21 Cocktails You Need To Know

There comes a time when it’s not just beer and shots or a rum & cola.  Here’s a list of 21 cocktails that are easy to make and that everyone should learn.


1. A Delicious Bloody Mary



This drink is super versatile (not just for brunch!), and while there are tons of ways to jazz it up with insane garnish, a basic yet delicious Bloody Mary is easy to make.

To learn how to make the Sriracha rim salt in the picture, check this out.

2. A Classic Margarita on the Rocks


Here’s the recipe for the classic 2:1:1 ratio. Important here is making sure you use quality orange liqueur, preferably Cointreau.

Once you’ve perfected this, you can move on to frozen margaritas, which surprisingly, are more complicated than just putting a marg on the rocks in the blender.

3. A Sidecar


Once you perfect your margarita, its cousin the sidecar (made with brandy) will be a piece of cake.

4. An Old-School Manhattan


Made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters, this classic cocktaildefinitely requires more precision than the sugary, citrus drinks above. But that’s also its greatest virtue: It’s all booze.

You can also check out this video for step-by-step instructions.

5. Simple Sangria


You can obviously feel free to add more kinds of fruit, but this five-ingredient recipewill give you an awesome red-wine sangria with minimal effort. Having a good recipe for this in your arsenal is like having a well-curated résumé — it pays off again and again.

6. White Wine Sangria


They say sangria can’t buy you love, but…it might.

7. A Gin Fizz


So easy that you can probably guess the recipe if you’ve ever tried one.

8. A Tom Collins


Despite seeming like a country-clubbing dad drink, a Tom Collins is definitely something you should learn to make in your twenties because it’s quick and delicious. It’s almost the same as a gin fizz, but with additional citrus flavor from the orange slice, and the delightful bonus of a maraschino cherry.

If you’re up for it, learn how to make delicious homemade maraschino cherries,without all of the creepy chemicals.

9. A Refreshing Mojito


This is a great party trick to have up your sleeve. It’s also a great thing to make at home, since bartenders will give you so much side-eye if you order a mojito on a busy night (fresh mint requires serious muddling). Get the recipe here.

10. A Whiskey Sour



A delicious whiskey sour requires good whiskey (Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey) and fresh citrus — NOT sour mix from a bottle. If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can even add egg white for froth.

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Posted on August 2, 2014, in Dating, Friends & Family, Household & Recipes, Lifestyle, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on 21 Cocktails You Need To Know.

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