13 Strong Cocktail Recipes, And How To Make Them ASAP

Drinks to take the edge off, whether you like whiskey, vodka, tequila or gin.

For whatever reason, you may need a strong drink right now. Or maybe you don’t need it, but you saw this headline and thought, “Ah yes, I’d love a slight numbing agent in my body at this particular moment!”

By “strong drink,” we’re not talking about a champagne cocktail or a spritz. We’re talking about more potent drinks, the ones that travel down the back of your throat with a velvety burn and cozy up in the pit of your belly like a long winter’s nap.

Even if your bar isn’t fully stocked, you’ve got this. Below are recipes that use vodka, whiskey, tequila, gin and more. So make sure you’ve got your ice cube trays locked and loaded, maybe make a quick trip to the store for fresh citrus and carbonated mixers (that club soda you opened in August is probably flat by now!), and you’re well on your way to cocktail nirvana.

Let’s not waste any more time ― here are the cocktail recipes you came here for.

1
Best Old Fashioned (whiskey: rye or bourbon)
Garnish With Lemon
2
Gin Martini
Garnish With Lemon
3
Bourbon Aperol Cocktails
Garnish With Lemon
4
Classic Gimlet (gin)
A Beautiful Mess
5
Classic Negroni (gin)
A Beautiful Mess
6
Vodka Martini
A Beautiful Mess
7
Perfect Manhattan Cocktail (whiskey)
Garnish With Lemon
8
Aperol Gin Cocktail
Garnish With Lemon
9
Tequila Mojito
Garnish With Lemon
10
Tequila Old Fashioned
Garnish With Lemon
11
Moscow Mule (vodka)
Cooks With Cocktails
12
Sidecar (cognac)
A Beautiful Mess
13
Classic Lime Margarita On The Rocks (tequila)
Cooks With Cocktails

We don’t recommend drinking in excess as a coping mechanism. If alcohol consumption is affecting your life beyond today, reach out for help. In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.