Cocktails have a very rich history that dates back centuries. There are plenty of delicious drink mixes that one can choose from, which tend to be categorized according to their particular spirit base. These include the following:
Gin lends itself to a variety of mixers. It is also ideal for carbonated cocktails. These include the French 75, which is a combination of citrus fruits and fizz. The most famous gin-based cocktail, however, is the classic gin and tonic. It is a staple drink at most pubs and bars.
Vodka is another exceedingly popular spirit, and is frequently used to make cocktails. There are several reasons for this. Vodka is intoxicating enough to make a strong cocktail. It is also colourless, so mixologists do not have to worry about it affecting the appearance of whatever mixers they use. Vodka is also fairly flavourless if mixed with stronger-tasting ingredients. In practice, this means that vodka cocktails, such as Blue Lagoons, Cosmopolitans, and White Russians, are particularly smooth.
Rum is stronger than vodka, and therefore adds its own unique flavour to a cocktail. There are three rum types: white, dark, and spiced. Each one lends itself particularly well to specific mixes. These include rum Daiquiris (white), Southsides (dark), and rum Mojitos (spiced). Numerous tropical-themed drinks use it as a base.
The martini is a cocktail that has the largest number of variants of any alcoholic drink. The original version was a mix of vermouth and a strong spirit, such as gin or vodka, and it tended to come with an olive or lemon twist. Mixologists have played around with this concept, and created even fruitier variations. The ‘Appletini’ is a great example of this. These types of drinks have become so popular that it is common to see multiple cocktail types with a ‘-tini’ at the end of its name.