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World's best cocktails and mixed drinks

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Amaretto Sour belongs to a traditional family of mixed drinks called sours. Common examples of sours are the Margarita and the Sidecar. Sours belong to one of the old families of original cocktails. Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor (Amaretto in the case of an Amaretto Sour), lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener...

 

A Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and usually other spices or flavorings such as Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, beef consomme or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olive, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt...

 

Bombardino is a drink popular in Italy during the Winter, especially in the ski resorts. It is made by mixing 1/2 Advocaat or eggnog and 1/2 Brandy. Its name is supposedly derived from one of its first imbibers noting its hot temperature and high alcohol and remarking (in Italian) "It's like a bomb!". Now they add caffeine power drinks...

 

The Buck's Fizz is an alcoholic drink made with orange juice and champagne. Some older recipes list grenadine as an additional ingredient, although the International Bartenders Association recipe does not include it. The drink is named after London's Buck's Club where it was invented as an excuse to begin drinking early...

 

A Caesar, sometimes referred to as a Bloody Caesar, after the similar Bloody Mary, is a cocktail popular mainly in Canada. It typically contains vodka, clamato (a blend of tomato juice and clam broth), Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce, and is served on the rocks in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass...

 

Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and limes. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage. While both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, most rum is made from molasses...

 

Cerveza Preparada ("Prepared beer") is a Mexican term for a mixed beer drink involving juices and/or sauces. In English cerveza preparada would be considered a beer cocktail, or a variety of shandy. The drink dates back to the 1940s, when mixing beer with tomato juice and hot sauce or salsa became popular in Mexico...

 

Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. It is made with egg yolks, rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink is commonly associated with the Christmas holidays...

 

The Cosmopolitan is a vodka-based cocktail that has become very popular with women, especially since its prominent appearance in the popular HBO television show "Sex and the City"...

 

The Cuba Libre (in English, "Free Cuba") is a highball made of Cola, lime, and white rum. This highball is often referred to as a Rum and Coke or a Coke and Sugar in the United States and Canada, where the lime juice is optional...

 

The daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail, consisting of white rum, lime juice, and sugar or syrup; it is a basic rum sour. It is particularly associated with Cuba and with Ernest Hemingway. Classically it is a simple drink (a rum sour), served in a cocktail glass...

 

A Dark and Stormy (or Dark 'n' Stormy) is an alcoholic highball style cocktail popular in many British Commonwealth countries, such as Australia and Bermuda. It consists of dark rum and ginger beer over ice. The local rum is usually used, for example, Bundaberg in Australia or Goslings in Bermuda...

 

A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, usually garnished with a slice of lemon or lime and served over ice. The amount of gin varies according to taste from 25% to 50%...

 

Grenadine is traditionally a red syrup. It is used as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish/pink tinge to mixed drinks. "Grenadines" are also made by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or pitcher, sometimes with ice...

 

The hurricane is an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made from lime juice, passion fruit syrup and rum. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans. The creation of this passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien...

 

The Kamikaze is made of equal parts Vodka, Triple Sec and lime juice. According to the International Bartenders Association, it is served straight up in a cocktail glass. Garnish is typically a wedge or twist of lime. The result is a lightly sweet, very tart, and subtly funky cocktail. It does not seem very strong, but it very much is...

 

Kir is a popular French cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with white wine. In France it is usually drunk as an apéritif before a meal or snack. Originally the wine used was Bourgogne Aligoté, a lesser white wine of Burgundy...

 

A Long Island Iced Tea, a summer drink, is a highball made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec with 1 1/2 parts sour mix and a splash of cola...

 

The Macuá is a cocktail made with white rum and fruit juices, usually lemon and guava juice. The Macuá is noted as the national drink of Nicaragua. The drink is named after a tropical bird native to the country...

 

A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey...

 

The margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States, made with tequila mixed with triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur made from the dried peel of oranges from the Caribbean)and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim...

 

The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive. Over the years, the martini has become one of the most well-known mixed alcoholic beverages. While variations are many, a standard modern martini is an approximate four to one ratio, made by combining approximately two ounces (or 55ml) of gin, and approximately half an ounce (or 15ml) of dry vermouth...

 

A Mimosa is a cocktail-like drink composed of 1 part champagne or other sparkling wine and 1 part thoroughly chilled orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a morning brunch or to guests at weddings...

 

The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States. A mint julep is traditionally made of four ingredients: mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states; in particular, Kentucky Colonel...

 

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. A Mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, sparkling water and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or "Yerba buena", a much lighter mint variety very popular in the island...

 

A Moscow Mule is a Buck or Mule made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime. The name refers to the popular perception of vodka as a Russian product and the intense flavor "kick" of ginger beer. Ironically, ginger beer is generally not available in Russia...

 

Mulled wine, variations of which are popular around the world, is wine, usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm. Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas...

 

The Negroni cocktail is made of 1 part gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, and 1 part bitters, traditionally Campari. It is considered an apéritif, a pre-dinner cocktail intended to stimulate the appetite...

 

The paloma (Spanish for "dove") is a tequila-based cocktail, most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Squirt and served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Optionally, the glass may also be rimmed with salt...

 

Pimm's is a brand of alcoholic beverages now owned by Diageo. Its most popular product is Pimm's No. 1 Cup. There are six Pimm's products, only two of which remain in continuous production. The essential difference among them is the base alcohol used to produce them...

 

The piña colada (Spanish, "strained pineapple") is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with hard rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with a pineapple wedge or a maraschino cherry. The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978...

 

Pink Gin is a cocktail made fashionable in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century, consisting of gin and a dash of 'pink' (Angostura bitters, a dark red extract of gentian and spices, known from the 1820s at Angostura, Venezuela but now made in Trinidad and Tobago)...

 

A Pisco Sour is a cocktail containing pisco, lemon or lime juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and regional bitters (like Amargo bitters, though Angostura bitters work if regional bitters are unavailable)...

 

The Rob Roy is a cocktail similar to a Manhattan. The drink is named for the Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor. The Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky, while the Manhattan is traditionally made with rye...

 

A Rum Swizzle is a rum-based cocktail often called "Bermuda's national drink". It has been said that this potent cocktail is "as much a part of Bermuda Island culture and cuisine as is the Bermuda onion, the vibrant hibiscus, or the graceful Bermuda Longtail"...

 

The sake bomb or sake bomber is a drink made by pouring sake into a shot glass and dropping it into a glass of beer. Sometimes two chopsticks are placed parallel on top of the glass of beer, and the shot glass is balanced carefully between them. The drinker then chants "sake...sake...sake...BOMB!", slamming the table with two balled fists, and the sake drops into the beer...

 

Sangria (Spanish: sangría; meaning "bloody") is a wine punch typical of Spain. Because of the variation in recipes, sangria's alcoholic content can vary greatly. The ingredients in sangria vary, particularly in the type of fruit used and the kind of spirits added (if any)...

 

Sangrita (not to be confused with the Spanish wine-and-fruit-based alcoholic beverage sangria)  means Уlittle bloodФ. It is a customary partner to a shot of straight tequila blanco, whose origin dates back to the 1920s...

 

The Sazerac is one of the oldest known cocktails, with its origins in pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana. The original drink is based on a combination of Cognac and bitters created by Antoine Amédée Peychaud in the 1830s...

 

Shandygaff or Shandy, a beverage first invented in the United Kingdom, is beer flavoured with ginger beer or ginger ale. Carbonated lemonade or citrus-flavored soda may also be used. In German, this type of drink is called a Radler (German for "Cyclist") in Southern or Alster in Northern Germany...

 

A Shirley Temple (also known as a Grenadine Lemonade) is a non-alcoholic mixed drink made with either seltzer, ginger ale, Sprite or 7 Up and mixed with grenadine syrup garnished with maraschino cherries and a slice of orange. Orange juice is often added, especially in Canada. It is often served to children dining with adults to let them share the experience of drinking a cocktail...

 

The Sidecar is a classic cocktail traditionally made with Cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or another triple sec), and lemon juice. The sidecar serves as the foundation for many of the most popular cocktails of the last century: the Margarita, the Daiquiri, the Cosmopolitan, and the Kamikaze, to name a few...

 

The Singapore Sling is a cocktail that was invented by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore before 1915. Recipes published in articles about Raffles Hotel prior to the 1970s are significantly different from current recipes, and "Singapore Slings" drunk in Singapore at large deviate from the recipe used at Raffles Hotel...

 

A sour is a traditional family of mixed drinks. Common examples of sours are the Margarita and the Sidecar. Sours belong to one of the old families of original cocktails. Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor (bourbon or some other whiskey in the case of a whiskey sour), lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener (triple sec, simple syrup, grenadine, or pineapple juice are common)...

 

The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made in two different ways, the original (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water) and the more popular concoction (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup). Originally served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the cocktail is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass...

 

The whiskey sour is a well-known mixed drink containing Bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white to make it a Boston Sour. It is shaken and served either straight or over ice. The traditional garnish is half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry...

 

White Lady (also known as a Delilah, Chelsea Side-car and Lillian Forever) is essentially a Sidecar made with gin in place of brandy. The cocktail sometimes also includes additional ingredients, e.g. egg white, sugar and cream...

 
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