I'm looking for a strong cocktail with a flavor that is relatively mild, and not too sour or bitter. It should not require gin or shaking.

Cocktail Colin says:

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For a strong cocktail with a mild flavor that isn't too sour or bitter, and doesn't involve gin or require shaking, the *Rum Old Fashioned* might be an excellent choice for you. It carries a robust alcohol content of 31.37% and combines Jamaican rum and overproof rum with the sweetness of falernum and a dash of Angostura Bitters, avoiding the sour and bitterness that you might want to steer clear of. Served in a lowball glass and not shaken or stirred, it offers a sophisticated and smooth sipping experience that captures the essence of a classic cocktail with a tropical twist. Additionally, the *Fancy Whisky* is another great option. This cocktail has an even higher alcohol content of 40%, but its flavor profile is mild, thanks to the simplicity of bourbon mixed with just a dash of sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters. It is cold, alcoholic, and stirred rather than shaken, providing a rich and smooth taste without any sharp sour or bitter notes. Both of these options fit your criteria and offer a strong yet pleasant drinking experience. Cheers!

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Strong cocktails

You asked: What are some strong cocktails with mild flavor?. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

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

Rum Old Fashioned

The Rum Old Fashioned is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, substituting the traditional whiskey base with a...

Jamaican rum (30ml), Overproof rum (10ml), Falernum (7.5ml), Sugar Syrup (2.5ml), Angostura Bitters (1 dash)

5 ingredients
4 / 5


A classic cocktail from the renowned "Savoy Cocktail Book."

Lime juice (45ml), Orange juice (30ml), White rum (60ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash)

4 ingredients
3.89 / 5

Old Southerner

A twist on the Old Fashioned by a gentleman with a sweet tooth. ~ Vince Napolitano

Orange Bitters (Dash), Sugar Syrup (10ml), Lemon-Lime soda (30ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Bourbon (60ml)

5 ingredients
3.88 / 5


The Randomspank is a cocktail that combines the familiar bubbly sweetness of cola with the tangy kick of lime cordial,...

Cola (Top up), Lime Cordial (60ml), Whiskey (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.86 / 5

No Thanks

The cocktail "No Thanks" is an intriguing blend that strays from the traditional and combines robust whiskey with the crisp...

Whiskey (15ml), Vodka (15ml), Blackcurrant Juice (15ml), White rum (15ml)

4 ingredients
3.67 / 5

Southern Driver

The Southern Driver is a refreshing cocktail that marries the smoothness of vodka with the rich warmth of whiskey, topped...

Vodka (30ml), Orange juice (150ml), Lime Cordial (Dash), Whiskey (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.65 / 5

Fancy Whisky

A very old cocktail, from the time when cocktails were originally invented. The "Fancy…" was a type of type of...

Sugar Syrup (Dash), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Bourbon (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.63 / 5


The cocktail named Overload is a potent mix that combines the rich, warm flavors of whiskey with the clear, sharp...

Whiskey (30ml), Vodka (30ml), White rum (30ml), Lemon-Lime soda (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.61 / 5

Man's Drink

The Man's Drink is a simple and straightforward cocktail that features the classic and ubiquitous flavor of cola, paired with...

Cola (120ml), White rum (30ml)

2 ingredients
3.59 / 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 cocktail strong?

The strength of a cocktail is usually determined by the alcohol content of its ingredients. Cocktails with higher proportions of spirits like rum, whiskey, vodka, or gin tend to be stronger.

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Are there strong cocktails that are not bitter or sour?

Yes, there are strong cocktails that maintain a mild flavor without being overly bitter or sour. Ingredients such as sugar syrup, falernum, or certain liqueurs can help balance the flavors.

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What is a good strong cocktail without gin?

A Rum Old Fashioned is an excellent choice that does not include gin and has a balanced flavor profile. It uses rums with falernum, sugar syrup, and bitters, offering a strong yet smooth sip.

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Do strong cocktails always need to be shaken?

No, not all strong cocktails require shaking. Some, like the Rum Old Fashioned, are stirred rather than shaken to maintain their smooth and rich flavor profiles.

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What is falernum in cocktails?

Falernum is a Caribbean sweet syrup used in cocktails, typically flavored with lime, almond, ginger, and other spices. It adds depth and a slightly sweet, spicy note to drinks.

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