Ten Car-themed Cocktails to Ignite Your Weekend

All adult beverages, all high octane.

It’s Friday! Time to fill your tank with the proverbial racing fuel. These drinks are all auto-inspired. Hang up your keys for the night and have at it. (Note: For measurement, a single shot contains 1 ½ ounces.)


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1 ½ oz cognac

¾ oz Cointreau

¾ oz lemon juice

Shake ingredients with cracked ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and strap on your helmet. A classic! Source: Esquire

Ferrari Cocktail

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1 ½ oz Fernet Branca

1 ½ oz Campari

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Smile with pleasure: You own a Ferrari. Source: Michel Dietsch, Serious Eats

Cadillac Margarita

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1 ½ oz good tequila

½ oz Cointreau

1 oz lime juice

Grand Marnier floater

1 sombrero

Shake first three ingredients with cracked ice, strain into a big margarita glass, float a tablespoon of Grand Marnier on top. Don your sombrero and imbibe. Source: Yours truly

Irish Car Bomb

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1 shot glass full of ½ Bailey’s and ½ Irish whiskey

1 pint of Guinness, freshly poured from a tap

Drop the shot into the beer and drink the pint, ideally in one go. Source: Can’t remember. Too many Irish Car Bombs.


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2 oz gin

½ oz dry vermouth


Rinse a chilled coupe (that’s an old-fashioned martini glass, not a two door) with Benedictine. Stir other ingredients with ice and strain into the glass. Source: Imbibe magazine

Silver Mercedes

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1 shot cold vodka

½ shot cranberry

Champagne floater

Stir vodka and cranberry with ice in a highball glass. Top with Champagne. Best when drunk while listening to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” Source: Bar None Drinks


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½ oz Baileys

½ oz Midori liqueur

Jägermeister floater

Shake first two ingredients with cracked ice, strain into a rocks glass. Float some Jäger on top. Sip while reading Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. Source:

BMW Cocktail

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¾ oz Baileys

¾ oz Malibu coconut rum

¾ oz rye whiskey

Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour ingredients over the top and stir. Serve with weisswurst mit senf. Source: Shaun the Bartender

Bentley Cocktail

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1 ½ shot Calvados brandy

1 ½ shot Dubonnet

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass. Raise a toast to W.O. Bentley himself. Source: Difford’s Guide

Le Mans Cocktail

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1 shot Cointreau

1 shot vodka

1 tbsp simple syrup

1 shot orange juice

1 shot soda

Mix all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with soda and lemon slice garnish. Drink Le Mans cocktails for 24 hours straight, and you’re a true champion. Source: Food Travel TV