#1 in Top 100
When well made, this Cuban cousin of the Mint Julep is one of the world's greatest and most refreshing cocktails.
Dirty Martini (IBA)
#2 in Top 100
This drink varies from delicious to disgusting, depending on the liquid in your jar of olives. Oil will provide a revolting emulsion: make sure that your olives are packed in brine.
Old Fashioned (IBA)
#4 in Top 100
As with the Martini, the glass this cocktail is served in has taken the name of the drink. Its origin stems from the adaptation and renaming of a similar drink known as the Whisky Cocktail which was shaken and served up. Who did the adapting and renaming is unknown.
#5 in Top 100
The Cosmopolitan was originally made with citrus vodka but this recipe works just as well with unflavoured vodka, and when a good quality cranberry juice is used, we prefer the simplicity of unflavoured vodka in this cocktail.
Pina Colada (IBA)
#8 in Top 100
A splash of cachaca adds some Latin flavor, lime adds a citrusy bite while a splash of fresh cream makes this Pina Colada creamy white.
#9 in Top 100
Bitter and dry, but very tasty. This no namby-pamby drink is traditionally assembled and mixed directly in the glass. There is something about a Negroni that does not suit fussing about with mixing glasses and strainers. To garnish with a lemon slice is a heinous crime but I am quite partial to a fat orange wedge.
#11 in Top 100
For the perfect salt rim, liquidize sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt. Rimming only half the glass with salt gives the drinker the option of enjoying the cocktail with or without salt.
Dark and Stormy (IBA)
#12 in Top 100
This deliciously spicy drink is part of the Mule family - but is distinctive due to the strong flavor of the rum.
Cuba Libre (IBA)
#13 in Top 100
Basically a rum and coke with a squeeze of lime, but Cuba Libre has much more of a ring about it. And it is much more of a drink, the squeeze of lime adds layers of complexity, balancing the sweetness of the cola.
#14 in Top 100
While bartenders in other cities have complicated the Sazerac by using a combination of spirits (us included), in New Orleans they keep it simple: straight rye whisky with a dash of sugar, stirred and strained into an Herbsaint washed glass.
#16 in Top 100
The Manhattan is complex, challenging and moreish. Best of all, it's available in a style to suit every palate.
Long Island Iced Tea (IBA)
#17 in Top 100
A cooling, combination of four different white spirits, triple sec, lemon and lime, crowned with a splash of cola.
Amaretto Sour (Difford's)
#19 in Top 100
Sweet n sour - frothy with an almond buzz. Three dashes (12 drops) of Angostura bitters help balance the drink and add an extra burst of flavour
French Martini (IBA)
#21 in Top 100
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.
Espresso Martini (IBA)
#22 in Top 100
Forget the 'Vodka Red Bull', this is the cocktail connoisseur's way of combining caffeine and vodka.
Strawberry Daiquiri (Difford's)
#23 in Top 100
A popular drink in Cuba where it is known as a Daiquiri de Fresa.
Moscow Mule (IBA)
#24 in Top 100
A long drink, vodka-based drink with spice provided by ginger beer.