Basic List of Drinks

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.

  1. Learn the ingredients.
  2. 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.
  3. Ratios. If you understand the basic ratios of the drinks then
    changing the amounts is easier.

DrinkRecipe
Alabama Slammer1/2 oz. Amaretto, 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz. Sloe Gin. Fill w/ O.J. Shake
Bay Breeze1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill with Cranberry and Pineapple Juice.
B-521/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier. On the rocks or Layer in shot glass.
Bacardi Cocktail1.5 oz. Bacardi Rum. Fill with Sours mix. Lace Grenadine.
Black Russian1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Kahlua. On the rocks.
Buttery Nipple1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps, 1/2 oz. Bailey's. Layered Shot. Drop of Grenadine
California Lemonade1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Rum. 1/2 oz. Gin, 1/2 oz. Triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake, Lace Grenadine
Cape Codder1.5 oz Vodka. Fill with Cranberry Juice.
Champagne CocktailChampagne with a dash of Bitters and Sugar.
Cosmopolitan2 oz. Citron, 1 oz. Cointreau. Splash of Cranberry Juice, splash of Lime Juice. Shake, strain into Cocktail Glass
Cuba Libre1.5 oz. Rum. Fill w/ Coke. Always gets a Lime.
Daquiri1.5 oz Rum, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. Fill w/ Sours. Shake.
Fuzzy Navel1.5 oz. Peach Schnapps, Fill w/ O.J. Shake.
God Father1 1/4 oz. Scotch, 3/4 oz. Amaretto. Rocks
God Mother1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Amaretto. Rocks
Greyhound1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Grapefruit Juice
Hairy Navel1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ O.J.
Highball1.5 oz. Whiskey. Fill w/ Ginger ale
Irish Car Bomb1/2 oz. Jameson, 1/2 oz. Bailey's. Shot Glass. Drop into 1/2 pint of Guiness
Kamikaze1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Triple Sec, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice.
Lemon Drop1.5 oz. Citron. Chilled, Shot. Sugared Lemon on Side.
Long Island Iced Tea1/4 oz. each. Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash of Cola.
Lynchburg Lemonade1/2 oz. Jack Daniels, 1/2 oz. triple Sec. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash of Sprite
Madras1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Cranberry & O.J.
Manhattan2 1/2 oz. Whiskey, 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth. Chill. Strain into Up Glass.
Margarita1 1/4 oz. Tequila, 3/4 oz. Triple Sec, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Salt rim.
Martini2 1/2 oz. Gin, 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth. Olives. --- Dry = Less Vermouth. Always ask how they like it made.
Mimosa75% Champagne, 25% Orange Juice.
MojitoMuddle 1 Tsp. Sugar, Fresh Mint, Lime wedge in glass. Fill w/ ice. 2 oz. Light Rum. Fill w/ Soda
Mudslide1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Vodka. Rocks or Layered shot.
Oatmeal Cookie1/2 oz. Bailey's, 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Goldschlager. Shot.
Pina Colada1 1/2 oz. Light Rum, 1/2 oz. Dark Rum. Coconut Cream, Pineapple Juice, Ice. Blended.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake1 oz. Vanilla Vodka. Splash Pineapple Juice. Shake. Drop of Grenadine. Shot.
Purple Hooter1 1/4 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Chambord, 1/2 oz. Lime Juice. On the rocks or shot.
Red DeathCombine an Alabama Slammer & a Kamikaze.
Rob RoyA Manhattan. Substitute Scotch for the whiskey.
Rusty Nail1 1/4oz. Scotch, 3/4 oz. Drambuie. On the rocks.
Salty Dog1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill with Grapefruit Juice. Salt the Glass rim. It's a Greyhound w/ salt.
Screwdriver1.5 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ O.J.
Sea Breeze1 1/2 oz. Vodka. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice & Grapefruit Juice.
Sex On The Beach1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ O.J. & Cranberry Juice. Shake.
Sloe Gin Fizz1 1/2 oz. Gin. Fill w/ Sours. Splash Soda.
Sombrero1 1/2 oz. Kahlua. Fill w/ Cream. Shake. Use coffee flavored brandy if you have it.
Tequila Sunrise1 1/2 oz. Tequila. Fill w/ O.J. Lace Grenadine.
Tom Collins1 1/2 oz. Gin. Fill w/ Sours. Shake. Splash Soda.
T & T1 1/2 oz. Tanqueray Gin. Fill w/ Tonic water
Washington Apple1/2 oz. Crown Royal, 1/2 oz. Apple Pucker. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice.
White Russian1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Kahlua. Fill w/ Cream. Shake.
Woo Woo1/2 oz. Vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps. Fill w/ Cranberry Juice.