Apr 27, After much haggling about what constitutes a mixed drink and settling on the following criteria—mixed drinks have basic ingredients (ginger. Enter your email above to get the full list of Drinks Every Bartender Should Know as a PDF. Note: The following cocktail recipes are a starting point. Also, fresh lemon & lime juice plus simple syrup is "the real sour mix", (*see note on Sour Mix below). Jun 26, In today’s world of craft cocktails the unique and unusual have become the norm. But at the core of bartending are the classics — drinks like the Martini, the Manhattan and even the Mai Tai. Following is a slideshow of 10 cocktails every bartender and cocktail connoisseur.