Lovers of clubs, lounges, and nightlife are probably familiar with the concept of cocktails as they are a fun and sweet way to enjoy alcohol while out. This has led to cocktails becoming wildly popular around the world. In fact, the world of cocktails has become so complex that bartenders train professionally in making the best possible cocktails for their customers.
Whether hosting parties at home or going out to an establishment with friends, there are certain cocktails that are now known internationally even among non-drinkers. Here are some of the most popular cocktails in the world:
Mojito: Whether being sipped by the beachside or at brunch, the mojito has carved out a name for itself as a relatively easy to make and refreshing cocktail. It consists of white rum, soda water, mint, lime juice, and sugarcane juice It is of Cuban origin and is widely considered one of the oldest cocktails in existence.
Its ingredients are easily available in local supermarkets and can be made at home for guests or simply for one’s self. It is commonplace for mojitos to be garnished with either mint leaves or slices of lemon when being served.
Manhattan: This cocktail, as its name suggests, was created in the Manhattan club inNew York City in the 19th century. It is made with whiskey, bitters, and sweet vermouth as is usually served in lowball glasses. In terms of the whiskey used in its creation, Tye is the traditional one used. However, many other whiskeys can be used for the same purpose such as Canadian whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, and blended whiskey.
For garnishing purposes, Maraschino cherries are usually added on a toothpick to the drink, giving it its signature appearance. Unlike some cocktails, however, it is typically served without any ice.
Bloody mary: Besides being the name of a paranormal bathroom game, the Bloody Mary is also the name of one of the world’s most famous cocktails. Unlike many of the others, the Bloody Mary consists of some rather unique ingredients that might not immediately come to mind when thinking of a cocktail.
Its standard ingredients are tomato juice (hence the use of the word ‘bloody’), vodka, and various species such as cayenne pepper. It is often served in a highball glass and is a favorite at many brunch spots. In terms of garnishing, it is often served with olives.
Cosmopolitan: Few drinks are as associated with sophisticated femininity as the cosmopolitan. This combination of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice is usually served in a martini glass with the rims sometimes garnished with sugar.
The cosmopolitan is a drink for both nights out as well as brunch events and dinners. They are easy to make at home and have been popularized by media like the Sex and the City TV series.
Whether you are joining friends for brunch, having a night on the town, or a fancy dinner, the above are some of the most well-known cocktails in the world and can serve as a delicious companion.