November 11, 2021

Top 10 of the Most Popular Cocktails of the World in 2021

In January, Drinks International, a trade publication for the alcohol industry, released its annual list of the world’s best-selling cocktails. To create the list, DI surveyed the best bars around the globe, asking them to rank the 10 best-selling classic cocktails at their establishments.

Missing your good old times having a drink with you buddies? Here’s how to make the top 10 Cocktails at home, simple, easy & you can get everything from Liberty Liquors!

 

10. APEROL SPRITZ

If you haven’t noticed the Aperol Spritz, you haven’t been drinking (or on Instagram). Moving into the top 10 from No. 22 in 2017, this popular aperitif is as visually pleasing as it is tasty and easy to make: a three-two-one ratio of Prosecco, Aperol, and soda. May the summer of spritz compel you.

               

What you need:

250ml Barrel-aged aperrol, 1 Bottle Prosecco, 1 Bottle Soda Water.

How to make:

Fill a glass with ice, add Prosecco, Aperol and Soda Water. Garnish with a slice of orange.

 

9. MOJITO

The Mojito might be Cuba’s most popular contribution to cocktail culture. The simple mix of white rum, lime juice, cane sugar, and soda (with muddled mint, please) is fresh and tropical, and it’s a classic that we don’t expect to disappear any time soon.

                       

What you need:

1 cup Simple Syrup, 1 cup fresh-squeezed Lime Juice, 1 cup Mint Leaves, 2 cups White Rum, 2 cups Club Soda.

How to make:

Muddle the mint leaves with a splash of lime juice combine with simple syrup. The rest of the lime juice and rum in pitcher top off with club soda. Mix. Serve over ice.

 

8. MANHATTAN

It’s hard to stray from the Manhattan, and the recent rise of rye whiskey makes it even more difficult. Spicy rye, sweet vermouth, and two dashes of Angostura, stirred, strained, and garnished with a brandied cherry can make you feel like a true class act.

           

What you need:

2 ounces Bourbon or Rye, 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, 1 dash Orange Bitters, Garnish: brandied cherry.

How to make:

Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

 

7. MARGARITA

Margarita, in its tart, tangy simplicity, is probably the most well-known tequila cocktail in the world. It keeps its spot as the top tequila-based classic in 2019.

         

What you need:

20ml (0.6 fl oz) Cointreau, 40ml (1.3 fl oz) Tequila, 10ml (0.3 fl oz) Lime Juice.

How to make:

Shake and strain into a salt rimmed margarita glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

6. ESPRESSO MARTINI

Like a refined Red Bull and vodka for coffee lovers, the Espresso Martini promises a pick-me-up, calm-me-down effect in a tasty package. The after-dinner drink will wake you up while still keeping your buzz going. It’s also been called a Vodka Espresso and Pharmaceutical Stimulant.

     

What you need:

75 oz Patron XO Cafe, 75 oz Patron Silver, 75 oz Espresso shot + Fine sugar + Powdered chocolate.

How to make:

Rim a martini glass with sugar. Combine Patron XO Cafe & Silver with espresso in a mixing glass, add ice; shake and strain. Garnish with powdered chocolate.

 

5. WHISKEY SOUR

This dependable drink is an easy fit for whiskey lovers, as well as those weary of the brown spirit: its lemony lift and slight sweetness make it appealing for citrus lovers, too. Its simple recipe calls for whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar.

What you need:

2 oz Tennessee Whiskey, 3/4 oz fresh Lemon Juice, 3/4 oz Simple Syrup, 1 Egg White (optional).

How to make:

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a cherry.

 

4. DRY MARTINI

A well-made dry Martini is elegance in a glass. The classic mix of gin and dry vermouth ranks No. 6 in the top 50 cocktails of the year.

             

What you need:

Cracked ice, 2 1/2 ounces London Dry Gin, 2 ounce Dry Vermouth, Green Olive for garnish.

How to make:

In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and vermouth. Stir well, about 30 seconds, then strain into martini glass. Garnish with olive and serve.

 

3. DAIQUIRI

The Daiquiri is often abused with fruit and blenders, but a true Daiquiri made with white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup is a clean and refreshing drink for any occasion.

What you need:

60mL White Rum (2 oz), 30mL Fresh Lime Juice (1 oz), 22.5mL Simple Syrup (¾ oz)

How to make:

Add the ingredients to your cocktail shaker, shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel

 

2. NEGRONI

We love Negronis at VinePair, so much so that we’re sorely disappointed when a bartender doesn’t know how to make one. Thankfully, that shouldn’t happen much longer, as the Negroni claims the No. 2 spot for the sixth year running. Gin, Campari, and vermouth in a perfect, punchy package.

                   

                           

What you need:

1 oz London Dry Gin, 1 oz Campari, 1 oz Vermouth Rosso.

How to make:

Add the ingrediants together in a cocktail shaker, shake well with cracked ice, strain into a glass over cubed ice then Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

 

1.OLD FASHIONED

The Old Fashioned is timeless. This simple classic made with rye or bourbon, a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a thick cube of ice, and an orange twist delivers every time. That’s it — the most popular cocktail in the world.

         

What you need:

2.5 oz Bourbon, 1/4 oz Simple Syrup, 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters.

How to make:

Build in a rocks glass filled with ice and stir, garnish with a twist of lemon or orange.