6 Different Types of Cocktails

Cocktails and Mocktails are two mixed drinks that have become popular since the first quarter of the 20th century, and all the bars offer a list of different types of cocktails and mocktails.

No one could really establish the origin of the word ‘Cocktail‘ though there are many stories on when the word cocktail came into being to mean mixed drinks.

It is claimed that the first recipe for a cocktail was lemon juice and powdered mixers, appreciated by Emperor Commodus in the second century AD.

The word “Cocktail” was first described in an American magazine as a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters in 1806.

The first book on cocktails was “The Bon Vivant’s Guide” or “How to Mix Drinks” by Jerry Thomas, published in 1862. The cocktail gained its ground and popularity in the USA, especially during the prohibition period.

All types of mixed drinks in general, are called Cocktails. Mixed drinks made without any alcohol are termed Virgin Cocktail or Mocktails.

What are the Different Types of Cocktails

Here is the list of different kinds of cocktail drinks:

1. Gin Based Cocktails

  • The Bronx.
  • Blackthorn.
  • Bluejacket.
  • Blue lady.
  • Casino.
  • Gibson.
  • Ramos Fizz.
  • Gimlet.
  • Dry Martini.
  • Sweet Martini.
  • Perfect Martini.
  • Monkey Gland.
  • Negroni.
  • Orange Blossom.
  • Perfect Lady.
  • Pink Lady.
  • White Lady.
  • Pink Gin.
  • Snake in the grass.
  • Tom Collins.

Also Read: 10 Gin Based Cocktail with Recipes

2. Brandy Based Cocktails

  • Banana Bliss.
  • Between the sheets.
  • Olympic.
  • Sidecar.
  • Stinger.
  • French Connection.
  • Alexander.
  • Champs-Elysées.
  • Fernet.
  • Harvard.
  • Bosom Caresser.
  • Rolls Royce.
  • Ross Royal.
  • TNT.

3. Whiskey Based Cocktails

  • Rusty Nail.
  • Affinity.
  • Aggravation.
  • Blackjack.
  • Manhattan.
  • Manhattan dry.
  • Manhattan perfect.
  • Rob Roy.
  • Blackjack.
  • Evans.
  • Embassy Royal.
  • God Father.
  • Millionaire.
  • Temptation.
  • Old Nick.
  • Opening.

Also Read: 15 Top Whiskey-based Cocktail Recipes

4. Rum Based Cocktails

  • Antillano.
  • Blue Heaven.
  • Bossa Nova.
  • Coconut Breeze.
  • Jamaican Jane.
  • Jamaica Joe.
  • Julie Marie.
  • Little Princess.
  • Cuba Libre.
  • Mai Tai.
  • Nevada.
  • Shanghai.
  • Zombie.
  • Yellow Bird.

5. Vodka Based Cocktails

  • Black Russian.
  • Bloody Mary.
  • Blue Lagoon.
  • Moscow Mule.
  • Salty Dog.
  • Screw Driver.
  • Silver Bullet.
  • White Russian.
  • God Mother.
  • Harvey Wallbanger.
  • Scotch Frog.
  • Sweet Amanda.
  • Sea Breeze.
  • Cape Codder.
  • White Spider.
  • Salvatore.

6. Tequila Based Cocktails

  • Sunrise.
  • Margarita.
  • Brave Bull.
  • Mocking Bird.
  • Bloody Maria.
  • Tequador.
  • Tequila Sunrise.
  • Alleluia.
  • Blue Shark.
  • Europalia.
  • Spike.
  • Rosalie.
  • Passions Dry.
  • Silk Stockings.
  • Sourtoe cocktail.

Some Other Cocktail types are:

  • Grasshopper.
  • Americano.
  • Black Velvet.
  • Buck’s Fizz.
  • Kir Royale.
  • Mimosa.
  • Golden Dream.
  • Golden Cadillac.
  • Adonis.
  • Bellini.


The art of making a good cocktail is to blend all the ingredients together so that upon tasting no single ingredient is predominant.

Making cocktails has become very popular and the professionalism of cocktail-making is increasing. Cocktail making is often now called Mixology and cocktail makers are called Mixologists.

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Dipayan Mondal
Dipayan Mondal

Dipayan is the author of this blog. He completed his hotel management degree from GNIHM, Kolkata. And he is very passionate about the hospitality industry. And right now, he is working as a successful hotelier in a 5-star hotel.