People have enjoyed getting drunk since the dawn of time but most of the cocktails we sip nowadays are relatively new inventions. These drinks are defined as alcohol mixes containing at least three ingredients, of which one is a spirit.

The Manhattan

Add ice, sweet vermouth, and whiskey to your cocktail shaker and give it a good jiggle. Rub the rim of a glass with orange peel and strain the contents of your container into it before garnishing with a couple of maraschino cherries. Although any whiskey will do, if you want to stick to the original recipe you will need to use rye.

Legend has it that rich folks patronising New York City’s Manhattan Club in the mid-1870s are the ones we need to thank for this gem.

The Mint Julep

Muddle mint leaves and sugar in a glass and then add ice, bourbon, and a splash of seltzer. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy your Mint Julep!

Originally prescribed as a cure for stomach aches, this cocktail found widespread popularity in the South in the USA as a way to beat the oppressive heat in summer.

The Old-Fashioned

Mix bitters and sugar together, then add whiskey and a garnish of lemon peel. You could even substitute brandy for sugar if you feel like it.

Versions of the Old Fashioned can be dated back to the early 1800s, but its name alone guaranteed it a place on this list!

The Pisco Sour

What better way to relax and have some fun when you are indulging in the apuestas deportivas Argentina has to offer than with a drink using an ingredient from South America itself?

Take up your cocktail shaker and add lemon juice, pisco, ice, simple syrup, and an egg white and then mix it well.

Like many culinary fusions these days, the Pisco Sour has a touch of appropriation to its history. It was allegedly invented during the latter half of the 1800s when an English captain experimented with the local liquor off of the Peruvian coast.

Drinks containing this ingredient had, however, been mixed by the indigenous population for a long time and although it originated in Chile, Peru recently celebrated the Pisco Sour by giving it its own national holiday.


You will need two glasses to make a Sazerac. Rinse the first with absinthe before setting it aside and then muddle a sugar cube with bitters in the second before adding cognac. Strain these ingredients into the first glass and enjoy!

This cocktail is named after the cognac brand that people used when the drink was invented in the late-1800s, Sazerac de Forge et Fils and it is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Put some music on, pick up your feet, and enjoy this sensational mix.

The Sidecar

Rim a cocktail glass with sugar and set to one side. Then fill a shaker with Cointreau, cognac, lemon juice, and sugar before straining and pouring into the prepared glass, leaning back, and just enjoying a really excellent drink.