Top 10 Classic Cocktails Еveryone Should Know How to Make

Foodfinds AsiaIf you want to impress your friends with some cocktails, or you just feel like expanding the list of your favorite ones, we have some suggestions here. These classics are the basics to every cocktail connoisseur and every cocktail lover should know them. These days it is easy to find many different cocktails on the menu, but some of them deserve to be on the all times favourite top list. This guide will come in handy when you are making cocktails at your home for some guest friends or you just lust for a great taste buds experience. 

 Old Fashioned

Making an Old Fashioned is a great opportunity if you have never made a cocktail before. It is really simple, but delicious drink of whiskey, sugar and bitters. Put several sugar cubes with bitters, add club soda and then press them all to the side of a glass with a muddler or spoon. Add ice cubes and pour the whiskey. A cherry or an orange garnish at the end just adds to its classic note. It can be also made from tequila, brandy or rum.


It is a firm, but smooth combination of whiskey and vermouth. It can be mixed sweet or classic (half sweet, half dry vermouth). When it comes to Manhattan, there are no exceptions and it must not be dry. Pour whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass. Fill it with ice. Stir it until it’s really cold and then pour it into cocktail glass. It is an old school drink that accepts garnishing only with a good quality cherry.


You can mix up the martini as you wish and you will not be wrong. It can be either gin or vodka, whatever you prefer; only the vermouth is a constant. Shaken or stirred, with equal parts gin and vermouth or just a small amount of vermouth. Put gin or vodka and vermouth in a mixing glass and add ice. Shake or stir well and then pour it into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive, lemon or onion, or a slice of cucumber. Find your own martini and make it unforgettable.

Tom Collins

This is a refreshing drink and it’s easy to sip. It is made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda. Mix all the ingredients, except the club soda, into a shaker with ice and shake it well until cold. Then strain into a cocktail glass with more ice, top with club soda and insert a straw.


If you want to make classic margarita avoid the pre-made mixes and make your drink with a mixture of tequila (100% agave), triple sec and fresh lime. Put lime wedge around the outer rim of the glass and dip the rim in salt. In a shaker put the tequila and the lime juice and shake until chilled. Then fill the glass with ice and strain the margarita into it. Garnish with lime curls.


It is an amazingly cooling combination of rum, lime, mint, sugar and club soda. Put 4 lime wedges and sugar in a glass. Then muddle them well until the lime juice is released. Add the mint leaves rubbing them around the rim of the glass. Fill the glass 2/3 with ice and add the rum. Stir it until the sugar dissolves and then put in the squeezed–out lime shells and top with club soda.


This is probably one of the most popular drinks worldwide, also known as cosmo.  Made of vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lime juice, it is considered as the best vodka sour ever. Start with filling the shaker with ice. Then add the ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange curl. It is simple, but yet so fancy, right?


It is a relaxing, enjoyable drink mainly consisted of rum, simple syrup and lime. The classic daiquiri is beautiful because of its simplicity. Pour lime juice and sugar into a shaker and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rum, put ice in the shaker and shake it for 10 seconds. Then strain into a cocktail glass, just make sure it is chilled already. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Mai Tai

This is an exotic refreshment drink, but unfortunately it is really hard to find proper Mai Tai nowadays. So, maybe better try to make one on your own at home. You will need Jamaican rum, orgeat, curacao and simple syrup with a drop of vanilla extract. Pour them all in a shaker and add ice. Shake it for 10 seconds and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.


An Italian drink made with gin, vermouth and Campari. It is mix of bitter and sweet with herbal twist. It is easy to make and remarkably delicious cocktail. Combine the ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled glass. At the end top it off with an orange peel.