Bacardi Cocktail (IBA)
This classic salmon-pinky drink perfectly combines and balances the light rum with the rich sourness of lime juice and the sweetness of pomegranate syrup.
John Collins (IBA)
#27 in Top 100
A refreshing balance of sour lemon and sugar, laced with gin and lengthened with soda.
Planter's Punch (IBA)
#75 in Top 100
Invented in the late 19th century by the founder of Myers's rum, Fred L. Myers. The recipe on the back of each bottle is known as the 'Old Plantation formula' and uses classic rum punch proportions of 1 sour (lime), 2 sweet (sugar), 3 strong (rum) and 4 weak (water). Rather than this or the American formula ( 1 sour, 2 sweet, 3 weak, and 4 strong), I've followed David A. Embury's recommendation of 1 sweet, 2 sour, 3 strong and 4 weak.
#48 in Top 100
The temperature at which this drink is served and the freshness of the orange juice are crucial to its success, but it's perhaps better made into a Harvey Wallbanger.
#66 in Top 100
The sidecar is a cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Dry Curaçao, or some other triple sec), plus lemon juice. In its ingredients, the drink is perhaps most closely related to the older brandy crusta, which differs both in presentation and in proportions of its components.
The use of mandarine (tangerine) instead of orange makes the Puccini slightly sharper than a simple mimosa.
Strawberries seem to complement prosecco even better than white peaches so perhaps order this in preference to a Bellini.
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.
French 75 (IBA)
#33 in Top 100
Fresh, clean, sophisticated – dangerously quaffable.
The use of powdered sugar instead of sugar syrup adds an attractive sherbet note to this cocktail. However, the drink also works well with sugar syrup – use ¼oz/7.5ml sugar syrup in place of the 1½ spoons of powdered sugar.
Harvey Wallbanger (IBA)
Like the Screwdriver, the Harvey Wallbanger has sadly waned in popularity, probably due to it being served with packaged orange juice. When made with freshly squeezed orange juice and Galliano L'Autentico (rather than Galliano Vanilla) this cocktail is worthy of a renaissance.
Hemingway Special (IBA)
A true Hemingway Special should be served without the addition of sugar. However, Hemingway had a hardened palate and more delicate drinkers may prefer adding some simple syrup.
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.