Popular Cocktails 2021
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The days of the Cosmo as the bartender’s piñata are over. If you need reminding, it’s vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lime. Now we’re through our serious phase, it’s not such a bad drink after all.
This famous cognac, triple sec and lemon sour is normally the top brandy drink, but even the Brandy Crusta has pipped it this year. It’s said to have Parisian roots but the original creator has never come forward – or at least not in the singular.
The Gin Fizz has regained a little of its sparkle, jumping two places. ‘Fizz’ was first referenced in the Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1887 edition, which included six recipes. This is the most famous. Simply, it’s gin, lemon juice and sugar, topped with carbonated water.
Up two places, the Moscow Mule is an easy-to-sling crowd pleaser and present as a top-10 drink in around 20% of our sample of the world’s best bars. It’s as simple as vodka, lime, ginger and soda – great for hot days or, for the bartender, bulk orders on busy nights.
The white rum, lime and mint long drink is a top-10 classic in about a quarter of our sample of the world’s best bars.
The purist’s gin cocktail, the Dry Martini, completes a static top four this year. This boozy yet refined gin-vermouth classic was among the top five in just under a quarter of our polled bars.
The Old Fashioned retains its throne – it’s been king cocktail for the seven years we’ve polled on classics. Though for the first time, succession looks plausible. This year only 23% of bars said the sweetened American whiskey drink was their top seller, down from 35% last year.