Popular Bar Drinks in America

We are a country that loves their cocktails. Because of this, America is home to a wide variety of alcoholic drinks. In this blog, we will discuss some of our country’s most beloved bar drinks. And, if any of these concoctions sound enticing, be sure to make your way to your local bar. If you live in the area of Iowa, be sure to stop by Matt & John’s Gametime Sports Bar. We have all of the drinks featured below, and then some.


‘Mojito’ is not just a fun word to say, it also is a delicious drink. The combination of white rum and lime juice gives you a sense of being somewhere warm, surrounded by rolling waves and sand — even when you are sitting on a bar stool in Iowa! If you are looking for an escape, a mojito is the best one-way ticket abroad. Mojitos are also extremely easy to make. All you have to do is muddle* 1/2 ounce of lime juice with one teaspoon of sugar. It is important that you do this step in a Collins glass, which is a small glass that will allow the grains of sugar to fully soak up the lime flavor. After that, take some mint leaves (three is preferable) and mush them against the side of a glass with a spoon. Fill the serving glass with 2/3 with cracked ice, two ounces of white rum, and club soda. There you have it! Tropical paradise in a glass.

*To muddle: A bartender must use a muddler, which is a large bat-like pestle. Bartenders will use these tools to mash certain garnishes to add flavor to a drink.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules, also known as “that cool drink with the fancy shiny cup,” is one of the most popular drinks in the United States. Even though the name mentions Mother Russia, this classic drink was made right here in the U-S-of A! So, solute what is arguably one of the greatest innovations of our country, and learn what makes a Moscow Mule such as delicious cocktail.
How do you make a Moscow Mule? Well, luckily you don’t have to be a wizard behind a bar counter to make one. First, you squeeze 1/2 ounces of lime juice into a Moscow Mule cup (a copper cup). After that, drop in a spent shell and add two to three ice cubes. Now the best part — add two ounces of vodka. If you want to make a traditional mule you will almost always use Smirnoff. However, other options are acceptable as well. Add four to six ounces of ginger beer into the glass until the drink touches the lip of the cup.

#1: Old Fashioned

It’s old, it’s fashioned, and it America’s most popular cocktail!

If you enjoy the feeling of drinking whiskey and like the excuse to tell people you drink whiskey, an old-fashioned is perfect for you. This drink showcases both whiskey-flavor and drinkable sweetness, all in one place. Most of the reason people are generally not big whiskey drinkers is that it can be difficult to drink if it doesn’t have enough sugar. Much of the ‘smoothness’ people refer to is when a whiskey has enough sugar in it.
Making an old-fashion is so easy, so it makes sense why it has been around forever. All you have to do is place a 1/2 teaspoon of loose sugar at the bottom of a short glass. Then, wet it down with some Angostura bitters (3 slashes, DO NOT overdo). After the bitters, add your club soda. You will want to fill the drink up with some club soda and muddle. With the room you have left in your glass, pour in two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey. Place an ice cube in the drink and then top it off with an orange twist.

Matt & John’s Gametime Sports Bar

If any of these drinks sound good, stop by our bar. We have skilled bartenders that can whip you up these beverages in no time. Best of all, if you visit us on the third Wednesday of the month you can be a part of our Bartender Battles. On this special night, we donate a portion of your drink orders to the following charities:

  • Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS)
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital (UISFCH)

If you are interested in doing good in your community, as well as getting a gentle buzz from a delicious alcoholic beverage, come by Matt & John’s Gametime Sports Bar.