Cheers to the top 50 best cocktails of all time

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There are no rules when it comes to creating the perfect cocktail, only preferences.

James Bond preferred his cocktails shaken, not stirred, but the great thing about a cocktail is that you can enjoy it any way that you please.

Which cocktail is your favourite?

 

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  • Simplicity: Quality over quantity.
  • Freshness: Better ingredients = better cocktails.
  • Balance: Strike a balance between sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicey flavours.
  • Garnish: Make a statement, add some flair, keep it classy. Or not!
  • Experiment: New cocktails don’t happen by accident.
  • Sweetness: Less is more until you know better.
  • Occassion: Your cocktail should reflect the occasion.
  • Temperature: Some like it hot, most are best chilled.
  • Hardware: Invest in a good shaker, jigger, and strainer to make seriously good cocktails.
  • Practice, practice, practice: Practice makes perfect.

 

Here are the top 50 cocktails of all time in alphabetical order, along with their ingredients, preparation, and garnish:

 

  1. Aperol Spritz
  • 60 ml Aperol
  • 90 ml Prosecco
  • Splash of soda water
  • Orange slice

Pour Aperol and Prosecco into a wine glass filled with ice, add a splash of soda water and garnish with an orange slice.

 

  1. Aviation
  • 45 ml gin
  • 15 ml maraschino liqueur
  • 15 ml crème de violette
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or lemon twist.

 

  1. Bellini
  • 90 ml Prosecco
  • 30 ml peach puree

Pour peach puree into a champagne flute and slowly top with Prosecco. Gently stir and serve.

 

  1. Black Russian
  • 60 ml vodka
  • 30 ml coffee liqueur

Pour ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

 

  1. Bloody Mary
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 90 ml tomato juice
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Celery stick or lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a celery stick or lemon wedge.

 

  1. Boulevardier
  • 30 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • Orange twist

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

  1. Caipirinha
  • 60 ml rum
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tsp white sugar

Muddle lime wedges and sugar in a rocks glass. Add ice and cachaça, and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

  1. Champagne Cocktail
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 90 ml champagne
  • Lemon twist

Soak the sugar cube in bitters and place in a champagne flute. Add champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Corpse Reviver No. 2
  • 22.5 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml Cointreau or triple sec
  • 22.5 ml Lillet Blanc
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • Splash of absinthe
  • Lemon twist

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Cosmopolitan
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 22.5 ml triple sec
  • 22.5 ml cranberry juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Orange twist

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

  1. Daiquiri
  • 60 ml white rum
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • Lime wheel

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

  1. Dark ‘n’ Stormy
  • 60 ml dark rum
  • 90 ml ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

Build in a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop into the glass.

 

  1. Espresso Martini
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 30 ml fresh espresso
  • 15 ml coffee liqueur
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 3 coffee beans, for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

 

  1. French 75
  • 30 ml gin
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • 60 ml champagne
  • Lemon twist

Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Gimlet
  • 60 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • Lime wheel

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

  1. Gin and Tonic
  • 60 ml gin
  • 120 ml tonic water
  • Lime wedge

Build in a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop into the glass.

 

  1. Godfather
  • 45 ml Scotch whisky
  • 22.5 ml amaretto liqueur

Pour ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

 

  1. Grasshopper
  • 30 ml crème de menthe
  • 30 ml crème de cacao
  • 30 ml cream
  • Mint leaf

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

 

  1. Harvey Wallbanger
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 90 ml orange juice
  • 15 ml Galliano
  • Orange slice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Float Galliano on top and garnish with an orange slice.

 

  1. Hemingway Daiquiri
  • 60 ml white rum
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml grapefruit juice
  • 15 ml maraschino liqueur
  • Lime wheel

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

  1. Irish Coffee
  • 45 ml Irish whiskey
  • 90 ml hot coffee
  • 22.5 ml simple syrup
  • Heavy cream

Combine whiskey, coffee, and simple syrup in an Irish coffee glass. Float lightly whipped heavy cream on top.

 

  1. Jungle Bird
  • 60 ml dark rum
  • 45 ml pineapple juice
  • 22.5 ml Campari
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Pineapple leaf

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

 

  1. Kir Royale
  • 15 ml crème de cassis
  • 90 ml champagne

Pour crème de cassis into a champagne flute and top with champagne.

 

  1. Lemon Drop
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 22.5 ml triple sec
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • Sugar rim
  • Lemon twist

Shake vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Long Island Iced Tea
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 15 ml gin
  • 15 ml white rum
  • 15 ml tequila
  • 15 ml triple sec
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml simple syrup
  • 60 ml cola
  • Lemon wedge

Shake all ingredients except cola with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.

 

  1. Mai Tai
  • 45 ml dark rum
  • 15 ml amber rum
  • 15 ml orange curaçao
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • 7.5 ml orgeat syrup
  • 7.5 ml simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig and lime wheel, for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into glass filled with ice.

 

  1. Manhattan
  • 60 ml rye whiskey
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Maraschino cherry

Stir whiskey, vermouth, and bitters with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

 

  1. Margarita
  • 45 ml tequila
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml triple sec
  • Salt rim
  • Lime wedge

Shake tequila, lime juice, and triple sec with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

  1. Martini
  • 60 ml gin
  • 15 ml dry vermouth
  • Lemon twist or olive

Stir gin and vermouth with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or olive.

 

  1. Mimosa
  • 90 ml champagne
  • 90 ml orange juice
  • Orange twist

Pour champagne and orange juice into a champagne flute. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

  1. Mojito
  • 60 ml white rum
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • Soda water
  • Mint sprig

Muddle mint leaves with lime juice and simple syrup in a Collins glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add rum, and top with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

  1. Moscow Mule
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 90 ml ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

Combine vodka and lime juice in a copper mug filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

 

  1. Negroni
  • 30 ml gin
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • Orange twist

Stir gin, Campari, and vermouth with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

  1. Old Fashioned
  • 60 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Orange slice
  • Maraschino cherry

Muddle sugar cube with bitters and a splash of water in a rocks glass. Add ice and pour in whiskey. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

 

  1. Paloma
  • 45 ml tequila
  • 60 ml grapefruit soda
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Salt rim
  • Grapefruit wedge

Rim a highball glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice, add tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

 

  1. Pina Colada
  • 60 ml white rum
  • 60 ml pineapple juice
  • 45 ml coconut cream
  • Pineapple wedge

Blend all ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

 

  1. Pink Lady
  • 60 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml applejack
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Egg white
  • Lemon twist

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Planter’s Punch
  • 45 ml dark rum
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 45 ml pineapple juice
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Bitters
  • Pineapple

 

  1. Rob Roy
  • 60 ml scotch whiskey
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Lemon twist or cherry

Stir whiskey, vermouth, and bitters with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or cherry.

 

  1. Rusty Nail
  • 60 ml scotch whiskey
  • 15 ml Drambuie
  • Lemon twist

Stir whiskey and Drambuie with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Sazerac
  • 60 ml rye whiskey
  • 7.5 ml absinthe
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Lemon peel

Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe and discard the excess. Muddle the sugar cube with bitters and a splash of water in the glass. Add ice and whiskey and stir until chilled. Garnish with a lemon peel.

 

  1. Sidecar
  • 60 ml cognac
  • 22.5 ml triple sec
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • Sugar rim
  • Lemon twist

Shake cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Singapore Sling
  • 45 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml cherry brandy
  • 7.5 ml Cointreau
  • 7.5 ml Benedictine
  • 60 ml pineapple juice
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml grenadine
  • Club soda
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry

Shake gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine with ice and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry.

 

  1. Tequila Sunrise
  • 60 ml tequila
  • 120 ml orange juice
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Orange slice and cherry

Fill a highball glass with ice, add tequila and orange juice. Slowly pour in grenadine and let it settle to create the sunrise effect. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

 

  1. Tom Collins
  • 45 ml gin
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Lemon slice and cherry

Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

 

  1. Vesper
  • 60 ml gin
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 7.5 ml Lillet Blanc
  • Lemon twist

Shake gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Whiskey Sour
  • 60 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • Egg white
  • Cherry and orange slice

Shake whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

 

  1. White Lady
  • 60 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml triple sec
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • Egg white
  • Lemon twist

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

  1. Zombie
  • 45 ml dark rum
  • 30 ml white rum
  • 15 ml overproof rum
  • 15 ml apricot brandy
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml grapefruit juice
  • 15 ml falernum
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Bitters
  • Mint sprig and cherry

Shake all ingredients with crushed ice and strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Float overproof rum on top, add a dash of bitters, and garnish with a mint sprig and cherry.

 

  1. The Last Word
  • 22.5 ml gin
  • 22.5 ml green Chartreuse
  • 22.5 ml maraschino liqueur
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • Lime wheel

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

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9 thoughts on “Cheers to the top 50 best cocktails of all time

  1. My favourite cocktail of all time is a Pina Colada! I simply love the taste of summer in it.

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  2. Ballantines straight is my drink all year along. Don’t need nothing else to make me feel in a good mood.

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  4. The Black Russian is my fave. I add maraschino cherries, lots of ice . Is screams pizazz! #Ballantines7
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