different types of cocktails

6 Different Types of Cocktails

Cocktails and mocktails are 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 the 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 of 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 mixed drinks, in general, are called cocktails. Mixed drinks made without any alcohol is termed as Virgin Cocktail or Mocktail.

Also read: 5 Methods of Making Cocktail

What are the Different Types of Cocktails

The list of various types of cocktail drinks are:

  • Gin Based Cocktail
  • Brandy Based Cocktail
  • Whiskey Based Cocktail
  • Rum Based Cocktail
  • Vodka Based Cocktail
  • Tequila Based Cocktail

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 Cocktails 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 Cocktails 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.

Some Other Cocktail types are:

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


Cocktails are mixed drinks that have gained popularity in recent times, especially with the youth and health-conscious people.

Cocktails are mixed drinks with one or more alcoholic drinks. All various types of cocktails are made with spirits. There are thousands of recipes, each having varying quantities of different modifiers and flavoring agents.

Today, ready mixers are available in the market, with which anybody can make various types of cocktails drinks.

The classic recipes are going through changes in the proportion of ingredients as awareness of the effect of alcohol is on the rise. Earlier the cocktail had more quantity of alcohol but today the consumers prefer a long drink with less quantity of alcohol.

A well-stocked bar has a good amount of classic cocktails. It should be always remembered that each bar will establish its cocktail size and the quantity of the ingredients that go into making, and the glassware in which the drink would be served.