Top 10 Most Popular Cocktails


Top 10 Most Popular Cocktails

Many of todays’s most popular cocktails are variations of iconic drinks or based on old-fashioned remedies for illnesses.  Since then, the recipes and liquors have been refined.

From the sophisticated Apple Martini to the powerful knock-out punch of the Long Island Iced Tea, there are plenty of creative cocktails to perfect, but remember:  presentation is everything.

Here are the 10 most popular cocktails.
10.) Apple Martini, or “Appletini”

This trendy drink has gained appeal by including a twist to the dry martini.  Vodka is used instead of gin, and apple schnapps is used to add the sweet but sour taste. The Appletini normally has a dash of lemon juice and garnished with a piece of green apple to differentiate it from a normal martini.



2 oz vodka
1 oz apple Schnapps splash of Cointreau thin apple piece for garnish sour apple martini
2 oz vodka
1 oz apple Schnapps with big squeeze of fresh lime juice thin apple slice for garnish
Mix ingredients (other than garnish) with split ice and shake it up till ice cool. Serve in a martini glass.

9.) Long Island Iced Tea

This is one alcoholic drink that never seems to go out of style, especially with the guys.  This potent mixture of rum, vodka, tequila, gin and triple sec is frequently finished with a mixture of sweet and sour, lemon juice and taste of Coca Cola.  There is no tea added to the mixture however the components, especially the taste from the Coca Cola provide the flavor profile of a tea with far more flavor.

The origin of the drink is open to question, however one thing that is known is that it appears to come from the neighborhood of Long Island. In 1920, while the contemporary version was said to be designed in a contest in a bar on Long Island, New york city in 1972.



1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz light rum
1/4 oz tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or possibly to taste
6 oz soda or potentially to fill broken ice
Fill a mixing glass with ice.  Add in liquors and lemon juice (but NOT the soda).  Shake and strain into a collins glass fulled of ice cubes. Pour of soda.  Garnish with a piece of lemon and a sprig of mint and serve with a straw and an iced tea spoon.

8.) Californication Cocktail

Not to be outdone, California has put its own twist on the Long Island Iced Tea with the creation of the Californication, the golden state variation of the popular Long Island cocktail.  The Californication is a mixture of rum, vodka, tequila and gin finished with orange liqueur, lemon juice and orange juice to taste. Strong but sweet. The mixed drink is finished with either a piece of orange or a twisted peel of orange rind.

The Californication has orange liqueur and orange juice to help disguise the punch it packs from the mixture of all liquors. The name of the cocktail, Californication, is based on a term that is prominent in the lyrics of a tune by the rock group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.



1/2 oz of vodka, gin, white rum and tequila
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz Orange liqueur
3 oz’s fresh squeezed orange juice
Garnish with slice of fresh cut orange
Stir in a large glass with lots of ice and delight in

The Californication looks really innocent but it’s packed with booze.  It’s like a Long Island Iced T however with orange juice instead of coke.


7.)  Pina Colada

The exquisite mix of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice has been a preferred cocktail in the tropics with the less experienced drinker.  The Pina Colada has roots that can be traced to Puerto Rico and has long been thought as the country’s national drink.



2 oz Captain Morgan ® Original Spiced Rum
1 Maraschino cherries
6 oz pina colada mix
2 oz pineapple juice
1 pineapple quartered and sliced


Glass: Hurricane Glass
Include Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and pina colada mix over crushed ice in a blender. Mix till smooth and pour into specialty glass. Garnish with pineapple spear and maraschino cherry.

6.) Margarita

This drink is easily the most popular cocktail in the United States made with tequila.  A mixture of tequila, triple sec and lime juice is frequently served on the rocks with a salt rimmed glass. The origin of the margarita dates back to the late 1930’s or early 1940’s in Baja California, Mexico somewhere between Tijuana and Ensenada as the birth place of the drink.



1 (6 ounces) can frozen limeade concentrate
6 fluid ounces tequila
1 oz Cointreau ® orange liqueur.
2 fluid ounces triple sec


Fill blender with crushed ice and add limeade concentrate, tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and triple sec. Mix up until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

5.) Caipirinha

The World Cup has introduced the world to the fun-loving nation of Brazil and one beverage that Brazilians  love to drink is the Caipirinha.  The national drink of Brazil is made with cachaca (spirit from sugar walking cane) or white rum, brown sugar and lime juice.  Some cachaca can be over 100 proof and like magic, Caipirinha seems to hide almost all of the alcohol taste.

Caipirinha, has its origin that returns to 1918 and is based upon a solution that was frequently made use of to deal with Spanish flu. The word “Caipira” refers to a person from the countryside of Brazil who is far from contemporary or advanced in his/her methods.

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The nationwide drink of Brazil

2 oz Cachaca (Rum)
1 lime
1 tsp sugar

Use of high-ball glass. Cut the lime into 8 wedges and put in the glass. Sugarcoat and muddle the lime and sugar together until they are well mixed. Fill the glass with crushed ice.  Add Cachaca (Rum), Stir and Enjoy.

4.) Mint Julep’s

The official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, is a symbolic cocktail of the American South. This concoction of Bourbon, a little bit of water, powdered and granulated sugar and lots of mint has actually long been a very popular method to drink an cocktail made with Bourbon in the region.

The origins of the Mint Julep go back as far as the late 18th century. Currently, about 120,000 mint juleps are sipped every year at Churchill Downs during the horse racing over the weekend that includes the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.



1/2 cup water.
1/2 cup white sugar.
2 tablespoons roughly sliced fresh mint leaves.
1 cup Kentucky bourbon.
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish.


Combine water, sugar and sliced mint leaves in a little pan.  Bring to a boil over high heat till the sugar is totally dissolved.  Permit syrup to cool, around 1 hour.  Pour syrup through a strainer to get rid of mint leaves.

Fill 2 glasses with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each.  (Proportions can be changed depending upon each person’s craving for sweets).  Top each cup with a mint sprig. Serve juleps on a silver plate.

3.) Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is a Polynesian-style cocktail that has a fruity tropical taste indigenous to the Western Region of the United States.  The mix of light and dark rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup and lime juice has actually been a symbol of Tiki or Tahitian culture ever since it was first created.  The cocktail was popular in the 50’s and 60’s and was even featured in Blue Hawaii, a movie staring Elvis Presley.

The cocktail has over 10 recorded recipes and designed by the owner of Trader Vic’s of Oakland, California in 1944.  He developed the drink for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti and after one of them said loudly that the drink was “Maita’i”, or great in Tahitian, the name stuck.



1 oz light rum
1 oz gold rum
1/2 oz Orange Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz orgeat syrup (almond syrup)
1/2 oz lime juice
1 oz dark rum

Shake all ingredients except dark rum together. Strain over ice into old made glass. Top with dark rum and maraschino cherry.

2.) The Mojito

The Mojito has become popular because if its fresh minty taste.  The mixture of white rum, mint, lime juice, sugar and soda creates a crisp clean taste.  Sprite or 7-up can be used in place of soda water and a good portion of sugar.  One of the secrets to preparing a proper Mojito is to squash, not cut or dice the mint leaves in order to open more of the oils of the mint improving the minty taste.

The origins of the minty mixture with rum go back as far as 1586 when the men aboard Sir Francis Drake’s armada connected to regional Indians in search of a remedy for scurvy and dysentery.  The great author, Ernest Hemingway, was also known to have developed quite the taste for this refreshing cocktail.


10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
1 cup ice
1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
1/2 cup club soda


Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass.  Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.  Include 2 more lime wedges and sugar then muddle once more to release the lime juice.  Do not strain the mixture.  Fill the glass nearly to the edge with ice then pour the rum over the ice and fill the glass with club soda.  Stir, taste and include more sugar if needed and garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

1.) The Cosmopolitan

This ultra trendy cocktail has surged in popularity during the last 20-30 years. The tangy mixture of vodka, Cointreau triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice has leapfrog the screwdriver as many vodka drinkers choose the Cosmopolitan’s cleaner with a slightly tart taste.

The origin of the drink is unclear, but the modern version of the sophisticated martini glass was said to have been created in 1985 by a bartender in South Beach, Florida.  The reduced name of “Cosmo” and the drink itself blew up in popularity during the 1990’s with frequent mentions on the hit television series, Sex and the City.



2 oz Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
1/2 oz Fresh sour mix
Lemon twist for garnish

Combine all ingredients except for garnish in mixing glass. Add ice and shake.

Strain into your Swank Martini Glass and garnish. Enjoy!