The Most Popular Mixed Drinks By Type Of Liquor

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If you pride yourself on keeping a well-stocked home bar capable of providing just about anything your guests  ask for, or if you just enjoy mixing a drink after dinner, you should be familiar with a few of the most popular mixed drinks for each common type of alcohol.


Whiskey is made from fermented grain mash, and aged in wood barrels, usually white oak. Different grains can be used to make whiskey, including rye, barley, wheat and corn. There are many types of whiskey, including Scotch, Irish and bourbon.


  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 orange slices
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Place sugar cube on bottom of lowball glass.
  2. Saturate sugar cube with bitters.
  3. Add one orange slice. Muddle ingredients.
  4. Fill glass with ice cubes.
  5. Add bourbon.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Garnish with second orange slice and cherry.


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • Ginger ale
  1. Fill highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour whiskey into glass.
  3. Top with ginger ale.

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Whiskey Sour

  • 1-1/2 ounce bourbon
  • 1-1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce sugar syrup
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Pour bourbon, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Pour into a chilled lowball glass.
  4. Garnish with cherry.


Brandy is made by distilling wine, increasing the alcohol content. Many brandies are aged in wooden casks. Cognac is brandy from the Cognac region of France.

Brandy Daisy

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 dashes rum
  • 2-3 dashes curacao liqueur
  • 3-4 dashes simple syrup
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Soda water
  1. Pour all ingredients except soda water into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Top with soda water.


  • 1-3/4 ounce brandy
  • ¾ ounce white crème de menthe
  1. Pour ingredients into a lowball glass over crushed ice.
  2. Stir well.


Gin is made from fermented grain, and is flavored with juniper berries. Other spices are added during the distilling process.


  • 2-1/2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 green olive
  • Orange or Angostura bitters
  1. Pour gin and vermouth into a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Add a dash of bitters.
  5. Garnish with olive.

Tom Collins

  • 1-1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce sugar syrup
  • Club soda
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Lemon slice
  1. Pour gin, lemon juice and syrup in a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with cherry and lemon slice.


Vodka is made from fermented potatoes, or more commonly in the United States, fermented grain.

Bloody Mary

  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Celery stalk
  • Lime wedge
  1. Pour the tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce into a highball glass over ice.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add celery salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste, then stir.
  4. Garnish with celery stalk and lime wedge.

White Russian

  • 1-1/2 ounce vodka
  • ¾ Kahlua
  • ¾ ounce cream
  1. Pour vodka and Kahlua into a lowball glass with ice.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Top with cream.


  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¼ ounce cranberry juice
  • Orange peel
  1. Shake all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.


Rum is made from fermented and distilled sugarcane or molasses. It is usually aged in oak barrels. There are many different types of rum, but generally it is divided into light, gold and dark.

Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • 5 strawberries, cored
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend well on high speed.
  3. Pour into a chilled Collins glass.
  4. Serve with straw.


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Club soda
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Mint sprig
  1. Place sugar, mint leaves and a little bit of club soda in a highball glass.
  2. Muddle well to dissolve sugar and release mint oils.
  3. Squeeze lime juice into glass.
  4. Drop one-half of lime into glass.
  5. Add rum, stir well.
  6. Fill glass with ice.
  7. Garnish with mint sprig.

Pina Colada

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 ounce coconut cream
  • Pineapple wedge
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Pour liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Pour into a chilled Collins glass.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.


Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, and must be produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco or areas surrounding that state to be labeled as tequila.


  • 1-1/2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 3 ounces sour mix
  • Lime wedge
  • Sugar or salt for glass rim
  1. Pour liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Wet the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
  4. Dip the rim in salt or sugar to coat the edge.
  5. Pour drink contents, along with ice, into the glass.
  6. Garnish with lime wedge.

Tequila Sunrise

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Orange slice
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Pour tequila and orange juice into a highball glass with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Slowly pour grenadine around the inside edge of the glass. The grenadine will rise and mix with the other ingredients.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

These popular cocktails have stood the test of time and become classics. You are bound to have requests for these if you run a home bar, so be ready to mix any of these common drinks for your guests.

Last Updated: June 7, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening and home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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