There are thousands of cocktail recipes, so you can’t have tried them all. Cocktails can use a variety of liquors and even more mixers. However, it is important to never underestimate the tried, true, and most popular favorites. The following is a list of possibly the five most popular cocktails. They have each been selected by the International Bartenders Association as part of the list of official cocktails which are most notable and frequently made by bartenders around the world.
1. Tom Collins
A refreshing summer treat, the Tom Collins cocktail drink first made its debut in 1876 edition of “The Bartender’s Guide” by Jerry Thomas. Its popularity quickly grew while the controversy surrounding where the drink actually originated from remained unresolved.
In order to make a Tom Collins, simply add 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sugar into shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake the contents and then strain and pour into a Collins glass filled with ice. Next, add 3 ounces of club soda to the glass. Don’t forget to top the drink off with a cherry and orange slice garnish.
There is no doubt you’ll enjoy this refreshing and delicious treat, summer or not!
2. Whiskey Sour
Bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar come together to make this sweet and satisfying popular cocktail. With a long history, the whiskey sour is more than just a drink your grandma and grandpa enjoyed. While it did appear in the 1876 Bartender’s Guide, rumor has it that it was the official drink of the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.
So, next time you sit down to pour a whiskey sour, considering sharing with your friends the factoid that the drink was likely enjoyed by Woodrow Wilson, and the renowned author, Edgar Allen Poe. Cool, huh?
No Mexican fiesta is complete without the Margarita. But, even if it isn’t taco or enchilada night at your household, a nice, refreshing Margarita can still be enjoyed.
To make a quick and easy frozen margarita, simply add 1.5 ounces of tequila, ½ ounce of Cointreau, 1 ounce of lime juice (the fresher the better!) and ice to a blender. You may also choose to salt or sugar the rim of the glass for added flavor. After the mixture is well-blended, pour into the glass. If strawberries are more your thing, consider adding a ½ cup of strawberry puree to the mixture.
Feeling a little daring? Add a splash of pomegranate juice to the basic lime Margarita. The sweet and tart flavor will be a real hit!
4. Cuba Libre
You’ve likely ordered a Cuba Libre many times (without even knowing it). This highly popular cocktail is seen being ordered on a nightly basis throughout the world. The concoction is simply a mixture of rum and cola, often garnished or dashed with half of a lime. Many know this drink as simply a “rum and coke.”
This drink became popular near the end of the Spanish-American War. The belief is that Captain Russell of the U.S. Army ordered the mixture in August of 1900 and then toasted “Por Cuba Libre!” This indicated a celebratory toast for the U.S. victory over Spain in Cuba.
While stirring your drink with a screwdriver doesn’t seem too appealing, there is a belief that this drink got its name from just that. The mixture of vodka and orange juice is generally poured over ice and garnished with an orange slice. However, since its beginnings in the late 1940’s, this drink has been modified into many different variations. For example, by swapping out vodka with brandy, you are creating a Rusty Screw.
Need more of a sweeter taste? Consider a Royal Screw with one part Chambord and two parts orange juice. No matter how you make it, this drink can truly be enjoyed any time of the day.
If there are any cocktails on this list you haven’t tried yet, order them next time you are at a bar. You may be pleasantly surprised by these old, yet popular favorites.