If candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup sound like the four basic food groups to you, then you probably prefer your mixed drinks to be on the sweeter side, too. The next time you visit your favorite bar or restaurant, order one of these super sweet mixed drinks. Your taste buds will thank you!
Perhaps the best known of all sugary, fruity drinks, the Cosmopolitan, or Cosmo as it is commonly known, is a vodka-based cocktail. It is typically made with lemon-flavored vodka and sweetened with cranberry juice and cointreau. A little lime juice adds a hint of tartness.
If you love rum, this drink is for you. It's made with super-sweet coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue cacao. Some bartenders may add some sour mix or cream of coconut to give their blue Hawaiians a unique character. The drink's electric blue color is quite attractive and might leave your tongue a little blue.
Another rum-based drink, the pina colada is refreshing on a summer night. The drink is made with coconut milk and pineapple juice, so it is smooth and creamy. Many bartenders will blend it with ice to give it a smoothie-like consistency.
You don't typically think of gin as being used in sweet drinks, but this recipe does a nice job of combining the pungent flavors of gin with calmer, sweeter ingredients. A gin mule is typically made with simple syrup, ginger beer, and lime. Some bartenders will add some mint leaves to the recipe, giving the drink a refreshing appeal. If you don't like mint, ask for this ingredient to be left out.
Another classic vodka drink, the lemon drop gets its sweetness from simple syrup. Other ingredients include vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice. As if this is not delicious enough, the rim of the glass is typically coated in sugar. Lemon drops are strong drinks, and you can taste the vodka pretty well, so make sure you order yours with a higher-end vodka that you enjoy.
The Bahama Mama has a layered appearance, thanks to the addition of sweet, red grenadine syrup. The other ingredients are rum, coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and sometimes a splash of sour mix. Bahama mamas are tall drinks, so plan on sipping this one for a while.
All of the drinks on this list are quite popular, so most bartenders should know how to make them. Enjoy one with your next meal or alongside an appetizer. Talk with a place like OJ's Steak & Pizza to see what other sweet drinks are available.