Basic Drinks for Bartending
This list of drinks is just to get you started.
It isn’t some master list of drinks and there are plenty of drinks
that could be added to this list.
I just want to give you a place to start.
Over the 23 years behind the bar I’ve made everyone of these drinks.
The drink was either ordered by the customer or I suggested it.
One of the tricks you can use to help memorize drinks is pick a drink
of the day. During the day recite the ingredients of that drink.
When you get a bartending job, you sell the drink of the day, at least once.
It’s a fun challenge and it helps with keeping you on top of your game.
- Learn the ingredients.
- Learn the amounts.
Amounts can change at different bars.
The reasons could be:
Glass sizes are larger or smaller.
The standard pour for a drink is larger or smaller.A bars standard pour could be 1oz., 1 ¼ oz., 1 ½ oz. Or something else.
It just depends on the bar.
- Ratios. If you understand the basic ratios of the drinks then
changing the amounts is easier.
Drink Recipe Alabama Slammer 1/2 oz. Amaretto, 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz. Sloe Gin. Fill w/ O.J. Shake Bay Breeze 1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill with Cranberry and Pineapple Juice. B-52 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier. On the rocks or Layer in shot glass. Bacardi Cocktail 1.5 oz. Bacardi Rum. Fill with Sours mix. Lace Grenadine. Black Russian 1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Kahlua. On the rocks. Buttery Nipple 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps, 1/2 oz. Bailey's. Layered Shot. Drop of Grenadine California Lemonade 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Rum. 1/2 oz. Gin, 1/2 oz. Triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake, Lace Grenadine Cape Codder 1.5 oz Vodka. Fill with Cranberry Juice. Champagne Cocktail Champagne with a dash of Bitters and Sugar. Cosmopolitan 2 oz. Citron, 1 oz. Cointreau. Splash of Cranberry Juice, splash of Lime Juice. Shake, strain into Cocktail Glass Cuba Libre 1.5 oz. Rum. Fill w/ Coke. Always gets a Lime. Daquiri 1.5 oz Rum, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Fuzzy Navel 1.5 oz. Peach Schnapps, Fill w/ O.J. Shake. God Father 1 1/4 oz. Scotch, 3/4 oz. Amaretto. Rocks God Mother 1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Amaretto. Rocks Greyhound 1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Grapefruit Juice Hairy Navel 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ O.J. Highball 1.5 oz. Whiskey. Fill w/ Ginger ale Irish Car Bomb 1/2 oz. Jameson, 1/2 oz. Bailey's. Shot Glass. Drop into 1/2 pint of Guiness Kamikaze 1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Triple Sec, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. Lemon Drop 1.5 oz. Citron. Chilled, Shot. Sugared Lemon on Side. Long Island Iced Tea 1/4 oz. each. Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash of Cola. Lynchburg Lemonade 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels, 1/2 oz. triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash of Sprite Madras 1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Cranberry & O.J. Manhattan 2 1/2 oz. Whiskey, 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth. Chill. Strain into Up Glass. Margarita 1 1/4 oz. Tequila, 3/4 oz. Triple Sec, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Salt rim. Martini 2 1/2 oz. Gin, 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth. Olives.
--- Dry = Less Vermouth. Always ask how they like it made. Mimosa 75% Champagne, 25% Orange Juice. Mojito Muddle 1 Tsp. Sugar, Fresh Mint, Lime wedge in glass. Fill w/ ice. 2 oz. Light Rum. Fill w/ Soda Mudslide 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Vodka. Rocks or Layered shot. Oatmeal Cookie 1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Goldschlager. Shot. Pina Colada 1 1/2 oz. Light Rum, 1/2 oz. Dark Rum. Coconut Cream, Pineapple Juice, Ice. Blended. Pineapple Upside Down Cake 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka. Splash Pineapple Juice. Shake. Drop of Grenadine. Shot. Purple Hooter 1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Chambord, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. On the rocks or shot. Red Death Combine an Alabama Slammer & a Kamikaze. Rob Roy A Manhattan. Substitute Scotch for the whiskey. Rusty Nail 1 1/4oz. Scotch, 3/4 oz. Drambuie. On the rocks. Salty Dog 1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill with Grapefruit Juice. Salt the Glass rim.
It's a Greyhound w/ salt. Screwdriver 1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ O.J. Sea Breeze 1 1/2 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice & Grapefruit Juice. Sex On The Beach 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ O.J. & Cranberry Juice. Shake. Sloe Gin Fizz 1 1/2 oz. Gin. Fill w/ Sours. Splash Soda. Sombrero 1 1/2 oz. Kahlua. Fill w/ Cream. Shake.
Use coffee flavored brandy if you have it. Tequila Sunrise 1 1/2 oz. Tequila. Fill w/ O.J. Lace Grenadine. Tom Collins 1 1/2 oz. Gin. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash Soda. T & T 1 1/2 oz. Tanqueray Gin. Fill w/ Tonic water Washington Apple 1/2 oz. Crown Royal, 1/2 oz. Apple Pucker. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice. White Russian 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Kahlua. Fill w/ Cream. Shake. Woo Woo 1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice.