10 Cocktails a Bartender Should Know

10 Cocktails a Bartender Should Know

We put together an epic bartender drink recipes every home bartender should know how to make, that would guarantee to make you a hit!

1. Aperol Spritz 

To start this list off, we’ve got the Aperol spritz.
Aperol Spritz Ingredients: 

        • Serve in a White-wine glass
        • 2 shots Aperol
        • 2 shots prosecco
        • 2 shots soda
        • Garnish: 1 orange slice

        How to Make an Aperol Spritz

              1. Build all the ingredients in a white wine glass.
              2. Add then ice cubes & lightly stir.
              3. Add the Garnish.

                2. Margarita

                    The Margarita is one of the world’s most popular cocktails, especially during the summertime. The only variation you need to know is the frozen version, which is made by blending the mix with crushed ice. 

                    Margarita Ingredients

                        • 2 oz. tequila
                        • 1 oz. Cointreau
                        • 1 oz. lime juice
                        • 1 lime slice
                        • 1 pinch salt (for salted rim)

                        How to Make a Margarita

                          1. Create salted rim (coat rim of glass with salt) and fill with ice
                          2. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice to a shaker. Shake.
                          3. Strain into glass
                          4. Garnish with lime slice

                        3. Martini

                        1. Martini is one of the most popular drink out there. It also got many varieties on how to make it. Gin or vodka? Stirred or shaken? Ice shards or double strained? Lemon twist or olives? Blue cheese stuffed? Dirty?

                        Martini Ingredients

                          • 3 oz. gin
                          • 1.5 oz. dry vermouth
                          • 1 speared olive or lemon twist

                            How to Make a Martini

                              1. Pour gin and vermouth into a mixer with ice cubes, stir
                              2. Strain into a chilled martini glass
                              3. Garnish with an olive or lemon twist

                            4. Old Fashioned

                              The Old-Fashioned has evolved over the years into a fantastic cocktail. The old fashioned is the original cocktail. There was a time when there weren’t thousands of cocktails. It was just the old-fashion. Now, people usually wants in make the modern way.

                               Old Fashioned Ingredients

                                • 1.5 oz. bourbon whiskey
                                • 1 sugar cube
                                • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
                                • 1 teaspoon water
                                • 1 orange slice or cherry

                                How to make an Old-Fashion

                                  1. Muddle the sugar and bitters in a rocks glass.
                                  2. Add 30ml of bourbon then stir with ice until the ice has slightly diluted.
                                  3. Add the other 30ml of bourbon and stir once again, tasting as you go until the dilution is perfect.
                                  4. Add the garnish.
                                  5. Alternatively, to speed up the making of this drink. You could do the whole process in a mixing glass, then stir & strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add the garnish.

                                5. Mai-Tai

                                The fact that Maita’i (Mai Tai) means ‘good’ in Tahitian, says it all! 

                                Mai-Tai Ingredients 

                                  • Serve in a Large Old-Fashioned glass
                                  • 1 shot dark rum
                                  • 1 shot white rum
                                  • 1/2 shot triple sec
                                  • 3/4 shot orgeat syrup
                                  • 1 shot fresh lime juice
                                  • Garnish: 2-3 mint sprigs, 1 cherry (optional)

                                    How to make a Mai Tai 

                                      1. Pour the dark rum, white rum, triple sec, orgeat syrup, and fresh lime juice into the shaker. 
                                      2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
                                      3. Add the garnish.

                                    6. Mimosa

                                      Mimosa is most popular during the morning and afternoon.

                                      Mimosa Ingredients

                                        • 2.5 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine
                                        • 2.5 oz. orange juice
                                        • 1 orange slice

                                        How to Make a Mimosa

                                          1. Pour Champagne in Champagne flute
                                          2. Add orange juice
                                          3. Garnish with orange slice

                                        7. Cosmopolitan

                                          Gained popularity from the hit TV series ‘Sex & the City.’ It is considered as a ‘girly’ drink but everyone enjoys it because of its elegance and it looks great!

                                          Cosmopolitan Ingredients

                                            • 1.5 oz. vodka
                                            • 1 oz cranberry juice
                                            • .5 oz. Cointreau
                                            • .5 oz. fresh lime juice
                                            • 1 lime or lemon wheel

                                            How to Make a Cosmopolitan

                                              1. Pour vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and lime juice into a shaker with ice cubes, shake
                                              2. Strain into cocktail glass
                                              3. Garnish with lime or lemon wheel

                                            8. Bloody Mary

                                              The Bloody Mary cocktail is the ideal spicy antidote to those who prefer more of a savory sip than sweet. This drink has become extremely popular during a Sunday breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Mainly because people believe that it helps them cope with the hangover they earned the night before.

                                              Bloody Mary Ingredients

                                                • 2 oz. vodka
                                                • 6 oz. tomato juice
                                                • 1 tablespoon ground horseradish
                                                • 2 dashes hot sauce
                                                • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
                                                • 1 pinch celery salt
                                                • 1 pinch ground black pepper
                                                • 1 lemon slice
                                                • 1 celery stalk
                                                • 2 speared green olives

                                                How to Make a Bloody Mary

                                                  1. Coat the rim of a highball glass with celery salt, fill with with ice
                                                  2. Squeeze juice of lemon slice into shaker, add vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, and black pepper and shake with ice
                                                  3. Strain shaker into highball glass
                                                  4. Garnish with a celery stalk and green olive spear

                                                9. Mojito

                                                  When the weather warms up, expect mojito orders to hit the bar soon after. The secret is in the preparation of both the limes and the mint.To release their flavors, scents, and oils, of those mint leaves, you need to ‘clap’ them in your hands before adding them to the drink.

                                                  Mojito Ingredients

                                                    • 1.5 oz. rum
                                                    • 1 oz. lime juice
                                                    • 2 teaspoons sugar
                                                    • 6 mint leaves
                                                    • Club soda

                                                    How to Make a Mojito

                                                      1. Muddle 4 mint leaves with sugar and lime juice
                                                      2. Fill glass half full with crushed ice, add rum, and stir
                                                      3. Top off with club soda
                                                      4. Garnish with leftover 2 mint leaves and optional lime wheel or wedge

                                                    10. Long Island Iced Tea

                                                    Long Island iced tea is the ultimate party cocktail. Let’s clarify one thing I wish I had known when I was younger: there is no iced tea anywhere in the Long Island iced tea. It is simply the color of iced tea.

                                                    Long Island ice tea

                                                      • 1/2 shot vodka
                                                      • 1/2 shot white rum
                                                      • 1/2 shot Blanco tequila
                                                      • 1/2 shot gin
                                                      • 1/2 shot triple sec
                                                      • 1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
                                                      • 1/2 shot simple syrup
                                                      • Cola
                                                      • 1 lemon wedge
                                                      • Serve in a hurricane glass

                                                      How to make Long island Ice tea

                                                        1. Shake everything except for the cola
                                                        2. Strain into a hurricane glass with ice.
                                                        3. Top with cola
                                                        4. Add the lemon wedge garnish.