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Can’t decide on a cocktail? Give our drink generator a shake.

It’s Friday night. Do you know where your cocktail is?

Or more specifically, what it is? Personally, I’ve often got such decision fatigue by the end of the week that I’m usually inclined to just make my favorite, the Negroni, over and over again, then stare at a movie I’ve already seen five times.

But I want to do better! I want to try new things! Yes, I may be comfortable wallowing in my well-worn cocktail rut, but now and then I want to break free!

Maybe you do, too. Or maybe you’re just learning the cocktail ropes. You know what you like, flavor-wise, but you need a tool to point you toward a new tipple, whether it’s your favorite drink’s next-door neighbor or its distant cousin.

If you like the brightness of a great margarita, you’ll probably love a classic daiquiri, and you may enjoy exploring more unusual shaken citrus drinks. If you like an Old-Fashioned, you’ll love what happens when it crosses the border and takes up agave spirits for its base in the Oaxaca Old Fashioned.

Explore those options and more in our new cocktail finder tool that lets you search for something bubbly and refreshing, or spirit-forward, or bright and fruity. We’ve got some good nonalcoholic options, too!

Just enter your druthers and we’ll give you ideas here. Let’s shake things up!

What are you in the mood for?

  • Bubbly and/or refreshing
  • Stirred and/or boozy
  • Shaken and/or tart
  • Nonalcoholic

Choose the flavor profile

  • Fruity
  • Bitter
  • Smoky/spicy

Great!

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.
food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

Can’t decide on a cocktail? Give our drink generator a shake.

Mojito

The Cuban rum classic is bubbly, bright with lime and aromatic with fresh mint.

See the recipe

If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider this French 75.

Bubbly and/or refreshing, Fruity

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

Campari and Soda

Bright red and refreshing, this tall drink wakes up the palate with bittersweet citrus and herbs.

See the recipe

If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider this Gin and Tonic.

Bubbly and/or refreshing, Bitter

Dark & Stormy

A tropical refresher that you can make sweeter or spicier with your choice of gingery bubbles.

See the recipe

If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider this Gin Gin Mule.

Bubbly and/or refreshing, Smoky/spicy

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Apple Manhattan

Fall’s favorite fruit meets the Big Apple. The baking-spice bitters tie it up in a bow.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider our La Perla.

Stirred and/or boozy, Fruity

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

Toffee Negroni

A bittersweet beauty is made caramelly with nutty sherry.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a Negroni Bianco.

Stirred and/or boozy, Bitter

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Oaxaca Old Fashioned

It’s a modern agave classic. Don’t skip the flamed orange peel, which adds flavor and theater.

See the recipe

If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a Cocoa Smoke.

Stirred and/or boozy, Smoky/spicy

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Daiquiri

The slushy, technicolor theme-park variations don’t hold a candle to the clean, tart classic.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider the Gold Rush.

Shaken and/or tart, Fruity

Trinidad Sour

The big pour of Angostura makes this drink a revelation for those used to bitters by the drop.

See the recipe

If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a Paper Plane.

Shaken and/or tart, Bitter

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Naked and Famous

Amazing color is complemented by an amazing balance of sweet, tart, smoky and herbal.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a Sangrita de Fruta.

Shaken and/or tart, Smoky/spicy

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Meyer Lemon Squeeze

The savory hint of thyme adds intrigue to this nonalcoholic lemon cocktail.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a Hedge Your Bets.

Nonalcoholic, Fruity

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Bitter in the Tropics

A nonalcoholic Italian red bitter meets tropical notes of lime and almond.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider an Orange on Orange.

Nonalcoholic, Bitter

food, can’t decide on a cocktail? give our drink generator a shake.

(Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Strawberry-Jalapeño Non-a-Rita

Where heat and sweet meet and greet.

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If you want to try another cocktail in this category, consider a No-Booze Penicillin.

Nonalcoholic, Smoky/spicy

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Illustrations by Jordan Kay. Design and art direction by Betty Chavarria. Development by Garland Potts. Editing by Ann Maloney and Matt Brooks. Copy editing by Melissa Ngo.

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