The World's 20 Best Cocktails: 2018 Edition

If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, then you’ve probably asked yourself which cocktail variations are considered the best in the world.  It’s a good thing you don’t have to wonder anymore. 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.

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.

19. Pisco Sour

A classic 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. Or, you can try our Papaya Pisco Sour recipe.

18. Mai Tai

Though down seven points from last year’s list, this classic tiki cocktail still proves to be a bar favorite. Make summertime the best time with a timeless Mai Tai recipe using lime juice, Orgeat almond syrup, Orange curacao, premium aged rum, and rock candy soup made up of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water.

17. Vieux Carre

If you want your drinks subtle but strong, sweet, and can knock you out quickly, then this classic cocktail recipe is just the drink for you. Ignite your taste buds with the Vieux Carre, a potent combination of brandy, whiskey, sweet Vermouth, Peychauds, Angostura, and Benedictine bitters.

16. Gin Fizz

Up on the list this year is a popular cocktail recipe made up of gin, lime, sugar, soda, and egg (optional). This lemony cocktail combination brings just the right amount of kick when you need it most.

15. Penicillin

We are not talking about prescription drugs here but the scotch cocktail recipe created by NY-based bartender Sam Ross. It is just as addicting nonetheless. Up by four from last year, this crazy delicious recipe is made up of an interesting mix of blended scotch, Islay scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup topped with candied ginger. You can make our version of Penicillin by following this video:

14. Bloody Mary

A classic cocktail recipe that never goes out of style, Bloody Mary has been a cult favorite among bartenders year after year. Enjoy your drinks without the usual hangover with this vodka-based drink infused with tomato juice, lemon juice, and various spices.  You can read our Bloody Mary blog to re-create this drink at home.

13. Sazerac

Another mainstay from last year’s list is this classic American booze made up of rye whiskey, and Peychauds and Angostura bitters.  Rinse your glass with Absinthe and top the drink off with a lemon peel for a truly unforgettable drinking experience.

12. Boulevardier

It seems like our resident bartenders couldn’t get enough of cocktails with whiskey and so they’ve included this intriguing drink. If you’re a fan of Negroni, then you only need to substitute gin with whiskey and you have yourself a Boulevadier. Don’t forget to add your bitters Campari and Cocchi sweet vermouth) as well.

11. Aperol Spritz

Summers will never be complete without a sip of this classic Italian cocktail. It’s so easy to prepare too! All you need are prosecco, Aperol, soda water. Add a slice of orange for garnish.

10. Mojito

Another summer classic that’s a favorite among the best bars in the world. What’s not to desire about a Mojito with its combination of rum and lime juice, sprigs of mint and topped with soda water? You can’t define refreshing without thinking of mojitos.  Check out our classic mojito recipe below:

9. Espresso Martini

One of the most talked about cocktail drinks last year is still making waves among the polled bars this year. Not even the passing of its creator, Dick Bradsell, can take away the magical combination of espresso coffee, vodka, and coffee liquor.

8. Moscow Mule

Who couldn’t resist an ice-cold cup of Moscow Mule? Certainly, not the bars polled in the list. If you want something quick and easy to prepare but delicious and refreshing, you’ll never go wrong with this classic serve. Try making one yourself you only need vodka, lime, ginger and soda as the main ingredients. You can also try a Strawberry Moscow Mule.

7. Manhattan

If you love your whiskey, then a Manhattan is a drink that you should definitely try at least one in your life. A simple affair of rye, sweet vermouth and bitters, it 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.

6. Margarita

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 a tequila, lime, and Cointreau, you can even make one yourself right in your own home.  Here are our 3 Margarita Recipes You Can Make At Home.

5. Daiquiri

It’s easy to fall in love with a Daiquiri. Whether frozen or simply chilled, it’s combination of lime juice, white rum, and sugar syrup will have your taste buds aching for more. No wonder, it’s one of the most ordered bar drinks in the world.

4. Dry Martini

A drink that’s smooth and dry. That’s all you need after a long day at work. And a beautiful glass of dry martini will do just the trick. Give yourself a treat with just a gin, French vermouth, orange bitters. Garnish with a green olive and you’re all set.

3. Whiskey Sour

Another bourbon classic is in the top three of the list this year. Sour but with a subtle sweetness, whiskey sour is your go-to drink with its not-so complicated mix of simple ingredients of bourbon, lemon juice, and a dash of sugar.

2. Negroni

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. Want to master making a Negroni? Read our blog here.

1. Old Fashioned

For the past four years, this bourbon classic has topped the poll as the world’s best selling cocktail. And it’s easy to see why. This drink is the perfect mix of citrusy sweet and goodness of oranges, lemons, and cherries and the sour smoothness of whiskey. Add Angostura bitters and club soda to the mix and you’ll see for yourself why this drink has been unbeatable for many years now.  Here’s how you can make the best-selling cocktail.

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  • Rob Works on

    Sweet! Very nice.

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