If there is one universal truth, it’s that cocktails are fun. They take social drinking to a whole new level and they have the tendency to make every party and every night out more interesting than you thought it would be. After all, what better way to tease your palate and avoid having to gulp down another boring glass of beer than to try a sophisticated martini or a zesty margarita?
Every bar and every skilled mixologist will have their own iteration of a famous cocktail, some tampering with the spirit-to-ingredient ratio, and other reinventing the drink as a whole by adding chocolate or coffee nuances into the mix. With that in mind, here are some of the most popular classic cocktails you should always consider ordering on a fun night out.
The Daiquiri is a beloved party cocktail, similar to the Margarita to the inexperienced taste buds, but quite unique when it starts rolling down the tongue. The Daiquiri comes in many styles and variations, and chances are that every bartender will have their preferred mixing method and a set of complementary ingredients.
In its basic form, the Daiquiri consists of white rum, simple syrup (water and sugar), and lime juice. Before serving in a chilled cocktail glass, be sure to mix the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes.
Next to the Margarita, which we will mention in a while, the mojito is the summer party cocktail of the bunch. Adored for its unique aroma that gives out subtle hints of mint and lime, and absolutely beloved for its zesty taste combined with a strong rum base, this one tastes amazing and looks the part.
Its overall taste is refreshing and cool, perfect for bringing the temperature down on a hot summer’s day. While it’s typically considered to be an afternoon cocktail, there’s no law preventing you from ordering it on a wild night out, or making it yourself at home. It’s quite easy, simply muddle sugar, mint leaves, and club soda together before squeezing in the lime juice. Add rum per your liking and stir well before garnishing with ice cubes and topping it off with more club soda.
Unlike the mojito, the martini is more of a fine, classy beverage beloved and adored by secret service agents and mere mortals alike. This cocktail is all about unencumbered simplicity and pure sophistication, but don’t be fooled by its appearance as it can pack quite a punch depending on the gin-to-vermouth ratio.
One of the best places in the world to try this particular cocktail is definitely New York. An experienced mixologist in NYC will provide you with the most memorable version of this timeless cocktail. If the weather outside is cold and dreary, then having a chocolate martini would be just the right pick-me-up for the occasion. Be sure to try the originals but always check if the innovative mixology professionals have something special up their sleeve.
The Black Russian
The Black Russian cocktail is a versatile beverage, used around the world to dazzle and tease the taste buds no matter the occasion. Whether you’re at a high-scale function or at a pub, you can’t go wrong by ordering a Black Russian. Its unique coffee taste intertwined with the strength of quality vodka makes it the drink of choice for both men and women, and you can choose the ratios of the ingredients according to your preference.
If you’re making it at home, use two parts coffee liquor and five parts vodka, pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes, and then stir gently until you get a smooth, rich brown texture.
Speaking of New York City, if you find yourself exploring the vibrant mixology scene in the Big Apple, you shouldn’t skip the chance to try a classic Manhattan cocktail. Unlike the majority of popular cocktails, and unlike the sophisticated martini, the fancy Manhattan is made with only the finest whiskey. That said, whiskeys are nuanced and every type will have its own influence on the final taste and aroma of the drink.
Traditionally, before Canadian whiskey found its way into the mix, rye whiskey was the foundation that made this popular cocktail famous. Over the years, bourbon became the base of choice, but nowadays bartenders are emphasizing rye whiskey in order to bring back that distinct taste of tradition. Be sure to try all three styles to discover your ideal Manhattan.
The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, and arguably the most beloved party drink across the globe simply due to its recognizable aroma and refreshing taste that makes you forget how many you had. After all, the margarita was the most popular cocktail in the US for two years straight, which further proves its timeless appeal.
While the traditional recipe includes three simple ingredients (tequila, triple sec, and lime juice), modern iterations served by creative mixologists boast colors from all ends of the spectrum, and flavors to appeal to every taste preference.
The Moscow Mule
Last but not least, we have another popular Russian cocktail that has nothing to do with the chilly East-European country. The Moscow Mule is quite different from the Black Russian, though, as this is a refreshing beverage intended for those warmer days of the year. Its unique appearance makes it stand out even further, as the ingredients are poured into a copper mug. You can pour ginger beer and vodka into the mug (put the ice in first), and then proceed to lace the surface with lime juice. Stir gently.
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is another timeless classic adored by everyone, so no matter if you find yourself in high company, in your pajamas, or an exciting night out at a bar, you need to have an Old Fashioned in your hand. Only the most skilled of mixologists will be able to do muddle this one just right, so if you’re making it on your own, be sure to master the technique first and foremost. If you like a whiskey foundation in your cocktail, then the Old Fashioned is a fine choice.
There are many popular cocktails around the world, but there is only a handful of timeless classics you should always have in mind. Let these eight popular cocktails make your every social gathering more exciting and memorable.