Popular bar drinks include those with hard liquor and spirits

5 Popular Bar Drinks

Stop looking inexperienced or making the same boring drinks when entertaining friends. Knowing the recipes and what booze goes into making the most popular bar drinks will help enhance your bar menu and entertain your guests with confidence.

rosebudatlanta.com gathered the following information, recipes, and suggestions on making and pairing 5 of the most popular bar drinks.

1. Bloody Mary

Popular bar drinks include bloody marys

The creation of the Bloody Mary is often credited to Fernand Petiot in the 1920s while a young bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. However, it appears he simply spiced up an existing and well-established combo of vodka and tomato juice while working at the St. Regis Hotel, New York City, during the 1940s.

Ingredients – A classic or traditional Bloody Mary includes:

1 teaspoon sea salt, or as needed
Ice cubes, as needed
¾ cup spicy tomato-vegetable juice cocktail (such as V8®)
1.5 ounces vodka
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 dash of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 stalk celery
2 garlic-stuffed green olives, threaded onto a toothpick

Salt the rim of your cocktail glass and fill with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, add vegetable juice cocktail, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted (20 seconds). Strain Bloody Mary into the prepared glass and garnish with a celery stalk and olives.

Taste – The earthy flavor might catch you off guard if you’re not familiar with this cocktail. It’s spicy, salty, and has an overall savory flavor. You get the taste of tomatoes and hot sauce, along with all the other ingredients.

Pairs with – While many foods can be paired with a Bloody Mary, here are some of the more popular pairings:

  • Meatballs
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Red Pepper Hummus and Toasted Pita
  • Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
  • Shrimp

Non-alcoholic Version – Virgin Bloody Mary (Same recipe without the vodka)

2. Caipirinha

Popular bar drinks include Caipirinha

This cocktail was invented by farmers in the Piracicaba region in the interior of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, during the 19th century as a local drink for ‘high standard or elegant’ events and parties, reflecting the strong sugarcane culture in the region.

Ingredients – This spectacular cocktail contains the following:

1 lime, quartered
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 ounces cachaca (Brazilian rum)
1 ½ cups ice

Combine sugar and lime quarters in a pint glass. Crush and mix together using a cocktail muddler. Add cachaca and stir. Fill with ice and stir again.

Note: Change the name to “Caipiroska” when using vodka instead of cachaca.

Taste – A caipirinha tastes like a sweet lime juice with a grassy aftertaste.
Pairs with – Drink Caipirinhas with the same foods and snacks you’d have with a Margarita, Daiquiri, or a Mojito, like salsa and tortilla chips, guacamole, etc.
Non-alcoholic Version – Virgin caipirinha (made with ginger beer)

3. Cosmopolitan

Popular bar drinks include cosmopolitans

Bartender Neal Murray states that he created the cosmopolitan in 1975 at the Cork & Cleaver steak house in Minneapolis. According to Murray, he added a splash of cranberry juice to a Kamikaze, and the first taster declared, “How cosmopolitan.”

Ingredients – All traditional “Cosmos” are typically made with the same ingredients, including:

1 ½ ounces vodka
¼ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce triple sec
¼ ounce cranberry juice
1 cup ice
1 lime wedge for garnish

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Taste – Cosmopolitan cocktails are sweet with a touch of tang from the lime.
Pairs with – The sharpness of the cocktail is well-complemented by a soft brie cheese and crunchy cracker. A small piece of cherry or tomato adds to the fruity flavor of the drink.
Non-alcoholic Version – Virgin Cosmopolitan (Substitute the alcohol with sparkling water or soda)

4. Long Island Iced Tea

Popular bar drinks include long island iced teas

According to “legend,” The first Long Island iced tea was allegedly crafted by Robert “Rosebud” Butt in 1972 while tending bar at the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays on Long Island.

Ingredients – A classic Long Island Iced Tea includes:

1 (1.5 ounces) jigger vodka
1 (1.5 ounces) jigger gin
1 (1.5 ounces) jigger rum
1 (1.5 ounces) jigger triple sec liqueur
1 teaspoon tequila
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 ounces cola-flavored carbonated beverage
1 lemon wedge

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, and tequila. Add orange juice and cola. Shake until frothy. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Taste – A Long Island Iced Tea tastes like cola with lemon and orange flavoring added.
Pairs with – Dishes like buffalo chicken wings along with other hot and hearty dishes pair well with the refreshing taste of a Long Island Iced Tea.
Non-alcoholic Version – Alcohol-free Long Island Iced Tea

5. Manhattan

Popular bar drinks include Manhattans

The Manhattan cocktail is most likely an ode to the Scottish outlaw and folk hero, the Rob Roy Manhattan was created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City.

Ingredients – This simplistic beauty of a drink is made with:

2 ounces bourbon
½ ounce sweet vermouth
1 maraschino cherry
½ cup ice

Pour bourbon and vermouth over ice in a shaker, then shake well and pour into a cocktail glass, garnishing with a cherry.

Taste – The Manhattan is a classic cocktail of choice for whiskey-lovers due to its subtle bitterness and herbal undertones.
Pairs with – A Manhattan achieves a perfect pairing with a succulent rack of lamb.
Non-alcoholic Version – Alcohol-free Manhattan (Uses apple juice and alcohol-free red wine)

What Drinks Can You Order at a Bar?

In this article, you discovered 5 immensely popular drinks, their ingredients, preparation, taste, and food pairing suggestions.

Knowing what drinks to order at a bar will help you seem knowledgeable while properly pairing them with the right foods.

Not knowing what it takes to make the best cocktails can lead to boring drinks, less business, and bad flavor pairings.


Popular comfort foods include feijoada brazilian black bean soup

The Perfect Feijoada Recipe

Avoid the embarrassment of serving unpopular dishes to your friends and loved ones at your next dinner party. Knowing how to make feijoada (fey-zhoo-ah-dah) will help you feed everyone well and leave your guests in awe.

rosebudatlanta.com gathered the following recipe, tips, and suggestions on making one of the most iconic Brazilian dishes, feijoada.

What is Feijoada?

Before cooking a single bean, it is crucial that you know the history packed into the national dish of Brazil. While several types of salted and smoked pork and beef are used in this black bean stew, the name actually comes from the Portuguese word for beans (feijao). The current incarnation of feijoada originated during the time Portugal was colonizing Brazil. This dish came about in Portugal, and variations of it can be found in countries that were later settled by Portuguese explorers.

Brazilians typically eat feijoada on Wednesdays and Saturdays (this is when restaurants traditionally offer it on the menu), and families prepare it for social gatherings. Nowadays, all social and economic classes eat feijoada since it is a low-cost dish. In some parts of Brazil, feijoada is only prepared during the winter months.

The long-believed folklore is that feijoada was created by enslaved people on Brazil’s sugar cane plantations who used the scraps of meat tossed aside by their masters (pig’s ears, feet, and tails) and cooked them with black beans, which were native to Brazil and the staple of the enslaved people’s diets. However, recent studies are beginning to unveil that the enslaved people at the time were likely the first to make feijoada but were, in fact, making it for their masters.

How To Make Feijoada

Preparing feijoada is an act of love that requires time and TLC to make. A good recipe is a useful and flexible guide for recreating feijoada in your home. Consider the following:


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped red, yellow, or white onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound choriço sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick (see tip below)
  • 1 pound “carne seca” or other salted or cured beef cut, soaked overnight, and cubed
  • 1 pound baby back spareribs, cut into individual ribs or one tenderloin cubed
  • 1 pound of black beans
  • 10 cups water
  • 4 cups collard or kale greens, sautéed in olive oil
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • Hot sauce

Tip: Choriço is a dry sausage heavily spiced with garlic and paprika, surprisingly similar to Spanish chorizo. If you cannot find it, it can be substituted with fresh chorizo, Mexican chorizo, or a domestic smoked hot sausage.

Feijoada Cooking Directions

Popular comfort food includes meals prepared with black beans

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the following in this order:

  1. Oil
  2. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions, shallots, and garlic
  3. Crush the bay leaves and add to the pan
  4. Season with pepper (do not add the salt yet)
  5. Sauté for 5 minutes
  6. Add the choriço sausage (or its substitute)
  7. Cook for an additional 4 minutes
  8. Add the cubed beef, ribs, beans, and water
  9. Bring the water to a boil, then turn to medium-low and simmer until the beans are tender. This will take about 2-1/2 hours
  10. Add hot water when necessary to keep the beans covered
  11. Use the back of a ladle to mash 1/4 of the beans
  12. Reseason your feijoada with salt and pepper

Tip: Mashing 1/4 of the beans releases starch, making the dish thicker, richer, and smooth.

Note: Salt is only added when the beans are fully cooked. When salt is added at the beginning of the recipe, it hardens the bean shells, requiring considerably more time to thoroughly cook.

How To Make Farofa

Farofa is a traditional Brazilian topping, garnish, or side dish made with toasted yuca flour/cassava flour, or how it is referred to in Portuguese: “farinha de mandioca.”

Ingredients for 2-½ cups

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups yuca, cassava, or manioc (mandioca) flour
  • Salt

Farofa Cooking Directions

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat:

  1. Melt the butter
  2. Add the flour
  3. Season with salt
  4. Sauté until golden (about 3 to 5 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat.

Plating Your Feijoada

Popular comfort foods for dinner include feijoada

Consider the following when serving feijoada:

  1. Spoon some greens and rice onto your serving plate(s)
  2. Spoon a helping of Feijoada over the rice
  3. Shake some hot sauce over the plate
  4. Garnish with orange slices and farofa

Note: Today, there are several variations of this famous black bean stew, which go from the complete “original” recipe, including pig’s ears, tails, and feet, to the recipes that use the finest pork and beef cuts and the most expensive ingredients.

Feijoada – Brazil’s National Dish

In this article, you discovered information about Brazil’s most cherished dish and an easy-to-follow recipe to help you make the perfect feijoada.

A well-prepared feijoada dish will have your guests and family raving about your cooking skills and ability to combine flavor with texture to create an incredible, mouth-watering dish.

Relying on typical American dishes to satisfy everyone can leave your invited guests disappointed and wanting more impactful flavors in their food.