Cocktail Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cocktail quotes, cocktail sayings, and cocktail proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time.     

Luis Buñuel

Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.     

Terry Pratchett

A cocktail will never be better than its cheapest ingredient.     

David A. Embury

The cocktail party has a simple function in modern society. Its basic purpose is to pay off social debts.     

Hal Boyle

A cocktail party is a place where you talk with a person you do not know about a subject you have no interest in.     

Lin Yutang

It's never too early for a cocktail.     

Noël Coward

Festive cocktails mean color, lots of color.     

Danny Meyer

Cocktails are society's most enduring invention!     

Elsa Maxwell

A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care.     

Danny Meyer

The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.     

Peter Drucker

There must be some good in the cocktail party to account for its immense vogue among otherwise sane people.     

E. W. Howe

A holiday cocktail party is where some stranger will learn more about you in an hour than your spouse has learned in a lifetime.     

Unknown Author

Most cocktails containing liquor are made today with gin and ingenuity. In brief, take an ample supply of the former and use your imagination. For the benefit of a minority, it is courteous to serve chilled fruit juice in addition to cocktails made with liquor.     

Irma S. Rombauer