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111 of The Best Cocktails for Your Bucket List

cocktail cocktailsI believe that I have established, on numerous occasions, that I am a wine girl. Red wine. Rich, jammy red wine to be exact. But every now and again this girl needs a stiff cocktail (or cocktials) to quench her thirst and here are the ones not to be missed.

I have happily sipped, shot and guzzled the 36 libations in bold, how many cocktails have you had?

  1. After Five – sloe gin, amaretto, southern comfort, lemon juice
  2. Aggravation – scotch, coffee liqueur, milk
  3. Alabama Slammer – vodka, southern comfort, amaretto, gin, oj
  4. Americano – campari, sweet vermouth, club soda
  5. B-52 – coffee liqueur, irish cream, orange liqueur
  6. Bahama Mama –  coffee liqueur, dark rum, coconut liqueur, rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice
  7. Banshee – banana liqueur, white creme de cacao, milk
  8. Bay Breeze – vodka, cranberry, pineapple
  9. Bellini – peach juice, champagne
  10. Between the Sheets – brandy, light rum, triple sec, lemon juice
  11. Black & Tan – guinness, pale ale
  12. Black Russian – vodka, coffee liqueur
  13. Black Velvet – champagne, stout
  14. Bloody Mary – tomato juice, vodka, lemon, worcestershire, celery salt
  15. Boilermaker – draft beer, blended whiskey
  16. Blow Job – irish cream liqueur, amaretto
  17. Blue Hawaiian – light rum, pineapple juice, blue curacao, cream of coconut
  18. Bocce Ball – vodka, amaretto, oj, soda water
  19. Buttery Nipple – buttershots, irish cream liqueur
  20. Cable Car – orange curacao, sour mix
  21. Caipirinha – lime, sugar, cachaca
  22. Campari Soda – campari, soda water
  23. Cement Mixer – irish cream liqueur, lime juice
  24. Cherry Hooker – cherry brandy, orange juice
  25. Chi Chi – vodka, blue curacao, cream of coconut, pineapple, ice cream
  26. Chocolate Cake – citrus vodka, hazelnut liqueur, sugar coated lemon
  27. Cosmopolitan – vodka, cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice
  28. Creamsicle – vanilla vodka, triple sec, oj, half and half
  29. Cuba Libre – light rum, lime juice, cola
  30. Daiquiri – light rum, lime juice, sugar
  31. Dirty Bird – vodka, coffee liqueur, cream
  32. Dirty Martini – gin, dry vermouth, olive juice, olives
  33. Dubonnet – gin, dubonnet rouge
  34. Flaming Dr. Pepper – amaretto, 151 proof rum, beer
  35. French 75 – lemon juice, gin, cointreau, champagne
  36. Fuzzy Navel – peach schnapps, oj
  37. Gimlet – gin, rose’s lime juice
  38. Gin Fizz – gin, lemon juice, powdered sugar, water
  39. Godfather – scotch, amaretto
  40. Godmother – vodka, amaretto
  41. Grasshopper – cream, white creme de cacao, green creme de menthe
  42. Greyhound – vodka, grapefruit juice
  43. Harvey Wallbanger – vodka, oj, galliano
  44. Highball – whiskey, gingerale
  45. Hollywood – vodka, raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice 
  46. Horney Bull – tequila, oj
  47. Hot Buttered Rum – butter, brown sugar, spices, dark rum
  48. Hot Toddy – brandy, honey, lemon, water, tea bag
  49. Hurricane – light rum, dark rum, passionfruit, oj, lime, simple syrup, grenadine
  50. Irish Car Bomb – guinness, irish cream liqueur, irish whiskey
  51. Irish Coffee – coffee, irish whiskey, brown sugar, whipped cream
  52. Jack Rose – apple jack, lemon juice, grenadine
  53. Jello Shots – jello, water, vodka
  54. Jelly Bean – grenadine, sambuca, southern comfort
  55. John Collins – bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup, club soda
  56. Kamikazi – vodka, lime juice, triple sec
  57. Lemon Drop – vodka, lemon juice, sugar syrup
  58. Long Island Iced Tea - triple sec, light rum, gin, vodka, tequila, sour mix, cola
  59. Lynchburg Lemonade – whiskey, triple sec, sweet & sour, lemon-lime soda
  60. Mai Tai - light rum, lime juice, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, dark rum
  61. Manhattan – sweet vermouth, bourbon whiskey, angostura bitters
  62. Margarita – tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, sour mix
  63. Melon Ball – melon liqueur, pineapple juice, vodka
  64. Midori Sour – melon liqueur, whisky sour mix, lemon-lime soda 
  65. Mimosa – triple sec, orange juice, champagne
  66. Mind Eraser – vodka, coffee liqueur, soda water
  67. Mint Julep – mint, simple syrup, bourbon
  68. Mojito – sugar, mint, club soda, lime, light rum
  69. Mudslide – vodka, coffee liqueur, irish cream liqueur
  70. Negroni – sweet vermouth, campari, gin
  71. Nuts & Berries – frangelico, chambord, milk
  72. Old Fashioned – sugar, angostura bitters, orange slices, bourbon
  73. Orange Blossom – gin, sweet vermouth, oj
  74. Orgasm - amaretto, coffee liqueur, irish cream liqueur
  75. Peanut Butter & Jelly – frangelico, chambord
  76. Pearl Harbor – vodka, melon liqueur, pineapple juice
  77. Peppermint Patty – white creme de cacoa, white creme de menthe, dark creme de cacoa, cream
  78. Pickleback – irish whiskey, pickle juice
  79. Pina Colada – pineapple juice, light rum, coconut cream
  80. Pink Lemonade – citron vodka, chambord, sweet & sour mix
  81. Planters Punch – dark rum, grenadine, sour mix, oj
  82. Red Headed Slut – jagermeister, peach schnapps, cranberry juice
  83. Red Snapper – rum, cream, galliano, grenadine
  84. Rob Roy – scotch, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters
  85. Rum & Coke
  86. Rum Runner – oj, blackberry brandy, creme de banane, gold rum, grenadine
  87. Rusty Nail – scotch, drambuie
  88. Salty Dog – gin, grapefruit juice
  89. Screaming Orgasm – vodka, amaretto, coffee liqueur, irish cream
  90. Screwdriver – vodka, oj
  91. Sea Breeze – vodka, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice
  92. Seven & Seven – seagrams 7 whiskey, 7-up
  93. Sex on the Beach – vodka, peach schnapps, creme de casis, oj, cranberry juice
  94. Sidecar – bourbon, cointreau, lemon juice
  95. Singapore Sling – gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, powdered sugar, club soda, cherry brandy
  96. Snake Bite – yukon jack, rose’s lime juice
  97. Sombrero – kahlua, milk
  98. Stinger – brandy, white creme de menthe
  99. Surfer on Acid – coconut rum, jagermeister, pineapple juice
  100. Tequila Sunrise – oj, tequila, grenadine
  101. Three Wise Men – scotch whiskey, tennessee whiskey, bourbon
  102. Toasted Almond – amaretto, kahlua, cream
  103. Tom Collins – gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, club soda
  104. Vodka Tonic – vodka, tonic
  105. Ward Eight – bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, grenadine
  106. Washington Apple – whiskey, apple schnapps, cranberry juice
  107. Whiskey Sour – whiskey, lemon juice, sugar syrup
  108. White Lady – gin, egg white, light cream, sugar
  109. White Russian – vodka, kahlua, cream
  110. Woo Woo – vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice
  111. Zombie – lemon juice, dark rum, orange juice, cherry brandy, light rum, grenadine

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14 Comments

  1. This is a list I can get down with!  I'm a screwdriver gal myself and rarely venture outside of my comfort zone.  Although I bartended for several years, I've only tried 26 of the drinks.

  2. This is a super cool list. I am a traditional beer/wine girl and don't venture into cocktails too much. But this makes me kind of want to.

  3. You need to up your list to 112 and add the Aviation. It's a wonderful, classic cocktail of gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon and creme de violette.

  4. Might I suggest a "Ghost Rider" for a cold wintery night?
    8oz rich dark hot chocolate
    2oz Buttershots butterscotch schnapps
    -Mix the two and float whipped cream on top. Then shave some dark chocolate on the whipped cream.
     
    There is also the "Stormtrooper", which is the same hot chocolate but substitute the schnapps with 1 oz Kahlua and 1oz Bailey's Irish Creme.
     
    Finally, there's the "Sleeper"-same recipe but with Frangelico.
     
    I will have to get back to you for some summer cocktails, but the "Summer Slipper" is a favorite – 12ox "Squirt" soda with 4oz Absolute Citron, garnish with a lemon twist and serve in a chilled glass filled with ice. You can add a shot of bitters if you wish.

    • Thanks Jamie! I am sold on the “Stormtrooper”, it sounds delish and I love Kahlua! Can’t wait to try them all and will be waiting for the summer cocktail list ;)

  5. You have to add Porn Stars! The best thing Ive ever tasted…vanilla vodka, passoa, passionfruit juice, sugar with a champagne chaser…delicious!
     
    Great list! : )

  6. Hi Annette, I was out with friends the other evening and we were looking through this list. (I’m slowly going through this) was wondering how you came up with these ones to try? At first I was going to argue about your definition of cocktail since some of these have beer, or are more like a shot. then I looked it up (basically any mixed drink can be called a cocktail). but we are still wondering about your choices. Like Three wise men? who would ever do that one? Even the bartender was shaking his head no and ended up fixing me an old fashion to try.

    • The list came from a compilation of sources; bartenders, friends and cocktail books. Each one was selected for a different reason, some are classics, some are the most popular, some reminded me of what I drank in my early 20s and some, like the Three Wise Men, simply made the list because it is the furthest from any drink I’d ever choose to order, which makes me want to try it more.
      I do think it’s about time for another more specific cocktail bucket list, like featuring only martinis or the most unique. Any ideas?

  7. thanks for the explanation. makes sense. especially on the classics and popular ones. Did you ever finish this list? since you enjoy wine, maybe a wine cocktail list? or top 10 for each season of the year. i came across a christmas cocktail list in a crate and barrel catalog once.

    • A seasonal cocktail list is a GREAT idea! I haven’t finished this list yet, but I am close. Apparently, I need to drink a lot more often :)

  8. Singapore Sling – gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, powdered sugar, club soda, cherry brandy. Thats my country favorite on the list!

    I could more bucket list. Anything on SEAsia ? :) Love to see that…

    • Funny you should ask because I am currently in SE Asia and tomorrow will be heading to Singapore to try the Singapore Sling!

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