The 10 World's Most Popular Classic Cocktails Guide

The 10 World's Most Popular Classic Cocktails Guide

While the choice of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages is down to personal preference, some classic cocktails have stood the test of time and remain amongst the most popular cocktails ordered in bars around the world today.

Here are 10 of the most popular cocktails that will always be in style.

1. Margarita

Margarita Popular Classic Cocktail

The classic Margarita cocktail has been one of the most popular cocktails in America for years and still remains on top. While there are many variations, the traditional recipe consists of tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice. It's also often served with a salt rim for the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty.

For a refreshing take on the Margarita, that's ideal for the summer months and allows the tequila to really shine, try Tommy's Margarita. Who is Tommy, you ask? Well, it's actually the name of a self-proclaimed premier tequila bar in San Francisco. Tommy's Margarita adds a Mexican twist by replacing the Triple Sec with agave syrup for an extra sweet kick.

2. Cosmopolitan

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Made famous in the 90s thanks to the hit TV show Sex and the City, the deliciously sweet Cosmopolitan definitely deserves its place on our list of the world's most famous cocktails! Blending vodka, Cointreau, and cranberry juice and traditionally served in a martini glass, the Cosmo is the cocktail of choice for many glamorous individuals.

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Created by The Martini Queen of South Beach, Cheryl Cook, in the 1980s, the Cosmo was designed to be aesthetically pleasing to appeal women. This modern, classic cocktail is trendy worldwide and can be easily adapted by adding a splash of champagne to make it even more glitzy.

3. Daiquiri


When you think of a Daiquiri, you may think of clear blue skies over sandy Cuban beaches. But, while it may seem like it's a cocktail that's best-suited for a tropical holiday, the Daiquiri is actually the most-ordered rum cocktail in pubs and bars across the globe.

This classic, famous cocktail, which remains a Cuban specialty, combines just 3 straightforward ingredients, rum, citrus juice, and sugar, for the fresh flavor we all enjoy. Typically garnished with a lime slice, the Daiquiri is one of the most well-balanced cocktails around.

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4. Gimlet

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The Gimlet is a simple cocktail combining gin and lime to create an ultra-refreshing drink that has stood the test of time and become one of the most popular cocktails around. With its sharp kick, the Gimlet has an unmistakable flavor that's ideal for sipping on during all year and seasons.

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. While it may not have the most glamourous of backgrounds, the Gimlet has long been adopted as one of the most sophisticated drinks to order.

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5. Manhattan

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The classic Manhattan cocktail has survived countless trends, outlasted prohibition, and is known as one of the most incredible cocktails ever made. I think we can all agree it definitely deserves its spot amongst the world's most famous cocktails! Made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan is the perfect after-dinner tipple.

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 and has remained just as popular ever since. It's now widely available in bars, cafes, and restaurants worldwide and is very highly regarded by both bartenders and patrons alike.

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6. Negroni

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A staple on many menus and an Italian classic, the Negroni is punchy, bittersweet, and the ideal dinnertime aperitif. Although many Italians will say that it's appropriate to drink any time of day!

Combining equal parts of gin, vermouth, and Campari, the Negroni is an iconic cocktail that will always be in style! Poured over ice and with a slice of orange to garnish, it's easy to see why it's one of the most popular cocktails not only in Italy but around the world.

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7. Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

With an appearance of class and sophistication, the Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic that remains just as popular now as it did over 200 years ago. Mixing Bourbon Whiskey, bitters, sugar, and a dash of water led to this dark and delicious cocktail.

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. This was when new liqueurs became available to bartenders, resulting in new and improved whiskey cocktails. But, many bar-goers simply ordered a cocktail 'the old-fashioned way.' Even today, the Old Fashioned has been the number one selling cocktail in many bars. You just can't beat a classic!

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8. Sex on the Beach

Despite the provocative name, Sex on the Beach has proven time and time again to be a real crowd-pleaser. The delightfully fruity cocktail contains vodka, peach schnapps, orange, and cranberry juice and is served in a tall glass which showcases its magnificent colors

Sex on the Beach is one of the youngest classics around, but its popularity knows no bounds. Created in the 80s by a bartender in Florida, the cocktail was named to target the spring-breakers. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and popular on the menus in restaurants worldwide, this cocktail is here to stay!

9. Passionfruit Martini

Pashionfruit Martini Popular Classic Cocktail


Named the UK's favorite drink, the Passion Fruit Martini has become the go-to tipple for many. This modern-classic famous cocktail is made with vanilla vodka, fresh passion fruit, passion fruit liqueur, and lime juice. It's also served with a shot of champagne (or prosecco) on the side, poured over the passion fruit to release all the wonderful flavors.

Created in London by the owner of the LAB bar, the Passion Fruit Martini was an instant hit and became the ultimate party drink. Stylish, fun, and indulgent, this cocktail evokes confidence in those who drink it and looks fantastic in the classic martini-style glass. We're confident the Passion Fruit Martini will remain highly popular for decades. 

10. Mimosa

Over the last few years, the humble Mimosa has soared in popularity! Traditionally served in a champagne flute at brunch, weddings, or in first class on some airlines, the Mimosa combines just two ingredients, champagne, and chilled orange juice.

Invented by Frank Meier in 1925, the Mimosa was first served at The Ritz Hotel in Paris. Eventually, the British picked it up and was loved so much by the royal family that it took the rest of the world by storm. Nowadays, both American and European brunches are incomplete without a Mimosa. The cocktail is so popular there is even a National Mimosa Day to celebrate it (May 16th, if you were wondering).

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