How to Make 10 Famous Alcoholic Drinks

I love cocktail parties. I love attending them and I love throwing them. I fully believe I was a bartender in another love because I love nothing more than mixing up classic drinks (as well as some of my own concoctions) for my friends and family members. The drinks on this list are some of the most famous alcoholic drinks in the world so these recipes should get you well under way to being a master home bartender. I tried to stick to basic but delicious recipes that will please your guests but won’t be too complicated for the beginner. Let’s get started with an absolute classic – the Bloody Mary.

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The Bloody Mary

Few can deny the appeal of the Bloody Mary. It’s tasty, elegant and fairly easy to make if you stick to the basic recipe. I’m going to offer up something a little more advanced though. It might take a little longer to make but it will be sure to please any Bloody Mary fans at your next cocktail party. You’ll need:

  •  1 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. tomato juice
  • 2 drops red hot sauce
  • 2 drops green hot sauce
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 mixing glasses
  • ice
  • strainer
  • highball glass

Step One: Add vodka, tomato juice, sauces, lemon juice, salt and pepper to one of your mixing glasses.
Step Two: Mix by pouring drink between the two mixing glasses.
Step Three: Fill highball glass with ice.
Step Four: Strain drink into highball glass.
Step Five: Finish with the celery stalk.

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The White Russian (For Any Occasion)

Not only is this one of the most famous alcoholic drinks in the world, it’s also one of  my personal favorites. There are many, many ways to make a White Russian. Some of those ways are better than others. I’ve chosen my two favorite recipes to share with you all. The first recipe makes a terrific ‘anytime’ White Russian that works well regardless of the occasion while the second is better reserved for holidays, For the Any Occasion White Russian, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream*
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 3-4 oz. of milk
  • ice
  • cherry
  • rocks glass

*note: you can use another cream liqueur for this one but I really prefer Bailey’s and would highly recommend it.
Step One: Put your ice cubes in your glass so that the glass is half filled with ice.
Step Two: Pour Bailey’s and vodka over the ice.
Step Three: Fill the glass the rest of the way with milk.
Step Four: Stir well to combine ingredients. You don’t want all the alcohol to sit on the bottom of the glass.
Step Five: Garnish with a cherry to finish.

The White Russian (For Holidays)

For our second White Russian recipe, you’ll be using a bit of eggnog which can be difficult to find outside of the holiday season. If you can find it though, or if you can make your own, the “Holiday White Russian” can be a wonderful treat any time of the year. To make a Holiday White Russian, you’ll need:

  • 1 oz. eggnog
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • rocks glass

Step One: Put ice in your glass so that it is half filled with ice, as you did in step one of the previous recipe.
Step Two: Pour your coffee liqueur and vodka into the glass over the ice.
Step Three: Add in your eggnog until the glass is filled.
Step Four: Stir well to combine your ingredients.
Step Five: Finish by garnishing with your cinnamon and nutmeg (this step is optional but really pulls the drink together, in my opinion).

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The Cosmopolitan

The cosmopolitan, or cosmo, is certainly a trendy drink ladies and gentlemen all over the world have fallen in love with. Is it my favorite drink on this list? No, but I do enjoy a good cosmo from time to time and one can’t deny it’s one of my most famous alcoholic drinks in the world. There are many different ways to make a cosmo that can incorporate different flavors to suit different tastes but for this article, I’m just going to stick with the basic cosmo. To make a basic cosmopolitan, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • lime wedge
  • ice
  • shaker
  • strainer
  • martini glass

Step One: Add ice to shaker and pour in the triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice and vodka.
Step Two: Shake vigorously to ensure ingredients are well combined.
Step Three: Strain your cocktail into your martini glass.
Step Four: Finish up by garnishing the drink with a lime wedge on the rim of your glass.


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The Manhattan

Here’s the thing about Manhattans. Lots of people love these tasty, sophisticated cocktails but most of those people have a certain way they like to drink them. I personally prefer the dry Manhattan as do most of my usual cocktail friends so I’m going to offer up a recipe for a dry Manhattan that has never disappointed. You’ll need:

  • 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 oz. blended whiskey
  • 1 olive
  • ice
  • mixing glass
  • strainer
  • cocktail glass

Step One: Put some ice in your mixing glass.
Step Two: Pour vermouth and whiskey over the ice and stir.
Step Three: Strain your cocktail into your cocktail glass.
Step Four: Finish up by garnishing your Manhattan with the olive.

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The Martini

Like many of the other cocktails on this list, there are many, many ways to make a Martini. There are Apple Martinis, Strawberry Martinis, Dry Martinis … I could go on and on. While the Martini is certainly one of the most famous alcoholic drinks in the world, it’s really the standard martini that gets all the attention. James Bond didn’t drink Apple Martinis! For this one, I’m once again to stick to a classic – the Dirty Martini. The Dirty Martini is one of my favorites because it’s classy, not terribly complicated, doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and will still please most Martini fans at your next cocktail party. To make a basic dry Martini, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • ice cubes
  • olive (or lemon twist)
  • mixing glass
  • strainer
  • martini glass, chilled

Step One: Add ice cubes to your mixing glass.
Step Two: Pour gin and vermouth into the mixing glass over your ice cubes and stir.
Step Three: Strain your Martini into your chilled Martini glass.
Step Four: Finish up with the olive (or lemon twist) as garnish.
Please note – for some, this isn’t going to be the perfect recipe as it does have a fair bit of vermouth. If it doesn’t play to your tastes, play around with the gin/vermouth ratio until you find what works for you. This is a classic Dirty Martini recipe that has always really appealed to me but it definitely won’t be for everyone.

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 The Mojito

Oh the Mojito! While this was a tragically overlooked cocktail for a very long time, it’s really been catching on over the last few years and has become one of the most famous alcoholic drinks in the world in a fairly short amount of time. While many of the other drinks on this list have been classics for as long as I can remember, the Mojito is definitely gaining on them in terms of desirability. To make a tasty Mojito for your next cocktail party, you’ll need:

  • 1.25 oz. spiced rum (I always choose the Captain but you can go for whatever you like)
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. soda water
  • extra mint leaves for garnish (to your taste)
  • crushed ice

Step One: Lay the mint leaves at the bottom of your glass and add crushed ice.
Step Two: Pour your spiced rum and lime juice over the leaves and ice.
Step Three: Add your sugar.
Step Four: Muddle the ingredients. If you have a muddler, terrific! If you don’t, use the back of a spoon.
Step Five: Pour in the soda water and finish up by garnishing your cocktail with a few more mint leaves.

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The Pina Colada

The Pina Colada – a drink so delicious it’s had songs written about it. Yes, you can buy pre-made Pina Coladas at many liquor stores. You can also buy mixes designed to make it easy to mix Pina Coladas at home but nothing quite beats this authentic Pina Colada recipe. It’s one of my absolute favorite drinks to mix – it tastes delicious and is always a big hit at my cocktail parties. To make an authentic Pina Colada, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. cream of coconut
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 cup ice, crushed
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • blender
  • collins glass

Step One: Add your ice, rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice to your blender.
Step Two: Blend your ingredients until mixture is smooth.
Step Three: Pour your cocktail into your collins glass.
Step Four: Add your pineapple slice and cherry as garnish and enjoy.
Note: If you have a hard time getting the mixture as smooth and creamy as you’d like, try adding a very small pinch of salt. You won’t be able to taste the salt in the finished product but it will help to break down the ice and give you a smoother, creamier Pina Colada.

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The Caesar

The Caesar is always my go to drink when I’m attending a cocktail party because even the most poorly made Caesar is still a pretty tasty little cocktail. When I throw a cocktail party though, I always make sure I stock up on the ingredients for my Caesars because they’re always my most requested drink. Why? Because I make one mean Caesar, my friends, and you can too with this simple recipe. To make a proper Caesar, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • clamato juice
  • 3 drops tobasco sauce
  • 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ice
  • celery stalks
  • lemon wedge

Step One: Salt the rim of your glass with your salt and pepper.
Step Two: Add ice to the glass.
Step Three: Add your vodka and fill the glass with clamato juice.
Step Four: Add in your tobasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Step Five: Add a straw and use it to mix your ingredients together well.
Step Six: Taste. If you want to add a little more tobasco sauce, feel free to do so.
Step Seven: Garnish your cocktail with your celery stalk and a lemon wedge.
For a bit of a different feel, you can opt for tequila instead of vodka, but if you choose this option, I’d recommend also opting out of the Worcestershire sauce.

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Strawberry Daiquiri

The Strawberry Daiquiri is without question one of the most famous alcoholic drinks in the world for one simple reason – it’s absolutely delicious. While the Mojito and the Pina Colada are great for a hot summer afternoon, for me, nothing will ever top Strawberry Daiquiris for my drink of choice while sitting by the pool in the sun. To make a delicious Strawberry Daiquiri, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 oz. strawberry schnapps
  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 oz. strawberries
  • ice
  • blender
  • strainer
  • cocktail glass
  • strawberry (for garnish)

Step One: Put your ice in your blender and add in strawberry schnapps, rum, lime juice, sugar and 1 oz. of strawberries.
Step Two: Blend until mixture is smooth.
Step Three: Strain your cocktail into your cocktail glass.
Step Four: Garnish your cocktail with a strawberry.

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  1. kimberly May 10, 2013

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