The 25 best-selling cocktails in the world
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The 25 best-selling cocktails in the world
Expensive cocktails are great for both bar owners who want to make a bigger profit on their drinks and customers looking for something sophisticated to order.
From Daiquiris to Dry Martinis, here are the 25 best-selling cocktails in the world in 2016.
25. The Piña Colada, which means "strained pineapple," was among the most ordered drinks at 14% of the bars polled. The drink is made with pineapple juice, white rum and coconut.
24. The Boulevardier, which is a mixture of bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari, was also one of the top 10 most-ordered drinks for 14% of bars around the world.
23. The unusually-named Penicillin cocktail was created by Sam Ross, who runs the bar at Attaboy in New York. It uses blended scotch, lemon juice, honey-ginger syrup and Islay scotch and is garnished with candied ginger.
22. Drinks Insider calls the Corpse Reviver the "perfect hangover cure." It is made with brandy, calvados, and sweet vermouth. The mixture is then stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass.
21. A Mint Julep, consisting primarily of bourbon, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint is a popular order at the Kentucky Derby in the US.
20. Old Fashioneds were hugely popular orders in 2016. The version that took the 20th spot swaps out rye whiskey for both white and dark rum.
19. The Aperol Spritz, which originated from Northern Italy, shot up in popularity in 2016. It is made using a mixture of three parts sparkling wine, two parts Aperol and one part soda.
18. The Aviation first appeared in Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 book "Recipes for Mixed Drinks." Drinks International said it was in the top 10 orders at 15% of the bars it surveyed. It is made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.
17. The Gin Fizz has also increased in popularity. It didn't make it into the top 50 in 2015, but now the drink — a blend of gin, lemon , sugar, and soda – is the 25th most-ordered cocktail in the world.
16. Gimlets were a top 10 seller in 18% of the world’s best bars. The recipe is simple and is made with just two ingredients; gin and lime juice.
15. The French 75 dates back to the First World War, and has seen a recent surge in popularity, jumping 10 places from 25th in 2015. It is a combination of Cognac or gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar.
14. The Pisco Sour — a Peruvian cocktail consisting of brandy, lemon juice, egg white and sugar — was in the top 10 most-ordered drinks in 22% of the bars surveyed.
13. The tropical Mai Tai has dropped four places from 17th in 2015. To make it, shake up two parts golden rum, one part orange curaçao , one part lime, half part Disaronno and half part simple syrup with ice, and strain to serve.
12. The Dark n' Stormy was a top 10 best-seller in 20% of the bars polled. It is a highball cocktail made with dark rum and ginger beer served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime.
11. Bloody Marys have become more popular this year, moving up three places from 14th in 2015. There are lots of ways to serve the drink, but the classic recipe uses vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a stick of celery.
10. The Mojito dropped two places from eighth in 2015 to 10th in 2016. It is made up of white rum, lime juice, soda water, and sugar with plenty of fresh mint and ice.
9. Up from 12 in 2015, the Moscow Mule — a simple blend of vodka, lime, ginger and soda — was a top 10 best-seller in almost a third of the bars questioned.
8. The Sazerac was the third most popular cocktail in the world in 2015, but has since dropped to eighth place. It is a complex drink that combines absinthe, one sugar cube, rye whiskey or cognac and two or three drops of Peychaud’s bitters.
7. The Margarita has retained its position as the seventh most-ordered cocktail in the world, made with tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, and often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass.
6. The Whiskey Sour, which combines bourbon, lemon juice and sugar, has jumped four places from 10th in 2015 to sixth in 2016.
5. Shaken or stirred, the Dry Martini is the fifth most popular cocktail in the world. It is made with gin and dry vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
4. The Daiquiri has climbed two places from sixth in 2015 to fourth in 2016, and was the most ordered drink in 10% of the bars surveyed. To make one, mix 1 1/2 oz of tequila, 1 1/2 oz of simple syrup and 1 oz of lime juice. You can also add strawberries for a different flavour.
3. The Manhattan — which combines whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters — was one of the top 10 most-ordered drinks in over half of the bars polled.
2. Negronis were hugely popular in 2015 and are the most ordered gin-based cocktail in the world. The drink is made up of equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin.
1. The classic Old Fashioned has retained its 2015 title as the best-selling drink in the world, with 75% of bars polled saying it was one of the 10 most-ordered cocktails. It is made by muddling sugar with bitters then adding whiskey or brandy and a twist of citrus rind.
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