10 Cocktails You Need In Your Drinking Repertoire

When you’re looking for an interesting new drink it can be hard to find the right one. You might be wondering what everyone else is trying and what the hype is about.  You need some new recipes for your stockpile. You will be ready to get some glasses and ingredients to start mixing and sampling! Look no further, let’s talk about ten of the best selling cocktails so far this season.


The Manhattan is usually made with white rye whiskey, sweet vermouth , and bitters. Other whiskeys can be used but white rye is the traditional choice. The cocktail is stirred and then strained into the glass straight up, no ice, with a maraschino cherry garnish. A Manhattan can also be served on the rocks. The drink was said to be made famous in the 1870s by Iain Marshall at the Manhattan Club when he invented the cocktail for a special banquet.


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The word Paloma in Spanish means dove. This cocktail is made with tequila. It’s made with lime juice, tequila and a grapefruit flavored soda like Fresca or Squirt. Club soda or grapefruit juice can be substituted for the soda. Paloma is a drink served on the rocks with a wedge of lime as a garnish. Salting the rim of the glass is another way to amp up a Paloma.

 Whisky Sour

The Whisky Sour is made with whiskey, sugar, lemon juice, with a bit of cocktail foam or egg whites. It is shaken with ice, then strained into a glass on the rocks. Garnishes for a Whisky Sour can be a maraschino cherry, sugared glass, orange slices, or lemon rind. The Whisky Sour has been documented as being served since the 1870s.

Gin Martini

These cocktails are simple to make with just two ingredients: gin and dry vermouth. Stir well with ice and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish a gin martini with lemon or an olive. It is one of the most well-known cocktails out there. Martinis have been served since the 1860s and the name may be derived from the Martini brand of vermouth. There are numerous variations of the drink that have popped up over the last century.


Daiquiris are cocktails that are made with rum, sugar, and citrus juice. The ingredients are shaken, then stirred to dissolve the sugar granules. Add some ice then shake the mixture. Strain the daiquiri into a cold glass. This cocktail has been served in clubs since around 1900 in New York. It was originally served in a glass full of ice with lime juice squeezed onto the sugar, then stirred. It eventually became a shaken drink served with crushed ice.


A count from Italy named Camillo Negroni  stirred up and named this classic drink around 1920 at the Caffe Casoni in Florence. The count wanted something stronger than his usual cocktail. It has been a staple on the bar scene for over 100 years. It’s made with sweeet vermouth, gin, Campari and a garnish of orange. It is served on the rocks.


The Old-Fashioned was one of the most ordered drinks last year. It is traditionally made with brown sugar, whiskey, bitters, and an orange peel garnish. It is traditionally served on the rocks in a lowball glass. In the 1880s the drink was mentioned in the Chicago Daily Tribune.

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Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is a popular cocktail. It is one of the top ten drinks served today. The espresso martini is a mixture of coffee and vodka. It was first stirred up in the early 1980s by Dick Bradsell, he called it the Vodka Espresso.


The Margarita is a classic tequila cocktail. It is made with orange liquor, lime juice, tequila, and a salted glass rim. It is shaken then strained and served with crushed ice or on the rocks. It’s a popular Mexican drink and has been served in bars since the 1930s.

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary gives the perfect opportunity for a morning drink. It was named after Queen Mary I who was responsible for the execution of hundreds of protestants and priests. Its a classic cocktail made with tomato juice, vodka and can be flavored with lemon juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, hot sauce, garlic and celery. A Bloody Mary can be garnished with a lemon or lime wedge, a celery stalk, or a pickle spear.