86% of people can't name these 43 popular cocktails from just one image. Can you?

By: Narra Jackson
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These popular cocktails have one thing in common - they contain alcohol! But that's where the similarities end. Each delicious cocktail has a signature style. A cosmopolitan looks nothing like a Bloody Mary! Can you tell which cocktail is which, simply by looking at a picture? 86% of people can't, but can you? Prove it!

The Vodka Martini might just be the most classic drink out there. Almost every cocktail has a murky past, and this one is no different. Some say it was invented in a bar in Martinez, California. Others think its name can be traced to the Italian vermouth brand. And others claim it was bartenders in New York or San Francisco. In any case, the 19th of June is National Martini Day, so make sure you celebrate.

The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey or bourbon, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes a dash of egg white. With the egg white, it is usually called a Boston Sour. For those who do not like or cannot have egg white, pineapple juice is used as a substitute. A variant of the whiskey sour is the Ward 8, which is often made with bourbon or rye whiskey and includes lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine syrup as the sweetener.

In 1941 at the Cock ‘N’ Bull in Hollywood, the bar owner found himself unable to sell either the cases of Smirnoff Vodka he had purchased or the bottles of house-made ginger beer he was trying to clear out of his basement. An immigrant named Sophie Berezinski came to California with 2,000 copper mugs she had designed in her father’s copper shop in Russia. The bar owner bought the mugs to make his drink stand out, and the drink was born.

The first documented definition of the word "cocktail" was in response to a reader's letter asking to define the word in the May 6, 1806, issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in Hudson, New York. The paper's editor wrote that it was a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar. The first use of the name Old Fashioned for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The history of the Mojito is a mystery, but most are sure it was concocted in the 1500s, making it one of the oldest mixed drinks still consumed today. Mojo means a magic charm or talisman. It likely has roots in an African language. Pierce Brosnan’s Bond enjoys a Mojito while chatting up Jinx (Halle Berry) in the 2002 movie, Die Another Day, which helped make this drink popular again.

The origins of the Margarita are unknown. The most widely spread rumor is that an American socialite named Margarita Sames created the drink for her friends in 1948. One of her party guests was Tommy Hilton, who added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels. Twenty-six-year-old Mariano Martinez invented the frozen Margarita machine in the early '70s, in Dallas, Texas.

Aperol, an orange-red liquor invented by the Barbieri brothers in Padova in 1919, is a go-to option for a simple drink. Low in alcohol, citrusy, and slightly bitter, it is a light and fresh aperitif that has flavors of sweet and bitter oranges, rhubarb, and gentian root. The official Aperol Spritz recipe may call for Prosecco and an orange slice garnish. At least, that is mainly how you'll find it in Padova, the place of its birth.

A recipe for Long Island Iced Tea is first mentioned in print is in Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book in 1961, and then again in the American Home All-Purpose Cookbook by Virginia T. Habeeb in 1966. However, Robert "Rosebud" Butt firmly believes he invented the Long Island Iced Tea during a cocktail-creating contest in 1972.

The Bloody Mary is an extremely famous cocktail and doesn't really need to be introduced. It is often the go-to hangover “cure” and is usually consumed early in the morning for that purpose. The Bloody Mary has many variations, but they all include vodka, tomato juice, and a selection of spices for flavor. Apparently, some people attribute at least the name of the drink to Queen Mary, for her brutal attempts to return Catholicism to England.

The Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, or both. The Pina Colada was supposedly created in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. It has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.

A Bloodhound is a bright red strawberry cocktail made with gin, vermouth, and strawberry coulis. It is 1 part dry vermouth, strawberry coulis/crushed strawberries, 2 parts gin, 1 part sweet vermouth. This drink was at its most fashionable in London in the 1920s and is regarded as an acquired taste by many.

The Espresso Martini is made by mixing vodka, Kahlua, sugar syrup, and chilled espresso in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. It is served in a martini glass. There are several claims as to the origin of the Espresso Martini. One of the most common claims is that it was created by Dick Bradsell in 1983 in London. Supposedly a woman asked him for something that would wake her up and mess her up. Coffee and vodka make the perfect combination in that case!

The Blinker is made of 2 ounces of rye whiskey, 1 ounce of grapefruit juice, and 1-2 teaspoons of raspberry syrup. You need to shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a piece of lemon peel. The production of alcohol has been traced back at least 12,000 years.

Planter's Punch is an old rum drink. The most common recipe is 1/3 rum, 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 pineapple Juice, and a dash of grenadine. Punch is the term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice. The drink was introduced from India to the United Kingdom in the early seventeenth century.

You can get a Singapore Sling onboard major international airlines such as Singapore Airlines. When it was first created, the cocktail was known as the Singapore Gin Sling. Ngiam Tong Boon, the bartender of Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, is the one responsible for the Singapore Sling. He comes from Hainan Island, China.

New Orleans is the birthplace of the Hurricane, it is a bright red drink, served in a tall glass and garnished with orange slices and cherries. The New Orleans favorite was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar, which is one of the greatest foundations of French Quarter libations. The name of the drink comes from the shape of the glass it’s served in - it is shaped like a hurricane lamp.

The Sidecar has a murky past. Its most famous origin story features Harry’s New York Bar in the 1920s in Paris. Supposedly an American army captain who liked to ride in a motorcycle sidecar invented it. The classic French recipe calls for equal parts cognac, cointreau, and lemon juice; the classic English recipe calls for two parts brandy and equal parts Cointreau and lemon juice.

The Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye, Canadian, bourbon, blended, and Tennessee whiskey. The whiskey-based Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for New York City's five boroughs.

The Rob Roy was invented in 1894 by a bartender who worked at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. A classic Rob Roy is similar to a Manhatan, except that it is prepared exclusively with Scotch whiskey. It is made by combining the Scotch with sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters.

The Vesper Martini is the famous drink ordered by James Bond in both the book and the movie, Casino Royale. In the movie Casino Royale, when Vesper asks Bond if he named the drink after her "because of the bitter aftertaste," 007 replies that he named it for her, "because once you have tasted it, you won't drink anything else."

The Bellini was created sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The Bellini consists of puréed white peaches and Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. Marinating fresh peaches in wine is an Italian tradition. The original recipe was made with a little raspberry or cherry juice to give the drink a pink hue.

There are a number of recipes for El Diablo online, ranging from classic versions to modern twists. There are recipes using tequila, creme de cassis, lime, and ginger ale. Another recipe calls for brandy, vermouth, curacao, and bitters. Then there's a super-modern version that uses a black currant sweetened tequila with ginger ale. Either way, we agree tequila is the key here, so, however you make it, don't forget that.

The Blood & Sand cocktail is mentioned by name in the 1926 travel guide, A Cocktail Continentale, but its recipe wasn’t printed until the 1930 edition of Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book. It seems likely that the drink was created in London in the mid-1920s. There was even a movie with this name in it! In 1922, a silent black-and-white movie, titled Blood & Sand, was released, starring Rudolph Valentino as a poor Spanish boy who ends up becoming successful.

The Brandy Crusta is a rich, fussy, and obscure cocktail that most people haven't heard of and definitely haven't tried. It was Invented by an Italian bartender named Joseph Santini in New Orleans and was one of the city’s first true cocktails. It was originally mixed in the 1850s, which means it predates even the rye whiskey-based Sazerac. This is one of the first cocktails that introduced the idea of complex presentation through garnishes.

The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail. It is made with cachaca, which is a sugarcane hard liquor, sugar, and lime. Cachaca, also called pinga, caninha, or many other traditional names, is Brazil's most popular distilled alcoholic beverage. Both rum and cachaca are made from sugarcane products. In cachaca the alcohol comes from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled, while rum is usually made from by-products like molasses.

The Amaretto Sour was invented by a widowed innkeeper in Saronno in 1525. The widow, lovesick as she was, created a concoction of brandy and apricot as a symbol of her everlasting devotion. Towards the end of the 18th century, this widow's recipe became the property of the Reina family, who still produce Disaronno ‘Originale’, which is an infusion of apricot kernel oil, absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and seventeen selected herbs and fruits.

The White Lady was invented by Harry MacElhone, who was a bartender at the superchic Ciro's Club, in London. The White Lady is an unhealthy blend of 2/3 Cointreau, 1/6 crème de menthe, and 1/6 lemon juice. It's the color of milky gas and is incredibly sweet.

The Painkiller is traditionally a blend of rum, cream of coconut, pineapple, and orange juice. It is served on the rocks. In every sense, the Painkiller is an iconic cocktail. It has been termed the “Modern Classic” or the “Most Famous Caribbean Cocktail,” as people from all around the globe drink it.

A Tom Collins is a type of gin cocktail made with lemon juice, soda water, and sugar. It was actually named after a pretty bad joke in 1874, involving rumors of insults from a non-existent Tom Collins. It went viral and became all the rage in New York and Philadelphia. It was so popular, in fact, that it was dubbed "The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874." Some newspapers even printed stories at the time, containing false sightings of Tom Collins. There were also several songs written that memorialized the joke.

The French 75 was named for the powerful French 75mm field gun. This drink is a champagne-based cocktail and was the 1915 invention of Harry MacElhone. It is mixed with gin, champagne, lemon juice, and two dashes of simple syrup. Harry served it to his patrons at the New York Bar in Paris. Named for its kick, the French 75 became popular stateside when it was included in The Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930.

Essentially, the Penicillin is a modification of a whiskey sour with a peaty single-malt scotch, richly muddled ginger and honey, and a stiff overlay of an Islay scotch. The idea is that it is tangy, sweet and smoky all at once. Penicillin is the most popular creation of the neo-speakeasy culture that emerged during Prohibition, featuring secret entrances to tiny bars.

The Cosmo is a vodka-based cocktail, probably best known for its place on the popular television series, Sex and the City. Its iconic place on the show has cemented its reputation as a “girly” drink. It’s just vodka and cranberry with triple sec and lime juice, not quite as girly as many drinks would be. The legends say the drink was created by the gay community in Massachusetts in the 1970s.

Pisco has been produced in both Chile and Peru since the 16th century, although the two countries produce very different types of spirit. Controversially, both countries claim ownership of pisco’s invention, a fact that is still argued over to this day. The cocktail itself is a simple sour, made with pisco, citrus, egg white, and sugar syrup. It is a renowned classic among both bartenders and patrons.

The Gimlet's most famous recipe debuted 60 years ago, in 1953, with the British publication of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. The Gimlet recipe is simple: 2 ounces of gin with 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice and 3/4 ounce simple syrup. Open sea travel was often recommended to combat the threat of serious diseases back in the day. Scurvy was a scary one at that, and you got this through a lack of vitamin C. The British Royal Navy mixed lime juice with their gin in an effort to combat scurvy.

The Clover Club Cocktail is made with gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and an egg white. The egg white is not added to give the drink flavor, but rather it acts as an emulsifier. When the drink is shaken, a foamy head is formed on the top of the drink and a smooth and milky texture on your tongue. The Clover Club Cocktail is a drink that predates Prohibition. It is named after a Philadelphia men's club.

The original Aviation cocktail was first published in Hugo R. Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks and used the Alps-produced liqueur, Crème de Violet. Harry Craddock later printed the recipe in his 1930 publication, Savoy Cocktail Book. Harry’s recipe was a somewhat corrupt take on the drink, as he omitted the Crème de Violet. The absence of this liqueur in his recipe meant that for the next forty or so years the Aviation was served without one of its central and original ingredients.

Bermuda’s national drink is the Dark 'n’ Stormy. Originally this drink was made with ginger beer. Dark 'n’ Stormy is trademarked by Gosling Brothers Limited, the makers of Gosling's Black Seal Rum. This drink originates from its history of the British colony on the island of Bermuda since the early 17th century. This was an outpost for the Royal British Navy.

The Zombie was a very popular drink until the Mai Tai came around in 1959. Many people claimed to have invented the Mai Tai. The chief contenders were Trader Vic Bergeron and New Orleans native Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, otherwise known as "Don the Beachcomber." Bergeron was responsible for the Mai Tai - he wanted a lighter more citrusy drink, and so the drink was born.

Frozen Cocktail and Daiquiri machines have revolutionized the way that drinks are made, by giving them consistency and a great chilled flavor. National Daiquiri Day is celebrated on the 19th of July. The Daiquiri is considered as one of the basic drinks, as explained in the famous book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, by David A. Embury.

From the Royal Family to Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald to E.B. White, William Churchill to Dorothy Parker, the Dry Martini has many different famous fans. A Scottish distillery created a Martini worth £50,000. It isn’t covered in gold or diamonds; it simply comes with a holiday on the side. A Burnt Martini is one that’s been doused with a touch of smoky whisky.

Although it's not the most widely known drink, the Sazerac is delicious and one of America's oldest cocktails. The blend of rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, and absinthe or pastis dates back to the 1830s, when Creole pharmacist Antoine Peychaud came up with the recipe and began serving it. The Sazerac became so popular that Peychaud's apothecary business quickly became better known as a place to get a revitalizing potion.

Count Camillo Negroni gets credits for creating this drink around 1919. As the story goes, Negroni really loved to drink Americanos, which are a blend of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. He felt that he wanted a little extra zing in his glass, however. He asked a bartender to replace the club soda with gin to give the mixture some added kick. This is the story of how the Negroni was born.

The Bramble is a cocktail created by Dick Bradsell in 1980's London, England. Best described as a spring cocktail, the Bramble brings together dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and creme de mure. The Bramble is served with crushed ice. The visual trickle down effect, similar to a bramble bush, is often credited as the origin of the cocktail's name. It closely resembles the popular Gin Fix. The Bramble can be made with fresh fruits, like blackberries or cranberries.

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