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Best Cocktails in the World

Who doesn’t love an artfully garnished cocktail that tastes as fascinating as it looks? What’s amazing about cocktails is that you are only limited to your imagination. Treat yourself to new and inspiring world's best cocktails each month, made and garnished with some things that you may not thought were possible.

Have you seen a blue gin and tonic? Or a cocktail served in a fish-shaped glass? Have you made a cocktail in an instant pot cooker? You will discover all of these in the articles we publish every first week of the month starting August of 2020.

Here are some of the best cocktail recipes in the world from our collaborators and top-performing cocktails as shared in our IG account @advancedmixology. Watch out for more every month.

Best Cocktails of July 2021

Take delight in these fabulous cocktails!

Best Cocktails of July 2021

First on our list of the best cocktails is Pendleton Salute, the perfect drink to celebrate America this Independence Day. This refreshing beverage will leave you feeling patriotic and in awe of our great country, just like any good Fourth would make anyone feel. 

My Clover Club by @theshadowbartender is a raspberry cocktail made with fresh ingredients and tastes fantastic. It's also perfect for mixing because the flavors create an even more exciting taste sensation that will have your mouth watering just from one sip.

Pranthink's @parttimemixologist takes on Strawberry Margarita is a fabulously refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion. They combine tequila, triple sec liqueur, and fresh lime juice with strawberries to create one delicious cocktail. Next is Raspberry Kiss Cocktail by Cocktail Bar Catering @shot34_. This drink is a perfect mix of sweetness and alcohol that will have you kissing the bartender with every sip!

The Rainbow Mojito is the perfect drink for anyone who wants to experience a daydream come true. The cocktail's vivid colors will make you feel like you are drinking in technicolor. Meanwhile, The Avant Garden is the perfect combination of refreshing fruity flavors and a warm, winter-ready sherry that will keep you coming back for more.

Kick-off the weekend by throwing a Tomatillo and Mezcal Margarita Party! The prep takes just minutes but is worth every second of time. You can make this margarita in three simple ways with easy ingredients! On the other hand, we have Comuna Coladas, which comprises three potent yet straightforward ingredients - pineapple juice, white rum, and coconut milk. Mix it to make for one excellent drink!

Up next on our list is Blueberry and Kiwi Mojito by Prince Cornerbar @prince_cornerbar. This is the perfect drink for any summertime get-together. The fruity flavors of these two berries make an unforgettable cocktail that will have you dancing all night long!

Lastly, The Skinny Margarita by Brittany Mullins @eatingbirdfood uses fresh orange juice instead of Triple Sec and adds in lime juice--without adding any sugar (or many calories).

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of June 2021

Feast your eyes and enjoy a sip of these aesthetically pleasing cocktails!

World’s Best Cocktails In June 2021

First on our list of the best cocktails is Walk in the Clouds by @drinks4all. This thirst-quenching drink combines blue gin, maraschino liqueur, blue curacao, and egg whites. 

A spinoff of the classic Negroni, the Cocktail Suite’s @thecocktailsuite take on Cardinale is a version you shouldn’t miss. The cocktail has a colorful history as it was created for a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in 1950 by a bartender at the Hotel Excelsior in Rome.

Another cocktail that was inspired by a fascinating story is ƇЄƬƲƧ by Amber @mythologyandmixology. This bright blue-colored drink is based on Greek mythology. The combination of Ouze rinse, apple-infused gin, blue curacao, pineapple, and lemon results in a slightly sour and sweet beverage.

Up next is the bright cocktail Sage & Apple Gin Mojito. The cool colors of green, orange, and yellow match well with the crisp and fragrant gin and the sweet and sour tasting notes of apple juice, fresh lime, and homemade sage syrup.

While lemonade is a refreshing drink that is tasty on its own, Annette Chu @annette.chew added a hint of gin to come up with Empress Lavender Lemonade. This cocktail has a more vibrant taste with an attractive color hue. Another eye-catching beverage on the list is Hibiscus Paloma. The combination of tart grapefruit, lime juices, and hibiscus syrup results in sweet, citrusy, and floral flavors in every sip.

Mojito is a classic cocktail that everyone adores so much. However, Rami Lavy @ramithemixologist thought it lacks the peel flavor that adds more depth and attitude to the drink. So instead of the classic simple syrup, he introduced lime oleo saccharum as one of the ingredients.

If your sour cravings are spiking up, you will not regret satisfying your thirst with Raspberry Sour by Alex Miller @designingdrunk. The combination of gin, raspberries, and simple mint syrup results in a drink with minty, fruity, and floral flavors.

Malibu Sunrise has a bright yellow tone that will catch your attention in a heartbeat. The mixture of coconut essence, pineapple juice, orange juice, mango juice, coconut rum, and grenadine gives off earthy, nutty, fruity, and floral flavors. 

Last on the list is the small but terrible cocktail, the Spicy Fresca Montelobos, created by Dante NYC @dantenewyorkcity. The combination of tequila, Galliano, grapefruit and soda, agave, smoked jalapeno, and Aleppo salt creates a sharp, spicy flavor with subtle sweetness and fruity tones.

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of May 2021

Beat the heat with these delicious and refreshing cocktailsBest Cocktails of May 2021

First on the list of the best cocktails is Enhanced Mojito by David @speakeasieruk. While mojito is a tasty cocktail on its own, David sometimes finds it weird tasting, so he added a bit of excitement and attitude to the drink. The usual muddled mint was replaced with stronger mint bitters for an extra kick and bright green color. 

Snehal DC @sne_dc believes that Agave spirits taste better when paired with bright and fruity flavors, so he came up with Kerb Crawler. The mixture of grapefruit and apricot liqueurs gives off a well-balanced sweetness and tartness in every sip. Plus, the strawberries and lemon add a nice sharp hint. 

If you want a booze-free cocktail that is loaded with fruity and floral notes, give Yannick’s @your_modern_bartender take on Virgin Basil Smash a try. This concoction is a marriage between gin, lemon juice, and cucumber syrup, and basil leaves. The result? A citrusy and minty cocktail perfect for summer. 

Really Ice To Meet You’s @reallyicetomeetyou version of Gin Basil Smash is the realization of a dream. While it has a bright green color, it doesn’t have an overpowering taste that doesn’t sit well in your taste buds. Instead, it has a well-balanced combination of citrus and mint flavors.

How to make tiki more fun? This Shark Mai Tai by Zach @all.equal.parts uses an adorable shark-inspired glass to house his own Mai Tai recipe. The mixture of various liquors and citrus juices results in a sweet yet tangy cocktail. 

Port Light, a concoction by Ed @turnstylepoet, is a Tiki cocktail that uses bourbon whiskey instead of rum as its base liquor. The recipe also incorporates passion fruit, honey, and grenadine. This results in a tropical sweet taste with hints of lemon and bourbon. 

Blue Mule draws its inspiration from Carolyn’s @carolinaverbena husband, who loves blueberry so much. She came up with a cocktail recipe that only requires two ingredients, both infused with blueberry flavor. Plus, it really looks rich and delicious! 

Next on our list is Beachbum Double Tap, a unique cocktail created by Voodoo Cocktails @_voodoococktails. The combination of rum and brandy plus the sourness of the juices make robust and citrusy flavors. 

Jalisco Bird by Chrissy @socialgingirl is a cocktail that uses Rose Tequila for its base liquor. The concoction boasts of its earthy and bell pepper notes alongside a dark fruit hint. Lastly, the Wave, a creation of Cocktail Alchemists @cocktail.alchemists, resembles the several hues of blues that you can observe in the ocean. It has tasting hints of floral, citrus, fruity, and earth in every sip.

Best Cocktails of April 2021

Make this Spring season even more beautiful with tasty and gorgeous-looking cocktails!

Best Cocktails In The World

Our first cocktail on the list is Bermuda Hundred by Jason Holmes @jason_._holmes. The combination of gin, Campari, pineapple juice, and lime juice creates a subtle sourness and hints of sweet notes that are perfect to end a stressful day. Plus, the gorgeous orange hue is so pleasing to the eyes.

The Rumjava Tiki’Mon is the creation of Mix-Mann Harp @mix.mann. The cocktail is a marriage between American rum and Kona coffee, loaded with bitter, sweet, and fruit notes.

Spring season screams happiness and comfort, and one way to celebrate such a festive vibe is through this pink cocktail - the Rose Garden. Crafted by The Cocktail Diaries @thecocktaildiaries_, this beverage only needs some vodka, lime juice, rosemary syrup, and rose lemonade.

Blue is not a color of Spring, but the Hawaiian Punch cocktail by lou_the_bartender is so refreshing that it would be a shame not to have it. The combination of sour mix, Hypnotiq, white rum, and dragonberry rum creates citrus and bitter notes in every sip. 

Green Twinkle is a beverage that is both tasty and pleasing to the eyes. The mixture of the liquors, lime juice, tonic water, sage, and rosemary, creates a one-of-a-kind combination that is refreshing but still has that kick. 

If you miss the beautiful cherry blossoms, the Grander Raspberry Mojito by Grander Rum @granderrum will make you reminisce your sweet memories of Spring. The gorgeous red and pink hue comes from the combination of berries and tonic water. The result? A sweet and smooth cocktail perfect for parties.

Nothing beats a sparkling cocktail, especially if it is sweet enough to tease your taste buds. The Sparkling Paris by Remi Massai @frenchandstormy is full of citrus and fruity notes that are not loaded with much alcohol. 

Our eighth featured drink is another aesthetically pleasing treat - the Pinkie Tiki - Rita by Spirited Shaker @spiritedshaker. The combination of tequila, lime juice, orgeat, pink peppercorn, and rose enhancer gives off fruity and floral flavors in every sip. 

Next is the ultimate summer thirst quencher. The Mango Margarita crafted by Faiza Richards @faizashrugged is a simple one to make yet loaded with bright and sweet hints. Lastly, the Pinewood Derby’s flavor combination is a smooth balance of tart, sweet, herbal, and rich notes. 

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of March 2021

Another month means another round of extremely satisfying cocktails, both in aesthetics and taste.  

Various cocktails to choose from

Our first highlight in the list is the Blueberry Gin Fizz by Vikram Aditya Mishra @the.hometender. This unique take on the classic cocktail uses fresh blueberries and Hendrick’s gin. It gives off a cool purple hue that will look even better with some blue cotton candy as a garnish. 

Next up is Hobby Drink Chef’s @thehobbydrinkchef Mai Tai with Banana Liqueur. This twist on the original Mai Tai incorporates banana liqueur instead of the usual orange liqueur, resulting in a strong rum flavor with lime and sweet fruit hints. 

If you are a Star Wars fan, you will fall in love with Bitters and Brew @bittersandbrew, Blue Milk. The film’s infamous blue milk inspired this drink. Imagine a sweet and creamy drink while watching the popular franchise. What an experience, right?

Missing the warmth and colors of summer and spring? Well, The Queens Park Swizzle by Adam Wild @drinksbywild will take you back or forward to these seasons. The cocktail is made of Demerara sugar, black rum, and dashes of bitters. 

Mike Agudelo’s @cocktails_with_mike version of Mundo Perdido will deliver all the sour flavor you have been craving in a cocktail. The beautifully layered drink combines bitter, sweet, and sour notes from aged rum, brandy, apple juice, and cinnamon syrup. 

When craving a drink that can deliver several flavors in one sip, the Paradise Lost by Farhad’s @farhad_alvand_official won’t disappoint you. It gives off citrus, fruity, sweet, sour, and astringent flavors in one glass! Also, another drink that can uplift your spirit is the Dill Sour Gin by Michael Matzkeit @in_love_with_drinks. The minimalist-looking cocktail has an excellent combination of bitter, fruity, and sweet flavors. 

Going for the classic? Why not go back to Manhattan. Alan @alan_home_bartender takes on this timeless cocktail to serve it two ways. One with ice and the other one without to preserve its flavor while maintaining its cool temperature. 

Another gorgeous-looking drink comes in the name of Pastel, created by Nitin Tewari @mr.bartender. The drink uses a pea flower infusion that gives off that beautiful purple hue. Plus, its sweet and zesty flavors will surely make you crave more!

Lastly, Tongue Tied, a bright blue-colored drink by Andrew @andrewscocktails, was made as a refreshment on a hot day or after having a hard day. It’s minty and fruity, something that you would want to taste after a tiresome day.

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of February 2021

We’re giving you another round of stunning and honest to goodness delectable cocktails for February.

Various cocktails to choose from for the February list of best cocktails

What better way to start our list than to feature one of the most gorgeous looking cocktails, the Red Velvet Dream. Created by the genius mind of Farhad Alvand @farhad_alvand_official, this fruity and floral drink is inspired by passion and varying emotions, perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! 

Next, the classic Black Ice Chocolate Coffee flared up with active carbon makes all the difference in the world. This chocolatey goodness drink by Mehdi Ketabi @mehdiketabii is a combination of hazelnut, cream chocolate with coffee, milk foam, and active carbon. 

Gin and Tonic is a simple drink. It is so simple that you can probably close your eyes while making one. However, this simple drink is given a new life by One Drink A Day @onedrinkaday through her skills in crafting exquisite garnishes. The cocktail is accompanied by a pencil and ribbon garnish made from cucumber and berries! 

What does it feel like to fly to the moon? This creative creation of Shinya Tozuka @shinya_tozuka, known as “Fly Me To The Moon,” will deliver happiness in every sip as if we just landed on the moon! The subtle taste of violet liqueur and Japanese pearl liqueur mixed with apple juice gives off an explosion of vanilla and berry flavors. 

Next on the list is the “liberal” twist that mixologist Jacob Briars @jacobbriars gave to the classic “corpse reviver.” This blue-colored cocktail is a marriage between dry gin, blue curacao, Lillet blanc, fresh lemon juice, and absinthe. The result? A sweet yet strong cocktail called the Corpse Reviver No. Blue. 

If creativity is the criteria, the Bloodthirsty Cocktail will surely be on the top. Let’s Turn Up @letsturnup, the smart mind behind the naming and making of this drink, made the classic cranberry punch into a whole new level by adding white rum. The balance of sweetness and kick from the rum is just bloody good!

“Blue Beauty,” the concoction of Swigg Spirits @swigg_spirits, used gin as the base of this cocktail that is infused with fruit and floral notes that is a perfect thirst quencher on a hot searing day. Meanwhile, Amy Traynor’s  @moodymixologist “Summer End” gave the nigori sake a whole new taste by incorporating apple juice and strawberries into the recipe. 

Down to our last two cocktails, the Mango Lavender by Farbod Razavi @farbod_razavi will make any non-alcoholic drinker happy with the perfect combination of sweet mangoes and earthy hints of lavender, all in one drink. Finally, Hawaiian Julep, aka “vacation in a glass,” was created by Chilled Magazine @chilledmagazine. This cocktail gives us explosive yet refreshing flavors from the bourbon whiskey, passion fruit, and herbs. This is definitely an explosive drink.

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of January 2021

We’re getting 2021 underway with our January selection of visionary and awe-inspiring cocktails!

World’s Best Cocktails in January 2021

Starting with “Kisses From The Pear” from Robert's BarKultur @roberts_barkultur of Berlin, Germany, a marvelous creation that centers on the sweet and juicy nuances of pear combined with the peppery flavor of rye whiskey and ginger syrup. Next, from a galaxy far, far away we have this genius Baby Yoda cocktail credited to Brian Heavy Muddle Mixology @heavymuddle, based on the classic Midori Sour but with added ingredients, such as sesame oil washed Midori, lime, and banana oleo saccharum.

Have you heard of Two Chicks Cocktails yet?  These are sparkling ready-to-drink true canned cocktails made with real premium spirits — tequila, vodka, whiskey, gin, and all-natural fruit and botanicals. They’re a great emergency drink if you want to serve cocktails but don’t have time to mix them up! “The Brand Meister” is from Denmark-based mixologist Peter Povlsen aka Cocktail Pete @cocktailpete. He takes gin cocktails to the next level by using dry gin that’s infused with butterfly pea flower, also known as Blue Tea, which is a caffeine-free herbal tea.

Amy Traynor aka the Moody Mixologist @moodymixologist turned a rather simple cranberry gin cocktail into a work of art using a pine tree glass and the perfect sky color. She also added ginger syrup and solstice bitters to complete the mix. The result? A masterpiece called “Ye Merry Gentlemen”. “Red Moon'' is the creation of Cocktail In Paradise @cocktailinparadise, a Turkey-based barman and mixologist. It’s a simple combo of rum and peach liqueur that gives the drink its color, made even prettier when garnished with some Frank grapes.

Then we have a pretty little blue drink by The Margarita Mum @the_margarita_mum called “The Aviation”. It’s based on Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and Maraschino, a liqueur obtained from the distillation of Marasca cherries. “Little Snowflake” is an eye-catching holiday drink and is a popular choice among our alcohol-loving friends up north courtesy of Robin Wynne @djrobinjames and Miss Thing's @missthingshawaiian. Presentation-wise, this is one of the most aesthetically-coherent cocktails we’ve ever featured

“All Sauced Up” is a fitting name for what seems like a Thanksgiving Turkey dinner inside a glass. It is the brainchild of The Sauceress @the.sauceress, a festive mixologist from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She created this bourbon and cranberry sauce-based cocktail that is a modified version of one of her famous original drinks. Finally, we have the “Good Morning Clewiston”, a cocktail created by RumJava @rum_java that features RumJava Signature, a coffee-infused rum. This cocktail tastes smooth and creamy with a punch of banana. 

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of December 2020

We’re wrapping up 2020 with a bang with our December selection of phenomenal cocktail creations.

World’s Best Cocktails in December 2020

Get the holiday season going with Cranberry Giving courtesy of Morten Krag @thecocktail.blog, a fresh, rich, and fruity cranberry cocktail with a dry finish. Helen @sheshedcocktails even takes it to a whole new level by adding an assortment of fruits, spices, and other flavors to your usual rum with her creation, the White Christmas. Speaking of rum, check out the awesome rum recipe by Ant / UK @cocktails_for_breakfast called Spiced Mocha Espresso Rumtini (the name kind of describes itself vividly).

If you’re still in the mood for tropical drinks in the middle of December, we’ve got you covered. Take a crack at a Sweet Chili Melon recipe by Farbod Razavi @farbod_razavi_official and get your summer-vibey dose of watermelon, lemongrass, and top soda. And then there’s this Apple Rose Gintonic by helGINki @hel_gin_ki, a simple combo of gin and tonic added with fresh fruity colors and more texture.  Don Tiki Avi @don.tiki.avi, also shares his The Blue Sun recipe. It’s got tequila, blue curacao, and fresh lime juice.

Are you a fan of plums and raspberries in your cocktail? Then you’re going to love these recipes: Pinchyer Plums by Kat Whyte @whyte_tales is a purple Irish whiskey cocktail with a tinge of brownish-gray. Also check out the Flying Raspberries, a refreshing raspberry gin cocktail recipe by Gin Robb @gin_robb.

For whiskey and vodka lovers, try Harmony Lynn Goodson’s @harmonylynngoodson Ghostly Apple Cocktail and Mizunara’s Nagomi, a mix of Hibiki whisky, matcha tea, elderflower, and a dash of hazelnut syrup.

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of November 2020

Get inspired by the most awesome cocktail creations of November 2020 here.

World’s Best Cocktails in November 2020

We bring you classic cocktails with a twist in this month’s roundup. 

For cigar and rum lovers, we bring you two of the most precious indulgence in this cigar-infused version of Cuba Libre created by @cocktail_vision. Experience how your cocktail changes while you’re taking sips as the frozen cola slowly mixes in your drink. 

Who said piña coladas should be yellow? Try the blue version by @empirebrickofgin. Add the Jungle Cat by @barrelageddad and Pink Lipstick by @recipesbydebbie to the vividly-colored cocktails on your list.

Tea lover? Try the Gin and Tea by @onedrinkaday or if you can’t get enough rhubarb from your pie, extend that to your rhubarb sour by @the.tipsy.adventure_. Pack more punch in Rhum Agricole and aged rum for the Prince Henry Punch by @subtletiki. Best served when sitting on a couch so you can stretch and snooze after.

The Gent’s Sour by @theglassclass reminds us of the 70s gentleman’s mustache. Try Peru and Chile’s national liquor, the pisco, in pisco fizz by @thebitterfairy. And lastly, spring is not over with the plum cocktail by @cocktails_for_breakfast.

Visit the full article to learn more about the recipes.

Best Cocktails of October 2020

Take a look at the best cocktails of October 2020 here. 

World's Best Cocktail of October 2020

First on the list is the blended margarita by @thesocialsipper. If you are a tea lover, you will love to try the Riff  I Do Say So Myself by @chenaholic. G&T lovers would love to indulge in some color-changing G&T by @gin_to_my_tonic or Dragonfruit and Pomegranate G&T by @helGinKi. Layer cocktails never go old so try this purple and yellow layered one by @mixologist_world.

Tequila lover? You won’t be disappointed by the tequila cocktail creations of @kalaveras. For the adventurous, try the Passionate Ginger Whiskey by @cooking_with_wine. Coffee lovers will truly rejoice over the espresso martini created by @robin.navarro.bartender  included in this roundup. If you have time and muscles to spare, don’t skimp on the milk-clarified cocktail by @aj_cabinfever and Ramos Fizz creation by @forcocktailsake. 

Best Cocktails of September 2020

Take a look at the best cocktails of September 2020 here. 

World's Best Cocktail of September 2020

For the September issue, the cocktails are more playful and inventive. Take the Flowers by Mancino Vermouth, a simple highball glass cocktail made more interesting with the addition of elderflower and rose cordial and elderflower tonic. Redtini by Patrick Allen Reynolds can be any classic cocktail, photographed beautifully with a lovely red backdrop highlighted with natural light coming through slats.

Bid adieu to summer with these fruity and flowery cocktails: Strawberry Watermelon Gin Cooler by @moodymixologist, Gin and Mango Mint Cocktail by @drinks__brazel_official, Strawberry Grapefruit Summer Sipper by @apartment_bartender, CocoBerry Refresher by @tipitbackcocktails, Walking on a Dream by @greatestgin of House of Junipers, Rosé Rhubarb Spritz by @thecocktail.blog, Aperol Sour by @roberts_barkultur, and Complimentary G&T by @recipesbydebbie.

These are all vibrant and enticingly delicious cocktails you can recreate and improve in the comforts of your own home. Who knows? You might be on our next roundups!

Best Cocktails of August 2020

Take a look at the best cocktails of August 2020 here. 

World's Best Cocktail of August 2020

For the premier issue published in the first week of August, we have included classic cocktails such as Gin Gin Mule by @fiftypoundsgin, Spicy Daisy from The Doral Yard, Rum Punch as featured in the Drink TV, and Caprice by Georgi Petrov. Another classic, the iiCing Sunset by iiCing Flavor Shot is a riff on the tequila sunset.

For the most innovative cocktails, try the Instant Pot Limoncello by the Corrie Cooks website, Spring Fling by Fern Bar, Fugu by Javier de las Muelas, Rose in the Clover by @whats.marisa.drinking, and the Strawberry Gin by @duplex401. Of these, the fugu is the most interesting, not only the serving style but also the ingredients. 

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25 Best Cocktails to Order at a Bar

Every cocktail enthusiast has their own cocktail(s) of choice that they look for first the moment they walk into a bar or take a look at the shelves in their home bar. Of course, each bar have their own specials and recommendations too, and this year, Drinks International, the internet’s leading news and analysis source on global drinks, has come up with this year’s list of the best-selling cocktails in the world as chosen by the bars around the world!, We have also curated a list of the best cocktail blogs and websites that you must bookmark. 

Check our review of best cocktail glasses

Specifically, 106 bars were asked to rank their top 20 best-selling cocktail classics. Some of the cocktails are original recipes, others have been updated. Here are the top 20 best cocktails on the list. And if you are someone who loves jazz, do check out our 10 Jazz cocktails to celebrate on any occasion

 

1. Dark ’n’ Stormy

Refreshing Dark and Stormy Cocktail

This drink tastes just as wild as it sounds. An eclectic combination of ginger beer and rum topped with lime, it’s the ultimate drink for a rocking night out at the bar or a quiet night at home - whatever suits your fancy.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Get a highball glass and fill it with ice cubes.
  2. Add the right amount of rum and top it with ginger beer.
  3. Use a lime wedge to garnish and serve. 

2. Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour garnished with cucumber peel

This concoction is now making a comeback in many bars across the country. Remember the good ole’ days of the Swinging ’60s with a refreshing mix of lime juice, Simple syrup, Pisco, egg whites, and Angostura bitters.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place the papaya cubes and lime juice in a glass and muddle.
  2. Add the egg white, simple syrup, pisco, and ice. Dry shake.
  3. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain the mix into a coupe glass and garnish with lime peel and angostura bitters.

Try our Papaya Pisco Sour recipe, as shown below. 

3. Mai Tai

 Mai Tai cocktail

Sure, this tiki cocktail may have ranked down but this timeless recipe are far from being put off the charts. The summer beverage Mai Tai recipe uses lime juice, Orgeat orange syrup, orange curacao, and premium aged rum.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker tin with ice and pour the first four ingredients. Shake vigorously. 
  2. Strain into a highball glass and add the dark rum. 
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge or mint sprigs

4. Vieux Carre

 Boozy Refreshing Rye Whiskey Vieux Carre Cocktail

Ignite your taste buds with the Vieux Carre, a potent combination of brandy, whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Peychauds, Angostura, and Benedictine liqueur. We recommend not taking this sweet, strong yet one of the best cocktails too lightly as it can knock you out real quick. 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the constituents in a glass and stir. 
  2. Grab an old-fashioned glass, fill it with ice, and strain the mixture into it. 
  3. Use a cherry as a garnish and serve. 

5. Gin Fizz

 Egg Gin Fizz Cocktail

Gin Fizz is one of the best lemony cocktails in the world that has just the right amount of kick you need. The Gin Fizz recipe makes use of gin, lime, gum syrup, soda water, and egg (optional). 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill your shaker with ice cubes. 
  2. Add all the constituents-except for soda water- and shake vigorously. 
  3. Pour into old fashioned glass.
  4. Top with soda water and serve. 

6. Penicillin

Penicillin cocktail on a bar desk in black background

No, not prescription drugs. Penicillin is one of the best Scotch cocktail recipes in the world made by bartender Sam Ross who's based in NY. This delicious recipe is an interesting mix of blended scotch, Islay scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup topped with candied ginger.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle the ginger slices and honey syrup together. 
  2. Add fresh lemon juice, blended scotch, and ice cubes and shake. 
  3. Strain into an old fashioned glass
  4. Add islay scotch and top with candied ginger

You can make our version of Penicillin by following this video:

7. Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary on a bar desk in black background

This classic cocktail recipe never goes out of style. Bloody Mary has been several bartenders' best choice year after year. Enjoy your cocktails without the usual hangover with this vodka-based drink infused with tomato juice, lemon juice, and various spices.  Our Bloody Mary article can help you re-create this drink at home.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Put red bell pepper into a glass then, add lemon juice. Muddle.
  2. Add a pinch of celery salt and cumin. Add ground pepper to taste
  3. Throw in 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and one dash of hot sauce.
  4. Then, mix tomato juice and vodka 
  5. Add ice. Then, shake.  
  6. Wet glass rim with a lemon wedge - salt rim with sea salt and celery salt mix.
  7. Add ice and pour.
  8. Garnish and serve.

8. Sazerac

Sazerac Cocktail on Dark Wood

A mainstay from on the list is this classic American booze made of rye whiskey, and Peychauds and Angostura bitters. To make the Sazerac, rinse your glass with Absinthe and garnish with a lemon peel for a remarkable drinking experience.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar cube, water, and Peychaud's bitters in a glass until dissolved. 
  2. Add rye, Angostura, and ice then stir. 
  3. Rinse and coat an old fashioned glass with absinthe. Pour it out of the glass. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist. 

9. Boulevardier

Boulevardier cocktail on stone background in gray color

It seems like our resident bartenders just couldn’t get enough of cocktails with whiskey. Another intriguing drink, Boulevardier is basically like Negroni but with whiskey instead of gin. Remember to add your bitters Campari and Cocchi (sweet vermouth) as well.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 oz. -1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. Campari

Directions:

  1. Add the constituents in a glass along with ice cubes.
  2. Strain into an old fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish then serve.

 

10. Aperol Spritz

Classic italian aperol orange cocktail

Summertime will never be complete without a sip of this classic yet one of the best Italian cocktails. Not only does it taste amazing, but it's so easy to prepare too! All you need are prosecco, Aperol, soda water. Then, add a slice of orange for garnish.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 oz. Brut Prosecco
  • 2.5 oz. Aperol
  • .75 oz. club soda
  • Orange slice for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a collins glass with ice
  2. Pour in club soda, Aperol and prosecco
  3. Garnish with an orange slice

11. Mojito

alcoholic cocktail mojito stands on a bar counter

Another summer favorite among the best bars in the world. Having a combination of rum and lime juice, sprigs of mint, and topped with soda water, you just can’t define refreshing without the thought of mojitos. Check out our Classic Mojito recipe below and find out more here

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, and a splash of soda in a collins glass
  2. Add lime juice, rum, and crushed ice. 
  3. Top it off with soda water. 
  4. Garnish with mint sprigs or lime wedge and serve. 

12. Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini Cocktail on a bar desk in black background

Even after three years, the Espresso Martini still remains as one of the best cocktails among the polled bars. Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini's late creator, would be proud to see this magical combination of espresso coffee, vodka, and coffee liquor loved by cocktail and coffee enthusiasts alike.

Ingredients:

  • 1 shot Espresso 
  • 1 oz Kahlua 
  • 0.75 oz Butterscotch liqueur 
  • 1 oz Vanilla infused vodka 
  • 2 dashes Homemade Chinese five-spice bitters
  • 1 dash Aztec chocolate bitters
  • Ice cubes 

Directions:

  1. Put ice cubes in a tall glass
  2. Add all the constituents in the order in which they are listed above.
  3. Cover the glass with a shaker tin and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with drops of Aztec chocolate bitters and serve.

13. Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule Cocktail on Wooden Table Close up

A good ice-cold cup of Moscow Mule is not something one can easily resist. Delicious and refreshing yet quick and easy to prepare, you’ll never go wrong with this classic cocktail. You can make one in a jiffy, with vodka, lime, ginger, and soda as the main constituents. Create your own with this Moscow Mule recipe, or spice it up with these Moscow Mule variations!

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Squeeze lime into a copper mug.
  2. Add vodka and ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

14. Manhattan

Refreshing Boozy Manhattan Cocktail

If you're a fan of whiskey, then surely you've had a glass-or two-of Manhattan. This mix of rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters remains a drink of choice for many bartenders. There are many versions of Manhattan everywhere, but like they always say––once a classic, always a classic.

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Pour the constituents into a glass and add ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. 

15. Margarita

Margarita cocktail on dark background

You don’t need to venture far and wide to score a glass of Margarita. It is, after all, a bar staple. As long as you have tequila, lime, and Cointreau, you can make one yourself in your own home! Here are our 3 Margarita Recipes You Can Make At Home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • Salt for rim
  • Lime wheel garnish

Directions:

  1. Add lime juice, Cointreau & tequila to shaker tin
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake well
  4. Dip rim of the glass in water
  5. Dip rim of the glass into salt
  6. Pour shaker tin contents into a glass
  7. Garnish w/ a lime wedge 

16. Daiquiri

Alcoholic cocktail daiquiri with white rum

Daiquiri is a cocktail you'd easily fall in love with. A combination of lime juice, white rum, and sugar syrup, this cocktail will surely have your taste buds aching for more! No wonder, it’s one of the best and most ordered bar cocktails in the world. We have the perfect Daiquiri recipe for you to try-which you can serve frozen too!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker respectively. 
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve. 

17. Dry Martini

Classic Dry Martini with olives

After a long day at work, you'd want a drink that’s smooth and dry, and a beautiful glass of dry martini is just what you need. Give yourself a treat with just a gin, French vermouth, orange bitters. Garnish with a green olive and you’re all set.

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Pour the ingredients into a glass and stir. 
  2. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a green olive.

18. Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour with ice and lemon

On no. 18th of best cocktails list, we have Whiskey Sour, another bourbon classic. Sour but faintly sweet, this go-to drink boasts its not-so-complicated mix of simple ingredients of bourbon, lemon juice, and a dash of sugar. Check out our Whiskey Sour recipe here.

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. Start off with a cooled glass to contain the classic drink.
  2. With the help of your shaker, put all constituents in, add ice, and dry shake.
  3. Pour the mixture in your chosen cooled glass and add angostura for a little punch.
  4. Top with cherry for garnish and enjoy!

19. Negroni

Negroni cocktail with orange on black background

On the top 2 of the list, this year is Negroni. Coincidentally, this drink that you can easily and quickly prepare at home is also a top choice for the polled bars. Sour and subtly sweet, whip yourself up a glass in a jiffy by using these three simple ingredients: Gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Prepare a glass of Negroni yourself with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz gin 
  • 3/4 oz Campari 
  • 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel
  • Large ice cube 

Directions:

  1. Build over ice in a large mixing glass
  2. Stir with mixing spoon
  3. Strain over a large ice cube 
  4. Garnish with orange peel 

20. Old Fashioned

1 glass of Old fashioned cocktail

For the past five years, this bourbon classic has topped the poll as the world’s best selling cocktail. It's not difficult to see why. This drink is the perfect mix of the citrusy sweet goodness of oranges, lemons, and cherries and the sour smoothness of whiskey. Such an unbeatable cocktail tastes incredible with Angostura bitters and club soda, too. Want one? Here’s how you can make the best-selling cocktail.

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Put one sugar cube in a glass.
  2. Add 7 dashes of Angostura. Then, a splash of club soda.
  3. Crush the sugar using a muddler.
  4. Coat the glass by rotating it.
  5. Pour in the bourbon.
  6. Add a large ice cube. To make a round ice cube, you can use our ice ball maker mold. You can make four round ice-ball spheres using this silicone ice tray.
  7. Garnish the drink with orange and lemon peels and cherries.

21. Caipirinha

1 glass of Caipirinha Cocktail

Caipirinha is often considered the national drink of Brazil. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 1/2 fluid ounces cachaca
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

  1. In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in 2 eighths of lime.
  2. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon.
  3. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir well.

22. Tom Collins

1 glass of Classic Tom Collins with lemon and jigger on the background

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 2 fluid ounces gin
  • 3/4 fluid ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 fluid ounce simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 fluid ounces club soda
  • 1 lemon wedge

Directions:

  1. Fill a Collins glass with 1 1/2 cups ice, set aside in the freezer.
  2. Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled Collins glass.
  4. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

23. Piña Colada

Piña Colada Tropical Drink Against Black Background

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices

Directions:

  1. Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frosty.
  3. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

24. Irish Coffee

Layered coffee cocktail with whipped cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 6 fluid ounces hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Place sugar on a plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Lightly wet the rim of an Irish coffee glass with a moistened paper towel.
  3. Dip the rim in sugar to coat.
  4. Pour Irish whiskey into the prepared glass.
  5. Fill with coffee to within 1/2 inch of top.
  6. Add sugar and stir. Top with whipped cream.

25. Long Island Iced Tea

Long island ice tea coctail isolated

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 fluid ounce vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce gin
  • 1/2 fluid ounce tequila
  • 1/2 fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1 fluid ounce cola, or to taste
  • 1 lemon slice

Directions:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix over ice; cover and shake.
  • Pour cocktail into a Collins glass; top with a splash of cola for color.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice.

Best Easy Cocktails to Make at Home

We brought you the Best Cocktails to Order at a Bar. Now, get ready for cocktails you can make at your own home! These cocktails are composed of three to four ingredients that you can whip up in a jiffy anytime you like. 

Final Words

Now that you know the best cocktails in the world to try. You should know that we have created this list based on many different recommendations from bars and other liquor connoisseurs. Now the only thing remaining is for you to look out for some copper mugs where you can enjoy these cocktails. At Advanced Mixology, we have an array of copper mugs that are sure to enhance the elegance of your mood and cocktails. 

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  • Steve on

    That’s not an Old Fashioned. Oranges? Lemons? Cherries? Club Soda? No.

    The Old Fashioned is one of the most venerable of cocktails, predating not only the motor car but the presidency of Abe Lincoln. In 1806 the “cock-tail” was defined in print as “spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Those four ingredients made a cocktail. Over the next 75 years, people kept tweaking the cocktail, hanging ornaments on it. The “old-fashioned cocktail” appeared in print in The Chicago Tribune in 1880, and it was a reference to the original, the “Old Fashioned” cocktail. A cocktail made in the original, old fashioned way. The true roots.

    Properly made, it’s strong, but not too much, and sweet, but not too much; most important, it’s dead simple to make, and absolutely delicious.

    So “spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” There is a TON of room to play here.
    Aged Rum, Añejo Tequila, Gin, Cognac, Bourbon, Rye…
    Simple syrup, Maraschino liqueur, Triple Sec, Curaçao, Maple syrup…
    Angostura, Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6, Campari, Peychaud’s
    But fruit salad and bubbles are not part of it. Might be a fine drink, but it’s something else.

  • Rob Works on

    Sweet! Very nice.


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