Our 12 Favorite Types of Cocktails to Drink

In the world of libations, cocktails reign supreme, capturing our imaginations and tantalizing our taste buds with their intricate flavors and alluring presentations. 

cold moscow mules - ginger beer, lime and vodka

From classic concoctions that have withstood the test of time to innovative and creative blends that push the boundaries of mixology, cocktails offer an exciting and diverse universe to explore.

Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious novice, this article is your guide to discovering the best types of cocktails that will elevate your drinking experience to new heights.


In the realm of cocktail classics, few drinks have achieved the iconic status and enduring popularity of the Margarita.

margarita drink recipe

Crafted with precision and finesse, this exceptional Margarita recipe showcases the finest ingredients to deliver a harmonious balance of taste and refreshment.

Begin with a foundation of premium Blanco Tequila, a smooth and crisp spirit that forms the backbone of this timeless cocktail.

Next, add the vibrant notes of Triple Sec Orange Liqueur, infusing the drink with a subtle citrus essence that perfectly complements the tequila.

Sip by sip, this Margarita captivates the senses, striking the perfect harmony between tangy, sweet, and salty notes.

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Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is an embodiment of the cocktail’s golden age, showcasing the artistry and craftsmanship of the bartending world.

Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

A sugar cube and some fragrant Angostura bitters are blended gently to release a symphony of varied flavors.

The bourbon’s nuanced notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak intertwine harmoniously with the aromatic bitters, creating a flavor profile that is both bold and refined.

This drink stands as a testament to the enduring allure of the best types of cocktails, making it an essential choice for those seeking a refined and timeless libation.

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Moscow Mule

Among the pantheon of cocktail creations, the Moscow Mule shines as a refreshing and invigorating libation that has rightfully earned its place among the best types of cocktails.

moscow mule

With its signature copper mug and a harmonious blend of premium vodka, quality ginger beer, and zesty lime juice, the Moscow Mule is an exceptional drink that embodies the art of mixology.

This drink offers a delightful interplay of flavors and textures, making it a beloved choice among cocktail enthusiasts seeking a combination of sophistication and refreshment.

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The mojito is undoubtedly one of the greatest drinks ever created due to its refreshing and energizing qualities.

mojito cocktail

This beloved drink, with its invigorating blend of white rum, simple syrup, lime, mint leaves, club soda, and ice, captivates the senses and transports you to a tropical paradise.

Whether enjoyed at a beachside bar or in the comfort of your own home, this timeless classic captures the essence of summer and embodies the spirit of relaxation.

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Whiskey Sour

In the world of traditional cocktails, there aren’t many drinks that can compete with the whiskey sour’s enduring charm and refined flavor.

Sweet Homemade Whiskey Amarreto Sour Cocktail Recipe with a Cherry

The combination of bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and egg white creates a symphony of flavors that harmonize in perfect balance.

Let the velvety smoothness and tantalizing flavors of the whiskey sour envelop your palate, and relish in the exquisite pleasure that only this exceptional cocktail can provide.

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The Daiquiri is a refreshing drink that combines light rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to give you a taste of the tropics.

Classic Lime Daiquiri Cocktail with a Garnish

With each sip of a perfectly crafted Daiquiri, you’re greeted with a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.

This beloved libation is renowned for its refreshing and balanced flavors, making it a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.

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Dry Martini

When you sip on a dry martini, you are taking the first step in a voyage of refined enjoyment.

Vesper Martini Martini cocktail garnish with lemon twist

A symphony of tastes will play out on your tongue when the botanicals in the gin are infused throughout the distillation process.

The vermouth enhances the drink’s richness and depth with its gentle sweetness and aromatic character, making it the ideal partner for the gin.

Its complex flavors and timeless appeal make it a beloved choice among cocktail enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated libation.

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The flavor of a gimlet is dominated by citrus notes and has a nice harmony of sourness and sweetness.

Alcoholic Lime and Gin Gimlet with a Garnish

The citrusy tang is beautifully balanced by the subtle sweetness of the simple syrup, creating a harmonious interplay of flavors.

The gin, with its botanical complexity and smooth character, provides a sophisticated backbone to the drink, enhancing its depth and adding a touch of herbal allure.

With its crisp flavors and citrusy notes, the Gimlet delights the palate and transports you to a realm of timeless elegance.

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The fresh orange juice and bubbly champagne used to make a mimosa give it a deliciously sweet and pleasantly tart flavor.

mimosa made with champagne and orange juice

This exquisite cocktail presents a harmonious balance of flavors that awakens the palate and creates a sense of pure enjoyment.

So, raise your glass, relish in the sweet and tangy flavors of a mimosa, and let this effervescent concoction sweep you away to a world of pure pleasure and culinary delight.

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Tom Collins

The Tom Collins cocktail has a flavor that is zesty as well as refreshing to the taste buds.

Tom Collins Cocktail

The drink gets its lively citrusy flavor from the freshly squeezed lemon juice, which also adds a tart, refreshing bite to the drink, while the unique botanical character of the gin enhances the overall flavor.

It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a tangy yet refreshing flavor profile, making it an ideal drink for warm summer days or when you desire a revitalizing libation that awakens the senses.

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Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a crowd-pleasing classic that packs a punch of flavor.

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

The vodka’s silkiness and the tomato juice’s tanginess complement each other beautifully, laying down a sumptuous foundation.

The Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce give the mixture a savory depth and a pleasant hint of spiciness, while the tangy lemon juice gives it a refreshing twist.

Its unique combination of ingredients creates a medley of tastes that excite the senses, making it a perennial favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

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The Negroni, hailed as one of the best types of cocktails, captivates with its distinct and unforgettable flavor profile.

negroni cocktail recipe

This classic cocktail is a representation of refinement and equilibrium, as it is made with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, and it is topped off with a vivid orange peel for garnish.

Enjoy a Negroni and let yourself be whisked away to a world of opulent sophistication and exquisite taste with its balanced blend of ingredients.

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cold moscow mules - ginger beer, lime and vodka

12 Types of Cocktails To Make

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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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