According to Gary Regan’s research, the original Cosmopolitan was created by a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook. Eager to invent a new cocktail for the Martini glass, Cheryl riffed on the classic Kamikaze using a newly introduced citrus-flavored vodka plus a splash of cranberry juice. The rest is rose-hued history.
It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.
While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question. The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you want?
Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.
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.
Created in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise adds tequila to the citrusy and sweet ingredients popular in many cocktails during the party decade. Make this classic cocktail for a small sunrise whenever you want it.
The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.
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.
HKB baijiu was created as a “gateway” baijiu for the Western palate. Orson Salicetti, at New York City’s Lumos, uses it in this cocktail for its floral, lightly sweet notes, which complement the pear juice and liqueur. With the inclusion of agave and lime, this is essentially a sour with some additional components.
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.
You don’t have to be a Steelers fan to love it.
A day-drinking favorite takes on an unusual hue.
This mashup of a Michelada and Margarita is a big ¡a huevo! (or “hell, yeah”).
Mess up a Salty Dog with grapefruit beer and spicy seasoning salt, and you get a Bodega Dog.
This rum cocktail by Emil Areng of Open/Closed was created for the Bacardi Legacy competition.
Classic Drink. Modern Taste.
When a drinker from long ago found his spirit to be a bit lacking in flavor, eggs and sugar were mixed in and the result was the "Flip" cocktail. Another fellow solved the same problem by adding baking spices. Creating the "Toddy." But eventually someone was lucky enough to come across an exceptional whiskey and the subtle, understated "Whiskey Sling" was born. It's a cocktail crafted to highlight a spirit's taste. Like the crisp balanced flavor of Gentleman Jack. Twice mellowed for exceptional smoothness. It's just the whiskey the Sling was made for.
The addition of gum syrup lends silky richness to this frothy classic.
Tequila and verjus make fine bedfellows in this fragrant glass topped with bubbles.
A riff on The Last Word cocktail, the Paper Plane is pleasantly easy to remember thanks to its equal parts.
This soju cocktail’s name translates to “Sweet Poison #2.”
This crisp apple and cranberry cocktail is ridiculously easy to drink.
Ancho chile liqueur, tart drinking vinegar and a cap of Pilsner give this cocktail its fizzy kick.
Cocktail consultant Brian Van Flandern created this cocktail in honor of Casamigos creators and friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber.
This cocktail combines blood orange and lemon oleo saccharum with gin and a little sherry to cut the sweetness.
Make a homemade sour mix with oleo saccharum and lemon juice to give this drink the punch it deserves.
Born in the 1970s during the days of disco, the Kamikaze is an easy-to-make shooter that's perfect for knocking back quickly and getting the party started. While there are many variations of this pre-game favorite, this rendition has a citrus-dominatiing flavor that will have you back on the dance floor in no time. No chaser needed.
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 tantalizing cocktail is a smoky and frothy twist on the traditional Whiskey Sour.
This unique twist on a Whiskey Sour uses maple syrup, port and Bittermens Molé Bitters.
Take your boozy lemonade to the next level.
Top a classic Whiskey Sour with red wine to get this delicious pre-Prohibition tipple. The mixture of sour, sweet and rich, red wine, makes for a wonderfully complex drink.
The classic Last Word cocktail goes south of the border.
Bring together East & West in the form of Scotch whisky and Japanese green tea.
Try this lemon twist on the classic Margarita, with an egg white for extra richness.
The Singapore Sling has enjoyed a long and celebrated lifespan, having been created at Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the 20th century. Many claim that no two Slings are made the same way, but the smooth, fruity and herbal qualities in the recipe below are sure to satisfy.
Take flight with this gin classic.
Break out the bubbly for this classic cocktail.
Refresh yourself with this fizzy gin tipple.
This classic gin drink is simple and refreshing.
Looking to get a little fruity? Try this blackberry-and-gin cocktail.
Don’t fear: This crimson cocktail gets its bite from bold blanco tequila, not venom. Agave nectar and muddled blackberries soften that bite with a hint of sweetness, and give the Black Widow its signature spooky hue. Don’t forget the fresh basil and blackberry garnish for the full effect.
Try the delicious and simple rum-based Hemingway Daiquiri. Papa approved!