Just like everything else in this world, trends come and go in the realm of cocktails. There’s a good chance that the beverages that were trending on everyone’s Instagram feed a year or two ago won’t be the same ones that people are drinking now.
There are some timeless works that continue to be popular year after year; the Old Fashioned is one such work that comes to mind. However, even among the classics, drinkers’ preferences shift in ways that are frequently unanticipated. These ten cocktails are the ones that are currently the most popular among our readers. We won’t go as far as to state that these are, in every sense of the word, the best cocktails, but over the course of the past year, consumers have been consulting Liquor.com for information on these drinks more often than any others.
Bourbon Old Fashioned
This traditional drink consists of little more than a shot of whisky that has been seasoned and sweetened. However, it exemplifies a cocktail in the sense that it was originally defined, which is to say that it is a mixture of spirit, sugar, water, and bitters. Despite this, it is still as popular today as it was two centuries ago.
Drinkers have been enjoying this refined combination of rye or bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters for over a century and a half, and it’s hard to imagine a cocktail that could be considered more traditional than the Manhattan. If you want the more classic look, garnish your drink with a cherry that has been brandied, but if you want it to have a more contemporary feel, add a twist of lemon.
This cocktail recipe was only added to Liquor.com a year ago, yet it shot straight to the top of our most popular recipes list almost as soon as it was published. It is a crowd-pleasing mix of vanilla and passionfruit flavours, and what’s not to love about a cocktail that was created to come with a Champagne chaser as an accompaniment?
There is some truth to the rumours that this popular caffeinated drink from the 1980s is making a comeback in recent years. It is important to commit the original recipe, which is a combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup, to memory because there are many variations of this drink.
Long Island Iced Tea
It has been a challenging couple of years, and it would appear that a good number of us are still Going Through It. This beverage is intended to be of assistance. It’s not that it has a significantly higher percentage of alcohol compared to many other drinks; rather, it’s the fact that it combines five different kinds of spirits and a liqueur (in addition to lemon juice and cola), which gives the impression that this cocktail will be more effective than any other mixed beverage at accomplishing its purpose.
Because it combines the sour flavour of lime juice with the sweet, orangey flavour of triple sec and, of course, the most well-liked of the agave spirits, this cocktail has quickly become one of the most well-liked in the history of mixed drinks. There is an infinite number of riffs, but we believe that the greatest one is this one, which bridges the gap between a Tommy’s Margarita and the traditional version that is heavy on triple sec.
The Dirty Martini, which adds a splash of olive brine to the classic Martini format of gin or vodka and dry vermouth, is an eternal go-to for drinkers who are searching for a bit of sophistication. It is briny yet elegant, saline yet simple. The Dirty Martini is made by adding a splash of olive brine to the classic Martini format.
We can’t deny the fact that The Dude knew what he was doing when it came to his go-to drink. The preparation of this now-classic cocktail, which consists of vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream, is as uncomplicated as wrapping oneself in a warm blanket during the winter.
This time-honoured beverage fell from the number-two slot it held the previous year. We have no choice but to speculate that this is because everyone has already committed the proportions of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth to memory. This cocktail (as well as a Martini; sorry, James Bond) should never ever ever ever be shaken; rather, it should be stirred instead. Please accept my apologies to Stanley Tucci.
The popularity of this drink, which is simply a blue version of a Long Island Iced Tea, reached its highest point at the end of January 2021. We have a good feeling that we know what the cause is. It is always a joyous occasion when people all around the world not only have a reason to rejoice but also the ideal beverage with which to do it.