15+ Of The Best Mixed Drinks

Become your own favorite mixologist. These are the best mixed drinks you can make at home. From the classic margarita to a fun and flavorful martini, there is something for every occasion on this list.

mixed drinks in glasses.

Party-Ready Mixed Drinks

No matter your personal style or what kind of liquor you love the most, there is something for everyone on this list.

These are the best mixed drinks for parties, dinners, birthday celebrations, or just relaxing after a long day. Scroll through and find something new to try.


Let’s get to it! (Click on the recipe name to be directed to the recipe.)

1. Bourbon and Sage Cocktail

The flavors in this bourbon sage cocktail are deep and refined. Not only is this one super-smooth cocktail, but the sage really enhances the overall aromas as well.

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2. Apple Cider Manhattan

This apple cider Manhattan is another strong drink that is a sheer pleasure to sip on slowly. It has classic fall flavors that mingle together and create an unforgettable drink. It’s as beautiful to serve as it is enjoyable to drink.

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3. Bees Knees

This Bee’s Knees cocktail is a classic mixed drink that has its origins way back in the Prohibition so you know it’s a good mixed drink. This delicious libation includes tart pineapple juice, real honey, and extra-strong gin. Since gin isn’t one of my favorite types of liquor, I am really glad it is mixed with all these sweet flavors.

Bee's Knees cocktail with bee drink stirrers

4. Campari Sangria

How about a wine mixed drink? You got it! This Campari sangria has bold and inviting colors and citrus flavors. It is refreshing and attention-grabbing too. You can serve this sangria recipe for brunch, dinner, or anything in-between.

pitcher of campari sangria with floating strawberries

5. Strawberry Basil Martini

This strawberry basil martini got its flavor inspiration from the backyard garden. Who knew that strawberry and basil went so well together? Apparently, the makers of this incredible vodka did. Don’t forget to garnish your glass with a fresh strawberry for a little flair.

This Strawberry Basil Martini is like sipping on summer! #cocktail #strawberry #martini #basil #recipe

6. Pineapple Mojito

If you love pineapple, then this pineapple mojito is just for you. Not only did I use pineapple rum, but I added real chunks of fresh pineapple and aromatic sprigs of mint. Every sip is a delight. This one is a Bayberry House favorite during those warm summer months.

Pineapple Mojito

7. Birthday Cake Martini

Here’s a good mixed drink for a celebration! This birthday cake martini looks like a cupcake in a glass. Be careful – it’s so sweet and delicious that it will sneak up on you. This drink is so good, it’s dangerous.

Birthday Cake Martini

8. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

This cranberry bourbon drink is perfect for beginner mixologists that don’t quite know how to muddle or do more advanced techniques. You literally just mix all the ingredients together and give it a nice little shake.

9. Cosmopolitan

It’s no secret that the iconic show Sex and the City made cosmos the drink of choice for so many socialites. My cosmo recipe looks and tastes just like the one from the show. I am sure Carrie herself would approve.

cosmo drink in glass

10. Classic Margarita

You don’t have to go to a Mexican restaurant to enjoy a classic margarita. Grab a glass, salt the rims, blend the ingredients together, and turn up the salsa music! The party is about to start.

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11. Rum Punch

From Mexico to the Caribbean, there is something for everyone on this list. This rum punch reminds me of The Pirates of the Caribbean. I can almost hear Captain Jack Sparrow asking for a glass.

12. Cranberry Old Fashioned

The name old fashioned doesn’t describe your age or personality – it actually describes the age of this drink. The original whiskey Old Fashioned dates back to the 1800s. People would go to bars and ask for a whiskey cocktail made “the old-fashioned way.”

I put my own little twist on an Old Fashioned and love how the cranberry juice gives it a wonderful sweet flavor.

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13. Peach Belinni

Classic Peach Bellinis are made with peach puree and topped with prosecco. A tradition that started in Venice, Italy is now a staple cocktail (often served at brunch) that can be enjoyed by many!

two glasses of Peach Bellinis.

14. Pear Martini

You’re going to love this delicious Pear Martini with a crisp pear flavor and a splash of St. Germain Liqueur! It’s the perfect cocktail for a special occasion or any time you’re in the mood to enjoy a fancy-feeling drink.

pear cocktail in martini glass

15. Apple Cider Sidecar

Made with crisp apple cider and smooth cognac, this Apple Cider Side Car is the perfect cocktail recipe for fall as days get shorter and evenings get cooler. However, feel free to enjoy it any time of the year.

Apple Cider Sidecar

16. Lemon Drop Martini

This lemon drop martini provides the perfect balance of tart and sweet. It’s a classic cocktail that’s simple to make and the flavor is something everyone will love. 

Lemon Drop Martini in martini glass.

FAQs about Mixed Drinks

Now that we’ve all drooled over the yummy recipes, here are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to making good mixed drinks.

This depends on where you live. If you go purely by name, almost everyone knows what a margarita or martini is. Insider created a really fascinating list of the most popular mixed drinks by state. Mojitos and margaritas popped up over and over.

Apparently, Groupon surveyed people. Most of the Groupon users from Pennsylvania who answered the survey said they like Pimm’s and lemonade the best. I was pretty surprised!

What are some keto-friendly mixed drinks I can make?

When you are on a low-carb diet, just make sure you don’t add any sugar, syrups, or fruit juices to your cocktails. Hard liquor already has no carbs, but red and white wine both have 3 grams net carbs in each 5-ounce serving.

If you use sugar-free ginger beer, a Moscow Mule is a great choice. A dry martini or vodka chata is another fantastic choice.

What liquor should I keep in the house to make mixed drinks?

The most common types of liquor that you will use are probably going to be vodka and whiskey. You can also make a lot of different mixed drinks with tequila too.

What kind of food do you serve with mixed drinks?

Since mixed drinks are a fun party beverage, I suggest serving some easy hors d’oeuvres with them. Try to match the flavors in the drink with the ingredients in the appetizers. For example, with a margarita, you might want to serve some jalapeno poppers or chips and guacamole.

That’s a Wrap on the Best Mixed Drinks!

There you have it – my collection of the absolute best mixed drinks that you can make for parties, dinners, or any occasion at all.

Enjoy all of the deliciousness!


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