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Click the thumbnails on the right to see an infographic of essential bar graphics, 20 of the most popular cocktails and 30 modern day iconic shots.


Essential Bar Glasses

Because they’re generally served before a meal as appetizers or aperitifs, cocktails should be tart or “dry” in order to stimulate the appetite. Being mostly liquor with only a small amount of flavoring or sweetening such cocktails are naturally more potent.

Depending on the individual taste of the drinker, cocktails can either contain more or less “liquor.” When your guests are not regular drinkers “sweeter” (less liquor) is the obvious way to go, however sophisticated drinkers may appreciate a larger amount of liquor for a more potent flavor.

Most cocktails are best ice-cold; shaken or stirred vigorously with ice cubes (cracked or shaven ice is even better) and served promptly in thin, stemmed glasses. Chilled glasses are an even better refinement.

20 Popular Cocktails

20 Popular Cocktails

Cocktails, Martinis and Manhattans which contain only liquor may be stirred vigorously with a rod or a long spoon. Cocktails containing fruit juices or eggs should be shaken in a cocktail shaker. Vodka can be used in place of gin in any recipe. If at all possible avoid making cocktails in advance since the making is a very quick and pleasant process if your ingredients are lined up beforehand.

But no matter how you prepare your drinks remember one important fundamental. It’s better to serve a fine drink in the wrong glass than a poor drink in the right one.

However, now that you’ve prepared a knockout drink, don’t spoil it by overlooking the glassware in which it is served. You’re goal is to have the drink and the glass just right. Most cocktails should be served in the regular cocktail glass, with a stem, and holding about 3 ounces. The stem serves to keep the drink cold and minimize sweating on the glass.


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The Old-Fashioned needs its own glass, a stubby tumbler, while the Champagne Cocktail is best in a champagne glass.

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Counting down 100 Assorted Bar Drinks (Part 1)…. In No Particular Order (yet)


Liquid Sex
1 oz. vodka, 1/4 oz. vanilla Schnapps, 1 marshmallow. Put marshmallow in a shot glass, add vodka and Schnapps. Mix it together with a wire whisk.


Rum, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, muddled strawberries, honey and orange bitters. Served in a martini glass.

Passion Pop Rocks Martini:
Stoli Razberi, Strawberry Pucker, pineapple juice, rimmed with raspberry dessert dressing and Pop Rocks.

Sour Patch Martini:
Raspberry vodka, Orange vodka, Citrus vodka, strawberry Pucker, lemonade and fresh lemons.

James Bond Martini (a.k.a. The Vesper, named after one of Bond’s many double agent girlfriends)
1.2 oz. gin, 1oz. vodka, 1.2 oz. Blond Kina Linnet (French Vermouth), 1 large slice lemon peel. Pour liquid ingredient into shaker with ice. Shake (DO NOT STIR) and strain into a crystal martini glass. Add the lemon peel.

Black Velvet
1/2 Champagne (chilled), 1/2 Stout (ice cold) or Dark Beer. Pour together, simoultaneously and slowly into a tall glass.



Candy Apple Martini:
Buttershots, vodka, sour apple Pucker, splash of cranberry, topped with a cherry.

Crisp Citrus Martini:
Orange vodka, triple sec, sour mix and orange juice. Shake and serve in a martini glass.

The Bloody Cosmo:
Vodka, triple sec, orange juice, pomegranate juice and grenadine.

Cat Nap:
Bombay Sapphire, Blue Curacao and Sprite. Served in a rocks glass.

A Reggae Beat:
Mango rum, Malibu rum, pineapple juice and fresh squeezed lime. Served in a tulip glass with garnish and umbrella.



White Grape Moscato Cosmo:
Sky Moscato vokda, triple sec, white cranberry juice and lime juice.

Front Porch Martini:
Peach vodka, pear vodka, triple sec and white cranberry. Shake over ice. Served in a martini glass. Garnished with a lime.

Lauren’s Passion Punch:
Cherry vodka, grenadine, peach schnapps, cranberry and orange juice. Shaken. Served in a pint glass.

The Flying Vee:
Red Stag, splash of orange vodka, cranberry and pineapple juice. Garnished with a cherry, served in a pint glass over ice.

The Stumbling Cowboy:
Bailey’s, Southern Comfort, Amaretto, banana liquor, vodka, Malibu rum, peach schnapps, orange and pineapple juice.



The Grinch:
Stoli Raz, triple seque, Green Apple Pucker, Blue Curacao and pineapple. Topped with Sprite and cherry.

The Mac Bomb:
Double shot of Blackhaus, Mountain Dew, float Grenadine over top. Served in a rocks glass.

Lemon sour, lime juice, triple sec, fresh agave, Sauza Gold Tequila and a fresh lime. Pony Corona tipped upside down in a pint glass.

The Pink Strawberry:
Coconut rum, vanilla vodka, peach schnapps, strawberry cream liquor and cranberry juice. Served in a pint glass.

Orange Chocolate Martini:
Vodka, creme de cocoa and Cointreau. Rimmed with chocolate and garnished with an orange slice.



Café Mexicano:
2 oz. RumChata, 1 oz. Patron XO Cafe.

Pumpkin Pie:
Pumpkin ale and a shot of Stoli vanilla vodka.

White Peach Sangria:
White Zinfandel, peach schnapps, pinapple juice and Sprite served as a martini.

Atomic Lemonade:
Raspberry & mint infused vodka, club soda, garnished with a mint sprig and served in pint glass.

Jager Shake:
Jagermeister, root beer schnapps, amaretto, Bailey’s Irish Cream and a splash of Coke served in a pint glass over ice.



Princess Peach:
Vodka, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, peach schnapps, fresh peaches, ginger scented sugar rim served in a goblet.

The Poor Man’s Corona:
Chilled Miller High Life topped with a fresh lime wedge.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake:
Pineapple juice, Stoli vanilla vodka, splash of grenadine. Shake and serve.

The Honey Badger:
RumChata, American Honey, cinnamon and sugar on the glass. Serve as a chilled shot.

Filthy Dirty Rotten Martini:
Absolute Vodka, tons of olive juice, dry vermouth and green olives.

Absolut vodka, sour apple pucker and cranberry juice.


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