Alcohol is the premium ingredient of parties these days. Mostly because of the euphoria it provides, and the much needed break from the restlessness our life hands over to us. According to the prevalence of drinking, in 2013, 86.8 percent of people aged 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 70.7 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.4 percent reported that they drank in the past month. Fair to say those numbers must’ve gone up by now. So now that more and more people are developing a taste for alcoholic beverages, we’ve put together a list of the top 17 alcoholic drinks that you MUST try!


17. Jägermeister


The primary reason why you should try Jägermeister is because it is made with 56 herbs and spices with 35% alcohol by volume. Yes, the first time I heard it, I was as amused as you are. But Jägermeister can make you really tipsy, so if you’re trying it for the first time, I’d suggest you go a little slow but it has a very unique taste so definitely worth a try.


16. Bourbon


First of all, don’t confuse Bourbon with whiskey because it’s not just whiskey. Oh I don’t say that, its makers do and I quote, “All bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon.” Bourbon is a type of American whiskey made primarily from corn. It is served neat, diluted with water, “on the rocks”, or mixed with soda and into several cocktails. It’s not a casual drink, so don’t gulp it. You have to feel the taste to like it.


15. Bloody Mary


Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, lemon and combinations of other spices. The best thing about it is that it can be consumed as a brunch cocktail or a hangover cure. Bloody Mary is one of those complex drinks that you’d enjoy only when the bartender gets its proportions right.


14. Mai Tai



In Tahitian, “Mai Tai” means “The best—out of this world”. It’s an apt name for this drink. The Mai Tai is a cocktail combining two rums, lime juice and a few other juices which makes it a strong and sweet drink. It’s an exotic rum drink that holds the spirit of the islands of Tahiti.


13. Absinthe


Absinthe is a highly alcoholic drink referred as “la fée verte” (the green fairy) in historic literature. This Switzerland oriented drink was banned in many parts of Europe in 1915 because of being ‘addictive” but came back to life in the 21st century with over 200 brands producing it. Make no mistake this is still a very strong drink and with such a history, it still is considered one of the best.


12. White Russian



This is the dude’s favorite drink (refer to the movie The Big Lebowski). A White Russian is a cocktail classically made with vodka, coffee and cream. It is not the heaviest of drinks and very simple to make too. A few things simply work and White Russian is one of them. It’s sweet, creamy and innocuous, to say the least.


11. Cosmopolitan



It’s a very popular drink in parties and mostly referred to as the ‘cosmo’. Neither too sweet nor too tart, this cocktail is a blend of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. It got famous because of being frequently mentioned in 1990’s in the Television show Sex And The City and ever since it has become an all-time classic.


10. Sex on the Beach


It is certainly a provocative name for a harmlessly delicious fruity drink like this one. Sex on the beach is a highball made by vodka as a base, schnapps and several juices like pineapple, cranberry and orange. There’s an alternate recipe to it which includes Midori & Chambord instead of schnapps. It’s one of those drinks that hardly anyone dislikes.


9. Margarita



Margarita is another classic cocktail that dates back to the 1930’s. It consists of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, served with salt on the rim of a glass. Apart from these primary ingredients, margaritas have many varieties, probably enough for you to have a different one every day for over a month, which is what makes Margarita one of the most loved versatile drinks.


8. Martini


Martini is an iconic and versatile drink. A typical martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. However the base alcohol can be replaced with vodka depending upon your preference. There’s a sense of panache about a cold martini and you’ll know it when you have one. Try an apple Martini the next time you hit a bar.


7. Long Island Iced Tea


The Long Island Iced Tea or LIIT is a very famous cocktail in the bars and mentioned or served in many films and television shows. It is one of my personal favorites because it almost tastes like iced tea! It’s an alcohol mixed drink typically comprising five liquors including gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and triple sec. It’s a powerful drink which has another variant which goes as “extra-long” in which the alcohol content gets upped. Contrary to its alcoholic content, the drink still tastes sweet and you’ll have a good time with it.


6. Tequila


This Mexican drink is made from blue agave plant that grows in the city of Tequila. It’s a very sharp drink so you need to lick salt before having it and then a lime to ameliorate the raw, burning taste of the tequila. The longer the tequila is aged, the better it tastes. Although tequila is used to make several cocktails, the tequila shots are still quite famous when you’re partying.


5. Champagne


Champagne or also known as sparkling wine is a favorite when it comes to celebrating festivals or any spectacular occasion.  France has a region named “Champagne” where all champagnes are made out of grapes. It has a sweet taste and 6 variants to choose from, depending on the sweetness you want. Champagne remains associated with power, luxury, and wealth so Raise your glass and toast to the moment, but remember to have a little something to eat beforehand.


4. Rum & Coke


Time and time again, it has been proven that rum blends with coke like nothing else, to create an alcoholic cola which is seldom disliked by anyone. The delicious, dark, caramel-nosed, vanilla-and-spice-mouthed desi rum, distilled from sugarcane molasses when mixed with coke gives an impeccable taste and takes you very close to euphoria. You can try this combination at home or order Cuba Libre, a cocktail made of them.


3. Whiskey


Whiskey or whisky as known to the Scottish, is made of fermented grain mash contains around 40-47% alcohol by vol. It essentially requires to be aged in barrels for years before manufacturing it. Whiskey is a very mature drink that not everybody has the taste buds for. But it is classy and strong. Whiskey comes with different blends so it’s critical to know your drink before you opt for one. Start with something smooth to introduce yourself to whiskey, perhaps start with single malts.


2. Wine


Wine is made of fermented grapes and has an alcoholic content between 8%-15%. A huge reason to turn to wine is that unlike other alcoholic drinks, it does not affect your waistline at all. It’s a fact that women get drunk faster from wine which is also not a bad thing at all if you ask me. Wine apart from being a sweet, sophisticated drink; also has a few health advantages. Red wine is known to contain many beneficial antioxidants that have cardio-protective effects and anti-cancer properties. It’s also believed that wine improves your sex life. So never deny an opportunity to have wine while you dine.

1. Beer


It just had to be number 1! It’s consumed by most number of people and has been a gateway to the alcohol world. Beer is number 3 on the list of beverages consumed in the world, right after water and tea. Made of water and a starch source, such as malted barley, fermented and brewed, it contains alcohol in the range of 4-8% by vol. Although the taste of beer is bitter, it is still a go to drink for a lot of people. It is sold in cans, pints and bottles. It is the ultimate beverage to just chill down a little and have a good time. Most popular brands are Corona, Budweiser, Heineken, Tuborg. The better it is brewed, the better it tastes.


There are many reasons for choosing not to drink, including cultural, religious, medical or personal preference. Whatever the reason, you can still socialize and have a good a time without alcohol too but if you drink, it is important to make a decision that how much is right for you, or whether you should drink at all. We all want to live life well, and considering all the options, when it comes to drinking, some might disagree but it is an important factor in maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

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