What are the Top 7 Most Popular Cocktails?

And to make them (recipes)!

1. Margarita

While there are many variations, the traditional recipe consists of tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice.


  • 60ml blanco tequila
  • 15 ml orange liqueur
  • 30ml lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • Lime
  • Salt

2. Daiquiri

This classic, popular cocktail, which remains a Cuban speciality, combines just 3 very simple ingredients for the fresh flavour we all enjoy.


  • White rum
  • simple syrup
  • lime juice

It is then typically garnished with half a lime slice to help make it extra refreshing.

3. Cosmopolitan

Created by The Martini Queen of South Beach, Cheryl Cook, in the 1980s, the Cosmo was designed to be aesthetically pleasing to appeal to more women.


  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka Citron
  • 1 oz Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

4. Gimlet

As the legend goes, this classic cocktail was created in the late 18th century by Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette of the Royal Navy who added lime cordial to his sailors’ daily dose of gin to keep scurvy at bay.


  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish
    lime wheel

5. Manhattan

First mixed in 1870 at the Manhattan Club (who would've guessed?) by Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill, the cocktail was a huge hit!


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish
brandied cherry (or lemon twist, if preferred)

6. Old Fashioned

The origins of this classic cocktail are a little foggy, with so many people claiming they created it it's difficult to trust anyone! The most common story is that it was invented in the late 1800s.


  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel or Luxardo cherry, for garnish (optional)

7. Passionfruit Martini

Created in London by the owner of the LAB bar, the Passion Fruit Martini was an instant hit and became the ultimate party drink.


  • 2 ripe passion fruits (they should have a crinkly appearance), halved
  • 60ml vanilla vodka
  • 30ml passoa
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • prosecco , to serve

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