Top ten classic cocktails

Top ten classic cocktails

We have been asked what are the top ten classic cocktails – so we have put our heads together and compiled a list from our cocktail recipe collection.

This list is not official, nor is it terribly scientific, it is based on the popularity of the cocktail recipe on our website, and mixed in with a bit of our personal judgement and experience.

What we can say for sure is that every one of these cocktails is worth trying (responsibly of course!).

So here are our top ten classic cocktails.

10. Long Island Iced Tea

A Long Island Iced Tea is a strong alcoholic cocktail which is a blend of vodka, gin, rum, orange liqueur (such as triple sec) and cola.

Long Island Iced Tea cocktail
A Long Island Iced Tea

9. White Russian

The White Russian cocktail, an easy-drinking blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream was popular during the glory days of 70’s disco.

Today it has returned to its classic status and is a staple once again.

White Russian cocktail
A White Russian cocktail

8. Caipirinha

The Caipirinha cocktail is considered Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.

Caipirinha cocktail
The Caipirinha is enjoyed all over the world

7. Old Fashioned

Created during the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a classic alcoholic cocktail made with whiskey, bitters and sugar.

Old Fashioned cocktail
A real classic, the Old Fashioned cocktail

6. Negroni

The origin of Negroni is associated with Count Camillo Negroni of Florence who in 1919 asked the bartender to make a stronger version of his Americano and to swap the soda with gin.

Negroni cocktail

5. Martini

The Dry Martini cocktail is a classic drink made with gin and dry vermouth and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. It was difficult to decide the order of the top ten classic cocktails, but we put it here as there are so many variants of the Martini it is almost unfair to the others!

The Dry Martini cocktail was likely created by Martini di Arma di Taggia who was an Italian immigrant working as a bartender in New York. In 1912.

Our personal favourite is the Porn Star Martini which has a delicious passionfruit flavour.

Dry Martini cocktail
A classic Dry Martini cocktail.

4. Daiquiri

A Daiquiri cocktail is a refreshing, zesty drink made from rum, a citrus (lime usually) and sugar.

There is a whole family of variations of the Daiquiri recipe as it has remained a popular cocktail for over 100 years.

Daiquiri cocktail
The Daiquiri is a versatile and popular drink.

3. Margarita

The Margarita cocktail is America’s most popular tequila-based cocktail, and is made from tequila, triple sec and citrus juice, served over ice. There is also a popular frozen strawberry margarita recipe on our site too.

Margarita cocktail
Beloved by party-goers – the Margarita.

2. Mojito

The Mojito originates from the island of Cuba and is one of the nations oldest cocktails.

The mojito recipe is over 500 years oldThe mojito is one of the oldest mixed drinks that is still consumed today. While the exact history of this cocktail is uncertain, its origins are said to go as far back as the 16th century. We also have a great fruity pomegranate mojito recipe which is well worth trying!

Mojito cocktail
The popular Mojito cocktail

1. Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan (or Cosmo) is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Widely loved in cocktail bars across the world for its sweet, refreshing taste the Cosmopolitan is almost too easy to drink. The flavour has sweetness, tang and a bit of sourness and looks classy at almost any bar.

For all these reasons, the Cosmopolitan deserves its place as number one in our list of the top ten classic cocktails.

Cosmopolitan cocktail
Classy and delicious – the Cosmopolitan ‘Cosmo’ cocktail.

We hope you found this top ten interesting; you might enjoy our article with 50 facts about wine too.

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