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.
Ramos Gin Fizz (IBA)
#54 in Top 100
One of the great classic cocktails. The perfect balance of sweet and sour is enhanced by the incredibly smooth, almost fluffy mouthfeel.
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.
Great when made with freshly squeezed orange juice, this cocktail is very similar to the Buck's Fizz, which tends to have a higher proportion of Champagne. Also see the Grand Mimosa, basically the same drink charged with orange liqueur.
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.
Tequila Sunrise (IBA)
#60 in Top 100
Well-balanced tequila and zesty citrus with a sweet treat at the bottom.
Buck's Fizz (Difford's)
#37 in Top 100
A very simple cocktail, but when made with freshly squeezed oranges straight from the refrigerator this is a great brunch drink.
Tommy's Margarita (IBA)
#52 in Top 100
The flavor of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur.
Yellow Bird (IBA)
A sweet and sour cocktail with four different fruits, rum and a splash of Galliano.
Hot Toddy with Cognac and Lemon (Difford's)
Warms the cockles with cognac and a good dose of citrus.
A really simple Mexican toddy. The agave nectar and tequila really give it a different flavor then you normal toddy.
Strawberry Daiquiri (Difford's)
#23 in Top 100
A popular drink in Cuba where it is known as a Daiquiri de Fresa.
Gin Sour (Difford's)
#28 in Top 100
This 4:2:8 formula is a tad sourer than the classic sour proportions of 3:4:8: three-quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice), one part of the sweet ingredient (sugar syrup) and two parts of the strong ingredient (gin).