If you’re new to the alcohol world, you might think that all types of alcohol have the same flavor. However, that’s not the case. Various types of alcohol provide different flavors.
You can choose from three main types of alcoholic drinks: spirits, wines, and beers. Depending on the taste you like the most, you can choose your favorite type of alcohol.
I will discuss different alcoholic drinks you can try in today’s article. Read on to find the best type of alcoholic drink to please all your senses.
25 Best Tasting Alcoholic Drinks
You can quickly make many great-tasting drinks with different spirits and only a few ingredients. Some classic alcoholic drinks below have been consumed for years and have other variations.
So, let’s look at the best-tasting alcoholic drinks I have tasted and recommend. You can prepare these drinks at home and surprise your loved ones.
1. Old Fashioned
Old fashioned is one of my favorite classic drinks. It is made with whisky; usually, rye or bourbon, muddled sugar cube, bitters, and ice garnished with orange zest and cherry.
Other variations of Old Fashioned are also made with spirits like brandy, rum, tequila, absinthe, gin, and cognac. Old fashioned has a rich, intense, slightly sweet-bitter, aromatic flavor with hints of cinnamon and cloves.
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Manhattan is another classic cocktail made with similar ingredients as Old Fashioned but doesn’t have the same flavor.
It’s made with whiskey- usually rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Manhattan is less sweet than Old Fashioned and has a smooth, slightly bitter-sweet, herbal flavor.
It’s usually served straight, stirred with ice, strained in a chilled cocktail glass, and garnished with a cherry.
Negroni is a classic cocktail you can enjoy as an aperitif.
This classic Italian cocktail is made with gin, vermouth, and Campari. Traditionally Negroni is stirred and served on the rocks in a cocktail glass and garnished with an orange slice or orange peel.
It has a refreshing, well-balanced bitter-sweet, fruity, herbal flavor, making Negroni one of the most loved drinks in the world with many variations.
Martini is a light and flavorful cocktail made with gin and dry vermouth.
There are many variations of this classic drink made with gin or vodka, wet, dry or dirty, stirred or shaken, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
The recipe for the classic dry martini is made with gin, dry vermouth, and olives or lemon twist as a garnish. It has a bright, grassy, floral, slightly sweet flavor and is a perfect refreshing drink.
Sazerac is an official New Orleans cocktail made with just a few ingredients: rye whiskey or cognac, Peychaud bitters, sugar cube, anise liqueur, and lemon twist for garnish.
It’s a potent cocktail with sweet-bitter, floral flavor, and hints of anise. Same as the other cocktails, there are also many variations of sazerac made with a different spirit like bourbon and different bitters.
The characteristic of sazerac is that the glass where it is prepared is rinsed with absinthe to get an anise flavor.
6. Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island iced tea is another cocktail usually made with tequila, vodka, light rum, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and cola.
This cocktail has a high alcohol content but is also very refreshing with lemon, orange, and cola flavors. There are many variations of Long Island iced tea made with different spirits, juices, and sodas.
7. Rusty Nail
Rusty nail is a classic cocktail made with only two ingredients: Scotch Whisky and Drambuie. It has a sweet, herbal, honey, and smoky flavor and is usually served on the rocks and garnished with lemon zest.
Variations of Rusty Nail include Rusty Ale, Rusty Bob, Smoky Nail, and others.
Cosmopolitan is a cocktail made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, and lime juice. It has a refreshing, fruity, sweet, and sour flavor.
It’s usually served in a large cocktail glass and garnished with an orange peel, lime wedge, or lemon slice.
There are many variations of Cosmopolitan made with different spirits and juices that offer other great flavors.
Greyhound is a famous, refreshing cocktail that is easy and quick to make. It has only two ingredients- gin and grapefruit juice.
Greyhound has a bitter, sour, slightly sweet flavor and is served on the rocks in an Old Fashioned glass. Lemon or lime wedge is used as a garnish.
Variations of Greyhound are made with vodka and sodas.
Margarita is a cocktail with many variations that have different flavors and colors.
The original Margarita recipe is made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. It is served in a rimmed with salt margarita glass without ice, on the rocks, shaken or blended with ice, and garnished with a lime wedge.
Classic Margarita has a light and refreshing sweet-sour flavor, but many other flavors are also available.
You can choose strawberry, chocolate, apple, melon, mango, raspberry, cranberry flavors, and others. You only need to choose the one you like the most and enjoy.
11. Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary is the right cocktail if you want to cure your hangover. It is made with vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon or lime juice, celery salt, and black pepper.
Bloody Mary has a spicy, salty, savory tomato flavor. It’s often served on the rocks garnished with different ingredients like celery stalk, olives, lemon or lime wedges, bacon, cheese cubes, dried sausage, shrimp, and a dill pickle spear.
Variations of Bloody Mary include different spirits like gin, tequila, bourbon, rye, sake, or absinthe. A non-alcoholic variation of Bloody Mary-Virgin Mary is made with additional tomato juice instead of spirit.
12. Mint Julep
Mint Julep is a popular cocktail traditionally made with bourbon, simple syrup, crushed ice, and fresh mint leaves.
It’s a delicious and refreshing drink with sweet, smoky, herbal flavors traditionally served in silver or pewter cups.
However, you can also serve it an old-fashioned highball or Collins glass with a straw. There are variations of Mint Julep made with sugar instead of simple syrup and other spirits like brandy, cognac, or gin.
Mojito, on a hot summer day, what to ask more. It’s a refreshing cocktail with sweet, citrus, and mint flavors.
Mojito is made with white rum, club soda, sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves. There are also variations made with other ingredients that offer different flavors.
My favorite Mojito is coconut, but other flavors include mango, blueberry, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, and pomegranate. Mojito is served in a highball glass with a straw, garnished with a slice of lime and sprig of mint.
14. Pina Colada
Pina Colada is the right drink for you if you like the pineapple and coconut flavors because it is made with rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream or coconut milk.
This sweet and refreshing cocktail is served blended or shaken with ice and garnished with a pineapple wedge and /or maraschino cherry.
There are variations of pina colada made with different amounts of the main ingredients and added other ingredients.
Some of them are Amaretto colada with added amaretto and heavy cream, Scotsman colada with scotch, Tequila colada with tequila, the non-alcoholic -Virgin pina colada, and others.
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15. Tom Collins
Tom Collins is another refreshing and easy-to-make drink with just a few ingredients. This classic cocktail is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and club soda.
Tom Collins is just one member of the Collins mixed drinks using different spirits like bourbon, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila, and cognac.
There are also variations of Tom Collins with other ingredients and flavors. It has a not very sweet, tart, refreshing taste with herbal notes.
Tom Collins is served on the rocks in a Collins glass, garnished with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry.
Bellini is a classic Italian cocktail that originated in Venice. It is a flavorful and easy-to-make drink with Prosecco and peach puree garnished with a slice of peach.
Peach nectar or peach juice is also used as a substitute for peach puree. Bellini is an ideal summer drink with a light and fresh peach flavor.
There are variations of Bellini made with puree from different fruits like strawberry, mango, pineapple, and others.
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17. Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii is a tropical cocktail with a beautiful blue color. It’s made with rum, Blue Curacao liqueur, pineapple juice, and sour mix (lime juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup); there are also recipes with added vodka.
Blue Hawaii is easy to make. Mix all the ingredients with ice, shake or stir, strain over ice in a hurricane glass, and garnish with orange or pineapple slice, cocktail umbrella, and cherry.
This cocktail has a refreshing, fruity, sweet, and sour flavor. Therefore, it’s a great refreshment on a hot day.
18. Gin and tonic
Gin and tonic is a simple classic cocktail that is easy to make with two ingredients: gin and tonic. The flavor of this cocktail depends on the quality of the ingredients and their ratio.
Pour the gin over ice cubes in a highball glass and add the tonic. Stir, garnish with a lime wedge or slice, and serve. You can squeeze the lime juice into the glass to get a stronger citrus flavor.
Gin and tonic are also used as a base for other drinks with added ingredients like grenadine, apple, orange, lemon, lime, cranberry juice, chocolate, and peach liqueur.
Sidecar is a popular classic cocktail with refreshing, tart, and bright flavor.
It’s easy to make because it has three ingredients: cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. You only have to use the right proportions to get a well-balanced sweet-sour flavor.
Shake well all the ingredients with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
Strain the cocktail into a chilled and rimmed with sugar cocktail glass, garnish with an orange wedge and enjoy. There are also variations of sidecar made with brandy and bourbon if you want to try different flavors.
Daiquiri is made with white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup or sugar. If you like the taste of the rum, you can make this cocktail at home at no time. In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and pour the ingredients.
Shake well, and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. You will get a well-balanced sweet-sour flavor that can adjust to your taste.
Daquiri has many variations made with other added ingredients. You can try Strawberry daiquiri, Banana daiquiri, Avocado daiquiri, Hemingway daiquiri, or Frozen lime daiquiri.
Mimosa is a simple cocktail with two ingredients: sparkling wine and orange juice. It’s a perfect bubbly drink for any occasion with a crispy, sweet, and orange flavor.
To make a Mimosa, pour the sparkling wine into a Champagne flute and add the chilled orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice, and that’s all; your Mimosa is ready to serve.
Use both ingredients in a 1:1 ratio, and use sweet sparkling wine to get a sweeter mimosa. You can also make some of the many variations of this cocktail made with cranberry, apple, watermelon, pineapple, or pomegranate juice.
22. Mai Tai
MaiTai is a popular tiki cocktail made with Jamaican dark rum, aged rum, also known as amber rum, orgeat syrup, orange curacao liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice.
Variants of Mai Tai include amaretto, pineapple, orange, grapefruit juices, bitters, grenadine, and other ingredients.
Mai Tai is a refreshing tropical cocktail that has a strong rum flavor, but it also has sweet, citrusy, and tart flavors, with vanilla and nutty hints.
If you want to make Mai Tai, add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker except the Jamaican dark rum and shake well with crushed ice.
Pour the drink into double rocks or highball glass and float the Jamaican dark rum on top. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and lime slice, and serve.
23. Jack Rose
Jack Rose is a classic cocktail made with applejack, grenadine, and lime or lemon juice. Depending on the ratio of the ingredients, Jack Rose can have a balanced, strong, sour, dry, sweet, and fruity flavor.
This flavorful cocktail is easy to make. Just fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake well, and strain in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
You can adjust the cocktail’s flavor to your taste and add more grenadine to make it sweeter or use apple brandy if you can’t find applejack.
Vesper is a cocktail originally made with gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet. Since Kina Lillet is no longer produced, it is substituted with Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc.
Vesper has a slightly sweet, bitter, herbal flavor which you can adjust to your taste. This is one of the cocktails that James Bond was drinking in his movie.
You can prepare it very quickly; combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel, and voila, you have the famous Vesper – James Bonds cocktail.
25. White Russian
White Russian is a popular vodka cocktail made with only three ingredients-vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. It’s a delicious and easy-to-make drink you can prepare in no time.
In an old-fashioned glass, add ice, pour the vodka and the coffee liqueur over the ice, and add the cream. Stir and serve. You will get a creamy, sweet drink with a coffee flavor and slight spiciness from the vodka.
Variations of this cocktail include Dirty Russian with chocolate milk; White Cuban uses rum instead of vodka; Peanut butter White Russian with added peanut butter, and others.
Which Alcoholic Beverage Has the Best Taste?
You cant discuss about taste. Because what tastes good for me doesn’t mean it will taste good for you. Some of the most consumed alcoholic beverages are beer, wine, and spirits like whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, cognac, vodka, and sake.
What’s a Good Alcoholic Drink That Doesn’t Taste Like Alcohol?
Many good alcoholic drinks don’t taste like alcohol. You can try Cosmopolitan, Pina Colada, Strawberry Margarita, Mimosa, Mai Tai, and many others.
What’s the Sweetest Alcoholic Drink?
In my experience, one of the sweetest alcoholic drinks is Baileys Irish Cream. But Port wine and schnapps also have a pleasantly sweet flavor.
What’s the Smoothest Drinking Alcohol?
According to bartenders, the smoothest drinking alcohol you can drink straight is Siembra Valles 92 proof Blanco Tequila. Baileys Irish Cream also has one of the smoothest tastes in the world of alcoholic drinks.
Let’s Have a Drink!
Hopefully, today’s article has helped you learn more about the best-tasting alcoholic cocktails around the world. You can make one or all for yourself and your family and friends and have a good time while experiencing new, exciting flavors.
They’re all easy to make and don’t take any special skills.
Do you have a favorite cocktail yet? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below, and let’s talk cocktails.
- Old Fashioned
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Rusty Nail
- Bloody Mary
- Mint Julep
- Pina Colada
- Tom Collins
- Blue Hawaii
- Gin and tonic
- Mai Tai
- Jack Rose
- White Russian
- Take the Alcohol, add some ice and enjoy