Cocktail shake that thing, shake it well!

Tom & Jerry For the batter:

2 large eggs, separated and at room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon blackstrap rum

1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch cream of tartar

For the punch:

2 cups Cognac

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon aged Jamaican rum

3 cups hot whole milk

3 cups hot water

Freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg, for garnish


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