If you like: Rum and Coke
Try a: Traditional Daiquiri
Not a crazy, frozen, fruit concoction. “No strawberries needed in this old-school Rum Sour,” Caporale says. Take your mixing tin and pour in 2 oz light rum, 1/4 oz simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake it, strain it, and garnish it with a lime wedge.
Or a: Dark ‘n’ Stormy
Ten bucks says you’ve heard of a Dark ‘n’ Stormy but have no idea how simple it is to actually put together. Donahue wants to get rid of the mystery surrounding this “invigorating, refreshing, and easy-to-make [cocktail].” In a highball glass with ice, combine 2 oz dark rum and 3/4 oz fresh lime juice. Simply top it off with the ginger beer of your choice, garnish with a lime wedge, and sip the night away.
If you like: Tequila Pineapple
Try a: Classic Margarita
No one said it had to be Taco Tuesday for you to enjoy this tequila staple. Learning how to perfect it early in life will ensure you throw the best parties from here on out. Grab your mixing tin (half-filled with ice) and pour in 2 oz tequila, 1/4 oz simple syrup, 1/4 oz triple sec, and lime juice. Shake it up and strain into a glass filled with ice. Caporale says once you have the perfect margarita (aka a Tequila Sour), “you’ll never go back to blenders and salted rims.”
Or a: Paloma
In a highball glass, add 2 oz of blanco (silver) tequila, fill with ice and then top it off with the Mexican grapefruit soda of your choice. Add a pinch of salt and garnish with a lime. It might not be the first tequila drink that comes to mind, but Donahue says you can’t go wrong with “this delicious and easy cocktail that’s more popular than the margarita in Tequila, Mexico.”