Nowadays, everyone and his mother is doing cocktails.
But while it’s often easy to tell the difference between old classics like a mojito and a daquiri, what about custom cocktails?
In order to aid you in your cocktail choices, and potentially save you quite a lot of wasted money, we’ve put together a glossary of terms and examples of the types of cocktails you should choose, depending on what you want.
Here are some common mixers found on cocktail menus, and what they taste like:
- Drambuie – Whisky liqueur
- Chartreuse – Strong herbal French liqueur
- Benedictine – Spicy French liqueur
- Angostura Bitters – Alcohol infused mix of herbs and spices
- Campari –Bitter liqueur
- Aperol –Bitter Italian liqueur
- Fernet – Bitter herbal liqueur
- Curacao – Bitter orange flavour liqueur
- Cointreau – Orange flavoured liqueur
- Triple sec - Orange flavoured liqueur
- Gran Marnier - Orange flavoured liqueur
- Grenadine – A tart syrup made from pomegranate
- Galliano – Sweet herbal liqueur that tastes of vanilla
- Amaretto –Sweet almond flavoured liqueur
- Falernum – Sweet syrup
- Midori – Sweet melon liqueur
- Chambord – Raspberry flavoured liqueur
- Crème de Cassis – Blackcurrant flavoured liqueur
- Crème de Mure – Blackberry flavoured liqueur
- Crème de Cacao – Chocolate flavoured liqueur
- Calvados – Apple brandy
- Vermouth – Fortified wine
- Kahlua – A coffee flavoured liqueur
Armed with the knowledge above, you should be able to choose drinks you like while avoiding anything too bitter or sweet for your tastes.
Here are some examples of the types of drink to choose, depending on what you like.
For the person who likes strong tasting alcoholic drinks
These drinks are normally heavy on alcohol and bitter liqueurs, and light on the fruit.
Martini: Gin and vermouth, with an olive. Should actually probably be stirred
Old Fashioned: Whiskey, mixed with bitters, plus a sugar rim and a slice of orange
Negroni: Gin, vermouth, Campari, with an orange peel
For the person who wants something refreshing
These kinds of cocktails are often citrussy, over ice, with something a little sugary in them to reduce the bite.
Mojito: White rum, mint, soda water, lime juice and sugar
Margherita: Triple sec, tequila and lime or lemon juice, served with salt or sugar on the rim
Moscow Mule: Ginger beer, vodka and lime juice
Long Island Iced Tea: Tequila, gin, vodka, rum, triple sec, topped with cola
For the person with a sweet tooth
Sweeter drinks are more likely to contain some kind of syrup or fruit juice, without any of the bitter liqueurs
Strawberry daquiri: White rum, syrup, lime juice, and strawberry puree
Tequila sunrise: Tequila, orange juice, grenadine
Hurricane: Rum, lemon juice, passion fruit syrup
So, now you're fully educated. Go forth and drink!