Craft beers may be taking over the world right now, but if you want a stylish, sophisticated drink, you can’t beat a good cocktail. Some cocktails are iconic, others a drunken experiment on a boozy night out. But whatever your choice of poison is, there is bound to be a cocktail out there you can’t get enough of. And even if you dare not let a drop of alcohol past your lips, you can always try a mocktail instead.
Most towns and cities have at least one bar with cocktails on the menu. Anyone can order a beer or glass of wine, but order a cocktail and you are giving the bartender a peek of your personality. You might already have your personal favourite, but here is a list of the world’s most popular cocktails.
Let’s see if yours is on there.
Popular with the ladies in Sex and the City, a Cosmopolitan is a tangy blend of vodka, Cointreau Triple Sec, cranberry and lime juice. It is has a lovely clean taste, and with the addition of cranberry and lime juice, you get a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
Mojitos are sophisticated and refreshing. Made from white rum, lime juice, mint, sugar and soda water, a mojito is the perfect summer cocktail. It’s also useful if you are suffering from scurvy, as Sir Francis Drake discovered (the ingredients for this popular cocktail were found in 16th century Cuba).
Tequila cocktails are always interesting and the ever-popular margarita is no exception to the rule. A margarita is a tasty blend of tequila, lime juice and Cointreau triple sec. It can be blended with ice, but purists prefer it served on the rocks. This one is popular in California and Mexico, which is where the drink is believed to have originated.
Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island iced tea is a potent blend of vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec, finished with a dose of cola and lemon juice. The end result is a curious mix of sweet and sour: very much a drink with attitude.
James Bond, 007, put the dry martini well and truly on the map, but it also featured heavily in episodes of Mad Men. A classic martini is made with two parts gin and one part dry vermouth, finished off with a splash of orange bitters, shaken not stirred. You can even add an olive.
The Mai Tai is a blend of light and dark rum mixed with orange curacao, lime juice and orgeat syrup. It has a refreshing, fruity flavour, and is a popular symbol of Tahitian culture. Try one next time you head to Trader Vic’s in Oakland, California, for that is believed to be the birthplace of the Mai Tai.
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