Some people do not drink cocktails saying they are too expensive but there is still many people who prefer this beverage to anything else. So why are cocktails so popular? To find out, we took a closer look at them and made a list of 25 most popular cocktails with their recipes. Can you try all of them in one night? (We’re kidding…please don’t try all of these in one night. And please remember not to drink and drive after having one of these amazing cocktails).
Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail
To make this irresistible dessert cocktail, we need creme de cacao, kahlua, frangelico, Bacardi white rum, creamy peanut butter and cream. In a martini shaker; combine the alcohols and the peanut butter and stir until the butter is dissolved into the alcohols. Add cream and ice to the mixture and shake to chill and combine. Prepare a martini glass by pouring a little chocolate in the bottom and pour the cocktail through strainer and serve.
Blue Lagoon is a popular summer cocktail featuring blue Curaçao. The recipe is simple – Pour vodka and curacao over ice in a highball glass. Fill with lemon juice, top with a lemon slice, and serve.
Emerald breeze is quite complex drink consisting of Liqueur melon, Rum coconut, soda, ginger ale, lime juice, sugar syrup and a quarter lime. Shake all except for ginger ale and soda with ice in a shaker, then pour over ice in a long cocktail glass and top with ginger ale and soda.
Screw Gin is made from peach Schnapps, gin and orange juice. Put ice into glass and pour in gin and peach schnapps. Fill with orange juice and garnish with an orange slice. Stir and serve.
To make an Irish Flag, a popular St Patricks day drink, we need Brandy, Creme de Menthe and Bailey´s (or an Irish cream). First, pour the creme de menthe into a shot glass, then gently pour the Bailey’s over the back of a bar spoon and finish by carefully pouring the brandy.
Sex On The Beach
The International Bartenders Association official version of the cocktail is made from vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice. The ingredients are shaken together with ice in a shaker and are served in a highball glass with orange slice as a garnish. Sometimes they can be mixed in smaller amounts and served as a shooter.
Blue Hawaiian is a very popular holiday drink. It is made of Crème de Coconut, Curaçao blue, Pineapple Juice and white Rum. Chill a hurricane or highball glass with ice and pour it out when you are ready to pour the ingredients in the glass. Combine all the ingredients and crushed ice in blender and puree on high speed until smooth. Then, pour into chilled glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Put everything into blender with crushed ice and blend, adding ice until desired consistency is reached. Pour into hurricane glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry. This beverage is the national drink of Puerto Rico.
Believed to have been invented circa 1925 in the Hotel Ritz in Paris, Mimosa is a mixed drink composed of one part champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one part thoroughly chilled citrus fruit juice, usually orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute to guests at weddings.
To prepare this cocktail, we need coconut Rum, peach Schnapps, Tuaca and cranberry juice. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into a chilled glass.
Often referred to as Rum and Coke, this highball is one of the most popular mixed drinks in the world. The recipe is very simple – just pour cola and rum into a highball glass filled with ice, and garnish with lime wedge or slice. Lime juice addition is optional.
Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and usually other spices or flavorings. It has been called “the world’s most complex cocktail“. Here is one of the most popular version of this beverage. Add dashes of salt and pepper, Tabasco and Worcestershire to a highball glass, then add tomato juice, lemon juice and vodka. Stir gently. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lemon wedge.
Made from gin and vermouth, Martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. The traditional method of preparation is to pour gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass with ice cubes, stir, strain into chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a green olive or a twist of lemon peel.
Originating in Cuba, Mojito traditionally consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar syrup, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. Gently muddle the lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar syrup together at the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then slowly add the rum. Fill with soda and stir gently to bring the leaves upwards into the mixture. Optionally add lime wedges and mint leaves as a garnish.
There are many versions of Orgasm cocktails. One of the most popular is the Screaming orgasm. Pour high quality vodka, Bailey’s and Kahlua into a shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a glass, garnish with cherries and serve.
Strawberry Diaquiri is one of the most popular alcoholic dessert drinks. It is made from Rum, strawberry schnapps, lime juice, strawberries and powder sugar. Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh strawberries and serve.
Grasshopper is a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. A typical grasshopper cocktail consists of equal parts green Crème de menthe, white Crème de cacao and fresh cream, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with peppermint leaves and serve.
This cocktail is a layered shot composed of a coffee liqueur, an Irish cream, and a triple sec. When prepared properly, the ingredients separate into three distinctly visible layers. Pour the coffee liqueur into a shot glass, gently pour the Irish cream over the back of a bar spoon into the shot glass and finish by pouring the triple sec. Serve with a stirrer on the side. For a Flaming B-52, the top layer is ignited, producing a blue flame.
Margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. It consists of tequila, triple sec (such as Cointreau) and lime or lemon juice. Pour the tequila, lemon juice and Cointreau into shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass rimmed with crusted salt (optional).
The Tequila Sunrise cocktail can be made in two different ways. The more popular version was invented by Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice at The Trident in Sausalito, California in the early 1970s. Tequila Sunrise is considered a long drink and is usually served in a highball glass. Pour tequila, ice then juice and lastly syrup. The catch is getting syrup down without mixing it. Use a spoon to guide the syrup down the glass wall to the bottom of the glass with minimal mixing. Garnish with orange wedge and cherry and serve.
The history of the Cosmopolitan is disputed. However, it’s believed that the Cosmopolitan has its roots in a cocktail with the same name found in the book, “Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars” published in 1934. Pour cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice, and lemon vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain in large, cocktail glass, garnish with lemon slice or lime wedge and serve. You can also frost the glass and / or add sugar to the glass rim.
This strong cocktail (36% ABV) is quite simple – you need just vodka, cointreau and apple liqueur. First, chill a glass with fresh ice and pour it out when ready to pour the ingredients in the glass. Add the vodka, cointreau and apple schnapps into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well, and strain in chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of apple and serve.
The Swimming Pool Cocktail was invented in 1979 by Charles Schumann in Munich. The cocktail is made from vodka, cream, blue curacao, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Pour pineapple juice, vodka, cream and cream of coconut with ice into a blender and blend until smooth. Then, pour into a hurricane glass, float the blue curacao on top, add a straw and garnish with a slice of pineapple.
Alice in Wonderland
There is also a shot called Alice in Wonderland but we will stick with the cocktail. It is made from Amaretto Almond Liqueur, Grand Marnier and Southern Comfort. Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with orange wedge and serve.
First memorialized in writing in 1876 by “the father of American mixology” Jerry Thomas, this cocktail is made from gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into a collins glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
This post made me thirsty for an amazing cocktail…margarita perhaps? But then again a good beer sounds good too.