In this fast-paced life, cocktails help us maintain a level of sanity (unless we've had too many, and then it can bring out some serious crazy). With the expert mixing of booze into a satisfying drink, we have an excuse to slow down for a minute. Cocktails help us relax after a hard day and they make Saturday nights a lot more fun.
But not all cocktails are created equal. Some are sour, some floral and others just strong. For some cocktails, it's all about drinking it at the right time and place. (A Mai Tai doesn't really taste right when you're knee deep in snow.) And then some are just bad. Mixed drinks not being considered here (so don't complain when you don't see gin & tonics on the list), we present to you the list of best cocktails, from all-time worst to very best. (In our very subjective opinion, of course. Chime in below with your thoughts!)
25.) Pina Colada
This is not a cocktail, this is tourist trap.
"Sex and the City" ruined these for any self-respecting cocktail drinker.
22.) Long Island Iced Tea
20.) Whiskey Sour
17.) Mint Julep
16.) Pisco Sour
14.) Mai Tai
12.) Pimm's Cup
10.) French 75
9.) White Russian
4.) Old Fashioned
We're talking Hemingway daiquiri of course.
2.) Bloody Mary
This drink's always got our back the morning after.
Of course New Orleans would be responsible for coming up with the best (and worst) cocktail.
If we've made you thirsty, try one of these cocktail recipes.
Get the Michelada recipe from Honestly Yum
Get the Blackberry Caipirinha from Food52
Get the Apple Flower Cocktail recipe from A Beautiful Mess
Get the Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria recipe from How Sweet It Is
Get the Tom and Ginger recipe from Food52
Get the Fig Thyme recipe from Honestly Yum
Get the Basil-Vodka Gimlet from Food52
Get the Singapore Sling recipe from A Beautiful Mess
Get the Dragonfruit Limeade Cocktail recipe from A Beautiful Mess
Get the Grilled Cherry Sour from Verses From My Kitchen
Get the Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis recipe from Food52
Get the Lotus Cocktail recipe from Food52
Get the Watermelon Basil "Bramble" Cocktail recipe from A Spicy Perspective
Get the St. Germain Mojito recipe from A Beautiful Mess