Some standard drink recipes

Every bar should develop a good list of recipes so customers can get a consistently good drink every visit. (For more on that, see our article
here.) If you’re just starting out, here’s a list of some basic recipes, courtesy of National Bartenders School.

Standard Highballs

Built in iced highball glass

Bourbon & 7Up

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With 7Up

 

Brandy Press

1 oz Brandy

Fill With Equal Parts Soda & 7Up

Lemon Twist

 

Libre

1 oz Rum

Fill With Coke

Lime

 

Gin & Tonic

1 oz Gin

Fill With Tonic

Lime

 

Highball

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Ginger ale

 

Presbyterian

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Equal Parts Soda and 7Up

Lemon Twist

 

Rum & Coke

1 oz Rum

Fill With Coke

 

Scotch & Soda

1 oz Scotch

Fill With Soda

 

Vodka Press

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Equal Parts Soda & 7Up

Lemon Twist

 

Vodka & Tonic

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Tonic

Lime

 

Whiskey & Water

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Water

 

Highball Juice Drinks

Built in iced highball glass

Bay (Hawaiian) Breeze

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Equal Parts Pineapple & Cranberry

 

Cape Cod

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Cranberry

 

Gold Driver

1 oz Tequila

Fill With OJ

 

Greyhound

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Grapefruit

 

Madras

1 oz Rum

Fill With Coke

Lime

 

Salty Dog

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Grapefruit

Salt The Rim Of The Glass

 

Screwdriver

1 oz Vodka

Fill With OJ

 

Sea Breeze

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Equal Parts Cranberry & Grapefruit

 

Tall Drinks

Build in Iced Collins Glass

Tall Bourbon & Water

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Water

 

Tall Cuba Libre

1 oz Rum

Fill With Coke

Lime

 

Tall Presbyterian

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Equal Parts 7Up & Soda

Lemon Twist

 

Tall Screwdriver

1 oz Vodka

Fill With OJ

 

Cocktails – Up

  1. Chilled stem glass
  2. Ice the mixing cup
  3. Pour vermouth first
  4. Pour liquor
  5. Stir or shake
  6. Strain into glass
  7. Garnish

 

Brandy Manhattan

1 3/4 oz Brandy

1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Cherry

 

Dry Manhattan

1 3/4 oz Bourbon

2 drops Dry Vermouth

 

Dry Rob Roy

1 3/4 oz Scotch

2 drops Dry Vermouth

Perfect Manhattan

1 3/4 oz Bourbon

1/8 oz Each Dry &

Sweet Vermouth

 

Gibson

1 3/4 oz Gin

2 drops Dry Vermouth

Onion

 

Manhattan

1 3/4 oz Bourbon

1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Cherry

 

Martini

1 3/4 oz Gin

2 drops Dry Vermouth

Perfect Brandy Manhattan

1 3/4 oz Brandy

1/8 oz Each Dry &

Sweet Vermouth

Lemon Twist

 

Perfect Rob Roy

1 3/4 oz Scotch

1/8 oz Each Dry &

Sweet Vermouth

Lemon Twist

 

Rob Roy

1 3/4 oz Scotch

1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

 

Vodka Martini

1 3/4oz Vodka

2 drops Dry Vermouth

Olive

 

Cocktails On The Rocks

Built in iced rocks glass

 1. Ice rocks glass

2. Pour vermouth first

3. Pour liquor next

4. Garnish

5. Put stirrer in glass

 

Brandy Man Rocks

1 3/4 oz Brandy

1/4oz Sweet Vermouth

Cherry

 

Gibson Rough

1 3/4 oz Gin

1/8 oz Dry Vermouth

Onion

 

Over

1 3/4 oz Bourbon

1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Cherry

 

Martini Rocks

1 3/4 oz Gin

1/8 oz Dry Vermouth

Olive

 

Perfect Man Over

1 3/4 oz Bourbon

1/8 oz Each Dry &

Sweet Vermouth

Lemon Twist

 

Perfect Rob Roy Rocks

1 3/4 oz Scotch

1/8 oz Each Dry & Sweet Vermouth

Lemon Twist

 

Rob Roy Rough

1 3/4 oz Scotch

1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Cherry

 

Cocktails Up Or As A Shooter

Always Shaken if in cocktail glass

 

Cosmopolitan

1 oz Vodka

1/4 oz Triple Sec

1 /4 Lime Juice

Dash Of Cranberry

Lime Wedge

 

Gimlet

Build over Ice

1 1/2oz Gin

1 /2 Lime Juice

Lime Wedge

 

Kamikaze

1 oz Vodka

1/4 oz Triple Sec

 

Lemon Drop

1oz Vodka

1/4 oz Triple Sec

1/4 oz Sweet & Sour

Sugar Rim

Lemon Twist

 

Purple Hooter

1oz Vodka

1/4 oz Chambord

1/4 oz Sweet & Sour

 

Sidecar

1 oz Brandy

1/4 oz Triple Sec

1/4 oz Sweet & Sour

Sugar Rim & Lemon Twist

 

Vodka Gimlet

Build over Ice

1 1/2oz Vodka

1 /2 Lime Juice

Lime Wedge

 

Cocktails Using Sweet & Sour

 Whiskey Sour

Chill Sour Glass

1 oz Bourbon

2 oz Sweet & sour

Cherry

Shake and Strain

 

Amaretto Sour

Chill Sour Glass

1 oz Amaretto

2 oz Sweet & sour

Cherry

Shake and Strain

 

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Rum

1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Triple sec

Fill With Sweet & Sour

Top With Coke

Lemon Wheel

 

Electric Iced Tea

1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Rum

1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Blue Curacao

Fill With Sweet & Sour

Top With 7Up

 

Lemon Wheel

Gin Fizz

1 oz Gin

2oz Sweet & Sour

Shake & Strain

fill With Soda

Cherry

 

Sloe Gin Fizz

1 oz Sloe Gin

2oz Sweet & Sour

Shake & Strain

fill With Soda

Cherry

 

Bacardi Cocktail

1 oz Bacardi Light Rum

1/2 oz Grenadine

1 1/2 oz Sweet & Sour

Shake & Strain

Cherry

 

Mai Tai

Build over ice

1 oz Light Rum

1/2 oz Dark Rum

1 oz Sweet & Sour

Fill With Equal Parts Pineapple & OJ

1/2 oz Grenadine

Myer’s Rum Float

Cherry & Orange

 

Zombie

Build over ice

1 oz Light Rum

1oz Dark Rum

1/2 oz Créme de Almond

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 oz OJ

1 oz Sweet & Sour

Stir

Float 1/2 oz 151 Rum

 

Alabama Slammer

Build over ice

1/2 oz Amaretto

1/2 oz Sloe Gin

1/2 oz Southern Comfort

Fill With Equal Parts Sweet & Sour and OJ

* Drinks made in a shaker that contain soda, add the soda after shaking

 

Collins Drinks

Built in iced collins glass

 

Vodka Collins

1 oz Vodka

Fill With Collins Mix

Cherry

 

Tom Collins

1 oz Gin

Fill With Collins Mix

Cherry

 

John Collins

1 oz Bourbon

Fill With Collins Mix

Cherry

 

Joe Collins

1 oz Scotch

Fill With Collins Mix

Cherry

 

Sling

1 oz Gin

Fill With Collins Mix

Blackberry brandy float

 

Drinks With OJ

Build over ice

 

Freddy Fudpucker

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Tequila

Fill With OJ

Float 1/2 oz Galliano

 

Fuzzy Navel

Ice high ball glass

1 oz Peach Schnapps

Fill With OJ

 

Hairy Navel

Ice Collins glass

1/2 oz Vodka

1 oz Peach Schnapps

Fill With OJ

 

Harvey Wallbanger

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Vodka

Fill With OJ

Float 1/2 oz Galliano

 

Melon Ball

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Vodka

Fill With OJ

Float 1/2 oz Midori

 

Sex On The Beach

Ice Collins glass

1/2 oz Vodka

1 oz Peach Schnapps

Fill With Equal Parts OJ & Cranberry

 

Sloe Screw

Ice high ball glass

1 oz Sloe Gin

Fill With OJ

 

Sloe Comfortable Screw

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Sloe Gin

Fill With OJ

Float 1/2 oz Southern Comfort

 

Sloe Comfortable Screw up Against the Wall

1 oz Sloe Gin

1/2 oz Southern Comfort

Fill With OJ

Float 1/2 oz Galliano

 

Sunrise

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Tequila

Fill With OJ

Float 1/ 2 oz Grenadine

Cherry

 

Tequila Sunset

Ice Collins glass

1 oz Tequila

Fill With OJ

Float 1/ 2 oz Blackberry Brandy

Cherry

 

Cream Drinks

Shake & Strain or Blend

 

Brandy Alexander

1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 oz Brown Crème de Cacao

2 oz Cream

Nutmeg

 

Creamsickle

1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz OJ

1 1/2 oz Cream

 

Gold Cadillac

1/2 oz Galliano

1/2 oz White Crème de Cacao

2 oz Cream

 

Grasshopper

1/2 oz White Crème de Cacao

1/2 oz Green Crème de Menthe

2 oz Cream

 

The Bloody Mary

Build in iced collins or pint glass

 

Bloody Mary

1 oz Vodka

2 Dashes Pepper

2 Dashes Salt

2 Dashes Celery Salt

4 Drops Worcestershire

1 Drop Tabasco (optional)

Fill With Tomato Juice

OR

Use Bloody Mary Mix Instead Of Spices And Tomato Juice

Garnish With Celery Stick Or Lime

 

Bloody Maria

1 oz Tequila

2 Dashes Pepper

2 Dashes Salt

2 Dashes Celery Salt

4 Drops Worcestershire

1 Drop Tabasco(optional)

Fill With Tomato Juice

OR

Use Bloody Mary Mix Instead Of Spices And Tomato Juice

Garnish With Celery Stick Or Lime

 

Bloody Caesar

Use Clamato Juice

Bloody Bull

Use Beef Bouillon

 

The Old Fashioned

Build in rocks glass

Old Fashioned

Start Without Ice

Add 1 Sugar Cube

A Few Drops Of Bitters

An orange wedge & a cherry

Muddle

Add Ice

1 1/2 oz Bourbon

Cherry

 

After-Dinner Drinks

Served Over Ice

 

Black Russian

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Kahlua

 

Brave Bull

1 1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Kahlua

 

Dirty Mother

1 1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 oz Kahlua

 

Godfather

1 1/2 oz Scotch

1/2 oz Amaretto

 

Godmother

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Amaretto

 

King Alphonse

1 1/2 oz Dark Crème de Cacao

1/2 oz Cream

 

Rusty Nail

1 1/2 oz Scotch

1/2 oz Drambuie

 

Separator (Dirty White Mother)

Hi-Ball Glass

1 1/2 oz Brandy

Fill With Half & Half

Kahlua Float

 

Smith & Kearns

Hi-Ball Glass

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

Fill With Cream

Splash Of Soda

 

Sombrero

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

1/2 oz Cream

 

Stinger

1 1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 White Crème de Menthe

 

White Russian

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Kahlua

Float Of Cream

 

Wine Drinks

Bellini

1 oz Peach Nectar

Champagne

 

Campari & Soda

Ice Hi-Ball glass

1 oz Campari

Fill With Soda

Lemon Twist

 

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Glass

1 Sugar Cube

A Few Dashes Bitters

Fill With Champagne

 

Dubonnet Cocktail

Ice Rocks glass

1 1/4 oz Gin

1 1/4 oz Dubonnet

Lemon Twist

 

Kir

1/4 oz Crème de Cassis

Fill with White Wine

Garnish with Lemon Twist

 

Kir Royale

Champagne Glass

1/4 oz Crème de Cassis

Fill with Champagne

Garnish with Lemon Twist

 

Mimosa

1 oz OJ

Fill with Champagne

 

Negroni

3/4 oz Gin

3/4 oz Campari

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Lemon Twist

 

Poinsettia

1 oz Cranberry

Fill with Champagne

 

Spritzer

Ice collins glass

1/2 Fill With White Wine

1/2 Fill With Soda

Lemon Twist

 

Wine Cooler

Ice collins glass

1/2 Fill With Red Wine

1/2 Fill With 7 Up

Cherry

 

Blended Drinks

All These Drinks Can Also Be Shaken And Served Over Rocks

 

Blue Eyes

1 oz Light Rum

2 1/2oz Pina Colada Mix

Blend

Cherries

 

Blue Margarita

Salt Glass Rim

1 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Blue Curacao

1 1/2 Sweet & Sour

Blend

Lime

 

Chi Chi

1 oz Vodka

3 oz Pina Colada Mix

Blend

Cherry & Or Pineapple Wedge

 

Daiquiri

1 oz Light Rum

2 oz Sweet & Sour

Blend

 

Fresh Fruit Daiquiri

1 oz Light Rum

2 oz Sweet & Sour

1/4 Cup Fruit Of Choice

Blend

Garnish With Fruit Used

 

Margarita

Salt Glass Rim

1 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 1/2 Sweet & Sour

Blend

Lime

 

Pina Colada

1 oz Light Rum

3 oz Pina Colada Mix

Blend

Cherry & Or Pineapple Wedge

 

Coffee Drinks

Always Ask If Whipped Cream Is Desired

 

Bailey’s Coffee

1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Calypso Coffee

1 oz Light Rum

1/2 oz Tia Maria

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Coffee Keioke

1 oz Brandy

1/4 oz Kahlua

1/4 oz Brown Crème de Cacao

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Coffee Royal

1 oz Brandy

Sugar Optional

Fill With Hot Coffee

Lemon Twist

 

Hot Toddy

1 oz Bourbon

Sugar Optional

Fill With Hot Water

Lemon Twist

 

Irish Coffee

1 oz Irish Whiskey

1 Sugar Cube

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Jamaican Coffee

1/2 oz Tia Maria

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Kahlua Coffee

1 oz Kahlua

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Mexican Coffee

1/2 oz Tequila

1/2 oz Kahlua

Fill With Hot Coffee

Top With Whipped Cream

 

Layered Shooters

Prepare in shot glass, Layer in the order listed

B-52

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Grand Marnier

 

B-52 on a Mission

1/4 Kahlua

1/4 Baileys

1/4 Grand Marnier

1/4 151 Rum

 

Butter Ball

3/4 oz Butterscotch

1/2 oz Grand Marnier

 

Cement Mixer

1 oz Baileys

Dash of Lime Juice

 

F-16

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Brandy

 

Girl Scout Cookie

1/3 Dark Creme de Cacao

1/3 White Creme de Menthe

1/3 Baileys

 

Mud Slide

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Vodka

 

Muddy Waters

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Vodka

Stir Once

 

Orgasm

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Amaretto

1/3 Baileys

 

Power Slide

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Jagermeister

 

Power Mud Slide

1/4 Kahlua

1/4 Baileys

1/4 Jagermeister

1/4 Vodka

 

Russian Quaalude

1/3 Frangelica

1/3 Baileys

1/3 Vodka

 

Screaming Orgasm

1/4 Kahlua

1/4 Amaretto

1/4 Baileys

1/4Vodka

 

Slippery Nipple

2/3 Sambuca

1/3 Baileys

1 Drop Of Grenadine

 

Misc Drinks

 

Angel’s Tit

Build in Sherry glass

1 oz Dark Cacao

Float cream

Cherry on top

 

Dr. Pepper

1 oz Amaretto in lined shot glass

Fill beer glass 3/4 full

Drop filled shot glass into beer

 

Jolly Rancher

Prepare in Mixing glass

1/2 oz Apple Schnapps

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz Sweet & Sour

Transfer to un-iced Rocks glass

Add Splash of 7 UP

 

Mind Eraser

Prepare in Mixing glass

1 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Kahlua

Transfer to un-iced Rocks glass

Add Splash of 7 UP