1. White Russian
For all the coffee lovers out there. This is one of my favorites. Its taste reminds me of an iced latte, but it still has that kick of booze.
Ingredients: 5 parts vodka, 2 parts Kahlua (coffee liqueur), and 3 parts cream
2. Cuba Libre
Truly a classic, and probably one of the easiest drinks to make. And, you can easily booze it up or booze it down. (I personally use diet Coke instead of regular Coke...but to each their own).
Ingredients: 4 oz. Coca-Cola, 1/3 oz. lime juice, 2 oz. rum (light or dark), lime wedge to garnish
3. Jack and Coke
If rum isn't your thing, perhaps this one will be more to your liking. And, if you're a fan of that whiskey taste, but don't like it to be super strong, this drink is perfect for you.
Ingredients: 10 oz. Coca-Cola, 2 oz. Jack Daniel's whiskey
4. Gin and Tonic
The great thing about gin and tonic is that you can adjust the ratio of booze to mixer to taste. So, whether you like your cocktails strong or a little bit weaker, this is a great go-to.
Ingredients: 1 to 3 parts gin, 3 parts tonic water, 1/2 oz. lime juice (can be adjusted), lime wedge to garnish
5. Fuzzy Navel
If you like sweeter, fruitier drinks, this one is for you. This is a great summer cocktail!
Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 1 part peach schnapps, 4 parts orange juice
Probably just as simple (and as popular) as the Cuba Libre. This cocktail only contains two ingredients. If you prefer your drinks on the tamer side, I highly recommend this classic.
Ingredients: 1 part vodka, 2 parts orange juice
7. Tequila Sunrise
You didn't think I'd leave out a tequila-based drink, did you? This cocktail combines the perfect amount of sweetness and booze...what's not to like? Now, a tequila sunrise isn't a tequila sunrise without that cool red-and-orange ombre effect...so to make that happen, combine your OJ and tequila first, and then slowly pour your grenadine on top.
There's a finesse to it!
Ingredients: 6 parts orange juice, 3 parts tequila, 1 part grenadine
8. Dark 'n' Stormy
Not only does this one have a clever name, but it tastes great, too! If you're a fan of ginger, I highly recommend this one.
Ingredients: 1 part dark rum, 3 parts ginger beer, lime wedge to garnish (squeeze in juice)