The national drink of Brazil is a damn tasty cocktail made with cachaça (rum’s distant and intense Brazilian cousin), sugar, and lime.
9. Mai Tai
Apparently your grandma’s favorite dinner drink has a bigger fan base than anyone knew. We kid! This mix of Curaçao liqueur, lime juice and tiny umbrellas has never just been for retirees, as anyone who’s ever been drunk in Hawaii will tell you.
With its mix of rum, just about any decent citrus fruit and sugar, the Daiquiri is a true timeless classic that has the advantage of seeming way too civilized to ever fuel a bar brawl.
Come on, shaken, stirred, or pumped in with an IV, the martini (gin, vermouth, an olive and maybe a lemon twist) will never not make you feel a little like James (or Jane) Bond.
6. White Russian
Vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream on the rocks and you are just one degree of cocktail separation from the Dude in Big Lebowski. What more do you need?
This mix of sweet vermouth, whiskey, and bitters has a yankee name but it may taste the best when the core ingredient is some good old Tennessee-made liquor. Just don’t tell Manhattanites.
4. Bloody Mary
This blend of spice, tomato juice, and vodka doesn’t sound appealing to the neophyte drinker, but the Bloody Mary is undeniably awesome, just ask the hangover hordes at brunch this weekend.
3. Long Island Iced Tea
This perennial favorite for anyone who wants to have a blackout at TGI Friday’s contains no tea at all, but it is often made up of tequila, vodka, light rum, triple sec, and gin. And believe me, that’s a lineup that can steamroll you, so sip wisely.
It’s probably a surprise the Mojito is this high up on the list of faves—it’s a drink best made by a talented bartender, as it usually contains rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. Then again, after you’ve had three or four you won’t actually care as much about how well-mixed it is.
Of course everyone’s number one go-to drink for Cinco de Mayo is, well, number one. There’s something accessible about the margarita, which is usually made of tequila, triple sec and lime. That’s why it often seems like the favorite cocktail for people who don’t usually drink cocktails. But be warned, if the bartender doesn’t know how to make a killer version, margs can totally suck. But in that case, just order a shot of tequila.