Summon your inner Don Draper and live like the Mad Men of the 1960s ad agency in New York. Walking into an upmarket watering hole and ordering an obscure cocktail without so much as batting an eyelid, will give off the impression that you mean business and know what you are talking about. It's a bold power move which may just work for you if you channel the right confidence.
The classic Cosmopolitan is a simple cocktail with many different variations. At its heart it contains cranberry juice, citrus vodka and triple sec with a flame orange zest over the top for added aroma and your own amusement.
Everyone knows the Margarita. It's the must have summer cocktail which can be made in a variety of different ways. Whatever recipe, it works best with tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and some salt or sugar on the rim of the glass.
9. Dry Martini.
The Martini is typically the first many people think of when they think of "fancy" drinks. While several neat drinks are simply referred to as "martinis" and come in loads of different colours and flavours, the original "Martini" is comprised of gin and dry vermouth with an olive or lemon twist garnish.
The Mojito has risen in the ranks to become one of the most popular cocktails in the bar scene, and is relatively easy to make. It combines mint leaves, gin, lime, brow sugar and crushed ice to make a tasteful drink.
7. Dark & Stormy.
The Dark & Stormy is a classic recipe made with dark rum (the dark) and ginger beer (the stormy) which is served over ice with a lime garnish. A great cocktail with a nice kick.
6. Espresso Martini.
This is one of the many coffee flavoured Martini recipes being made today. This is a fabulous before and after dinner drink which uses chilled espresso to give it an added kick, which you can't recreate with coffee liqueurs.
5. Strawberry Daiquiri.
One of the more sweet cocktails and definitely one for the ladies, this can be enjoyed with or without the alcohol. The Strawberry Daiquiri blends together rum, ice, white sugar, lime juice and frozen strawberries to make a delicious easy-going cocktail.
4. Whiskey Sour.
The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar and a dash of egg white, served over ice. Whiskey drinkers will love this cocktail which provides a sweet sensation combined with whichever whiskey chosen in the recipe.
What the Martini is to gin, the Manhattan is to whiskey. It is traditionally made with rye whiskey or bourbon, and sweet vermouth with a cherry as garnish.
The Mudslide is a dessert-lover's dream cocktail. It uses vanilla ice-cream, Kahlua, Bailey's and vodka and whipped cream on top if you have a really sweet tooth.
1. Long Island Iced Tea.
No questions asked, the Long Island will get you totally f*cked up. It mashes cola together with vodka, tequila, gin, rum and triple sec to pack a powerful punch.