Mixed Drinks: 20 Recipes You Need to Try
Ever wish you had your own personal bartender? Well, after this list of the best mixed drinks, you won’t need one – here we give 20 great mixed drink recipes that are a cinch to make and taste delicious.
With everything from classics like the Manhattan to fun, refreshing drinks like a frozen strawberry kiwi mojito, all of the mixed drinks on this list will ensure that you are a bartender in your own right. And, you don’t even have to tip!
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Top 20 Mixed Drink Recipes:
This tasty drink is known for being served in a copper mug, but even if you don’t have any copper mugs on hand, this refreshing drink will still be delicious. To make it, have vodka, preferably Stoli, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger beer ready to go. The distinctive taste of the ginger is the star of the Moscow Mule and will keep you coming back for more.
Forget the Shirley Temple, this Dirty Shirley drink is a lot more fun. Simple and delicious, this mixed drink is perfect for those with little know-how around the bar cart. Any type of lemon-lime soda (we prefer Sprite), vodka, and grenadine will work, and of course, be sure to have a maraschino cherry on hand to garnish this fun drink.
You may not be able to enjoy the real Malibu sunset tonight, but with this drink you will come pretty close. This sweet, beachy mixed drink is great for a hot night, or any night you need some tropical inspiration. Pineapples, orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, cherries, and a splash of cranberry make the Malibu Sunset a fruity delight and will help you pretend that you are healthy.
If you want simple, yet refined, look no further than the Old Fashioned. This mixed drink is virtually impossible to screw up, and has just the right amount of strength and sweetness. Bourbon or rye whiskey can be used as the base (quality bourbons and whiskey are key for this drink), and the addition of a bit of sugar and a few dashes of bitters turn this drink into one you will come back to time and time again.
Put the margarita mix down. This Best Margarita Recipe will let you make delicious margaritas from scratch, so you don’t ever have to touch a mix again. Start with a quality tequila that is 100% agave (this recipe calls for blanco or reposado tequila) and then be sure to have Cointreau, agave nectar, limes, and a cocktail shaker on hand to finish making this tasty margarita.
An iconic cocktail that every serious bartender knows how to make, the classic gin martini is iconic for a reason. With gin and dry vermouth the main ingredients, customizations are endless. No matter how you make it, the martini is delicious all around. It was must for this list of the best mixed drink recipes.
Simple yet sophisticated, this whiskey sour recipe from Jamie Oliver is sure to be a hit at your next party or get together. Bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and egg white round out the list of ingredients, with cubed ice and cherries serving as a nice complement. Be sure to also have a shaker and strainer on hand to make this delicious mixed drink.
A classic mojito mixed drink is tough to beat! Delicious and refreshing in hot weather, the rum, mint, lime and sugar make for one happy drinker. For the best flavors, use fresh mint and freshly squeezed lime.
Love it or hate it, the Bloody Mary is one of the few mixed drinks deemed socially acceptable to consume for breakfast. In this recipe, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and lemon combine to make a tasty treat. Don’t forget the celery for a garnish!
Gin lovers everywhere can’t get enough of the gimlet. This gin based drink calls for gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. In this recipe, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is going to give his delicious take on the gimlet.
Need a vitamin C boost? Why not make a screwdriver? Comprised of just orange juice, vodka, and salt, this mixed drink is as easy to make as it is delicious. If simple and quick is your MO, then the screwdriver will be right up your alley!
A fun and tropical mixed drink, the Hurricane became popular in New Orleans in the 1940s. A rum based drink, this cocktail will have you feeling like you are in the Caribbean. Made up of passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime, simple syrup, and grenadine this drink is a must try.
An incredibly popular drink in Brazil, the caipirinha is similar to mojito but is made with cachaça, which is distilled from fresh sugar cane. Delicious and tasty, the drink also only calls for three ingredients: a shot of cachaça, simple fruit, and sugar. If you love mojitos, you should definitely give the caipirinha a shot.
In the mood for something warm and cozy? Why not try a hot toddy? With bourbon as the base and honey, lemon juice, and hot water as the complements, this warm and delicious mixed drink is perfect for a cold evening by the fire.
A classic whiskey mixed drink, the Sazerac was originally made with cognac, but in this updated recipe, rye whiskey is used. Popular in New Orleans, this is not a drink for lightweights, but it is tasty and delicious. In addition to rye whiskey, be sure to have sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura Bitters, absinthe, and lemon peel on hand.
If you need a new go-to cocktail, the Elyx Cup may be just the ticket. Bubbly and delicious, this drink is satisfying and refreshing. Allow a few minutes for prep time so you can gather your fresh mint, cucumber, and lime juice, and then add vodka, simple syrup, and Prosecco.
The classic Sidecar drink has been making its rounds for decades, but this drink is far from ordinary – the flavors are sure to impress. Start with a quality Cognac, Armagnac, or brandy and then add a bit of Cointreau and lemon juice. For more sweetness, try adding the optional sugar garnish.
Most likely created in the 19th century at the popular Manhattan Club, the distinguished Manhattan drink is also a lot of fun. The base is rye whiskey, while sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters amp up the flavor profile. For a classic presentation, add three skewered maraschino cherries.
While this Strawberry Kiwi Frozen Mojito drink recipe requires a bit of prep (be sure to have a blender on hand), the cool, refreshing end result is well-worth the time spent to make it. Start with a generous helping of fruit, followed by a similarly generous portion of rum, some simple syrup, fresh mint, and a few ice cubes and you are on your way to enjoying a deliciously cool drink.
A Rachel Ray sangria recipe, this White Sangria Drink is packed full of flavor and only gets better the longer it sits. Ideal for large groups, this drink is going to be made up of assorted fruits, wine, brandy, and a few other tasty ingredients. It is sure to be a hit at your next get together, or perfect for a relaxing night in.
Best Drink Recipes Conclusion
With this list of the best mixed drink recipes you will begin to understand the importance of different ingredients. The simple flavors that come together in a well made drink.
The great thing though is that these drinks are not overly complicated and can be made by anyone ready to read and follow a recipe.
We would love to hear how any of these mixed drinks turned out for you in the comments below.