Top 10 Easy to Make Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make

By: Sam Hoffman

Cocktails are fun and everybody loves them. Whether you are planning a celebration or a party, gathering your friends for a cocktail party is always a great idea. Preparing a famous cocktail together with your friends can be easy, fun and very affordable. You only need to stock your bar with the basics and a little bit of enthusiasm.

Here is your super-cool guide to show off your bartender skills and impress your friends with a fancy cocktail knowledge. The most popular and most loved cocktails of all time are here, simple and easy to prepare.

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Classic Margarita Done Right

This all time favorite cocktail requires good blanco tequila. Mix the tequila with freshly squeezed lime juice and add a little bit light agave. Add as much ice as you like and blend it all up until it gets a frosty texture. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime wheels.

Margarita variations are endless and equally tasty. You can find the one that best suits your taste if you are up for a more flavorsome margarita.

White Russian

To make the basic White Russian recipe start with filling a small glass with ice. Add some vodka and a coffee liqueur. Slowly pour milk cream on top or use whole milk; however it will taste equally good. For the layered look, slowly pour the cream over the back of a spoon held over the surface of the drink. Swirl the cream into the drink before drinking.

Other alternatives are available like using coconut milk or any other nut milk for a vegan White Russian cocktail. If you like gin or dark rum better than vodka you can substitute the alcohol according to your taste.


Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec and a cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add as much ice as you want and shake it until it’s chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.


If you love white rum, this is the cocktail for you. Pick your favorite white rum add some freshly squeezed lime juice and a simple sweet syrup. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass with ice. Garnish it with lemon or lime wedge.


Put 3-4 lime wedges into a glass, add sugar and squish everything together to release the lime juice. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a spoon to gently push the mint on the bottom of the glass. Half fill the glass with ice and pour in the white rum. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves. Add a splash of soda water and garnish it with mint.

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Salty Dog

This not so common salty-sour taste is surprisingly refreshing. To make a good Salty Dog cocktail you will need a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Vodka is the protagonist here. Pour vodka and grapefruit juice in the shaker with ice. Shake well. Take a lime and wet the rim of the glass. Roll the outside of the rim in sea salt, add ice and pour the cocktail in. Garnish with grapefruit or orange.


This two ingredients cocktail is famous to be tasty and strong. The key to good martini is choosing high-quality ingredients. In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes combine gin and vermouth pouring the exact amount you desire. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. The traditional garnish is the olive oils.

Martini is famous for its various versions. Moreover, you can choose your favorite Martini depending on your taste.

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai was created as a way to showcase the flavors of good-quality rum. It should never be overly sweet. The optional ingredient here is the pineapple juice. However, the original recipe omits it. Again you can choose to use fresh orange or lime juice. Pour the more preferable juice in the shaker, add premium aged rum, coconut-flavored rum, grenadine syrup and ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into glass full of ice. Garnish with half of a juiced lime and a fresh mint sprig.

Tom Collins

Fill a tall cocktail glass with ice cubes and set it aside in the fridge while preparing the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker combine gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup by your choice. Add 1 cup of ice and shake it until mixed. Strain into the chilled glass. Top with soda water and garnish with lemon wedges.


Easy to make and refreshingly bitter the Negroni cocktail is a classic with a great tradition. The key to a great Negroni is finding a gin-vermouth pairing that complements, rather than overpowers, the bitter, bold flavors of Campari. Find your winning trio and you will have your forever favorite cocktail. Here are the main three parts: Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and mix until well-chilled. Stir into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with an orange peel.

About The Author

Content marketing specialist for EC Proof Sam is an award-winning writer with passion in providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since his first award in Creative Writing, he continued to deliver awesome content through various niches. When he is not writing, he is managing marketing content for EC Proof.

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