A cocktail is a mixed drink typically made with a distilled liquor such as brandy, gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc. as its base ingredient that is then mixed with other ingredients or garnishments. Cocktails also contain one or more types of juice, fruit, honey, milk, spices, or other flavourings. Ingredients of cocktails vary from bartender to bartender and from region to region and there is a large variety to choose from. Some of the 10 most popular cocktails that you must try are listed below just for you though you will eventually come to know that like ingredients of cocktails, its popularity listing also differs from region to region.
Here Are 10 Of The Most Popular Cocktails
One of the most popular cocktail Margarita is a simple mixture of tequila, triple sec, orange liqueur, and lime juice which is often blended with ice but you can have it on the rocks as traditionally -. Some bartenders may also offer you various fruity versions, such as raspberry, peach, or strawberry in place of the traditional lime juice. So sip slowly this marvellous cocktail in a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy.
Another popular cocktail that compliments summer perfectly with a fresh minty taste and relatively low alcohol content that should be part of your dinner date is Mojito. Mojito is a mixture of white rum, mint, lime juice, white sugar, and soda water dashed with ice. You can ask the bartender to replace soda water with sprite or 7-up to try a variant. To get an enhanced minty flavour always crush the mint leaves instead of just dicing them to unlock the oils.
If you are a vodka drinker go for Cosmopolitan, which is a tangy concoction of vodka, Cointreau triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice garnished with a lemon twist. You will love the clean and slightly tart taste on your palate making it one of the most popular cocktails.
‘Mai Tai’ which means “the best—out of this world” in Tahitian is one of the most famous -cocktails in the world. You will surely love Mai Tai which is a rum-based cocktail with light and dark rums, almond syrup, pineapple juice, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. You will not forget the smooth taste of this quintessential cocktail in Tiki culture but be prepared for a serious punch due to all the alcohol content in it.
The name Pina Colada in Spanish literally means “strained pineapple”. Because of the use of fresh pineapple juice in preparation, it is a popular summer cocktail that you can also enjoy as a mocktail. The cocktail is made with white rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice served either blended or shaken with ice. In the mocktail, rum is not added making it a kid-friendly drink that is healthy as well as filling. So when you are out with your children for eat-out Pina Colada will be an excellent choice.
If you are looking for a simple yet refined cocktail then go for Mint Julep, which is a concoction -of Bourbon, a little bit of water, powdered and granulated sugar, and plenty of mint in crushed ice. The Mint Julep is traditionally served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim so the cup maintains optimum forth. With a balance of sweet, smoky, and herbal flavors the Mint Julep is such a favorite cocktail that you definitely would not like to miss.
Long Island Iced Tea
Do not be surprised, it’s not iced tea but a type of cocktail typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives this popular cocktail an amber color just as iced tea. Long Island Ice tea is said to be the ultimate party cocktail with the right amount of punch to satisfy your moods. So serve this fabulous cocktail the next time you organize a party and you are sure to get a lot of appreciation.
Apple martini also called ‘Appletini’ is a sweet and delicious cocktail with a vodka base and one or more of apple juice, cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. There are many variations of this very popular cocktail. Whether you are looking for a sweet-and-sour electric green cocktail or one with a true apple flavor, there is an apple martini just to fit your taste. These tasty Apple Martinis are perfect for a little rest and relaxation. So go for it when you just want to chill.
Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail very popular all over the world. It is made with cachaca (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar, and lime, prepared by first mixing the fruit and sugar then adding the liquor with a dash of club soda. If you do not have Cachaca you can substitute it with white rum or vodka. A favorite summertime cocktail, the Caipirinha is one of the most refreshing cocktails you can mix up. If you have not tried Caipirinha, why wait, go ahead and enjoy. An added benefit is, one of these most popular cocktails serves as a tonic for the common cold, yes, this one!
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is timeless and the most popular cocktail in the world that you should not miss trying. It is one of the oldest cocktails, developed during the 19th century. The Old fashioned is made by muddling sugar with Angostura aromatic bitters and water, adding whiskey or brandy, rum, or any number of spirits, and garnishing the drink with an orange slice. The Old Fashioned is one of the best ways to dress up your favorite whiskey without significantly altering the taste. So enjoy this simple classic and take my word, you will want to go for it more and more.
Mix at home!!!
You can always find your own favourite cocktail at the bar but why not fix your cocktail in the comfort of your home. You are sure to have a very personal experience in fixing your drink and at the same time enjoy the good times with your family and friends. Have a favourite that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments below.