Every cocktail has a story.

These are the 125 most important drinks in the cocktail cannon.


Each recipe has been tested and vetted, and the stories accompanying each drink have been thoroughly researched to present the most accurate—and delightful—history of the cocktail.



Agave Cocktails

Agave is a succulent, native to Mexico. A handful of spirits, including tequila and mezcal, are distilled from the roasted hearts of the agave plant.


Brandy Cocktails

Brandy is distilled from fermented fruit juice. Cognac is one of the most famous brandies, but the category also includes Armagnac and calvados. Most brandies are aged in wood casks, but varieties such as grappa and pisco are often bottled unaged.


Gin Cocktails

Gin is a neutral grain spirit that has been infused with a wide range of botanicals, from citrus peels to exotic spices, with the most dominant note being juniper.


Rum Cocktails 

Rum is most commonly distilled from molasses, but it can also be made from sugarcane, as is the case with French-style rhum agricole and Brazilian cachaça. Rum is bottled both unaged and after aging in wood casks.


 Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is a clear, neutral flavored spirit. It can be made from grains like wheat and rye or from root vegetables like potatoes and beets.


Whiskey Cocktails

Scotch and Irish whisky are distilled from malted barley and grain, while North American whiskey, like bourbon, is a made from a mix of corn, rye, and other grains. Whiskeys are typically aged in charred oak barrels before bottling.


Cocktails from Other Spirits

This category includes vermouth, amaro, liqueurs, bitters, and sparkling wine. These are wildly different beverages, but each is complex with a lower alcohol content than other spirits.