The Best On The Rocks Cocktails

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on the rocks cocktails

On the rocks cocktails are a timeless classic in the world of mixology. These drinks are characterized by the use of premium spirits poured over ice, which not only chills the beverage but also subtly dilutes it, allowing the flavors to meld together in perfect harmony. Texas, with its hot climate and love for all things bold, has taken this classic concept and elevated it to an art form.

At Zipps Liquor, we understand the importance of quality spirits and mixers when crafting the perfect on-the-rocks cocktail. That’s why we proudly offer a wide range of international and local brands at great prices, ensuring you have the best ingredients for your cocktail adventures. So, let’s dive into the world of on-the-rocks cocktails and discover Texas’s exceptional concoctions.

1. Moscow Mule

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a zesty and effervescent cocktail that combines the sharpness of vodka with the spice of ginger beer and the tanginess of fresh lime. Its popularity is partly due to its distinctive serving in a copper mug, which enhances the drinking experience by keeping the drink extra cool.

Ingredients

  • Premium Vodka: 2 oz
  • Fresh Lime Juice: 1/2 oz
  • Ginger Beer: 4-6 oz

Preparation Steps

  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add vodka and fresh lime juice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Calories

Approximately 180-200 calories per serving.

Serving Options

Serve immediately with a lime wedge as garnish.

2. Old Fashioned

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

old fashioned on-the-rocks

The Old Fashioned is a sophisticated and timeless whiskey cocktail. It elegantly combines bourbon’s depth with syrup’s sweetness and a hint of bitters.

Ingredients

  • Bourbon Whiskey: 2 oz
  • Simple Syrup: 1 teaspoon (or 1 sugar cube)
  • Aromatic Bitters: 2-3 dashes

Preparation Steps

  1. Place the simple syrup or sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Add the bitters.
  2. Muddle the sugar and bitters together.
  3. Add a large ice cube or several smaller ones.
  4. Pour in the bourbon and stir well.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and a cocktail cherry.

Calories

Around 150-180 calories per serving.

Serving Options

Best enjoyed with a large ice cube for slower dilution.

3. Mint Julep

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

on the rocks cocktail

The Mint Julep is a refreshing and iconic bourbon cocktail traditionally associated with the Kentucky Derby. It’s a delightful blend of bourbon, mint, and sweetness.

Ingredients

  • Bourbon: 2-3 oz
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: 10-12 leaves
  • Simple Syrup: 1/2 oz
  • Crushed Ice

Preparation Steps

  1. Gently muddle mint leaves and simple syrup in a Julep cup or rocks glass.
  2. Add bourbon.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir until the cup becomes frosty.
  4. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

Calories

Approximately 200-220 calories per serving.

Serving Options

Serve with a short straw.

4. Rickey

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

rocks cocktail

The Rickey is a classic, light, and refreshing cocktail, available in both gin and bourbon variations. Its bright lime flavor and effervescence characterize it.

Ingredients

  • Gin or Bourbon: 2 oz
  • Fresh Lime Juice: 1/2 oz
  • Club Soda

Preparation Steps

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add gin or bourbon and lime juice.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.

Calories

About 150 calories (gin version) or 180 calories (bourbon version).

Serving Options

Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.

5. Gin Bramble

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

gin cocktail

The Gin Bramble is a fruity and vibrant cocktail that combines the botanicals of gin with the tartness of lemon and the sweetness of blackberry liqueur.

Ingredients

  • Gin: 1 1/2 oz
  • Blackberry Liqueur: 3/4 oz
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: 1 oz
  • Simple Syrup: 1/2 oz

Preparation Steps

  1. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
  2. Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well and strain over the ice in the glass.
  4. Drizzle blackberry liqueur over the top.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice and a blackberry.

Calories

Approximately 200 calories.

Serving Options

Serve immediately, garnished with fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon.

6. Tequila Sunrise

Preparation Time: About 5 minutes

Tequila cocktail

The Tequila Sunrise is a visually appealing cocktail known for its colorful gradient that mimics a sunrise. This drink combines tequila’s smoothness with the sweetness of orange juice, topped with a splash of grenadine for a vibrant color effect.

Ingredients

  • Tequila: 2 ounces
  • Orange Juice: 4 ounces
  • Grenadine: 1/2 ounce

Preparation Steps

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the tequila and orange juice over the ice.
  3. Slowly add the grenadine, which will sink and then gradually rise to mix with the other ingredients.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice or cherry.

Calories

Approximately 200-220 calories per serving.

Serving Options

Serve in a highball glass garnished with an orange slice or a cherry.

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Celebrate Texas’ On The Rocks Cocktail Culture

The on-the-rocks cocktail scene in Texas is as diverse and vibrant as the state itself. From the simplicity of a well-made Old Fashioned to the innovative creations of modern mixologists, these drinks represent a blend of tradition and innovation.

We at Zipps Liquor invite you to explore this rich tapestry of flavors and styles. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of cocktails, our stores offer a wide range of spirits, mixers, and expert advice to help you discover your perfect on-the-rocks cocktail. With our commitment to quality and variety, we are your trusted guide in this delightful journey. Shop online or visit us in-store across Texas to experience the best in cocktail culture. Cheers to the art of the perfect drink! 🍸🥃🌟

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