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Top 10 Best Tasting Alcoholic Drinks To Try (2024 Edition)

Best Tasting Alcoholic Drinks 

Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Lydia Martin

If you’re new to the world of alcohol, you might believe that all kinds of liquor have the same taste.

However, this is not the case. Different kinds of alcohol have their own unique flavor.

Wines, spirits, and beer are the three main alcoholic drinks, but which are the best tasting alcoholic drinks you need to try now? 

Top 10 Great-Tasting Alcoholic Drinks To Try 

10. Gin & Tonic

Glass of Gin and Tonic Drink

Prep/Total Time: 3 mins.


  • 2oz gin 
  • Lime wedge
  • 4-6oz tonic water

Instructions: In a highball glass with ice, pour the gin first and tonic water on top. Slowly stir to mix and garnish it with a lime wedge. 

Serving: 1

9. Manhattan

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Drink

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.


  • 3-dashes bitters (Angostura or orange)
  • 2oz rye whiskey (or bourbon)
  • 1oz red vermouth

Instructions: In your mixing glass, combine bitters, vermouth, and whiskey. Add ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Then, strain it into your coupe glass. Add cherry for garnish, if desired.  

Serving: 1

8. Greyhound

greyhound cocktail drink wit slice of grapefruit

Prep/Total Time: 2 mins.


  • Lime wheel
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1.5oz vodka (or gin)

Instructions: Combine vodka and grapefruit juice in your rocks glass filled with ice. Stir to combine and garnish it with a lime wheel. 

Serving: 1

7. Daiquiri

Glass of Daiquiri Drink Garnished with Lime

In fact, the Daiquiri represents such an obvious marriage between local ingredients – rum, sugar, limes – and American technology – cocktail shaker, ice – that it would take an idiot to not invent it.

— David Wondrich, Cocktail Historian/Bartender

Prep/Total Time: 3 mins.


  • 0.5-0.75oz simple syrup
  • 0.75 lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1.5oz light rum

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and pour all the ingredients. Shake well for 15-30 seconds and strain into your chilled cocktail glass. 

Serving: 1

6. Pina Colada

Glass of Pina Colada Glass Drink

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.


  • 60ml coconut cream
  • 60ml white rum
  • 120ml pineapple juice
  • Pineapple wedge

Instructions: In your blender, blend all the liquid ingredients until smooth. Pour the mix into a tall glass and garnish it with a pineapple wedge. 

Serving: 1

5. Sazerac

hand holding sazerac drink

Prep/Total Time: 2 mins.


  • 1-dash aromatic bitters
  • 3-dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 0.5oz sugar syrup
  • 1oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1oz straight rye whiskey
  • 1oz cognac (like Remy Martin)
  • 1/2tsp chilled water
  • 0.5oz Absinthe
  • Lemon peel

Instructions: Rinse your old-fashioned glass using absinthe. Discard the excess and set aside the glass.

Combine water, bitters, and sugar syrup in your mixing glass, then add rye, bourbon, and cognac, fill it with ice, and stir.

Strain the mix in your prepared glass. Squeeze the lemon peel on top and use the peel as garnish.  

Serving: 1

4. Margarita

Glass of Margarita Drink and a Bottle of Liquor on the back

Prep/Total Time: 3 mins.


  • 0.5oz agave syrup
  • 1oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5oz orange liqueur
  • 2oz tequila Blanco
  • Lime wheel

Instructions: Combine all the liquids in your cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into your rocks glass with ice and garnish it with a lime wheel. 

Serving: 1

3. Bloody Mary

making a Bloody Mary Cocktail

Prep/Total Time: 2 mins.  


  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 5oz tomato-vegetable juice
  • 1.5oz jigger vodka
  • 2-dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-stalk celery
  • 2-green olives, threaded
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1-dash tabasco sauce

Instructions: Moisten and rim your glass with salt, fill it with ice, and then set aside. Except for olives and celery, combine all the remaining ingredients in your bar shaker filled with ice.

Shake for about 20 seconds and strain into your prepared glass. Garnish it with celery and olives on top.

Serving: 1

2. Bellini

Bellini Cocktail Drink

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.


  • One bottle prosecco
  • 500ml peach nectar (or peach puree)

Instructions: Pour the peach nectar into your champagne flute (⅓ full) and top it with prosecco.

Serving: 1 

1. Cider

making cider cocktail drink

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.


  • 3oz ginger beer
  • 0.5oz lemon juice
  • 2oz unfiltered cider
  • 2oz bourbon 
  • 0.5oz Cointreau
  • Cinnamon stick

Instructions: In your copper mug, add ice and pour the juice, cider, bourbon, and Cointreau.

Top it with ginger beer and swirl once using your bar spoon to mix. If preferred, garnish it with a cinnamon stick.

Serving: 1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What alcoholic drinks get you drunk but taste good?

The alcoholic drinks that can get you drunk but really taste good include Sazerac [1], Pina Colada, Bloody Mary [2], Gin & Tonic, and more. But what’s the best alcoholic drink for hot weather?

What’s the best-tasting alcoholic drink in a can?

The best-tasting alcoholic drinks in a can include Miami Cocktail Spritzers, Bacardi Real Rum Cocktails, Jim Beam Canned Highballs, Cutwater White Russian, Bud Light Seltzer, and more. 

What’s the best tasting alcoholic drink?

Determining the “best tasting” alcoholic drink is highly subjective and varies based on individual preferences. Some might find the smoothness of a well-aged Scotch or the complexity of a fine wine appealing, while others may enjoy the sweetness of cocktails like a Mojito or the robust flavors of craft beers.

The best-tasting drink ultimately depends on one’s personal taste and the type of beverage that aligns with their flavor preferences.

What is the Philippines’ favorite alcohol?

In the Philippines, the most popular and widely consumed alcoholic beverage is San Miguel Beer. Established in 1890, San Miguel Beer has become an iconic brand, offering various beer variants, including the classic San Miguel Pale Pilsen and other flavored beers.

It holds a special place in Filipino culture, often enjoyed during social gatherings, celebrations, and everyday moments.

Which alcohol is best for beginners?

For beginners entering the world of alcohol, it’s advisable to start with lighter and more approachable options.

Many suggest trying sweeter and less intense drinks like fruity cocktails, such as a Margarita or a Piña Colada, to ease into the diverse world of alcoholic beverages. Light beers, sparkling wines, and low-alcohol content cocktails are also popular choices for those new to drinking.

Which is the sweetest alcohol?

The sweetness of alcoholic beverages can vary, but certain drinks are known for their notably sweet profiles. Liqueurs and flavored spirits often fall into this category, with options like Amaretto, which has a distinct almond sweetness, or Baileys Irish Cream, known for its creamy and sweet character.

Additionally, many fruit-flavored cocktails, such as a Daiquiri or a Fuzzy Navel, can provide a sweet and enjoyable introduction to alcoholic beverages for those with a preference for sweetness.

As taste is subjective, exploring different options is key to finding the sweetest alcohol that aligns with individual preferences.

What is the smoothest alcohol drink?

Identifying the “smoothest” alcohol is subjective and depends on individual taste preferences. However, some spirits are renowned for their smooth profiles, such as certain aged Scotch whiskies, high-quality vodkas, and premium tequilas.

Smoothness often results from meticulous distillation processes, aging in barrels, and the choice of high-quality ingredients.

What are the top 5 alcohols?

Determining the top alcohols is challenging due to diverse preferences, but certain categories stand out. In no particular order, popular choices include whiskey, encompassing various styles like Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye; vodka, known for its versatility; gin, appreciated for its botanical complexity; tequila, with options ranging from Blanco to Añejo; and rum, offering a spectrum from light to dark varieties.

Why is Tanduay so popular?

Tanduay, a Philippine rum brand, has gained popularity for several reasons. Its rich history dating back to 1854, commitment to quality, and use of locally sourced sugarcane contribute to its authenticity.

Tanduay offers a diverse range of rums, from the budget-friendly to premium aged expressions, appealing to a broad consumer base. Its popularity also stems from being a staple in Filipino culture, often enjoyed during social gatherings and celebrations.

What does soju taste like?

Soju, a Korean distilled spirit, has a unique taste characterized by its clean and neutral flavor profile. It is often described as slightly sweet, with subtle notes of floral and grain. Soju’s lower alcohol content compared to many Western spirits makes it approachable for a wide audience.

Flavored versions, such as fruit-infused soju, provide additional options, enhancing the overall drinking experience with diverse and enjoyable tastes.

Which alcohol is not bitter?

Several alcohols are known for their smooth and less bitter profiles, catering to those who prefer milder tastes. Vodka, especially when well-distilled and of high quality, is often prized for its neutral flavor.

Additionally, certain liqueurs, such as Amaretto or Baileys Irish Cream, provide sweetness that counteracts bitterness, offering a more approachable drinking experience.

Which alcohol tastes like juice?

For those seeking an alcohol with a flavor reminiscent of juice, options abound. Flavored vodkas, fruit-infused liqueurs like peach schnapps or raspberry liqueur, and some tropical-flavored rums can provide a pleasant and juice-like taste.

These beverages offer a fruity and refreshing alternative, making them popular choices for cocktails that mimic the sweetness of various juices.

What should first-time drinkers drink?

First-time drinkers are often encouraged to start with lighter and less intense options to ease into the world of alcohol. Cocktails with lower alcohol content, such as a Mojito or a Margarita, can be enjoyable for beginners.

Light beers, sparkling wines, and fruit-based cocktails are also popular choices, providing a smoother introduction to the diverse flavors of alcoholic beverages.

What is the number 1 alcoholic?

Determining the “number 1” alcoholic beverage is challenging due to individual preferences and the wide variety of choices available. However, certain categories consistently rank high in popularity. Beer, with its countless styles and global appeal, is a widespread favorite. Additionally, whiskey, encompassing Scotch, Bourbon, and other varieties, holds a prominent position.

Vodka’s versatility and neutrality make it a top choice, especially in cocktails. Ultimately, the number one alcoholic beverage varies among consumers based on taste preferences, cultural influences, and regional traditions.Top of Form

Final Verdict: Best Tasting Alcoholic Drinks

There you go – the best-tasting alcoholic drinks that’ll surely appetize you to explore more spirits.

You can enjoy it yourself or make a batch for your family and friends, to try new flavors.  

These are all easy to prepare, so you don’t have to be an experienced bartender or mixologist.

In just 2-5 minutes, you can enjoy a mouthwatering drink with a kick of alcohol.


  1. New Orleans Declares Sazerac Its Cocktail of Choice
  2. Where was the Bloody Mary invented? And what about James Bond’s favourite cocktail, or the Singapore Sling?
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