Top 10 Cocktails To Impress Your Date

Choosing the perfect cocktail can be a daunting task, but with these foolproof options, you're sure to impress your date.
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You know what they say: “Cocktails before awkwardness.” That’s right, when you’re on a date, alcohol can be your best friend or your worst enemy. But fear not! Nothing says “I know what I’m doing” quite like ordering the perfect cocktail. So, whether you’re a seasoned drinker or a newbie to the bar scene, here are the top 10 cocktails to order that are sure to impress your date.

1. Old Fashioned

This classic cocktail is a surefire way to show your date that you know your stuff. It’s a simple and timeless mix of bourbon (or rye whisky), bitters, and sugar, served with a twist of orange peel. If you want to impress your date even more, order it with a cube of ice or a single large ice ball, which is the traditional way to serve it. Bonus points if you can tell your date a little bit about the history of the drink (hint: it dates back to the 1800s).

2. Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail, a timeless classic, has a rich history dating back to the mid-1870s. Its birthplace is believed to be the Manhattan Club in New York City, making it one of the first “modern cocktails” due to its inclusion of an aromatized and fortified wine. A cocktail that is sure to make your date think you’re classy and sophisticated. With Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters, it’s a timeless classic that shows you have good taste.

3. Margarita

The Margarita, likely a product of the US/Mexico border regions between the 1930s and early 1950s, has become an enduring symbol of festive gatherings and relaxed socializing. Made with tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and salt, a well-made margarita will show that you have a playful side.

4. Aperol Spritz

The concoction we recognize today as the Aperol Spritz was first created in 1919 by bartender Raimondo Ricci. Originally invented as a means to combat the heat, the drink quickly gained popularity for its refreshing and light qualities. If you’re after something a little lighter, try this Italian classic. With Aperol, Prosecco, and club soda, it has a light and refreshing taste that is perfect for a hot day.

5. French 75

The French 75 is more than a cocktail – it’s a historical artifact, a symbol of celebration, and a testament to the transformative power of mixology. This champagne cocktail will definitely get you into the good books. With gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, its light and refreshing tang, and fizz will impress your date.

6. Sazerac

In essence, the Sazerac is more than a cocktail – it’s a piece of New Orleans history, a symbol of American mixology’s rich heritage, and a globally celebrated drink that continues to delight with its complex flavors. A strong and dominant drink that shows you’re ready to take the lead. Made with cognac, absinthe, bitters, and sugar, its smooth texture and bold flavors are sure to be a hit.

7. Aviation

The Aviation, with its ethereal, sky-blue hue and complex flavor profile, has a fascinating history that mirrors the highs and lows of cocktail culture itself. This classic cocktail was first created in the early 20th century by bartender Hugo Ensslin, and it made its print debut in 1917, in the last cocktail recipe book published before Prohibition A fruity and floral drink that suits the ladies, made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.
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8. Daiquiri

The Daiquiri’s rise to global popularity, however, is deeply intertwined with Prohibition in the United States. As American tourists flocked to Cuba, they brought back tales of this invigorating cocktail. Post-Prohibition, the Daiquiri became a symbol of tropical escapism and relaxation, contributing to its enduring appeal. The perfect drink for a tropical date, this Cuban creation is perfect for showcasing your fun and playful side. Made with rum, lime juice, and sugar, the right mix of flavors can transport you to the beaches of Havana.

9. Espresso Martini

If you’re looking for a cocktail that packs a punch (and a caffeine boost), the Espresso Martini is the way to go. This sexy cocktail combines vodka, Kahlua, and a freshly pulled espresso shot, shaken over ice and served in a chilled martini glass. Not only will it give you and your date a little energy boost for any late night antics, but it’s sure to impress even the most discerning coffee snob.

10. Negroni

Culturally, the Negroni stands as a testament to Italian aperitivo culture—a tradition of pre-dinner drinks intended to stimulate the appetite. It’s also associated with style and sophistication, thanks to its noble origins and vibrant ruby hue. The ultimate Italian drink, made with gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. It’s bitter and intense flavor is sure to impress, proving that you have a distinct taste palate.

Let's wrap things up!

Ordering the perfect cocktail can be a game-changer when it comes to impressing your date, whether it’s a first date or a 50th anniversary. With these 10 drinks in your arsenal, you’ll be raising the bar, winning hearts, and breaking the ice with ease. So, whether you’re looking to impress with your sense of style or personality, there’s a cocktail on this list that’s perfect for you. Cheers!
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