Basic Cocktail Recipes Every Bartender Should Know

Basic Cocktail Recipes Every Bartender Should Know

Part of the fun of being a bartender is coming up with custom cocktails to wow your customers. But before you experiment, you have to know the basics. 

We rounded up the 10 basic cocktails every bartender should know. With these recipes under your belt, you’ll make any bar proud. 


1. Margarita

2 oz Tequila

1 oz Lime juice

1 oz Cointreau


2. Old-Fashioned

1.5 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 Sugar cube

Few dashes plain water


3. Negroni


1 oz Gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet red Vermouth


4. Mojito


1.5 oz White rum

6 leaves of Mint

Soda Water

1 oz Fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons Sugar



5. Aperol Spritz

2 oz Prosecco

1.25 oz Aperol

Splash of Soda water



6. Moscow Mule

4 oz Ginger beer

1.5 oz Vodka

1/6 oz Lime juice


7. Pina Colada

3 oz Pineapple juice

1 oz White rum

1 oz Coconut cream


8. Whiskey Sour

1.5 oz Bourbon whiskey

1 oz Fresh lemon juice

.5 oz Gomme syrup

1 dash egg white


9. Long Island Iced Tea

.5 oz Tequila

.5 oz Triple Sec

.5 oz Vodka

.5 oz Gin

.5 oz White rum

1 oz Gomme syrup

1 oz Lemon juice

Splash of Cola


10. Martini

.5 oz Dry vermouth

3 oz Gin


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