This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and the women of Sex and the City. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
Despite its suggestive name, the Dirty Martini is actually quite sophisticated. This gin-based martini features a surprising splash of olive juice, making it slightly different than its dry counterpart. The salty taste creates a pleasing accompaniment to dry vermouth and gin.
This classic Cuban cocktail features a combination of citrus, sweet and mint flavors to overpower the potency of rum and provide a refreshing taste. A mojito can be especially enjoyable on a hot summer day while lounging poolside.
Long Island Iced Tea
For those who love iced tea, this Long Island-based highball is even better. It may look like a regular glass of tea, but a mixture of vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec and cola give it a strong and tasty kick.
The Lemon Drop martini is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Its lemonade-style appearance and flavor make it an ideal beverage for those that like to disguise the potent taste of alcohol. If you're making this drink for party guests, garnish with a fun and colorful lemon twist and add sugar around the rim of the glass for extra sweetness.
This popular and complex beverage can be as spicy or mild as you like. Flavorings such as Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper can be added according to your preferred taste. Bloody Marys are most often garnished with a celery stalk, lime wedge and olives, and are the perfect accompaniment to a casual weekend brunch.
Fresh orange juice and vodka make up this simple, two-ingredient cocktail that can be found all over the world and with several ingredient variations and additions.
Gin and Tonic
The classic Gin and Tonic cocktail originated in the 18th century and is especially popular during the hot summer months. Typically garnished with a lemon or lime, this simple beverage is a fizzy and refreshing drink with a pleasantly bittersweet taste.
Known for its mature taste, this bourbon-based cocktail is best when mixed with fewer ingredients and garnishes. Skip the pineapples and umbrellas all this drink needs is whiskey, sugar and lemon juice (and maybe a cherry and lemon/orange wedge for garnish) to give it a genuine look and flavor.
Take a step back in time with a simple and genuine age-old cocktail: the Old Fashioned. Famous in 19th-century bars and gentlemen's clubs, this bourbon-based drink even became a favorite beverage of President Harry S. Truman.
This simple, lemonade-style cocktail features gin, lemon juice, club soda and sugar to create a sweet and fizzy combination. Created in the 19th century, the Tom Collins was the classiest cocktail of its day and is still considered a fancy beverage for warm, summer days.