Since the days of prohibition, when bar owners created mixed drinks in order to mask the taste of their homebrewed alcohol, cocktails have been the centre piece of festivity when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Ale is good, and rum is quicker, but the cocktail - with its vibrant colours and entertaining garnishes - are perhaps the most fun you can have with a drink.
There are several tried and true cocktail recipes, and here are 10 of the most famous cocktails (from film and media) you're every likely to encounter:
Vodka Martini (007 style)
Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, dash of dry martini
Mix ingredients with crushed ice in a shaker. Shake well. Strain and serve in an ice cool cocktail glass. Garnish with olive.
White Russian (The Big Lebowski)
Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, 3/4 shot kahlua, 3/4 shot light cream or milk
Mix the vodka and kahula together, then gently pour in the cream. Add ice.
Manhattan (Sex and the City)
Ingredients: 1 shot rye or Irish whiskey, 1/2 shot sweet vermouth, 2 dashes bitters, cherry, lemon twist.
Combine the liquids in a shaker with ice, and stir. Strain and pour in a glass with the cherry and lemon trist.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, 4 1/2 shot freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tbl spoon lemon juice.
Stir into a tall glass with ice cubes.
Ingredients: 3/4 shot vodka, 1/2 shot triple sex, 1 shot cranberry juice, 1.2 shot lemon juice.
Add ingredients to cocktail mixer, shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.