Every cocktail enthusiast has their own cocktail(s) of choice that they look for first the moment they walk into a bar, or take a look at the shelves in their home bar. Of course, each bar have their own specials and recommendations too, and this year, Drinks International, the internet’s leading news and analysis source on global drinks, has come up with this year’s list of the best-selling cocktails in the world-as chosen by the bars around the world!
Specifically, 106 bars were asked to rank their top ten best-selling cocktail classics. Some of the cocktails are original recipes, others have been updated. Here are the top 20 best cocktails on the list.
World’s Best Drinks
20. Dark ’n’ Stormy
This drink tastes just as wild as it sounds. An eclectic combination of ginger beer and rum topped with lime, it’s the ultimate drink for a rocking night out at the bar or a quiet night at home - whatever suits your fancy.
- Get a highball glass and fill it with ice cubes.
- Add the right amount of rum and top it with ginger beer.
- Use a lime wedge to garnish and serve.
19. Pisco Sour
This concoction is now making a comeback in many bars across the country. Remember the good ole’ days of the Swinging 60’s with a refreshing mix of lime juice, Simple syrup, Pisco, egg whites, and Angostura bitters.
- 6 small papaya cubes
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1 egg white
- 0.75 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. pisco
- Angostura bitters
- Place the papaya cubes and lime juice in a glass and muddle.
- Add the egg white, simple syrup, pisco and ice. Dry shake.
- Add ice cubes and shake vigorously.
- Strain the mix into a coupe glass and garnish with lime peel and angostura bitters.
Try our Papaya Pisco Sour recipe, as shown below.
18. Mai Tai
Sure, this tiki cocktail may have ranked down but this timeless recipe are far from being m put off the charts. The summer beverage Mai Tai recipe uses lime juice, Orgeat orange syrup, Orange curacao, and premium aged rum.
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
- 1/2 oz. orange Curaçao
- 1 1/2 oz. white rum
- 3/4 oz. dark rum
- Fill a shaker tin with ice and pour the first four ingredients. Shake vigorously.
- Strain into a highball glass and add the dark rum.
- Garnish with lime wedge or mint sprigs.
17. Vieux Carre
Ignite your taste buds with the Vieux Carre, a potent combination of brandy, whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Peychauds, Angostura, and Benedictine liqueur. We recommend not taking this sweet yet strong cocktail too lightly as it can knock you out real quick.
- 3/4 oz. Cognac
- 1 oz. Whiskey
- 1/2 oz. Benedictine liqueur
- 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1 dash Peychaud's bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Add the ingredients in a glass and stir.
- Grab an old-fashioned glass, fill it with ice and strain the mixture into it.
- Use a cherry as garnish and serve.
16. Gin Fizz
This popular lemony cocktail has just the right amount of kick you need. The Gin Fizz recipe makes use of gin, lime, gomme syrup, soda water, and an optional addition of egg.
- Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
- Add all the ingredients-except for soda water- and shake vigorously.
- Pour into old fashioned glass.
- Top with soda water and serve.
No, not the prescription drugs. Penicillin is a Scotch cocktail recipe made by bartender Sam Ross who's based in NY. This delicious recipe is an interesting mix of blended scotch, Islay scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup topped with candied ginger.
- 2 slices of ginger
- 0.75 oz. honey syrup
- 0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz. blended scotch
- 0.25 islay scotch
- Muddle the ginger slices and honey syrup together.
- Add fresh lemon juice, blended scotch and ice cubes and shake.
- Strain into an old fashioned glass.
- Add islay scotch and top with candied ginger.
You can make our version of Penicillin by following this video:
14. Bloody Mary
This classic cocktail recipe never goes out of style. Bloody Mary has been several bartenders' top choice year after year. Enjoy your drinks without the usual hangover with this vodka-based drink infused with tomato juice, lemon juice, and various spices. Our Bloody Mary blog can help you re-create this drink at home.
- 3 oz. tomato juice
- 2 oz. vodka
- 0.75 oz. lemon juice
- 2 dashes worsestershire sauce
- Celery salt
- Pinch cumin
- Ground pepper
- 0.5 tsp horseradish to taste
- tabasco to taste
- Put red bell pepper into a glass then, add lemon juice. Muddle.
- Add pinch of celery salt and cumin. Add ground pepper to taste
- Throw in 2 dashes of worcestershire sauce and one dash of hot sauce.
- Then, mix tomato juice and vodka
- Add ice. Then, shake.
- Wet glass rim with lemon wedge - salt rim with sea salt and celery salt mix.
- Add ice and pour.
- Garnish and serve.
A mainstay from on the list is this classic American booze made of rye whiskey, and Peychauds and Angostura bitters. To make the Sazerac, rinse your glass with Absinthe and garnish with a lemon peel for a remarkable drinking experience.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 dashes Peychaud' bitters
- 2 dashes water
- 2.5 oz. rye
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist
- Mix the sugar cube, water and Peychaud's bitters in a glass until dissolved.
- Add rye, Angostura bitters, and ice then stir.
- Rinse and coat an old fashioned glass with absinthe. Pour it out of the glass.
- Pour the mixture into the glass and garnish with lemon twist.
It seems like our resident bartenders just couldn’t get enough of cocktails with whiskey. Another intriguing drink, Boulevadier is basically like Negroni but with whiskey instead of gin. Remember to add your bitters Campari and Cocchi (sweet vermouth) as well.
- Add the ingredients in a glass along with ice cubes.
- Strain into an old fashioned glass.
- Garnish then serve.
11. Aperol Spritz
Summertime will never be complete without a sip of this classic Italian cocktail. Not only does it taste amazing, but it's so easy to prepare too! All you need are prosecco, Aperol, soda water. Then, add a slice of orange for garnish.
- Fill collins glass with ice
- Pour in club soda, Aperol and prosecco
- Garnish with orange slice
Another summer favorite among the best bars in the world. Having a combination of rum and lime juice, sprigs of mint and topped with soda water, you just can’t define refreshing without the thought of mojitos. Check out our Classic Mojito recipe below and find out more here.
- Muddle the mint leaves, sugar and a splash of soda in a collins glass.
- Add lime juice, rum and crushed ice.
- Top it off with soda water.
- Garnish with mint sprigs or lime wedge and serve.
Even after three years, the Espresso Martini still remains as one of the most talked about cocktail drinks among the polled bars. Dick Bradsell, the cocktail's late creator, would be proud seeing this magical combination of espresso coffee, vodka, and coffee liquor loved by cocktail and coffee enthusiasts alike.
- 1 shot Espresso
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 0.75 oz Butterscotch liqueur
- 1 oz Vanilla infused vodka
- 2 dashes Homemade Chinese five spice bitters
- 1 dash Aztec chocolate bitters
- Ice cubes
- Put ice cubes in a tall glass.
- Add all the ingredients in the order in which they are listed above.
- Cover the glass with a shaker tin and shake vigorously.
- Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with drops of Aztec chocolate bitters and serve.
8. Moscow Mule
A good ice-cold cup of Moscow Mule is not something one can easily resist.Delicious and refreshing yet quick and easy to prepare, you’ll never go wrong with this classic cocktail. You can make one in a jiffy, with vodka, lime, ginger and soda as the main ingredients. Create your own with this Moscow Mule recipe, or spice it up with these Moscow Mule variations!Ingredients: Preparation:
- Squeeze lime into 100% copper mug
- Add vodka and ice
- Top with ginger beer
- Garnish with a lime wheel
If you're a fan of whiskey, then surely you've had a glass-or two-of Manhattan. This mix of rye, sweet vermouth and bitters remains a drink of choice for many bartenders. There are many versions of Manhattan everywhere, but like they always say––once a classic, always a classic.
- Pour the ingredients into a glass and add ice.
- Stir and strain into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with maraschino cherry.
You don’t need to venture far and wide to score a glass of Margarita. It is, after all, a bar staple. As long as you have tequila, lime, and Cointreau, you can make one yourself in your own home! Here are our 3 Margarita Recipes You Can Make At Home.
- Add lime juice, cointreau & tequila to shaker tin
- Add ice
- Shake well
- Dip rim of glass in water
- Dip rim of glass into salt
- Pour shaker tin contents into glass
- Garnish w/ a lime wedge
Daiquiri is a cocktail you'd easily fall in love with. A combination of lime juice, white rum, and sugar syrup, this cocktail will surely have your taste buds aching for more! No wonder, it’s one of the most ordered bar drinks in the world. We have the perfect Daiquiri recipe for you to try-which you can serve frozen too!
- Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker respectively.
- Add ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.
4. Dry Martini
After a long day at work you'd want a drink that’s smooth and dry, and a beautiful glass of dry martini is just what you need. Give yourself a treat with just a gin, French vermouth, orange bitters. Garnish with a green olive and you’re all set.
- Pour the ingredients into a glass and stir.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with green olive.
3. Whiskey Sour
The third best cocktail is Whiskey Sour, another bourbon classic. Sour but faintly sweet, this go-to drink boasts its not-so complicated mix of simple ingredients of bourbon, lemon juice, and a dash of sugar.Check out our Whiskey Sour recipe here.
- Start off with a cooled glass to contain the classic drink.
- With the help of your shaker, put all ingredients in, add ice and dry shake.
- Pour the mixture in your chosen cooled glass and add angostura bitters for a little punch.
- Top with cherry for garnish and enjoy!
On the top 2 of the list this year is Negroni. Coincidentally, this drink that you can easily and quickly prepare at home is also a top choice for the polled bars. Sour and subtly sweet, whip yourself up a glass in a jiffy by using these three simple ingredients: Gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Prepare a glass of Negroni yourself with this recipe.
- Build in large mixing glass.
- Add ice cubes.
- Stir with mixing spoon
- Strain over large ice cube
- Garnish with orange peel
For the past five years, this bourbon classic has topped the poll as the world’s best selling cocktail. It's not difficult to see why. This drink is the perfect mix of citrusy sweet goodness of oranges, lemons, and cherries and the sour smoothness of whiskey. Such unbeatable cocktail tastes incredible with Angostura bitters and club soda, too. Want one? Here’s how you can make the best-selling cocktail.
- Put one sugar cube in a glass.
- Add 7 dashes of Angostura bitters. Then, splash of club soda.
- Crush the sugar using a muddler.
- Coat the glass by rotating it.
- Pour 2oz. of bourbon.
- Add large ice cube. To make a round ice cube, you can use our ice-ball maker mold. You can make four round ice-ball spheres using this silicone ice tray.
- Garnish the drink with orange and lemon peels and cherries.