There’s no better way to spend the summer than to sip on cocktails beside the swimming pool, or to simply watch the sunset with friends.
Some cocktails with their weird names can be confusing, and there are so many of them out there. Luckily for us Drinks International went on a binge-drinking spree that saw their team pub-crawling through 100 watering holes around the world to find out what are the most popular cocktails on the planet.
Here is the list by Drink International. You pick which cocktail is to your taste, and impress friends this summer. Get them right and you might just get lucky as well.
The Moscow Mule: Is made with vodka, lime-juice, simple syrup, a dash of bitters, spicy or non-spicy ginger beer, and as with all cocktail the garnish is either a slice or wedge of lime. Oh, and it is better served in a copper mug, which not only makes the cocktail well chilled but also enhances the taste.
Whiskey Sour: This cocktail is for those who posses an explorer’s palate. Ingredients include whiskey, preferably rye whiskey although any other good whiskey will do, lemon juice, syrup and an egg white. Yes, egg white. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the egg white and shake briefly to aerate the whites. Then add the whiskey, lemon juice and Simple syrup with ice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, and garnish with a cherry. One has an option not to include the egg white, but then some would say that is no longer the original Whiskey Sour.
The Manhattan: for the Classic Manhattan one needs ice, whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash or two of any choice of bitters, such as Angostura, and an orange peel. Place ice in a cocktail shaker, add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Strain the drink into the glass. For garnish one can add maraschino Cherries on top. Or not.
Sazerac: This one is a little bit complicated – and is a tad pricey, even if you are making it yourself. Sazerac cocktail requires – besides pure boldness – a dash of absinthe (yes it is an alcoholic spirit), a teaspoon of sugar, two or three dashes Peychaud’s Bitters, dashes Angostura Bitters, and a good pour of rye whiskey of your choice. But it has to be rye whiskey. The glass needs to be a proper glass. It is garnished with twisted or simply just a lemonpeel. Many people prefer Sazerac without ice cubes, but that is a personal choice. Here is how you make it: Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, discarding any excess, and set aside. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube and both bitters. Add the rye, fill with ice and stir. Strain into the prepared glass. Twist a slice of lemon peel over the surface to extract the oils and then discard.
Margarita: Ah, the Margaritas at Don Pepe’s… Need we say more, really? Use tequila (make it a good pour), triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice.
Old Fashion: As the name suggests, this is really one of the oldest cocktails that have remained popular since 1800’s. You need a good whiskey, brown sugar preferably syrup, orange, soda water, and if you used normal brown sugar, still water to dilute the sugar, and Angostura bitter.
Mojito: The Mojito cocktail is made with limes cut into wedges, fresh mint leaves, one or two teaspoon of granulated sugar, crushed ice, a good pour of white rum, a splash soda water, a touch of fresh mint sprig for garnishing the glass.
Dry Martini: Use either vodka or gin as the base alcohol, dry vermouth, olive brine, lemon and green olives. First pour the vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake well. Rub the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lemon. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and add the olive.
Daiquiri: Forget the pre-packaged Daiquiri this summer. Do your own. And we recommend the ‘Classic Daiquiri’ or otherwise the original daiquiri because it is much simpler. This is what you need. White rum (yes, it must be white rum), fresh limejuice, sugar syrup (often sold as ‘gomme’ syrup) and wedge lime. Place the rum, limejuice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake well to combine. Pour into a Martini glass and serve garnished with a wedge of lime.
Negronis: This is another classic that has not changed for more than a hundred years. You need a good pour of Campari, gin – use the gin that your palate is familiar with –, red vermouth such as Cinzano rosso, and a slice of orange. Pour all ingredients directly into a rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange. Just be warned take care to measure the amount of Campari, as well as that of gin and red vermouth, to get the perfect refreshing taste.