What is the best mixed drink to make for a date? That’s a loaded question that really depends on your motivation for asking. But we’ll do our best to answer it without making ourselves out to sound like a bunch of lust-crazed website owners looking for some action.
Let’s start by tackling the serious subject matter first. All kidding and sarcasm aside, alcohol should never be used to take advantage of anyone on a date. Make sure any drinking you do is purely for social reasons. Leave your nefarious intentions at the door. With that said, let’s get onto the individual drinks.
What are some mixed drinks with class?
We’ve mentioned the mojito in other posts and we’re going to mention it again here; our apologies if you’re getting sick and tired of hearing about this drink. The fact remains this is one of the top mixed drinks in America these days and it just spews class.
One recipe from Food & Wine combines rum with mint and lime. At first that might sound a bit disgusting, with three different types of flavors being combined, but it’s intriguing enough that you really should try it. If you’re prone to gagging on unfamiliar tastes, you might want to make one of these and try a sip before your date arrives.
Another classy drink is the traditional Manhattan. The classic version of this drink utilizes whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters to create a drink that some would consider more complex than dating itself. Good luck with this one. It’s classy but dangerous.
What are some mixed drinks that are fun?
Perhaps the most fun mixed drink around is the Margarita. Why, you ask? Because it conjures up images of Jimmy Buffett sitting in a lounge chair in the Florida Keys, guitar in one hand and a frosty glass in the other. There are few things more enjoyable, we assure you. And besides, as a single person, you need a good reason to use the blender your mother gave you last Christmas.
That said, the Margarita is a fruity concoction that starts with a Mexican tequila base. Add to that some orange liqueur and a bit of lime or lemon, followed by a salt chaser. The sweet, sour, and salty tastes are more than capable of injecting a little fun into even the most awkward of dates.
If you like great-sounding names and drinks from Cuba you’ll love the frozen strawberry daiquiri. This is also another fruity drink combining rum, lime juice, sugar, strawberry, and lots of ice. It’s not a good choice if you’re prone to brain freeze when sucking on smoothies or milkshakes. The last thing you need on a date is brain freeze.
Are there any mixed drinks that say “I care?”
We’re assuming most of those reading this article are men rather than women. That being the case, it’s sometimes helpful on a date to give the impression that you really care; even if you just met the person sitting on the other side of the table. There are a couple of great drinks for that.
The first one is the Bloody Mary. We’ve chosen this drink for two reasons: it’s one that gives you great liberty in terms of potency (depending on how you mix the ingredients) and there is a completely non-alcoholic version in case your date decides consuming alcohol in your presence is not a good idea. Hey, it happens.
Another drink that says you care is known as the Cosmopolitan. If you serve this one your date will assume you’re a big fan of Sex and the City, even if you’ve never seen a single episode of the chick-centric program. Just that thought alone will convince your date you are a modern man who’s not afraid of his feminine side.
One final drink for this category is the mint julep. This is the classic drink of the Kentucky Derby, southern belles from Georgia and Alabama, and famous author William Faulkner. It combines mint, bourbon, and crushed ice for a delightful drink you can serve before dinner or afterwards.
Are there any drinks I should be cautious of?
We’ve done our best to provide you with advice regarding the best mixed drink to make for a date. If you go outside the parameters offered here, we can only say you do so at your own risk. You may prefer some funky concoction based on whiskey sours or something pretentious and international sounding. It’s up to you.
Just be warned that the wrong drink can send the wrong message and bring your date to a quick end. If you’re not exactly sure what to serve, you can always start by going the safe route of wine coolers or expensive champagne and then go from there. Whatever you do, don’t stoop to the level of light beer. That drink is reserved for you and your buddies on Sunday while watching football.
If you find something that works, make sure to share it with everyone else. If your date ends up being a nightmare, please consider keeping it to yourself.