21 Must Try Drinks

The original thought behind “21 Must Try Drinks” was to introduce newbie drinkers, or those just reaching legal drinking age (21 in the U.S.A.) to foundation drinks, classic cocktails or contemporary favorites rather than the traditional 21 Drink Salute that has become customary for the birthday rite of passage. Through Facebook, Twitter, email and reader commentary the list of suggested cocktails has grown beyond twenty-one.

21 Must Try Classic Cocktails – Includes: Americano, Bacardi Cocktail, Bellini, Black & White Russian, Bloody Mary, Buck’s Fizz, Caipirinha, Champagne Cosmopolitan, Harvey Wallbanger, Horse’s Neck with a Kick, Irish Coffee Spicy Old Fashioned 1 - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin(Sweetened & Unsweetened), Kamikaze Cocktail, Mai Tai (Original & Variation), Manhattan (Dry, Perfect & Sweet), Margarita, Martini, Negroni, Old Fashioned, Orgasm Cocktail, Rob Roy, Salty Dog, Gin & Tonic, Long Island Iced Tea, Russian Quaylude Shot

Top 10 Classic Cocktails – Includes: Blue Moon, Gimlet, Dark & Stormy, Pimm’s Cup, Sazerac, Hurricane, The Holland House, Moscow Mule, Zombie, Ramos Gin Fizz, The Last Word

Classic Cocktail Basics – Includes: Paradise Cocktail, French Connection, Bull Shot, Japanese Slipper

Grasshopper – dessert style

French 75 – celebration cocktail with cognac

Singapore Sling – as suggested by the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and with variations for easy to duplicate party punch

Aviation – the classic cocktail with more cocktail ideas to celebrate Aviation Day

            Aviation No. 1 – adapted version

Cuba Libre – you think you know it, but have you tried the espresso variation?

White Lady – she’s lovely

Monkey Gland – the name always strikes me as funny, but definitely add this to your list of “must try cocktails”

Corpse Reviver #2 – Ideally named for Halloween, but a favorite for anytime of year

Negronis – The Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails.Cinnabar Negroni 1 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Naughty Negroni & Art’ Negroni

Unusual Negroni

Cinnabar Negroni

Bobby Burns – if you’re going to mix a cocktail with scotch, make it a good one

Bronx & Dubarry – gin classics

Satan’s Whiskers – variation on the Bronx

Pisco Sour – potent but pleasurable

Whiskey Sour – with basic sour recipe adaptable for your favorite base spirit

Blood & Sand – excellent scotch classic for Halloween

Classic Gimlet – lime cordial rather than fresh limes pleaseClassic Gimlet - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Manhattan – 28 variations on the bourbon Manhattan using a variety brand name bourbons

Arnaud’s Special Cocktail – simple to make, exceedingly flavorful

Seelbach Cocktail – very special bourbon & champagne celebration cocktail

Alexander – there are many variations, but this is where it all begins

Sidecar – with or without sugared rim, you decide

Black Russian – with a few variations to consider

Do you have more suggestions to add to the list? Leave a comment!






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  • wonderful.. and love the photos that accompany the recipes :) Gonna try them all. Thirsty now

    • Thank you Paul. Hope you’ve had the chance to sample many of them.

  • Pulvis Tran

    wow something real nice here!

  • I’m always fond of the classics. Look for fresh fruit cocktails with good ratio to liquor (1/3 liquor to 2/3 fruit juice etc.)