The definition of the word “cocktail” has evolved over the years, and today it can describe a broad range of types of mixed beverages. In the more recent past, the term has primarily described overly sweet, heavily fruity mixed drinks. But this is far from the original—or only—meaning of the term. As a matter of fact, classic cocktails are anything but watered-down, fruit-heavy experiences—think of a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
To get you started, here are a few popular mixed drinks that serve as the perfect introduction to the wide world of cocktails.
Interested in learning more about mixology? Our Mixology Discovery Guide can help you navigate the world of mixed drinks and find new flavour combinations.