21 Essential Cocktails

It's hard to beat these classics when you've got a whistle to wet. From the gin martini to a fruity daiquiri, these old standbys won't disappoint.

Mint Julep

"This Mint Julep receives five glistening stars! It wins my discriminating, hard-to-please husband's Seal of Relaxed and Mellow Approval!"

-Bev

Jello Shots

"I made these the other day! For extra fun, I put them in a cupcake pan and topped with whip cream — they were amazing. Thanks for the recipe, it worked well!"

-Niki H.

Tequila Sunrise

"This was delicious! I love tequila sunrises and the ingredient amounts are perfect. It's one of the prettiest drinks out there!"

-yamakarasu

French 75

"Lovely cocktail with bright and delicious flavors! The gin plays quite well with the other ingredients."

-Mgnbos

Kir Royale

Here's a 3-ingredient cocktail with a whole lot of flair.

Pina Colada

"Thanks to the inclusion of coconut rum, it's difficult to detect any taste of alcohol in this extra creamy-delicious Piña Colada. The rum may be left out altogether for a delightful tropical drink your entire family will enjoy!"

-Debs Recipes

Gin & Tonic

"I was a bartender for many years and this is right on — the way to serve a gin and tonic! This is excellent!"

-Little Bee

Manhattan

Here's a classic cocktail will never go out of style, especially during summer time!

Best-Ever Bloody Mary

"I made this recipe as written with the exception of using spicy V-8 juice instead of tomato juice. It came out very tasty. Thanks."

-samuel

Whiskey Old Fashioned

"I had never tasted an Old Fashioned before, but now that I have tried this, I'll be tasting many more!"

-aeht206

The Best Mai Tai

"This was the perfect drink for a 95-degree, humid day! I used to bartend and this ranks right up there with one of the best!"

-Niteflyer

Cosmopolitan

"My husband said he always wanted to try a cosmopolitan. He really liked it! This looks like the beginning of a wonderful journey!"

-Feej

Fresh Margaritas by the Pitcher

"These were to die for! A girlfriend and I tested them on a recent visit and they were so good! They are potent — we were giggling at the end of the first one!"

-Chloe and Hope's Mom

Mojito

"The mint patch was left with only stems by the time we finished drinking a few of these! They were delicious and refreshing!"

-sassafrasnanc

Dry Bombay Sapphire Martini

"This is the martini that inspired my martini glass collection! I love Bombay Sapphire! This is my favorite way to have it also, with very little vermouth!

-CHRISSYG

Lemon Drop Shot

"This was so refreshing, and I love the lemon! I'll be enjoying this too much, I'm afraid!"

-JackieOhNo

Cucumber Gimle

"Super refreshing drink that feels like it is straight from the garden!"

-Kate Richards

Tom Collins

"I made this as a frozen Tom Collins. It's great that I could re-live one of my favorite drinks of long ago and didn't need any sweet-n-sour mix!"

-2Bleu

Gimlet

"This is a classic and deliciously low-calorie drink. I've been on a gin kick for quite a while and this is one of the best ways to have it!

-ElleFirebrand

Strawberry Daiquiri

"These are absolutely to die for! I've made them the past three weekends straight! Probably the best strawberry daiquiri I've ever tasted."

-AlabamaGirl71

Manhattan

"We have friends that love Manhattans and my husband loves Makers Mark, so how could we go wrong? It's a great recipe!"

-Irish Rose

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