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What's the world's most popular cocktail?

World Cocktail Day (May 13) came with some interesting discoveries about the world's favourite drinks.

We left no stone unturned in our search for the world’s favourite cocktails, surveying our World Class community along with some of the best bartenders from a vast mix of countries, including Puerto Rico, Portugal, Greece, Norway, Iceland, UAE, Beirut, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and the Philippines to reveal our definitive list. The results are in, with the Old Fashioned crowned the consumer cocktail of choice, closely followed by Italian dark horse, the Negroni.

 

The retro charm of the Negroni and Old Fashioned is all part of a cocktail revolution that’s taking the world by storm, and it’s the millennials who are leading the charge, with almost nine out of ten (88%) of younger drinkers enjoying mixed drinks on a night out (Cellar Trends).

And that’s because, according to World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 Kaitlyn Stewart, consumers no longer see cocktails as an afterthought.

'The Old Fashioned and Negroni are classic cocktails that have stood the test of time. There are countless variations, but when executed perfectly in any bar around the world, they always taste exactly how you want them to,' says Stewart.

The Whisky Sour, Margarita and Moscow Mule are next, when it comes to consumers’ tipples of choice, with the Espresso Martini, Daiquiri, Dry Martini, Tom Collins and Manhattan also squeezing their way into the top ten.

'The nice thing about classic cocktails is they aren't overly complicated – they tend to be three-ingredient recipes that any bartender can attempt at home with ease. Simply stocking quality products, such as Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, Ketel One Vodka, Zacapa Rum or a quality single malt such as Talisker, in your home bar will have you a third of the way to success!' adds Stewart.

 

'We surveyed the world’s best bartenders from the four corners of the globe and it is incredible to see the renaissance of these important and timeless cocktails picking up pace everywhere,' says Global Cocktailian Lauren Mote. 'The cocktail revolution is here, people! It is time to embrace it! We hope you feel inspired to take on these classics and make them your go-to drinks when raising a glass on World Cocktail Day.'

 

 

Discover world's best bartender Kaitlyn Stewart's favourite recipes for the top ten cocktails in the world

 

Old Fashioned

2oz Bulleit Bourbon

4 dashes aromatic bitters

1 sugar cube

1 orange peel

 

METHOD: Muddle sugar and bitters together in a mixing glass. Slowly add bourbon while stirring over ice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist and cherry.

 

 

 


Negroni

0.75oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.75oz Italian liquor

0.75oz sweet vermouth

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

 

 

 

 

Whisky Sour

1.5oz Johnnie Walker Black Whisky

0.75oz lemon Juice

0.5oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

1 egg white

2 dashes aromatic bitters

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin. "Dry" shake for 7-10 seconds. Add ice and "wet" shake for 7-10 seconds. Fine strain into a small rocks glass or coupe. Garnish with 2-3 dots of bitters.

 

 

 

 

 

Margarita

1.5oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila

0.5oz orange liqueur

0.75oz lime juice

0.25oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

Salt rim (optional)

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin. Shake for 7-10 seconds. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

 

 

 

Moscow Mule

1.5oz Cîroc Vodka

0.5oz lime juice

3.5oz ginger beer

METHOD: Build or shake. Serve in a copper mug over crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and a dash of Angostura bitters.

 

 

 

 

 

Espresso Martini

1.5oz Ketel One Vodka

0.5oz Mr Black coffee liqueur

1oz cold brew coffee

0.5oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin. Shake for 7-10 seconds. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.

 

 

 

 

 

Daiquiri

2oz Zacapa Rum

1oz lime juice

0.75oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin. Shake for 7-10 seconds. Strain into a cope glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Martini

2oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.25oz dry vermouth

1 dash orange bitters

METHOD: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir for 7-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Collins

1.5oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.5oz lime juice

0.25oz lemon Juice

0.25oz simple syrup

top with soda

METHOD: In a shaker tin, combine all ingredients (excluding soda). Shake for 5-7 seconds. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with a lemon and lime wheel.

 

 

 

 

Manhattan

1.5oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey

0.5oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes aromatic bitters

1 dash orange bitters

In a mixing glass combine all ingredients. stir for 7-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. express the oils from an orange peel, then discard. Garnish with a cherry.