Some of the most popular fancy alcoholic beverages are the French 75, Boulevardier, Ramos Gin Fizz, Mint Julep and Cosmopolitan. Other impressive cocktails include the Pisco Sour, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sour, Mai Tai and Last Word.
To create a sparkling French 75, combine 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice and teaspoons of sugar in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a champagne flute and add champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish the cocktail with a thin lemon spiral to add extra flair.
The Boulevardier is a fancier version of a Negroni, and is made by combining 1 ounce of bourbon or rye whiskey, 1 ounce of Campari and 1 ounce of sweet vermouth. Stir well for at least 20 seconds in a mixing glass, pour into a cocktail class, and add a cherry or orange twist before serving.
To make an elegant Cosmopolitan, add 1 1/2 ounces of citrus-flavored vodka, 1/2 ounce of triple sec, 1/2 ounce of cranberry juice and 1/4 of ounce fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. After the mixture is shaken well, strain it into a chilled cocktail class, and garnish with a fresh orange twist.
Regardless of one's cocktail of choice, it's important to use quality ingredients to give the drink an upscale taste.