So you're looking for mixology that's merry, marvelous and has flavors that mingle magically and in a major way. Well, there's some merit to this moving and meaningful undertaking. So sit back and prepare to find yourself in the company of these masterpiece cocktails that start with the letter M.
It's one of the best cocktails you may not even know the name of, but you can pretend you're sipping your way through a health spa because of how juicy it is.
- 1½ ounces vodka
- 4 ounces cranberry juice
- 1½ ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
- Lime wedge for garnish
- In highball glass, add ice, vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
- Stir to mix.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
Skip on over to California to sip on this original drink crafted by none other than Victor Bergeron, better known as Trader Vic. Once a way to introduce people to better quality rums, mai tais are now a hit the world over.
While no one is totally sure where the fashionable Manhattan originated, some say it was born at a political event in Manhattan, and others say it was a bar near Broadway. Whatever the truth, the Manhattan has a place in our hearts.
And if you're looking to add some mileage to this M-letter cocktail, use brandy instead of whiskey to make a Metropolitan.
Ladies and gentlemen, the margarita. Hands down one of the most famous and well-known cocktails worldwide, the margarita is a signature drink for many. And if you want to catch the eye of the bull, add some pineapple juice to make a Matador.
The Martinez is a masterpiece martini that's a classic favorite.
- 1½ ounces gin
- 1½ ounces sweet vermouth
- ¼ ounce maraschino liqueur
- 1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
- Orange or lemon twist for garnish
- Chill a martini glass or coupe.
- In a mixing glass, add ice, gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters.
- Stir rapidly to chill.
- Strain into the chilled glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
Did someone say mainstay? This cocktail has gone through many iterations, but whether you enjoy this marvelous cocktail as a gin martini, a dirty martini, dry, perfect, or however it calls to you, the martini is an icon.
The Mary Pickford is the most perfect cocktail for when you want a daiquiri but maybe want to skip all that lime juice. Ruby red, or some would say mauve, it's anything but mellow.
- 1½ ounces white rum
- 1½ ounces pineapple juice
- ½ ounce grenadine
- 3 dashes maraschino liqueur
- Cocktail cherry for garnish
If margaritas call to your heart, consider something that's smooth, salty, and still oh-so sunny. Consider this an elevated margarita but as a martini. That first sip of the Mexican martini will have you going "mmmmm."
Bloody Mary meets lager meets the perfect brunch drink for when you want something that won't leave you craving a nap. Better yet, you can control how spicy or mellow you want the Michelada to be.
Grab that bottle of bright green honeydew melon Midori and master those sweet flavors with some sour notes. Good news: those flavors turn into a melody of high notes.
- 1½ ounces Midori
- 1 ounce vodka
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Club soda to top off
- Cherry for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Midori, vodka, lime juice, and lemon juice.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
- Top off with club soda.
- Garnish with a cherry.
Milk and Honey
There is no honey in this mysteriously named cocktail, but there is Bénédictine. And just one sip will convince you that you are, in fact, sipping honey. With its warm spice flavor, you'll be smitten.
- 1½ ounces Bénédictine
- Milk to top off
- Cinnamon stick and orange wheel for garnish
- In a mug or rocks glass, add ice and Bénédictine.
- Top off with milk.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange wheel.
There are many ways to make a mimosa — by adding an ounce of orange juice, just a splash, or, in my spouse's case, by wafting the orange juice near the prosecco but not actually adding it.
However you take this brunch staple, it's a magical morning drink.
Buzz, buzz, buzz with the mind eraser in either shot or drink form. Add a little vodka and then ... wait, what were we talking about? My memory misses the mark at times.
Grab your best derby hat and giddy up to the mixology lab for a refreshingly boozy mix of mint and bourbon. Maybe take it slow and mindful when sipping the mint julep, or else this mixology magic might leave you a little mesmerized.
Rum, mint, simple syrup, and lime juice. There's no muddling around when it comes to whether or not the mojito is a tasty and mammothly refreshing drink. The answer is always yes.
You're not making a Moscow mule because you need to use up ginger beer. In fact, you went out and bought ginger beer to make a mule. Unlike the creators, who were trying to push that spiced and fizzy beverage.
Mr. Bali Hai
While the name might make you think this mixology creation comes from an island somewhere, its home is actually in San Diego, California. Sure, there's a monumental ingredient list, but this is a miraculously tasty concoction.
- 1½ ounces Jamaican rum
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- Lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Jamaican rum, light rum, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
Looking for a chocolatey treat that's as much dessert as it is cocktail? Mmm, mmm, mmm have we got the cocktail for you. The merry and marvelous mudslide is here to check all the boxes and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Make yourself warm and cozy with the spiced flavors of mulled wine. Even if you can't enjoy this fireside, you can surely imagine yourself soaking up the warmth.
Margaritas, Martinis, Mixology, Oh My!
Are you in the mood for a cocktail that's mesmerizing and memorable? Perhaps melodious with flavor or with a magnificent, eye-catching presentation? Mellow or maxed out on flavor, there's no denying the merry spirit of these letter M cocktails. Which marvel will you enjoy first?