Looking for some fun and festive cocktail ideas? BevMo! makes it easy with this handy guide containing simple recipes and links to everything you need to get started. So break out your shaker, throw on some tunes and get ready to start mixing. Cheers to Happy Cocktailing!

Vodka

Types:

Clear, Flavored

Made From:

Highly distilled grains (Rye, wheat) or potatoes

Notes:

Considered the most "pure" of spirits due to excessive filtering and distillation.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Vodka Martini
  • Bloody Mary
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Screwdriver

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Gin

Types:

Juniper-Flavored Spirits, Gin, Distilled Gin, London Gin

Made From:

Distilled grain flavored with juniper berries or evergreen

Notes:

Flavors commonly found in gin: citrus, licorice, anise.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Martini
  • Negroni
  • Gimlet
  • Vesper

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Rum, Cachaça, Guaro

Bacardi 151 Proof Rum, Kraken Rum and Zaya Rum

Shown: Bacardi 151 Proof Rum, Kraken Rum and Zaya Rum

Types:

Light, Gold, Dark, Spiced, Flavored

Made From:

Sugarcane or molasses

Notes:

Typically associated with tropical or fruit-based drinks

Popular Cocktails:

  • Mai-Tai
  • Mojito
  • Daquiri
  • Piña Colada

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Tequila, Mezcal

Types:

Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Añejo, Extra Añejo

Made From:

Agave

Notes:

Can only be produced in limited regions in Mexico.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Margarita
  • Paloma
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Screwdriver

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Scotch, Whisk(e)y and Bourbon

Knob Creek, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Redbreast Irish Whiskey

Shown: Knob Creek, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Redbreast Irish Whiskey

Types:

Malt Whisky or Grain Whisky, Single Malt, Blended Malt, Blended Whisky

Made From:

Scotch and Irish Whiskey: Barley
Other Whiskies: Rye
Bourbon: Corn

Notes:

Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks.
Irish Whiskey must be produced in Ireland and aged in wooden casks for a minimum of three years, sometimes three or four times that long.
Other American and Canadian whiskeys are commonly made with rye, corn, malted barley, or wheat
Bourbon is American whiskey made from corn, aged in new, charred-oak barrels, bottled at 40% alcohol by volume

Popular Cocktails:

  • Whiskey Sour
  • Sazerac
  • Old Fashioned
  • Mint Julep
  • Irish Coffee
  • Manhattan

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Brandy

Types:

Grape Brandy, Fruit Brandy, Pomace Brandy

Made From:

Grapes or fruit.

Notes:

A.C.: Aged two years in wood
V.S.: “Very Special” or 3-Star, aged at least three years in wood
V.S.O.P.: “Very Superior Old Pale” or 5-Star, aged at least five years in wood
X.O.: “Extra Old” aged at least six years in wood

Popular Cocktails:

  • Brandy Alexander
  • Sidecar
  • Old Fashioned
  • Piña Colada

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Liqueurs

Types:

Kahlua, Strawberry Schnapps, Bailey’s, Chambord, Crème de cassis, St. Germain, Cointreau, Kirsch, Ouzo, Pastis, Amaretto

Made From:

Fruit-, cream-, herb-, spice- or nut-flavored beverage bottled with added sugar.

Notes:

Liqueurs (also known as Cordials) are sweet, flavor-infused spirits that are categorized according to the flavoring agent.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Brandy Alexander
  • Sidecar
  • Old Fashioned
  • Piña Colada

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