Fun Cocktails You’ve Heard About But Never Tried

Cocktails are a nice change of pace and full of flavor to excite your tastebuds.

Wine and beer might be your go-to alcoholic beverages, but if you're getting bored with the familiar, why not mix up the drink menu? Cocktails are a nice change of pace and full of flavor to excite your tastebuds. You've probably heard about many cocktail drinks before but never dared to try them. Read on for some cocktail ideas you need to try, and then search liquor store near me to stock up on the essentials to start mixing.


Increased in popularity by Sex and the City TV series, the Cosmopolitan cocktail, often referred to simply as Cosmo, is a martini that's pink in color and made with Vodka as the main ingredient. Cosmopolitan's taste sweet and have just a hint of tanginess. 

What you'll need:

  • 1½ oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • ½ oz Orange Liqueur
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Fill the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime slice.  

Moscow Mule

Invented in the 1940s, the Moscow Mule is a tangy and bubbly cocktail that's simple to make. This beverage is traditionally served in a copper mug, and while it looks cool, it's not just for aesthetic appeal.  Copper conducts temperature, so the cold temperature of the drink is maintained. Keeping the drink cold and frosty enhances the properties of the drink.

What you'll need:

  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1½ oz Vodka
  • ⅙ oz Lime Juice

To make, combine the ingredients into a glass, stir, and pour over ice into a copper mug or highball glass. Garnish the drink with a lime slice.


Mimosas are an incredibly popular cocktail, and if you haven't had the pleasure of trying them, you're missing out! Traditionally served during breakfast or brunch in a champagne flute, mimosas feature two ingredients: champagne and citrus juice, typically orange juice. A common remix of the mimosa exchanges the orange juice for cranberry juice, a poinsettia cocktail, and is very popular during Christmas.

What you'll need:

  • Champagne
  • Orange Juice

Ensure both beverages are well-chilled and mix equal parts in a champagne flute. Stir gently and enjoy.

Mai Tai

For a drink that will surely remind you of being on a beach vacation, enjoy a Mai Tai. While this extraordinary beverage is a bit more complex, the effort is worth it. You might think the drink is fruity, but a classic Mai Tai is more tropical and nutty for a robust flavor.

What you'll need:

  • 1½ oz White Rum
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz Orange Liqueur
  • ½ oz Orgeat Syrup
  • ¾ oz Dark Rum 

To make, combine all the ingredients, except the dark rum, into a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix and strain into a glass. Float the dark rum onto the top, garnish with a slice of lime or pineapple (optional), and enjoy.

White Russian

If you're a lover of coffee, the White Russian is the perfect cocktail for you. This simple cocktail has been enjoyed since the 1950s and is an excellent option if you're looking for a dessert type of drink after dinner or to wind down at the end of the day.

What you'll need:

  • 1⅔ oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Fresh Cream
  • ⅔ oz Coffee Liqueur

Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a glass with ice. Add fresh cream on top and slowly stir to mix. 

Old Fashioned

Despite its name, nothing is boring about this classic cocktail. This timeless cocktail dates back to the early 1800s and is the first documented cocktail, hence its name. It's time to try a piece of history with this sophisticated beverage.

What you'll need:

  • 1½ oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Sugar Cube (or 1 teaspoon of sugar)
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • A few dashes of plain water

To make, place the sugar cube or measured sugar into an old-fashioned glass. Saturate with bitters and add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Add ice cubes to the glass and pour the whiskey. Garnish with an orange slice or a cocktail cherry.

French 75

The French 75 is a sophisticated champagne cocktail that dates back to 1915 and earned its name for being as powerful as a French 75mm field gun. This bubbly, tangy drink is served in a champagne glass and is perfect for any occasion.

What you'll need:

  • 1 oz Gin
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes of Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Champagne

Combine the gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne glass. Top the glass off with the champagne and stir gently before enjoying.


Time for a tasting! Search liquor store near me to stock up on all the alcoholic ingredients, invite some friends over, and throw a tasting party with traditional cocktails that are sure to be a hit.

Kellee Maize Team

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