A list of 78 different cocktail recipes
The first publication of a ‘cocktail’ was on 13 May, 1806. Yes, we’ve been drinking cocktails for over 200 years!
The word ‘cocktail’ is used to describe an alcoholic drink containing two or more ingredients. The alcohol base can be anything from tequila, gin, brandy, vodka, whiskey, rum or even beer and wine.
We’ve put together some of our favourite, most popular cocktails in the office.
At the bottom, you’ll also find an infographic on the ingredients to 78 popular cocktail drinks!
If you’re still not sure, try out My Bar, a website which helps you make cocktails based on the ingredients you have!
Our retail store in Sea Point stocks every type of glass you’ll need to many any of these cocktails.
A traditional mojito will use 5 ingredients – white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint.
The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based cocktails. The mojito is typically served as a highball cocktail (more non-alcoholic mix than alcohol).
The mojito is originally from Cuba, where the staple ingredients rum, mint and sugar can be found. However, in recent times many variations incorporating watermelon, cucumber/mint, raspberry, strawberry, orange, coconut and other ingredients have been invented.
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass.
The margarita is a specialty drink with its own unique glassware, not particularly found in homes. The margarita glass is a stepped-diameter variant of the cocktail glass. It’s no problem serving a margarita in a different type of glassware though!
The piña colada is a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice.
The piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978. The name piña colada literally means “strained pineapple”.
The origins of the dirty martini date back to 1863 and it’s stood the test of time, making it one of the most popular drinks today.
A Dry Martini (as opposed to a dirty or perfect Martini variant) is made with dry, white vermouth, gin (or vodka, if you wish) and bitters.
The Daiquiri is a family of cocktails with a large number of variations.
The old school version includes white Cuban rum, lime juice, syrup and a healthy amount of ice.
It’s an easy drink to make, too, and adds a lot of fun to a dinner occasion.
The Manhattan, like the Dry Martini, was also invented in the late 1800’s and shares two similar ingredients – bitters and white vermouth.
However, the base alcohol used is whiskey. The taste is an amalgamation of bitter, sweet, and boozy.
The Negroni is another classic, made with Campari – a bitter-sweet liqueur dating back to the 1860s coupled with gin and sweet vermouth.
The Negroni, an Italian cocktail, is best enjoyed in the summer months in the afternoon. It is served in a lowball glass.
This drink will send you over the limit after one. The only non-alcoholic part of this drink is the orange garnish.
Long Island Iced Tea
This is a type of alcoholic mixed drink made by mixing five types of spirits including tequila, vodka, triple sec, rum and gin.
It has a higher concentration of alcohol in comparison to other highball cocktails.
The drink is relatively newer than most on the list, invented around the 1970s.
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made with whiskey or brandy, muddling sugar with bitters and adding citrus rind.
Traditionally it’s served in a short tumbler-like glass, called an Old Fashioned glass.
It’s also currently one of the most popular cocktails at bars, year after year.
Popular cocktail drink recipes
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