Home Bars | Stocking for Ten Popular Cocktails:

Compiling a definitive list of the top 10 cocktails or the 10 most popular mixed drinks is an exercise in futility.  Age, gender, region of the
country or world, season, occasion and many other factors affect the results.  However, the following mixed drinks tend to appear frequently in
top ten most popular cocktail lists as published by local bars or from bartending and other surveys:



  • Bloody Mary / Cosmopolitan / Screwdriver - vodka based
    drinks mixed primarily with tomato, cranberry and orange
    juice respectively.
  • Daiquiri - regular and strawberry seem to be tops with this
    rum drink.
  • Long Island Iced Tea - the four white colored liquors (gin,
    rum, tequila and vodka) plus orange liqueur.  Careful with
    this one!
  • Manhattan / Martini - rye / bourbon whiskey or gin / vodka with sweet or dry vermouth respectively are usually the main
    ingredient combinations.
  • Margarita / Sidecar - tequila / brandy with lime / lemon juice correspondingly and orange liqueur. Marguerita variations include fruit flavored or regular, salt or no salt and crushed or cubed ice along with Ideal, Boston & Chelsea sidecars.
  • Mint Julep / Mojito - mint prevalent.  Juleps with bourbon (a
    Kentucky Derby favorite) and Mojitos with rum.
  • Pina Colada - rum with coconut liqueur and pineapple juice.
  • Tom Collins - gin based anchor to a whole family of drinks.
  • Whiskey & Cola or Sour - typically dark rum or bourbon.
  • White / Black Russian - vodka and coffee liqueur.  Add light
    cream or milk for the white version.



Although loosely grouped according to similarities, each cocktail may be very distinctive depending on type, variety and ratio of ingredients
used.  See recipe suggestions on our
popular home bar cocktail recipes page and review the basic bartending tools & barware required for
the home mixologist.  This all boils down to some basic bar stock which will allow mixing all the cocktails mentioned above and more.
Stocking Checklist for the Home Bar
Print & take with you while shopping for your party.  May be completed online prior to your trip.
Flavorings
Garnishes
Juices
Spirits
Liqueurs
blended fruit
celery
cranberry
gin
coconut
aromatic bitters
maraschino cherries
lemon
rum
coffee
hot sauce
lemons
lime
tequila
orange
mint leaves
limes
orange
vodka
salt
olives
pineapple
whiskey
Soda
schnapps
cocktail onions
tomato
bourbon
club
coconut
oranges
irish
cola
strawberry
rye
sweet & sour mix
superfine sugar
scotch
vermouth
Add beer, wine and other beverages to your list.  Find food and wine pairing suggestions to include.
dry
sweet
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The bloody mary, a popular cocktail favorite, garnished with celery, lemon & olive.
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