Bar or club goers know which cocktail drink is worth ordering. They may have their all-time favorite, but of course, they are willing to experiment other mixes to find out which give them the kicks.
There are a lot of different recipes for cocktails available for anyone to try. Cocktails are alcoholic mixed drinks that contain three or more ingredients which are originally a mixture of spirit, water, sugar and sour or bitter. Nowadays, a cocktail drink normally contains one or more kinds of spirit and one or more mixers that are added with various herbs, sugar, honey, cream or milk.
A good bartender knows how to mix the kind of ingredients to come up with an exceptional brand of cocktail. It is not simply the shaking here and there, and all those exhibitions that should count – just like what Tom Cruise did in the 1988 romantic drama flick, Cocktail – but the taste of the drink that will truly satisfy any cocktail-lover’s taste buds.
Ever seen James Bond holding up a glass and wonder what cocktail drink it contains? It’s quite easy to tell, Agent 007’s brand of cocktail drink is a Martini. If Bond has a Martini, then Carrie Bradshaw has a Cosmo. Thus, it puts cocktails another notch higher as if to imply that cocktail drinkers are your different kind of people.
While there are numerous cocktails that various bars and clubs can offer, there are those that remain to be called the top sellers. Here are ten of the most sold cocktail drinks around the world – cheers!
At number ten is the Mojito, known to be Cuba’s national cocktail drink. This highball is a popular summer drink that has a combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors that matches the strong kick of the rum. Traditionally, this cocktail drink consists of five ingredients which are white rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water, and mint. On the other hand, the original Cuban recipe uses its well-known mint variety which is that yerba buena or spearmint.
9. Piña Colada
The ninth spot goes to the Piña Colada, which means strained pineapple. It has been Puerto Rico’s official cocktail since 1978. This drink is made up of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice that give off that sweet, rum-based taste. It is usually served either shaken with ice or blended and garnished with a maraschino cherry or – naturally – a pineapple wedge.
Taking the eighth spot is the Cosmopolitan or Cosmo as it is informally called. It is often ordered by the ladies. It is made up of a full shot of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice. The ladies of Sex & The City made it clear that this drink is the in thing for those glamorous ladies enjoying the night. Remember Carrie Bradshaw and her funny antics.
7. Tequila Sunrise
In the seventh spot is the Tequila Sunrise which was created by Gene Sulit. It was first served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel back in the 1930’s or 1940’s (the exact year wasn’t determined). This cocktail drink is made in two ways: the original which is composed of tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water, and, the more popular which consists of tequila, grenadine syrup, and orange juice.
Hitting the sixth spot is the Daiquiri which was named after a beach in Cuba. It is believed that it was concocted by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer during the Spanish-American war. This drink has several versions but the main ingredients remain to be the same: rum, sugar, and lime juice.
Next in line is the Mexican cocktail Margarita, considered to be one of the most popular drinks among the ladies. It is primarily made up of tequila, Cointreau or any similar orange-flavored liqueur, and lemon or lime juice. Just like any other cocktails, Margaritas also have different variations. Margaritas are usually served with salt on the rim of the glass, which is rubbed with lime juice to make sure that the salt stays in place.
Now for the fourth place is the Martini. This cocktail gained more popularity thanks to James Bond. Men get the debonair-feel holding a glass of Martini. It consists of vodka, sometimes gin, dry vermouth, and garnished with an olive or sometimes a lemon twist. The origin of the Martini remains vague.
3. Cuba Libre
For third place is the Cuba Libre which simply means Free Cuba. It is a highball consisting of cola, white rum, and lime. In Northern America, it is usually referred to as a Rum and Coke. There is no exact historical account to this third most sold cocktail drink around the world. Since its name is Cuba Libre, it is believed that it originated from Cuba.
The second spot goes to the famous and popular highball drink, Screwdriver. It is basically made up of two ingredients: orange juice and vodka. But this drink has different variations in different places and countries. This drink is also called “vodka and orange”. It was popularly known that this concoction was invented by American engineers who discreetly added vodka into cans of orange juice and stirred the drinks with their screwdrivers, thus the name Screwdriver.
1. Bloody Mary
Finally, the top selling cocktail drink around the world is the Bloody Mary, which is served in a tall glass. It resembles the color of blood thanks to the tomato juice, which is one of the main ingredients in this drink. Because of its different ingredients, it is often called “the world’s most complex cocktail.” No one knows for sure how this drink started, although there are different claims. The three main ingredients for this cocktail are: vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice. And what makes it a “complex drink”? It is usually mixed with spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Sometimes, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olive, and cayenne pepper are added into the drink.
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