Everyone loves a good drink, no questions asked. It’s the perfect accompaniment when you’re out with friends, or when you’re winding down after a hard day. But ordering a drink at a bar isn’t always fun and games, especially if you don’t know what you’re signing up for. While most restaurant bars have a specialty drinks menu for patrons, our bartenders know some classic cocktails by heart. You won’t be disappointed when you look at our cocktail drinks menu.
10 Classic Drinks to Order at a Bar
Everyone’s favorite drink is different, but everyone has a go-to if the bar doesn’t serve their favorite. So, if you need some help to make the right pick, here are the ten best drinks to order at a restaurant.
James Bond’s go-to order–the martini–is arguably one of the most popular cocktails ever. The traditional recipe calls for vodka or gin, blended with dry vermouth for a smooth, boozy flavor.
At Rikasa, we put our own twist on the martini! The Razzmatazz martini on our drinks menu combines Stoli Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, Grand Marnier, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s served in a sugar-rimmed glass with raspberries for garnish.
If you need a refreshing pick-me-up after a long workday, our Cucumber Basil Martini should do the trick. With delicious ingredients such as Ketel One Vodka, St. Germaine, freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice, muddled basil, cucumber, and white cranberry juice, this cool cocktail will get you in the mood for summer.
2. Old Fashioned
Another classic drink to order at a bar, the Old Fashioned is simple but lethal. Widely believed to be one of the oldest cocktail recipes, this beverage dates way back to the 1880s. At present, it is probably on every restaurant’s drink menu, including ours.
Our Reposado Pineapple Old Fashioned is a delicious mix of Casamigos Reposado Tequila, house-infused pineapple syrup, Angostura Bitters, and Orange Bitters. We suggest you try it on your next visit to Rikasa- you won’t regret it.
3. Long Island Iced Tea
Although the history of the Long Island Iced Tea is hazy, it has become a popular choice in recent years. That’s because this classic drink to order at a bar is probably one of the strongest on any drinks menu, with a hearty splash of vodka, tequila, white rum, triple sec, and gin. No wonder this boozy beverage has a staggering 22% ABV.
We can’t talk about the best drinks to order at a restaurant without hinting at the margarita. Our Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita is an eclectic mix of Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, muddled jalapeños, blackberries, house-infused blackberry syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice. The beverage is then garnished with a black lava salt rim, a blackberry, and a jalapeño slice. It’s a fantastic version of one of the most classic drinks to order at a bar.
Traditional Spanish sangria contains red wine, water, herbs, spices, and fruit. However, the average modern restaurant drink menu has its own version, and ours is no different.
Rikasa’s Berry Mint Sangria combines Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Stoli Raspberry Vodka, cotes de Mas Rose, B&B Brandy, mixed berries simple syrup, white cranberry juice, and mixed berries. It’s delicious, fruity, and incredibly indulgent. We’re sure you won’t be able to stop at one glass!
There’s a reason why some of the best drink menus feature Negroni. It’s a simple, three-ingredient cocktail with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Interestingly, negronis are classified as aperitifs–beverages you enjoy before a meal. However, they have made their way onto cocktail menus all over the world.
Lovers of rum enjoy the daiquiri above all else. Invented during the 1898 Spanish-American war, the drink is supposedly named after its birthplace – a small mining town in Cuba. Depending on which cocktail menu you choose from, the daiquiri comes shaken or frozen with multiple flavor enhancements.
You can’t qualify for the ‘best drinks menu’ award if there’s no mojito on the list. As a simple, rejuvenating summer drink, the humble mojito lends itself to several interpretations. Our mixologists serve a Cucumber Lemon Mojito, with Malibu Watermelon Rum, Dekuyper Melon Schnapps, and muddled cucumber and mint. We also add a splash of soda to finish things off.
9. Whiskey Sour
Another classic drink, this incredible cocktail has all the good stuff, including bourbon, lemon juice, and superfine sugar. It’s great for those nights when you want to cleanse your palate. While bourbon is the traditional additive, you can also ask for rye to give it an extra dose of punch.
10. Pina Colada
To some cocktail connoisseurs, the best drinks menu is incomplete without the rum-based pina colada. It’s smooth, creamy, and sweet, all thanks to the coconut cream and pineapple juice. And, if you’re the designated driver, just cut out the white rum to down a few worry-free.
Savor These Delicacies from the Cocktail Menu at Rikasa
Regardless of your taste, there’s a drink you’re going to love. But sometimes, finding that one beverage may take a few tries. So, the next time you visit a bar, try these ten classic drinks to see what suits your palate the best! In the mood for some good food and great alcohol? Come to Rikasa! Our drinks menu has everything, from delicious cocktails to comforting beers. Just give us a call to reserve your table today!