We've all heard of National Cocktail Day, and we've all heard of the epic list of drink recipes for bartenders. But what are the most popular drinks that bartenders should know? We've broken them down into three categories: regular cocktails, classic drinks, and modern drinks. Regular cocktails are the most popular drinks out there. Everyone asks for them, and they're extraordinarily easy to make.
You'll need a full list of alcoholic bar drinks with everything you'll need, and you'll quickly learn the meaning of 86 and what a part means. Classic drinks may not be the most popular or the easiest, but every bartender worth his salt knows them and they're cost-effective cocktails. For each cocktail on the list, we included the cocktail ingredients, the steps, and some possibly interesting facts. We also included some quick tips to make every cocktail succeed, from suggested glasses to popular substitutes. Modern drinks are a concept right now.
Like a sandwich or a taco, there is no single recipe, but there are some general rules to follow when making one. But whatever recipe you end up with, you'll have a classic autumnal cocktail in your hands. These are the 18 drinks that bartenders should know about, from common mixed drinks to classic cocktails with different types of alcohol. For more information on cocktail making, check out our detailed seasonal guides for spring cocktails, summer cocktails, fall cocktails, and winter cocktails. Check out our cocktail dictionary for more useful mixological terms.
1.Old FashionedThe Old Fashioned is the original cocktail.
There was a time when there weren't thousands of cocktails. It was defined in 1806 as “a powerful mix of spirits, bitters, water and sugar”. Make it with bourbon, brandy or rye - it doesn't matter. Of course, it wasn't called old fashioned back then.
2.Bloody MaryThe Bloody Mary recipe is very simple but very delicious.
Basic in this sense means easy to do - all good basic bartender drinks should be easy to make on a busy shift. Recommend them when you get slammed the door and you'll set yourself up for success.
3.White RussianWhite Russian is black Russian with cream added - they have nothing to do with Russia other than the use of vodka (which was created in Poland). A Belgian named Gustave Tops invented the cocktail in 1949 in honor of the United States' visit of the Luxembourg ambassador to Brussels.
4.GimletThe gimlet is a product of circumstance versus creativity - although it has been refined and refined over time. Its origins lie in the sea when limes were mandatory rations for British sailors to combat scurvy - gin was the drink of choice for many British sailors at the time.
5.DaiquiriThe daiquiri is a family of cocktails and has a prominent place in the basic pantheon of cocktail making - it's one of the “six basic drinks” in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, an epic and influential cocktail book from 1948. The name comes from a Cuban iron mine where an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox was stationed in Cuba in the 1890s.
6.BoulevardierWe have Erskine Gwynne, an American writer based in Paris, to thank for this perfect classic cocktail in the 1920s - with the completion of the redesign of the urban environment of Paris at the end of the 19th century huge open boulevards appeared throughout the city. The original Boulevardier recipe is made with bourbon but most bartenders today recommend rye because the spice creates a rounder flavor with sweet vermouth. These are just some of the most popular drinks that bartenders should know about - from common mixed drinks to classic cocktails with different types of alcohol.
For more information on cocktail making, check out our detailed seasonal guides for spring cocktails, summer cocktails, fall cocktails, and winter cocktails.