During the corona lockdowns, I took up making cocktails as a hobby. In this document I will share some insights I have gained that makes it easier to make new cocktails, along with recipes for my favorites.

Cocktail families

Understanding cocktails is much easier if you conceptualize them as belonging to different categories. I will use the categories that makes sense to me, which are broadly similar to those described in The Joy of Mixology and Cocktail codex.


Consists of a spirit, citrus fruit, and syrup.

A common composition is 2oz spirit, 3/4oz citrus fruit and 3/4 syrup.

Example: Whisky sour