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.
The origin of the Whiskey Sour dates back to over a century ago. A classic cocktail and a staple in the sour family of mixology, this drink will not leave any cocktail lover disappointed. Add egg white to add a rich, frothy texture to this sour and sweet tipple.
This tequila, apple, grapefruit juice and ginger cocktail is no runner-up.
To prepare a Rum Swizzle, it’s best to use an authentic swizzle stick. Real swizzle sticks are long stems snapped off a tree native to the Caribbean, and feature multiple prongs that stick out horizontally. When spun rapidly between your hands inside a cold cocktail, the swizzle stick will create a thick layer of frost on the outside of a glass—the sign of a perfect swizzle.
Fortify yourself with the Irish-whiskey-and-egg Gaelic Flip cocktail.
Toast the seasons with this tasty tequila cocktail.
Sake isn't just for sipping. Try this spicy cocktail.
One of America’s earliest cocktails, the Sazerac is a homegrown New Orleans specialty. Peychaud’s Bitters are a key element and were created by Antoine Peychaud, a French Quarter pharmacist, who invented the cocktail in the 1830s. The Sazerac was originally made with cognac, but an insect epidemic destroyed many French vineyards and resulted in the lasting switch to rye whiskey.
This sweet drink makes a strong case for using grape juice in cocktails.
According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Rusty Nail made its first appearance in 1937—and it wasn't long before it became a classic. Don't worry; there's no need for a tetanus shot after drinking one of these.
The classic combination of gin, lime juice and simple syrup gets a fresh-produce boost in the Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet. Swap out gin for vodka, add a little lemonade and you've got the ideal warm-weather cocktail.
Tired of Margaritas? Try this simple tequila and pineapples juice cocktail.
The cocktail is Sweden’s gift to you.
This potent bourbon cocktail is surprisingly sweet.
The Old Fashioned cocktail is old-school but never out of fashion.
Make a roomful of people happy all at once.
Cognac, rye, a couple complex liqueurs and walnut orgeat combine in this extravagant cocktail.
Rye whiskey, Campari and sweet port join forces in this delicious sipper.
This simple but delicious drink was inspired by the Southern tradition of adding peanuts to a can of Coke.
This cocktail was a Judges Choice Winner and was named Best in Show at the 2010 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention.
It's OK. You can hum "God Save The Queen" to yourself while sipping this cocktail. We won't tell anyone.
The Vieux Carré is pure Old New Orleans and was invented at the city's famed Carousel Bar. This cognac and rye whiskey cocktail packs a powerful punch and is delightfully complex.
After a couple of these spiced bourbon cocktails you’ll be hopping.
This bourbon, orange and cranberry cocktail will get your juices flowing.
Feel like you’re on permanent vacation with this refreshing vodka cocktail.
No need to get dressed up to enjoy this cognac cocktail.
The gin may be sloe but you'll drink this cocktail quickly.
Exotic tamarind syrup is the secret to the drink.
Jazz up your Margarita with a bit of Grand Marnier, a cognac-and-orange-liqueur.
This chile pepper, lime and cachaça cocktail captures the spirit of Brazilian Carnaval.
Brighten your evening with this vanilla, mint and lemon cocktail.
Dill and cucumber add a savory note to this vodka-lime cocktail.
Celebrate the season with this whisky-and-cider cocktail.
Every day is carnaval when you're drinking the national cocktail of Brazil.
You don't need to be an oil tycoon to enjoy this cocktail.