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. Here are 10 of the most popular cocktails in the world. Everyone who loves cocktails should definitely own these recipes.
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.
Long Island Iced Tea
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, such as triple sec and vodka. Even though 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.
The legendary bartender Douglas Ankrah invented this vodka cocktail behind the bar at The Townhouse Bar in Knightsbridge, London. The Pornstar Martini is a real crowd-pleaser: very few people will be turned off by its vanilla and passion fruit flavours. A good Pornstar Martini starts with a deliciously fresh scoop of half a passion fruit and a shot of sparkling wine, followed by a fruity, fresh and sweet balance of passion fruit, vanilla and lime.
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. 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. Our version is of the blue kind and has extra hints of aromatic oranges.
'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.
This cocktail was at its peak of popularity during the '80s, the so-called 'disco drinks' era. It features the almond flavoured amaretto liqueur, 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.
It was created by Dick Bradsell in 1983 at the Soho brasserie in London. The story goes that a young supermodel asked for a drink to 'wake me up and f*ck me up'. It’s the delicious combination of coffee liqueur, vodka, a cold espresso and sugar syrup that makes this cocktail the perfect after-dinner drink with a good caffeine kick.
The Negroni is so popular, it has its own "Negroni Week". 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 and the rest is history. The Negroni is made with equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth & an amaro bitter like Galliano l' Aperitivo or Campari.
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. There are many variants where even the famous writer Ernest Hemingway had his own variation with hints of grapefruit.
The link between movies/television series and cocktails can't 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. This beautiful drink containing vodka, triple sec, lime- and cranberry juice is easy to make
Exotic, fresh, fruity and, sure, a bit of a showpony. Rightfully so we would say, because the Pornstar Martini will lighten up evenings and moods alike. Ours is made with Bols Vodka, Passoã, Bols Vanilla and lime, with a traditional shot of prosecco on the side. Adorn it with half a passionfruit and watch the festivities unfold.
Tangy, refreshing and blue as the day is long. Arguably one of the world’s most famous cocktails, found in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Our version is of the blue kind, and carries the taste of aromatic oranges. A little confusing, but don’t be fooled, this Margarita means business. It is made with our beloved Blue Curaçao, lime and a good splash of tequila. It is meant for sunny days with friends, music and a splash in the pool!
Rich and creamy with a hint of dark roast. A Martini so smooth, it will charm the cream off your espresso. It is said that the Espresso Martini find its origin in a 1980’s London bar, when a young supermodel asked a bartender to ‘wake me up and f*ck me up’. The bartender was cocktail-legend Dick Bradsell. The supermodel, eledgetly, none other than Miss Naomi Campbell. To this day, the iconically smooth and creamy cocktail remains one of the most popular digestives in the world. The best part? You’ll whip it up in a jiff.
Red Light Negroni
Bittersweet and beautifully complex. This Negroni is lined with botanicals and orange, with a smooth malty finish. Those who have fallen victim to the charms of this true Italian staple know it’s all about the delicate balance of flavors. Amsterdam might have a slightly less subtle reputation, but its rough-edged beauty and cut-to-the-chase mentality are admired by people far and wide. Our Red Light Negroni is an ode to two cultures, a perfectly complex mix of bitter, malty, sweet and fruity notes.
Very Old Fashioned
The alpha and omega of mixology, seductive, intense and beautifully complex. If there is one cocktail-recipe to nail, it is that of the Old Fashioned. Traditionally made with Bourbon, the old fashioned has rightfully become a category of its own, showcasing whatever base-spirit is used to create it. Ours is composed of Angostura bitters, sugar and Bols Barrel Aged Genever, and it is every bit as tasty as you would hope.
Spicy, full-bodied and endlessly refreshing, meet our take on the classic Mule. Its bold ginger notes are beautifully complemented by the soft, malty palate of our Bols Genever Original. Serve in a copper mug over ice with a fresh lime wheel and let this mule seduce you. Don’t worry, it won’t bite!
This delicate spring-cocktail certainly delivers on its floral promise, sporting a beautiful bouquet of elderflower notes with a refreshing prosecco sparkle. Our Spritz owes its spirit to the fragrant Bols Elderflower liqueur, which is made from the honey-scented blossoms of the elder tree. Sounds like a fairytale, right? Well, this tipple surely makes you dream of a midsummer’s night...liqueur and Bols Genever Original form a beautiful marriage in this cocktail. The Elderflower Spritz is the perfect spring cocktail and easy to create at home!