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Types of Mixed Drinks

Cocktails, mocktails, coolers, and punches ... what would a party be without these and other types of mixed drinks and beverages? Want to find out what other options there are? Read right ahead.
Ishani Chatterjee Shukla Jan 2, 2019
Any social occasion without an array of assorted drinks is as good as a routine ritual to remind each other that you exist and update and get updated about the happenings in each other's lives. It is not necessary that the drinks be alcoholic, but a celebratory gathering makes no sense if at least 3-5 different beverages aren't served.
One may or may not serve a full meal, appetizers may just be fine, but drinks are a must! As much as there's no dearth of options in hard-mixed drinks and alcoholic cocktails, the varieties of mocktails and non-alcoholic mixers are far lesser than the former, as the base flavor of alcohol leaves much room for innovation.
Here are the most popular types of mixed drinks divided into alcoholic and non-alcoholic, that you can shake up to add some life to that party you're planning and get the crowd to gravitate towards the bar. So, get those stuck up, diplomatic tongues to loosen up and indulge in some innocuous as well as outrageous gossip with these beverages.

Types of Mixed Alcoholic Drinks


These are usually made from a combination of water, sugar, liquor, bitters and occasionally fruit juices and fruit bits. Bloody Mary and Piña Colada are the most common examples of this. Cocktail is a pretty broad term that includes most alcoholic mixers.


Highballs are any mixture of a non-alcoholic beverage with an alcoholic spirit, which forms the base and is in a smaller proportion than the soft drink. Popular highballs are gin-and-tonic, Mai Tai, Long Island iced tea, and screwdriver.


An alcoholic spirit base, sugar, fresh fruit juice, and fruit bits - those are the basic ingredients of any standard cobbler. The base spirit can be sherry, wine, whiskey, or bourbon. Popular cobblers include sherry cobbler and whiskey cobbler.


A sour is made with an alcohol/spirit base with sour citrus juice of lemon or lime, egg white and a dash of sweetening, added by either grenadine, sugar syrup or pineapple juice. Daiquiri, Margarita, Gin Sour and White Lady are a few popular sours.

Hard Punches

No, it's not at all about bar fights! A hard punch is a punch that contains some amount of alcohol, aside from fruit juices, spices (occasionally), and fruit garnishing. Popular hard punches are the cup, planter's punch and the Southern Bourbon punch.

Wine Coolers

A delectable combination of wine, fruit juice, sugar, and soda or some carbonated beverage is what constitutes this alcoholic mixer. Spritzer and sangria come under this category.


Mix alcohol, fruit juice, and a carbonated beverage together and you've fixed yourself a fizz! The alcohol most commonly used is gin. Silver fizz, Ramos gin fizz, and Sloe Gin fizz are some common variants.


It's a layered drink with an alcoholic base, the other ingredients added separately one over the other in distinct layers. The ingredients are brandy, yellow and green chartreuse and grenadine. It's visual appeal makes it one of the top 10 mixed drinks for special occasions. There are as many varieties of this beverage as there are bartenders that make it.

Mint Julep

Made from sugar, water, bourbon/vodka, and spearmint leaves, this refreshingly cooling mixer is a rocking option for a summer poolside party. The Kremlin Colonel is a popular variant.


Add beaten eggs to a mixture of alcohol and sugar and top it off with finely crushed nutmeg - that's flip for you! The alcohol generally used is rum or sometimes, brandy.

Types of Mixed Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Fruit Punch

The usual punch recipe, sans the alcohol content with or without fruit bits- that's fruit punch for you!

Fruit Juice Coolers

A mixture of various fruit and citrus juices, with plain or carbonated water and a dash of sugar - there you have your fruit juice cooler!

Safe Sex on the Beach

Corny as the name sounds, this cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and peach nectar combination is a great choice for all who wish to play safe on the tipsy meter!

Shirley Temple

Ginger ale and grenadine is all you need to fix this good old soft mixer. Ginger undertones of an otherwise sweet and fizzy mixer gives its flavor a bit of a hardedge.

Cowboy's Punch

Grape juice, club soda, and ginger ale come together in a polygamous matrimony to give you this soft mixer, the taste of which borders on that of the classy champagne according to some people!
Now that you're aware of the different types and varieties of mixed drinks, go ahead and start trying each one out so that you perfect each recipe and get to play the bartender at your own party. After all, the bar is where all the latest gossips are spilled and scandals are revealed!