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10 of the most popular cocktails of all times

The world of cocktails is big and vast. There are countless popular and some less-popular cocktails out there. Yet many cocktails have become icons. Recognizable and made anywhere in the world. Here are 10 of the most popular cocktails in the world. Everyone who loves cocktails should definitely own these recipes. 

Mai Tai 

'Mai tai-roa aé!!' Apparently, this is what friends called out when Trader Vic, the inventor of this cocktail, first served this drink. Mai tai-roa aé means 'out of this world' in Tahitian and the name stuck. This Tiki cocktail was first created in the '40s and is a beautiful example of a punch style drink. Traditionally it calls for 2 styles of rum, balanced with orange Curaçao liqueur, fresh lime juice, and the subtle nutty flavour of orgeat, an almond syrup. We like to add a little bit more complexity to our Mai Tai by using Bols Barrel Aged Genever instead of rum. We think that is truly out of this world!

Check out this delicious Mai Tai twist.

Piña Colada 

'If you like Piña Coladas, getting' caught in the rain..' Rupert Holmes, Escape (the Piña Colada song). How many cocktails do you know that have a song written about them? This cocktail will instantly transport you into holiday mode; white sandy beaches, crystal clear oceans, and this tasty beverage in your hand. Its smooth, creamy texture with flavours of coconut, pineapple, and a gentle kick of rum is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Created during the fifties, the Piña Colada is here to stay!

Take a look at this great Piña Colada recipe.

Long Island Iced Tea

For many popular cocktails, there's a lot of mystery about when they were created and by whom. The Long Island Iced Tea is no exception. According to popular belief, this cocktail was first served during prohibition times in America, the name suggesting its resemblance to iced tea. It is a legendary cocktail due to the combination of many spirits, although only a small amount of each spirit is used. When made properly it is a refreshing, balanced cocktail with a dash of coke and a little kick. 

Want to know how to make a Long Island Iced Tea. Click on the link.

Amaretto Sour

This cocktail was at its peak of popularity during the '80s, the so-called 'disco drinks' era. It features the almond flavoured liqueur amaretto, which is the star of the show in this cocktail. Origins and creator of this cocktail are unknown and the drink remains extremely popular to this day. The sweet, gentle almond flavour of the amaretto liqueur is beautifully balanced with the sharpness of lemon juice and often a little egg white is used to provide a gorgeous silky texture to this cocktail.

Check out this great Amaretto Sour recipe.

Mojito

A drink with centuries of history that really rose to popularity in the early 2000s. And rightly so! A beautiful balance between the exotic and fresh flavours of rum and mint, complemented by some sugar, lime, and a splash of soda water. The mojito is still on top of many bars' cocktail lists!

We made a fresh variation to a standard Mojito recipe. Check it out here.

Bloody Mary

There are many beautiful stories about the origin of the Bloody Mary. What is very probable is that it is invented at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, what is less probable is that it is named after the English queen Mary. Rumour has it that is named after a beautiful waitress working at Harry's Bar, called Mary and we stick to that story. The perfect brunch cocktail with vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice that you can spice up with some tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and salt & pepper if you like.

Curious on how to make a Bloody Mary? Check the recipe here.

Cosmopolitan

The link between movies/television series and cocktails can not be denied. The cosmopolitan might be one of the best examples of that. We all know the cosmopolitan to be the favourite drink of Carry Bradshaw, the lead character of the very popular 90's show Sex and the City. And she had good taste! This beautiful drink containing vodka, triple sec, lime- and cranberry juice is easy to make

Check out this recipe and create your own Cosmopolitan.

Daiquiri  

The Daiquiri is another popular cocktail that has captured the heart of many cocktail lovers all over the world. Even the famous writer Ernest Hemingway had his own variation of the drink. Said to have been invented by an American mining engineer who was stationed in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. He named his drink after a beach in Cuba. The Daiquiri is a simple, yet great drink with only three ingredients. Rum, lime & sugar. Balancing these ingredients properly can result in liquid satisfaction.

Want a fruity variation of the Daiquiri? Check out this recipe of a Banana Daiquiri.

Negroni      

Name me another cocktail that has its own week. Go on, I'm waiting. Exactly. The Negroni is so popular, it has its own "Negroni Week". A beautiful concoction said to have been made first in Florence, Italy. The story goes that Count Camillo Negroni ordered his favorite cocktail, the Americano, but he wanted it to be spiked. So, the bartender substituted the soda water with gin. He garnished it with orange, instead of the traditional lemon for the Americano and the rest was history. One of the most popular cocktails in the world, the Negroni is made with equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth & an amaro bitter like Galliano l' Aperitivo or Campari.

We created our signature take on the Negroni, reflecting our hometown: the Red Light Negroni. Check the recipe here.

Margarita

Arguably the most popular Mexican cocktail ever. The Margarita is a close cousin to the Caribbean's Daiquiri. Cocktail historian David Wondrich mentions that the Margarita became popular during the prohibition in the 1920s when Americans crossed the border into Mexico to get alcohol. There are many claims to the origin of the Margarita, but one thing is for certain. No matter where it came from, it is here, and it is here to stay. It falls in the category of "Sour" cocktails. Meaning that it contains some sweet & citric elements. The Margarita as we know it today contains Tequila, Triple Sec liqueur, sugar & lime juice.

Want to learn how to make a Margarita, click here.

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