What Are the Most Popular Cocktails to Make for Parties?

What Are the Most Popular Cocktails to Make for Parties?

It’s hard to imagine a party without good cocktails. Whether you’re planning an extravagant event with a long guest list like a wedding reception or a milestone birthday, or you’re simply having a small get-together with a BYOB-type feel, serving the right drinks will keep your guests happy. Plus, if you play your cards right, your party could be the talk of your friend group. All thanks to some carefully curated popular cocktails.

Not sure how to get started stocking the bar for your next soiree? Even if your guests are BYOB, it’s always wise to have some drinks on hand. So let us help you put some tricks up your sleeve and a game plan when it comes to cocktails. After all, you don’t want to find yourself stuck without the proper ingredients for a guest’s favorite beverage, do you?

Here, we’ll explore some of the most popular cocktails of all time, which are sure to satisfy every taste and keep the party going well into the night.

The Classics

As the great saying goes, you can’t go wrong with the classics! So here are a few of the most popular cocktails ever.

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is widely known as the most beloved mixed drink across the world, and for a good reason. This cocktail combines bourbon or rye, sugar and ice cubes, bitters, and an orange peel twist to deliver a unique and timeless taste. Though the Old Fashioned does contain a small amount of sugar. Therefore, it typically appeals to drinkers who enjoy a bitter yet complex and flavorful cocktail.

The Martini

Martinis have long been considered to be the epitome of elegance and class. In particular, dry martinis一a simple combination of dry vermouth and gin一are cocktails known worldwide for their vintage look and unique taste. Much like the Old Fashioned, martinis are a popular cocktail choice among those who prefer to drink their liquor straight.

The Sweet Stuff

For many people, the pleasure of a cocktail is its sweetness and diverse flavor palette. Here are some fun mixtures for these types of drinkers!


Margaritas tend to be tangy and tart with a tinge of sweetness. These cocktails are an in-demand tequila-based drink.

Mai Tais

The Mai Tai mixes rum, triple sec, and fruit juice or Curaçao liqueur. It creates a delicious experience that’s reminiscent of a day at the beach.


Daiquiris are similar to Mai Tais. These drinks combine white rum, simple syrup, and lime juice, making them a favorite among those with a bit of a sweet tooth.

Bonus: A Customized Moscow Mule

Any of these popular cocktails will please your guests, but we’ll give you one bonus idea. You might have heard of the Moscow mule, typically made with vodka, ginger beer, and mint and served in a copper mug. As one of the world’s most famous cocktails, you’ll have lots of satisfied partygoers accepting this drink as is. However, you can take this drink (and your party) to the next level.

Rather than serving one mule mixture, cater to your guests who prefer different liquor types. Do this by creating a few unique and delicious takes on this “vodka buck” classic. One popular option is the Gin Gin (or the Ginger Rogers) mule, which combines a Moscow mule and a mojito (adding some gin to the mix). You could even swap out the vodka for whiskey and make an Irish mule for the dark liquor aficionados at your gathering!

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