I was trying to think of a good basic mixed drink repertoire. I came up with this: Brandy Sour, Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri, Gin and Tonic, Martini, Manhattan, Margarita, Rum and Coke, Rum and Tonic, Screwdriver, Whiskey and Coke, Whiskey Sour, Vodka and Tonic.
Honorable Mentions: Bloody Mary, Mojito.
The criteria was mixed drinks a good host should be prepared to make, both in terms of knowing how and having all the ingredients. What would your list be?