Show me some cocktails for the early evening. I want rum/vodka-based that's not too sweet.

Cocktail Colin says:

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I have found a couple of cocktails that might be perfect for the early evening and are based on rum or vodka. They are not too sweet, so they might be just what you are looking for.
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Early evening

You asked: Early evening rum and vodka cocktails that aren't too sweet. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.


The Mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail that has gained worldwide popularity for its refreshing qualities. It features a tantalizing...

Lime juice (20ml), Mint Leaves (15), White rum (45ml), Soda water (Top up), Sugar (2 teaspoons)

5 ingredients
4.93 / 5

Vodka Gimlet

The Vodka Gimlet is a classic cocktail that has been around since the early 20th century. It is believed to...

Vodka (75ml), Lime juice (Teaspoon), Lemon Juice (Teaspoon), Lime Cordial (7.5ml), Sugar Syrup (Teaspoon)

5 ingredients
4.9 / 5

Virgin Mojito

The Virgin Mojito is a non-alcoholic twist on the classic Mojito cocktail, offering a refreshing and minty flavor profile perfect...

Lime juice (30ml), Mint Leaves (7), Apple Juice (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml)

4 ingredients
4.79 / 5

Dark 'n' Stormy

The Dark 'n' Stormy is a classic cocktail that originated in Bermuda in the early 1900s. It has a bold...

Dark rum (60ml), Ginger Beer (100ml), Lime (1)

3 ingredients
4.7 / 5

Vodka Martini

The Vodka Martini is a classic and iconic cocktail that is known for its simplicity and sophistication. Originating in the...

Vodka (60ml), White vermouth (10ml)

2 ingredients
4.65 / 5

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a refreshing flavour profile. It is believed to have...

Vodka (45ml), Lime juice (10ml), Ginger Beer (120ml)

3 ingredients
4.63 / 5

Midnight Mojito

The Midnight Mojito is an energetic twist on the classic mojito, combining the refreshing flavors of mint and lime with...

Mint Leaves (8), Energy drink (Top up), Lime (3), Raspberry vodka (60ml), Sugar (Tablespoon)

5 ingredients
3.92 / 5

The Late Night Reviver

A Cocktail to Take the Edge Off (meaning indigestion)... Chances are, you still feel full from Christmas – like you...

Lime juice (15ml), Gin (45ml), Amaro (15ml), Ginger Syrup (22.5ml)

4 ingredients
3.89 / 5

Mango Mixer

The Mango Mixer is a tropical-inspired cocktail that tantalizes the senses with a vibrant blend of fruity flavors. It combine...

Lime juice (15ml), White rum (60ml), Pomegranate Juice (30ml), Mango Juice (150ml)

4 ingredients
3.89 / 5

Jerry & Ginger

The Jerry & Ginger cocktail is a simple yet refreshing blend that marries the warm, complex notes of spiced rum...

Ginger Ale (Top Up), Lime (2 wedges), Spiced rum (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.66 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What makes a good early evening cocktail?

A good early evening cocktail is usually light, refreshing, and not overly sweet, often featuring ingredients like citrus, mint, or ginger.

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Are there any classic rum cocktails for the early evening?

Yes, classic rum cocktails such as the Mojito or Moscow Mule are excellent choices for early evening due to their refreshing and balanced flavors.

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What mixers pair well with vodka for less sweet cocktails?

Mixers like soda water, tonic water, citrus juices, and ginger beer are great for creating vodka cocktails that are not overly sweet.

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How can I adjust the sweetness level in my cocktails?

You can adjust the sweetness level in your cocktails by reducing the amount of sugar syrup or sweet mixers and adding more citrus or bitter flavors.

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What is a balanced cocktail?

A balanced cocktail has a harmonious blend of flavors, including sweetness, acidity, bitterness, and sometimes saltiness, ensuring no single element overpowers the drink.

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