In Tahitian, “Mai Tai” means “The best—out of this world,” as exclaimed by the first person to taste Trader Vic’s original version. The iconic tiki drink was created to showcase the flavor of good quality rum, and should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. A proper Mai Tai is a deep amber hue and allows the rum to shine through.
What's the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. A decedent of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.
The best-known Champagne cocktail, the Kir Royale, turns any glass of bubbly into a special occasion.
While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.
Though a bit rare, this smoky whisky cocktail is delicious when made well.
The addition of gum syrup lends silky richness to this frothy classic.
This X-Files–inspired cocktail is a classic Whiskey Sour with a pineapple twist. A Green Chartreuse float gives the drink an ethereal appearance, but the high-proof, medicinal bite keeps it grounded.
Tequila and verjus make fine bedfellows in this fragrant glass topped with bubbles.
Turn the French 75 on its head by swapping in tequila, fennel liqueur and honey syrup and topping with bubbles.
Fresh celery juice adds bright, earthy undertones to this tequila-based cocktail made with elderflower liqueur and Fino sherry.