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30 Best Bartender Drink Recipes

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We’ve compiled a list of the 30 best Bartender drink recipes. We divided the cocktails into four different categories. From classics, modern and tiki cocktails to signature cocktails from world-renowned Bartenders, we include the best alcoholic cocktails for everyone’s taste.

Classic Cocktail Recipes 

Did you know that most cocktails are based on seven classic cocktails? That’s right! Once you’ve learned how to make these cocktails you’ll learn how to make almost any cocktail.

classic cocktails on a table

1. Manhattan

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet red vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

How it’s made:

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Then, stir it and strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish off by garnishing with a cherry.

2. Negroni

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz Campari bitter
  • 1 oz sweet red vermouth

How it’s made:

Pour the ingredients into a chilled old fashioned glass with ice and stir gently.

3. Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth

How it’s made:

Pour ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well and pour them into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with green olives or squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink.

4. The Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Splash of plain water

How it’s made:

Put a sugar cube in an old fashioned glass and saturate it with bitter. Add a couple of dashes of plain water, and muddle until dissolved. 

Then, fill the glass with ice cubes, add whiskey and stir gently. Garnish it with a cocktail cherry and an orange zest or slice.

5. Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila (100% agave)
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

How it’s made

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

Garnish half the glass rim with salt (optional).

6. Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz white Cuban rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 bar spoons superfine sugar

How it’s made:

Put all of the ingredients in a shaker. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Then, add ice to the shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

7. Mai-Tai

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Jamaican amber rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz orange Curacao
  • 1/2 oz orgeat syrup (almond)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Mint leaves, lime peel, pineapple sugar (for garnish)

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and pour into a highball glass or a double rocks glass. Garnish with mint leaves, lime peel and pineapple spear.

Popular Modern Cocktails 

Most cocktails you see on today’s menus were invented in the ’90s and early 2000s. Here are some of the most popular contemporary cocktails:

popular modern cocktails

8. Sex on the Beach

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with a half orange slice.

9. Cosmopolitan

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz citron vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

10. Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco, celery salt, pepper (up to taste)

How it’s made:

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass or shaker filled with ice. Stir gently and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with celery and a lemon wedge.

11. Long Island Ice Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Splash of cola

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice.

12. Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz white Cuban rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 pcs mint sprigs
  • 2 tsp white cane sugar
  • Soda water

How it’s made:

Mix mint springs with lime juice and sugar. Pour a splash of soda water and fill the glass with ice. 

Pour the white rum and top the glass with soda water. Stir gently to mix all ingredients. 

Finish off by garnishing with a slice of lime and springs of mint.

13. Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

How it’s made:

Combine the vodka and ginger beer in a rocks glass or mule cup. Then, add the lime juice and gently stir. Finish off with a lime slice garnish.

moscow mule served

14. Piña Colada

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh pineapple juice

How it’s made:

Place all of the ingredients plus ice in a blender. Pour into a large glass and serve with two straws. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and a slice of pineapple.

15. Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 3 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine syrup

How it’s made:

Pour the tequila and orange juice into an ice-filled highball glass. Add the grenadine slowly to create the “sunrise” effect. Garnish with orange zest or half orange slice.

16. Sea Breeze

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange zest.

17. Cuba Libre

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz white rum
  • 4 oz Coca Cola
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

How it’s made:

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

18. Amaretto Sour Mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz amaretto 
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz egg white

How it’s made:

Add the amaretto liquor, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker and shake them well. Then, add the egg white and shake some more. 

Fill the shake with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. 

Garnish with a lemon wedge.

19. Caipirinha

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz cachaça
  • 1 lime cut into small wedges
  • 4 tsp white cane sugar

How it’s made:

Place sugar and lime in a double old fashioned glass. Muddle it gently, and fill the glass with cracked ice. Add the cachaça and stir gently to mix the ingredients.

20. Black Russian

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur

Pour both ingredients into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and stir gently.

black russian with coffee beans

Tiki Cocktail Recipes

Tiki cocktails are usually made with rum as the base alcohol. They’re also usually fruity, colorful and heavily garnished with pineapples, umbrellas, swizzle sticks or flowers.

21. Rum Runner

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz banana liqueur
  • 1 oz blackberry liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Splash of grenadine

How it’s made:

In an ice-filled shaker, pour the rum, liqueurs, juices and the grenadine. Shake until chilled and strain in a glass full of ice. Garnish with blackberries and pineapple.

22. Blue Hawaii

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz blue curaçao
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix

How it’s made:

Add all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake them. Alternatively, you can blend the ingredients with the ice in a blender. 

Strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a cocktail umbrella and pineapple wedge.

23. Hurricane

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 6 oz passion fruit juice
  • 6 oz orange juice
  • 2 tbsp grenadine

How it’s made:

Pour all the ingredients into a hurricane glass and stir gently. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherries.

beautiful tiki cocktails

24. Lava Flow

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch coins
  • 4 oz coconut cream
  • Pineapple juice

How it’s made:

Combine the two rum and strawberries in a blender and blend them until they become smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass. Then, rinse the blender and blend the coconut cream, bananas and pineapple juice with some ice until they also become smooth. 

Pour the second mixture slowly on top of the first one in the glass to achieve the lava effect. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

25. Bahama Mama

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Splash of grenadine

How it’s made:

Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled glass. Make sure to add the grenadine last, slowly. Garnish with maraschino cherries and a slice of pineapple.

Signature Drinks From Famous Bartenders 

Lastly, we list five cocktails made by some of the most famous cocktail masters in the world. Keep in mind that some of the ingredients used in these cocktails can be difficult to find.

26. Dale DeGroff’s Grapefruit Julep

Ingredients:

How it’s made:

Bruise a mint sprig at the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the agave syrup, honey syrup and the lime juice first. Then, add the grapefruit juice, vodka, pomegranate juice and ice. 

Shake everything and strain it in a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Stir to frost, then garnish with the other mint sprig.

27. Dale DeGroff’s Copa Verde

  • 6 oz Tequila Ocho Reposado
  • One avocado (ripe, but not too soft; skinned with the pit removed)
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz agave nectar
  • 4 oz water

How it’s made:

Place all the ingredients in a blender to make a puree. Strain into a pitcher. Pour everything into a mixing glass with ice. Shake them well, and serve in shot glasses. 

You can frost the rim of the glasses with a blend of kosher salt and chili powder to spice ascent.

28. Jeff Bell’s Royal Court

Ingredients:

How it’s made:

Pour all of the ingredients but the champagne in a shaker with ice. Shake it well, and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. 

Top it off with champagne, then garnish with a sprig of lavender at the rim.

29. Jeff Bell’s El Grito

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Casa Dragones Barrel Blend
  • 1/2 oz Vanilla Agave Syrup
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Mole Bitters

How it’s made:

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled rocks glass with a large cube and garnish with a long mandarin orange twist.

30. Natasha Mesa’s Mocking Bird

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Krogstad Aquavit
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pineapple syrup
  • 1/2 oz cane syrup 1:1

How it’s made:

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake it, and strain in a Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel or pineapple leaf.

Where To Find Bartender Jobs

Are you interested in making cocktails for a living? Or are you already in the industry but are looking for your next bartending gig? Check out our respective Bartender job listings for New York City and Miami.

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